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Author Archives: Ben Skutnik, PhD(c), CSCS, PN1

About Ben Skutnik, PhD(c), CSCS, PN1

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 to pursue a PhD in 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. He also served as the primary strength and condition coach for some of the post-graduate Olympians that swam at Indiana University. Currently, Ben is finishing his PhD while serving a clinical faculty member at the University of Louisville, molding the minds that will be the future of strength and conditioning coaches. He also helps support the Olympic Sports side of the Strength and Conditioning Department there as a sports scientist.

Eating for Two with Abandon – Part 2

This isn’t your mother’s pregnancy. Things have changed drastically in terms of what we know to be healthy for mom and baby during pregnancy; what they […]

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Eating for Two with Abandon – Part 1

As I write this, my wife is crushing her 40th week of pregnancy. The is our first pregnancy so that means one thing: everyone has advice […]

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Mindfulness in the Kitchen

One of the first topics I cover with a nutrition client in our initial consultation really doesn’t have anything to do with nutrition; not directly, at […]

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A Coach Learning from Coaches

“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.” Sun Tzu, Art of War Almost two years ago, I took a blind leap of […]

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I Want It All: Your Nutrition and Training Goals

“What are your goals?” If you ever pick up nutrition coaching or meal planning from Power Athlete, this will be the first thing you hear when […]

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Power Athlete Nutrition 101: Calorie Balance and The S.A.I.D. Principle

Take in more calories than you expend, and you’ll gain weight. Take in fewer calories than you expend, and you’ll lose weight. If you think otherwise, […]

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Unf*ck Your Breathing: The Mechanics

“In my class today, we were discussing avoiding the Valsalva maneuver when lifting and cueing clients to breathe out on the hard parts of the lift […]

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The Female Athlete Triad

With the recent fitness revolution came a major realization: women are pretty badass. The gym scene had been littered with beefed up bros since cavemen started […]

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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Accountability in the Kitchen

I originally set out to write this article as guide to meal prepping.That shit is unoriginal, it’ is not going to help anyone. it’s the superficial […]

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Equip Your Kitchen For Success

Hot take alert: If your nutrition isn’t under control, you’re wasting your time with everything else. High-level training, performance enhancing equipment, and all the supplements in […]

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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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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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