Sunday, December 18, 2011


 Last weekend, a group of friends and I found ourselves up on the Mountains of Binna Burra.  It was a warm Sunny day with the threat of rain looming around us. we all stood in the reception area of the lodge, as we were being instructed on our Harness Equipment and all the Safety factors needed for our days activities of Absailing.

For the majority of us (the group was of 10), this was our first Absailing adventure. It was a real challenge as 6 of us were terrified of heights, so this was to be a special day.

We set off and achieved our first Absail of 10 meters. All good and everyone had made it with a smile.

As we were getting ready for our next Jump, our Guide asked me how we all knew each other, I said 'Oh we are all friends from my work'.

And it was then that it had hit me, that all of the people there are clients of mine and all of them had come in initially with serious Spinal Back pathologies.

There was Lennie who had nearly severed his Spinal Chord in a boating accident, he had Disc Herniations and Spondylothesis , and on the first day I met him he was in so much pain he could not even stand to talk to me. Lennie couldn’t even pick up his young 7month old baby he was in so much pain. He was told surgery was his only option.
He can now throw little Levi above his head, Surf and enjoy life. He and wife Kerry are now expecting their 2nd child.

Moritz, he is from Austria, a young guy who had previously been competitive in Snow Boarding, Surfing, Moritz had been plagued by back pain for years and had not been able to surf for 12months because of pain, he also found sitting to perform his work in IT was near impossible. Moritz , now sits for hours at work perfectly, and is back surfing , and as he says, He has never surfed so well in his life.

Matt, had long term history of Disc Protusion and dysfunction, he also is an avid Surfer, and also had not been able to surf for years, Matt was written off as a Disability level . He was so depressed with life and had lost all hope that he could ever be out of pain, much less surf again. His is not only climbing mountains again, but he is fully back into surfing better than ever.

Phil , is an electrician, he has suffered a spinal fracture and disc derangements. Phis had been off work on Work cover for a long time, trying all sorts of rehab , but could never get on top of it.  Phil was very down and had lost a lot of confidence. He is an amazing person, in the way he has fought back, now he is not only absailing but Surfing again, and enjoying long periods of sitting to his favourite game of Poker..

Steve, is a Business Owner and Plumber, and a Glider Pilot.  Steve had a long history of back problems, disc derangements, Sacroiliac dysfuction chronic, and was in a lot of pain daily. Steve has been pain free for a while now, he and his wife Yvonne jumped on that day. how wonderful to be able to do those things again with his family, he now enjoys Gliding, Surfing, again and Life.

Isabelle, is from Brisbane, Isabelle was only 18 when she came into see me with  a severe spinal scoliosis, she was in a lot of pain and the only alternative to this she was told, was to have her whole spine fused with 2 steel rods. They would then stay in for the rest of her life.. She was not happy about this forecast.. Isabelle has been able to totally avoid Surgery, her spinal curves have improved dramatically, and she now does not suffer with pain.
Isabelle , by the way was the most courageous out of all the people there, even the big boys.

All of the above men are in their late 20’ or early 30’s, they are now living pain free fully functional , happy lives and back into sports and lifestyles they never thought would be possible. Each one of them has been on their own personal journey to learn about their body, mind, health, lifestyle.  To believe and have confidence in themselves again.

It was such an amazing day to watch each of them as they laughed, encouraged, heckled each other, and then had so much fun, as they tied themselves to a little rope and jumped backwards off a mountain side.

During their Rehab to end stage rehab we have all grown close as family, and looking forward to our next adventure of Air Rope climbing..  Now that will be scary.
Thanks Jude for organizing such an amazing adventure..

Jan Carton…

Monday, August 1, 2011

Jamie Mitchell wins his 10th World Title!


We are so proud of Jamie. All his hard work and determination shows in this amazing record breaking result. See News Flash below!

Australian Jamie Mitchell won his 10th straight Molokai-2-Oahu World Championship Paddle Board Race Sunday, breaking the previous record that he set with a finish time of around 4 hours and 40 minutes.
The 34-year-old set the previous record in 2007 with a time of 4 hours, 48 minutes, 23 seconds.
This is the 15th year for the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship, which organizers say is the largest field of international competitors.
More than 250 athletes are participating in the race, facing the 32-mile open-ocean paddle of the Kaiwi Channel.
(taken from )

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Crazy dayz!

Sam Bowden & Chris Musgrave think they are so good at training they decided to create a challenge for themselves. They proved to us that when they look like women they are better at receiving multi-directional forces while at kneeling on a swiss ball ! ha go boys!

Sign up now for Traineeship

CHEK Australia is happy to announce that we will be commencing our next
CHEK Exercise Coach Traineeship on
Thursday 11th August 2011.
For more information navigate to our testimonial page or contact Jai on (07)55766678

Look at Lenny!

Lenny is a great example of Jan's success with Back pain clients. Have a read of Lennys Testimonial below.

" Seventeen years ago I almost severed my spinal cord in a ski race boat accident. At the time of the accident I was unsure if I would be able to walk again. From that point in time I learnt to live with my back pain and got use to the idea it would become part of my life.
After the last stint in hostpital and talk of a back operation a good friend of mine recommended to give Chek Australia a call.
From my first consultation with Jan I have never looked back. Jan's approach was to not just treat my specific injury but my body as a whole both physically and mentally. Building myself up through the phases of rehabilatation over the last eight months has been challenging and extemely rewarding.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have met and trained with Jan and the crew at chek Australia.Their knowledge, experience and support has been invaluable and has changed my life forever. "
Lennie Signorini

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Dan Ross can only just keep up with Jan as she trains and looking at these photos you can see why! Check out the rig on her!
Dan, Jan and Jude ....Ummmmm the photo says it all really!
 Ted and Carnage go for a paddle when no one is looking! Take a look at the NEVER GIVE UP page on the top of this BLOG for the story on Carnage.
Now you're just showing off Dan!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jamie Mitchell training today at CHEK Australia

Jan claims these chin ups are all her doing...'look at the form' she cries in excitement and this is after 3 sets ! Jamie prepares for a paddle race this weekend.
The Moloki race will be in late July in Hawaii and Jamie will be aiming for his 10th world title.

After his session Jamie wanted to pass out on the floor next to this little man, but he had to go paddle 50kms ! ha!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kayaking –Orienteering race on weekend

If you or your business are interested in some team building activities this could be just the thing! Call us for more information on Corporate Orienteering with Jude.

Looks like the team at CHEK Australia had a great time. Check out Jan's rig!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jan's Chooks!

This is a tale of a special Chicken....
Jan heard a loud noise and chickens going crazy in the shed a few weeks ago and came to their rescue to find one special teenage chicken being strangled by a carpet snake. She tried to coil the snake onto a rake but had no luck so decided to scream for help ! Luckily the guy next door heard cries from a damsel in distress and ran to her aid, a chickens aid! He got the snake off the chicken but it spasmodically fell to the ground. Dead.
Jan raced to pick it up, the neighbour told Jan she couldn't save it, it was gone. Jan DIDN'T GIVE UP , she gave the little creature mouth to mouth and a few compressions, she talked to it and held it closely. Then with one more breath the little fella kicked into gear!
Back to life and running around happy and chirpy...happy to be alive.
How amazing is that! I don't think many of us have bought a chick back to life.

Thought for today: NEVER GIVE UP!

Friday, May 27, 2011


Because Jan loves her horses I thought today's BLOG should be dedicated to them! Here are some quirky quotes to make your day.

All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown

Again the early-morning sun was generous with its warmth. All the sounds dear to a horseman were around me - the snort of the horses as they cleared their throats, the gentle swish of their tails, the tinkle of irons as we flung the saddles over their backs - little sounds of no importance, but they stay in the unconscious library of memory. ~Wynford Vaughan-Thomas

The horse through all its trials has preserved the sweetness of paradise in its blood. ~Johannes Jensen

Horses lend us the wings we lack. ~Author Unknown

In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. Eleven-hundred pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs - it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster. ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jamie Mitchell training today at CHEK Australia

Here is a sneak peak at an exercise from Jamies new program.

A Day at CHEK Australia

Donovan putting his CHEK Coach skills into practice while Ebony (below) works on her makeup application!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Its a Hand Stand kind of day!

In this video Jan Carton takes FMX rider Brodie Carmichael through a hand stand push-up against a wall. Brodie has sustained more injuries than most, so attempting this exercise deserves massive accolades!

In March 2010 Brodie broke his back attempting a back flip and after being airlifted to hospital began rehabilitation with Jan. After only two months of training he returned to motocross and landed a back flip first try. He says Jan prepared him both mentally and physically and he went on to land another 80 that same day.

Brodie has more recent injuries and stories of success and he is soon to feature in our NEVER GIVE UP section..... stay tuned it is coming soon.

For a great video of Brodie in action take a look at!/video/video.php?v=154064007987382&comments&set=t.100001513505723&type=1

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

FIRST AID and CPR on soon!

Contact us for more information on the CPR and First aid course to be held on Saturday the 30th April. Numbers are filling up so get in quick!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Water filtration

Take a look at this fantastic portable Water Filtration and Alkalizing Bottle

for more info go to

Monday, March 28, 2011

CHEK COACH Course at CHEK Australia

Mark Buckley takes some of the students through assessment techniques during the CHEK Coach Course held at our training facility on the weekend. For more information on our next course call us on (07)55766678

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dan Ross training at CHEK Australia

Jan has been working with Dan for a few years now and together they have been gaining some fantastic results, no wonder with training drills like these!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Jude trains Megan Wei in the gym yesterday.

The thought from Jan for the week:
Make time to sit somewhere quiet for 5 mins. 
Listen to your breath as you visualize a place that makes you happy.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Is this one of Rossy's secrets??!

Jan takes Dan Ross through some QiGong. Jan puts the "H" (Holistic) into CHEK Australia.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

In the gym this week

Jude, Carnage, Bear, Jan and Bobby ready for some puppy rehabilitation this week!
Dan Ross gets his rig out !
Jan, Jude and Carnage take over from Jai

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

BACK in ACTION at CHEK Australia

The CHEK Australia gang is back at work and ready to get your body into shape after the Christmas and New years break.
We hope you had a wonderful Holiday and are excited for the New Year!
Jai, Lilly, Jan and Ebony have a quick smoothy in the CA cafe before Clients arrive for the day.
Welcome back Jude and Carnage!