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ABOUT PAUL BURKE
Paul Burke has his Master’s Degree in Integrated Studies from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His life long experience as a champion body builder, arm wrestler, actor, and an academic professor brought him to write his first book; a very detailed book about exercise, fitness and nutrition for the Mature Male, along with two other written gems about nutrition and weight training.
In his first book, “Burke’s Law,” A New Fitness Paradigm for the Mature Male, (Trafford, 2006; Book-Surge, 2009) he makes the very persuasive case for changing the “old fitness training paradigm” to one that he has termed, “Burke's Law,” one that incorporates everything from each person finding his own set of “Bio-mechanically perfect exercises,” to trying best to eat like his version of our Paleolithic ancestors—elaborated upon in detail in his second book, “Paul Burke’s Neo-Dieter’s Handbook,” When We Lost Our Nutritional Roots; Where to Find These Foods Today (Book-Surge, 2009)
Dr. Barry Sears, of ‘The Zone” fame, says: “Paul Burke has mastered the understanding that a great body for the mature male is a combination of intelligent training coupled with an equally intelligent diet. Even more impressive is that he has maintained his great physique in the face of a chronic disease that would leave many resigned to a life of inactivity.” Almost shocking words, from a historical man in our culture. What makes Burke go on training with a disease that cripples most?
Burke was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) in 1995 while training Bill Koch and his America’s Cup Team in San Diego, CA. Says Burke, “How could I,” I thought nervously in my head, “the biggest, strongest, most athletic guy who everyone knew as just those things, be headed toward the crippling prospects of Multiple Sclerosis?” “To say the least, my world was turned upside down.”
Burke says that MS was the driving force behind his own training paradigm shift and the beginning of a long arduous road back to healing and growing into one of the World’s most respected writers and trainers for men over 40 (now 50 and up). Having been the Over 40 Editor for magazines, "Exercise For Men Only"; "Men’s Exercise"; "Natural Body Building & Fitness"; and he is now a monthly columnist for “Iron Man.” Between his books and columns, he has developed a large and world-wide following.
Burke’s second book, “The Neo-dieter’s Handbook,” When We Lost Our Nutritional Roots and Where to Find These Foods Today (Book-Surge/Amazon, 2009), is being touted by everyone from Dr. Barry Sears to world champion weight trainers and bodybuilders. According to a recent critic this book, “is another gem of Burke’s flexing his ability to weave almost poetic like verbiage, combining his experiential wisdom with his empirical knowledge— within two subject genres that are usually dull and tediously cookie-cutter boring. His approach is always the same whether writing about Nutrition, Body Building, Fitness, or specifically detailed questions posed to him from readers of his monthly column in “Iron Man” magazine (the country’s oldest “Iron” Magazine): He has “eagle” eyes and a “mouse” type ability to cull the greatest of detail and still see the world from afar. This book will leave you feeling as if there is no other “human diet” possible than the one he puts forth. No tricks, no magic bullet and no smoke and mirrors. It is Burke’s interpretation of history telling us all what the future of “dieting” is.”
His third and upcoming book, “Burke’s Law II,” Bodybuilding for (Smart) Dumbbells: Reaching Your Muscular Potential Through Musculoskeletal Designation (Book-Surge/Amazon, 2009) is due to be released January, 2010. It is the written explanation of how Burke uses his training client’s musculoskeletal measurements as a guide to match those uniquely personal measurements with bio-mechanically, leverage advantageous exercises—all stored in an enormous database comprised of every possible musculoskeletal measurement, for every human being—with the “proper” exercises for each of those variables.
Many have said that Burke wrote “the wrong book,” that the unbelievable story of his life should have been his first published book. Burke started out on his own, very young, and joined the traveling carnival and circus at the age of 16. He had begun lifting weights at the age of 12 years old. Then running the carnival rides, taking them down by hand and traveling over the road with the gigantic machines taught Burke a lot. His curiosity to understand everything from the “strongmen” acts to the movement of the arms on the giant “Spider” ride allowed him to first understand bio-mechanics, machinery and leverage. This led him to join the US Air Force and become a Crew Chief on HH-53 Helicopters, in the Rescue branch of the Air Force. It was in the Air Force that Burke won his First Body Building Contest, while stationed in England--the contest, “The Mr. Titian,” in London, 1981. Burke soon was honorably discharged from the military, only to move again to the West Coast and train with the big boys: Arnold, Franco, Lou Ferrigno and many other champions. It wasn’t long and Burke was winning larger contests and he found himself in New York City, working for Yul Brynner as his body guard at night, while auditioning for his own acting roles during the day. He received his first principal role in a Levi’s commercial and received his Screen Actors Guild card in 1983. This led to principal roles in "Spenser For Hire", "Guiding light," and his big break, with Julia Roberts in "Mystic Pizza".
But, something always brought Burke back to Body Building. While living with Franco Rossellini and Doris Duke, on Duke Farms in Somerset, NJ, Burke won the Mr. Empire State Contest and then finished third in both Jr. Mr. USA and Jr. Mr. Universe. Burke’s star was on the ascent in many ways, but his love and passion for training with weights always brought him back to wanting more, despite an acting career just waiting for him to grab hold.
Burke began training celebrities and opened his own gym in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Kendal Athletic Club was in a new building that looked out over a tributary to the Charles River. While gathering clients, Burke introduced himself to the Billionaire son of the richest family in the United States. Bill Koch was at that time just beginning to sail; and Burke offered Koch his training services and as Koch got into shape at Burke’s Fitness Club, Koch asked Burke to come and sail with him on the Maxi Boat World Championships and on to the America’s Cup. Burke was built to grind the huge mainsail of the Maxi’s and soon he was off again to other places, now sailing with Koch in other worldly places.
Eventually, Burke went to work for Koch full time as his trainer and his assistant. It was during Koch’s Women’s Team trial for the Cup that Burke began getting symptoms of MS.
“Bill (Koch), sent me to his house on Oyster Harbors to recover, but it took me years to get better.” Not long after, Burke was on his own, lying in bed wondering what life would bring him. He started researching diet from an evolution standpoint and he wondered if all of his years of heavy, day after day type training hadn’t contributed somehow to his health problems.
Finally, Burke recovered and began training a different way, eating differently and soon his body looked better than ever. “Burke’s Law” was born and off to New York City he went to do more acting and training. To this day Burke contends that in every miserable experience there is some kind of silver lining. “I would have never written this book if I didn’t get MS, and rupture my assessor nerve,” he says as if he planned it that way. True, his life was full of travel and adventure and his admirers are many; yet, Burke always goes back to where he began. “I began lifting weights and marveling at the workings of the Human Body, and I suppose that is where my passion will always remain.” “Burke’s Law” is a book like no other. To quote Steve Cardillo, the inventor of the Reebok “Pump” Belt and National Power lifting Champion, “Paul Burke never ceases to amaze me--he is simply the most talented genius I have ever met.”
For more information about Burke’s books, go to www.Amazon.com
Go to Paul’s website: www.paulburkefitness.com
"Burke’s Law,” (Trafford Publishing, 2006, Amazon Book-Surge Publishing, 2009).
“Paul Burke’s Neo-Dieter’s Handbook,” When We Lost Our Nutritional Roots; Where to Find These Foods Today. (Amazon Book-Surge Publishing, 2009).
This book is a Book-Surge/Amazon, Paul Burke Enterprises, LLC collaboration.