Author Archives: Ben Skutnik

About Ben Skutnik

Ben grew up a football player who found his way into a swimming pool. Swimming for four years, culminating in All-American status, at a Division III level, Ben grew to appreciate the effects that various training styles had on performance and decided to pursue the field of Exercise Physiology. After receiving his M.S. from Kansas State University in 2013, Ben moved on to Indiana University - Bloomington where he is currently a PhD candidate and adjunct faculty, molding the young minds in the field of Human Performance. While in Bloomington, he spent some time on deck coaching swimming at the club level, successfully coaching several swimmers to the National and Olympic Trials meets. Currently, Ben's feet are on dry land as he has shifted his focus towards empowering athletes in the weight room. Drawing from experience as an endurance athlete, Ben enjoys the challenge of applying the principles of the Power Athlete Methodology to non-traditional Power Athletes.

5 Takeaways from the 2018 Power Athlete Symposium

This weekend we wrapped up the 2018 Power Athlete Symposium, the premier symposium in strength and conditioning-ing-ing. While there were an almost infinite number of knowledge […]

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Empowering Your Black Friday: The Kitchen

By now we all know that it doesn’t matter how great your training plan is if your nutrition is garbage. But knowing what to eat isn’t […]

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The Holiday Binge: Just Tell Me How To Feast

It’s coming, the most delicious time of the year, winter holiday season. While all the necessary components are there for sound nutrition plan, there is still […]

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The Aerobic Power Athlete

BE THE HAMMER! When you read that, chances are you imagine an athlete lowering their shoulder and trucking over someone on the field, driving them into […]

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SPP: The Secret Sauce

Heavy footballs, “banded” sprints, basketball with ankle weights. While all this could easily be mistaken as sport specific training, in reality this is simply simulation of […]

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Battle The Bullshit: Gen Pop Onboarding

Is the first experience of the new members to your gym’s culture a box ticking coach blindly following some onboarding program to push a square peg […]

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What the Science Says: Hydration

According to the CDC, 7,233 people have died from heat-related deaths over the past 11 years (658 per year on average), with 5,201 of those  being […]

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GPP: The Foundation of Athlete Development

If you’re a field or court sport athlete, you’re entering the greatest time of the year…summer training! As spring sports finish up their seasons, fall sports […]

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What the Science Says: Sleep

“Sleep is for the weak!”…probably one of the more common phrases in today’s society, right along with “I’ll rest when I’m dead!” I’m sure we’ve all […]

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On that Grind: One Hustler’s Journey through Grindstone

A Base Level of Strength. This is what you earn for pushing heavy iron four days a week for 20 to 30 weeks. But once that […]

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Five Knowledge Bombs Dropped at BirthFit

“Let’s get in a circle and put our arms around each other.”  This is not how most weekend seminars start. In fact, this was not how […]

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What The Science Says: Beta-Alanine Supplementation

In the locker room things start to…tingle. First your lips…then your entire face. One minute, you’re looking like Tyrone Biggums and the next you feel like […]

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What the Science Says: Guidelines for Youth Resistance Training

So now we finally come full circle. We’ve covered how strength training is necessary for kids to develop to their fullest potential and remain healthy. We’ve […]

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What the Science Says: Effects of Youth Resistance Training

Picking up where we left off in Youth Resistance Training, this article will peel the next layer of the onion back. We’ve established that kids should […]

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What the Science Says: Youth Resistance Training

“Don’t you know it’s unsafe for kids to lift weights? It will stunt their growth. If they don’t use protective equipment they’ll hurt themselves. It’s just not […]

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What The Science Says: Creatine

Have you heard that creatine supplementation can cause kidney failure? What about how it’s as dangerous for kids to take as steroids? Or, has the meathead […]

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Lab to Leg Day: How to be a Scientific Strength and Conditioning Coach

Recent research suggests that 6-weeks of whole body vibration training improves vertical jump training (Rubio-Arias et al., 2017). Additionally, drinking an ice slushy will help athletes […]

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A Coach’s Field Guide to Hormones

Hormones and their behaviors are, arguably, the most important players when it comes to training adaptations and increasing performance, keeping a healthy sex-life with your partner, […]

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