When trying to lose weight, some people hire a dietitian to evaluate their eating habits. Others try a personal trainer. Daniel Rold is a modern-day health-and-fitness combo package: He does both.
He is one of two CHEK (Certified High-performance Exercise Kinesiology) practitioners in Las Vegas. As such, he does a full-body assessment of his clients, including internal regularities of digestive organs, hormone levels, postural distortion patterns and lifestyle patterns. He also reviews a person’s nutrition and exercise habits. This evaluation isn’t centered solely on how much weight you want to lose; it takes a holistic look at your physical and emotional goals.
“There is no one-size-fits-all diet,” says Rold, 33. “There’s a reason why fad diets fail to produce results consistently for everyone. We are all different—meaning we are as different on the inside as we are on the outside.”
Based on the results of his initial assessments, Rold can tell what types of food are best for an individual. For instance, a fast-oxidizer—someone balanced by the nutrients in beans, carrots, cauliflower and peas—is imbalanced by foods such as broccoli, lettuce, onions and potatoes. So, for them, Rold creates a personalized diet and exercise program to suit their specific needs. Want a tighter midsection? He can assess and formulate the perfect balance of diet and exercise to help people achieve their goals. Reoccurring back pain? Rold can eliminate that by suggesting better foods coupled with more appropriate workouts.
“There are 20 possible reasons for back pain,” he says. “The correction for one person oftentimes does little to benefit another. So how would we know which is the cause of the back pain? That’s why these assessments are so crucial to each individual; it gives us the proper tools to get healthier the right way.”
A former military man, Rold is no stranger to body pain. In 1996, he trained for one of the military’s most prestigious and physically challenging programs, Pararescue. Once out of the military in 2000, he became a personal trainer in Phoenix. At the time it was just a job; he planned to attend art school. In fact, he moved to Las Vegas in 2005 to pursue a graphic design career but wound up working in a dead-end job as a printer. So he returned to personal training.
In March 2007, he met a CHEK practitioner and found his calling. He enrolled in holistic and exercise classes at the CHEK Institute in Vista, Calif., and hasn’t looked back.
Jelani Remy has benefited from Rold’s work. Playing the role of Simba in The Lion King at Mandalay Bay, Remy has to make sure he’s in top shape and good health in order to run, dance, jump and carry around his heavy costume eight performances a week.
“I didn’t know the value of building a strong foundation for life and how that affects my performance until I worked with Dan,” Remy says. “Physically, I’m stronger, faster and look better. Mentally, I’m aware and applying myself fully. Dan has shown me how fun working out can be and how important maintaining a healthy lifestyle is.”
When Rold assessed Remy, he found a coordination problem in Remy’s core muscle group, which can lead to spinal problems and ankle injuries. So Rold gave him a series of challenging core workouts, including a two-ball pushup which Remy does with his feet on one exercise ball and his hands on another.
In Remy’s case, the $50-to-$75-an- hour fee was a vital expense. For those who find the price of personal attention a little steep, Rold offers free classes every month at the Southwest Behavior High School, where he teaches how exercise and dieting really works—both for and against you.
“This may be the most important information they will ever hear, and it will really change people’s lives,” Rold says. “Gandhi said, ‘You must be the change you want to see in the world,’ and this is the change I want to share with the world. So I’d rather have them use that money to pay for better food on their family’s dinner plates.”