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Brandon Krieger Interview

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Brandon Krieger is a Chek practitioner trained by the Chek Institute working out of Toronto, where he founded KNSS consulting.  His inspiration to found KNSS was driven from his own experiences with back pain, which lead him to seek out and research methods to reduce his pain.  The Chek approach worked for him, I will let him tell you the rest!


Tom Godwin: May I first of all thank you for giving up time in your busy day to take part in this interview.

BK: Thanks a lot for having me. I really appreciate it.

TG:  Let’s start from the beginning, what got you started in the Personal Training Industry and wellbeing in general?

BK: I first became interested in health after a back injury that I couldn’t heal from and was suppose to have surgery for. I learned through working with some great practitioners, and from applying Paul Chek’s principals, that I didn’t have to live with pain. In fact, I was able to heal my back within 3 months even though I didn’t have the surgery I was told I would need. That’s when I started on my journey, studying and learning more, to the point I’m at now where I work with clients internationally to help them overcome their health challenges.

TG: You have currently embarked on a brave personal challenge, of loosing 22lb in 33 days.  Tell us a bit about your reasons and motivations.

BK: Over the past 2 years, I’ve been so focused on studying and learning as much as I can, meanwhile only applying the skills I learned to heal my back and not the all-around health principals I know. I started to get heavier because I was sitting in my home office either working and/or studying for 8+ hours per day. I was getting ready for my HLC 2 course and finished all the prerequisites when it hit me that I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching – so I decided enough is enough. I knew I was overweight and needed to lose it for a few reasons: firstly for my health, but also to reduce the stress on my lower back and, last but not least, to show my clients that I, too, use the principals I’ve learned myself every day.

TG:  What first attracted you to studying with the Chek Institute?

BK: I was at the CanFit Pro Conference in Toronto when I first heard Paul Chek speak and thought, “Wow, he completely lost me in the first 15 min.” But by the end, he brought everything together and it all made sense. That’s when I had an epiphany and felt drawn to know more. Being an IT guy (a.k.a. computer nerd), I did a lot of research on Paul Chek, his courses and what other people were saying. So many were writing about how he helped them and I was starting to find the same with his trained practitioners. That was enough for me; I started taking his courses shortly thereafter.

TG:  What do you feel the major differences between a Chek Practitioner and a fitness professional who has trained with another education provider?

BK: This is no slight on any other professional – there are some really great fitness professionals out there – but I find that so many mainstream trainers have cookie-cutter approaches to training, having their clients for injury, sickness and even disease train by overworking, caloric-restrictive diets, etc. In my observation, Chek-trained practitioners take a more detailed history of the person. For example, before I will start working with any client they have to complete a Lifestyle questionnaire, Metabolic Typing questionnaire, Food Sensitivity test and a fitness assessment.  Like Paul Chek says, if you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.  Each person is individual and has unique lifestyle, stress, nutrition, digestion, sleep habit(s) and spiritual factors that need to be considered prior to designing an action plan for them. I find this is a better way to help clients achieve their goals, be it to lose weight/build muscle or overcome a Personal, Professional and Spiritual challenge. A Chek practitioner’s clients leave their sessions with an education that they can use for the rest of their lives.

TG:  What would you say are the best aspects of being a personal trainer and being involved in the wellbeing industry?

BK: That’s a great question.  For me, so far being a practitioner has blown my mind. I started with the CanFit Pro Nutrition/Wellness Specialist course, which I thought I was just going to lead me to help people with the Ontario Canada Food Guide and how to use it. But I’ve since had the opportunity to help people with diseases, addictions, relationship issues, building action plans to help them achieve their personal and professional goals, and so much more. It’s absolutely gratifying to know I can help so many people to change their lives for the better. To see people’s lives change just because I was able to sit with them for a short period of time, to hear their story and know I can help them to actually see their goals being realized, that’s the best part for me.

TG:  Who have been your major influences within the industry?

BK: The people who have been most influential to me are:

–          My girlfriend, Carolyn Zepf (, who was the one to initially help me heal my back and got me on my current path.

–          Paul Chek (, who is my Guru I will always turn to for advice and am constantly learning from.

–          A good friend of mine, Sean Croxton, has motivated me to learn marketing and keeps challenging me to better myself.

–          Josh Rubin ( has been a great help and has always been willing to answer any questions I’ve had.

–          Mark Stone from North Shore Smart Bodies in Chicago.

TG:  What would you say is the most important attribute of a personal trainer and why?

BK: In my opinion, the number one attribute of a good personal trainer is looking at your client as an individual. The practice is often too standardized…if a person is overweight, have them do lots of cardio and calorie-restrictive diets; if they want to build muscle, put them a bench press; and so on. Each person is unique, with mental, emotional and lifestyle factors that need to be addressed in each session. The process will be revised and modified along the way, depending on how the client is doing.  A good personal trainer will determine whether to keep progressing with the workout program or, if the client is having increased stress, modify accordingly with decreased reps, sets, tempo, etc.

TG:  Tell us a little bit about KNSS consulting and your initial reasons for establishing it.

BK: It’s a funny story, actually.  Initially, I was an IT Consultant and my company was called KNSS Computer Consulting Group Inc. (the KNSS stood for “Knowledge of Networks and Systems Solutions”), which did tech work for a few large organizations.  After my back issues and subsequent recovery, my eyes opened to a new way of life. I became driven to learn about how to eat properly and why I wasn’t healing.  I learned principles from Paul Chek which increased my knowledge to a whole new level. Hearing time and time again of people struggles with their health, difficulties of medication and unnecessarily living with pain, my professional ambition took a drastic shift. I decided to use my new knowledge to help others, who may not be getting proper direction in the allopathic approach, to find the answers and solutions they seek.

I still operate KNSS, but it now stands for “Knowledge of Nutrition, Stress reduction and Successful lifestyle solutions”.  I have clients worldwide that I’m able to help by answering their questions and getting them back to homeostasis (balance health).

TG:  What has been your most rewarding moment in the field of health and wellbeing?

BK: Hmm…there’s been a few. Professionally, I’ve been working with a client who has Level 3 Adrenaline Fatigue and has been struggling with it for a while. They’ve been going to various doctors and practitioners for almost a year now, trying to find a clinical solution.  Working with me for just a few months, I was able to help them overcome some personal blocking factors and emotional challenges which, in my opinion, were big factors in developing (and sustaining) the condition.

On the personal side, it would have to be the time I did my first talk and invited my Grandmother, who raised me since I was 2 years old.  We went through some challenging times together; she acted as a single mother to me, trying to make ends meet and providing for me in any way she could. The emotional factor wasn’t very pronounced, however, which contributed to my being more unemotional in life and relationships up until several years ago. (I tell you this as a bit of history to convey why this is such a rewarding personal moment) So, fast forward to my first talk: I was nervous talking about nutrition and going against people’s mainstream ideas on the subject. I did my bit, answered questions and felt the talk went really well. Afterwards my Grandmother came to me to say how proud she was. That was a shock because I never expected it from her.  That has been the most rewarding experience for me to date.

TG:  If you could only give someone one change to make to make a start improving their levels of wellbeing what would it be?

BK: Good question. I find most people need to change multiple lifestyle factors.  But if I could give only one, it would be to start eating right for their metabolic type using whole organic foods. It contributes to so many other facets of life.

TG:  So what does the future hold for Brandon Krieger and KNSS?

BK: Starting in September, I’ll be taking 2 courses: HLC (Holistic Lifestyle Coach) Level 2, as well as an Energy Healing course.

Within the next year, I will complete my HLC 3, CHEK Practitioner Level One, and two more Energy Healing courses.  Then, I’ll take my time and work towards achieving CHEK Practitioner Level 4.  The more skills I learn, the more people I can help to meet their health challenges and achieve their goals.

I want KNSS to be known internationally. In the short time I’ve been doing the Holistic Lifestyle Coaching, I’ve met so many great people all around the world. I’d like to keep that momentum going and make KNSS a solution for all people, no matter where they are in the world (via seminars, webinars, courses and videos). I want to work on building friendships with other practitioners and businesses worldwide.  It’s always been a dream of mine to develop KNSS and myself to where I’m travelling and/or meeting people like yourself all around the world and helping them with their personal, professional and spiritual challenges.

Keep an eye on my website , Twitter and Youtube Channel

TG:  Brandon thanks so much for sharing with us!

BK: It’s been my pleasure, Tom.