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Program Design 2nd Edition

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Presented by Paul Chek

Course is completed 100% online and includes - Manual, 8 streaming videos and test (online testing available)

CECs and CEUs: CHEK Institute 8.0, ACE 0.8, NASM 0.7, NSCA 0.8, ISSA 7.0, ACSM 8.0, AFAA 7.0, Canfitpro 4 PTS



Exercise is like a drug; given in the right quantities at the right time, it can help a person. In the wrong quantities at the wrong time it can hurt the same person. A key skill for any fitness professional is being able to design individualized exercise programs that will lead to optimal performance for all types of clients; this correspondence course is designed to teach you to do just that! You will learn how to combine and manipulate acute exercise variables; not just reps and sets, but also loads, tempo and rest periods. Periodization concepts are covered and case histories are used as illustrations, bringing real-life examples to help you understand these critical factors. Move far beyond the "one-program-fits-all" approach and develop an in-depth understanding of how to use the science of selecting acute exercise variables to create effective programs for all your clients.

  • How to select optimal rep/intensity zones to achieve any desired outcome
  • How to calculate repetition/intensity correlations
  • How to determine how many sets are optimal for developing optimal strength
  • The science and application of tempo
  • How to select the optimal rest period length for any exercise, in any loading zone
  • Periodization concepts for program development.

What is the grade required to pass?

The passing grade for all correspondence courses is 80%. A Certificate of Completion with CECs and CEUs will be sent once you have successfully passed the test.

Can this be used for bodybuilders?

Yes. The information presented in this course teaches the viewer how to train for a multitude of goals and different types of athletes. In this course, Paul teaches people how to manipulate training variables to achieve hypertrophy (muscle building), strength, power and endurance. Overall this is a comprehensive course covering a variety of training modalities for a myriad of different personal and professional goals.

How long will it take to complete?

CHEK Institute recommendation – 8 hours

This is dependent on the person taking the course and the reasons they are taking it. Some people only needing Continuing Education Credits will watch the videos once through and successfully pass the test. Other people who are more interested in learning the information or are interested in taking it as a prerequisite for the CHEK Exercise Coach Program will sometimes watch the videos 2-3 times through. Given that there are over 3 hours of footage in this course, it will take at least this long to complete. All this being said, we recommend that people spend 8 hours studying the course materials before taking the test.

I’ve been in the business for a while. Is this course too basic?

We have found that even experienced personal trainers and strength coaches have learned new information from this course. For knowledgeable individuals who have studied training variables at length may find that some of the information presented is not new to them. However, we’ve found that even the most seasoned coach, trainer or therapist have benefited from watching these videos. By watching these videos and reading the manual, they find that it presents information largely unused by most of the fitness industry putting them ahead of their competition.

Does it include exercises?

The intent of this course is to describe a multitude of training variables that can be applied to virtually any exercise. Occasionally, Paul will use an exercise to demonstrate an example of a principle he is teaching, but the course does not teach exercises in a practical way.

How different is the 2nd edition of the correspondence course from the 1st edition?

The science presented in the course is similar, but the presentation has been updated to include more practical examples and case studies.

Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Mikenna K. Kossow
Comprehensive and Useful

I've been a trainer for 10 years and have taken various program design courses. This one by far is useful from a holistic standpoint. I love how it provides in-depth information about various clients and how to build according to their activity level. I learned so many new skills and knowledge I did not already know. Definitely recommend even to the most seasoned health and fitness practitioners.

Program design

Perfect course for all fitness trainers and other professionals in industry.

Reviewer avatar
Where it all started

Great course taking you into the world of program design, which traditionally is the core activity of what we associate with personal training/S&C. Namely how to design and prescribe training programs. This is the Chek way and as always with Chek, this blows your mind with the nuances and practical takeaways supported by science. Yes, you have already heard of fiber types and muscle energy systems, but did you ever consider how to apply just that through the right combination of variables such as intensity, time under tension (and a handful more interesting variables) in order to meet the specific postural or power training demands which are opposites on a spectrum?
You learn that and much more in this course. As with most Chek material, we are here because it works in application and gives you reasoning, and in this case also scientific backing, most notable and properly cited Charles Poliquin.
Most importantly this vibrates as powerful knowledge in application, that works and is proven by Chek's many years of experience and clinical practise with it.

Highly recommend!

Transformative and eye-opening

Paul's holistic approach blew my mind. Forget cookie-cutter workouts – this is about crafting personalized programs that cover body.

What's cool? It's not just about sets and reps. Paul turns you into a movement artist.

It's not just about clients. This course is a self-discovery journey. Mind-body practices, lifestyle hacks – it's all there.

In a nutshell, if you're into fitness and want to take it to the next level, Paul Chek's Program Design is the way to go.
Get ready to up your coaching game and transform not just others but yourself too!

Elly Louage
Program Design

Paul Chek's "Program Design" course is an exceptional educational experience for anyone in the fitness and health industry. The course masterfully combines scientific principles with practical application, offering a deep dive into creating effective and personalized fitness programs. Chek’s extensive knowledge and holistic approach shine throughout the course, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of program design. This course is invaluable for trainers and coaches seeking to elevate their skills in crafting tailored fitness regimens that cater to diverse client needs and goals.