Hi, my name is Ben Wilson. I grew up in Sawmills, North Carolina, which is about 45 min from Boone. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2016 with a major in Recreation Management, and a minor in Exercise Science. I am certified as a personal trainer through The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). I have taught many of the classes at Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff, including H.I.I.T, Strong Women, Kettle Bell, Core Conditioning, and TRX. I have worked with all kinds of people of different ages, with different goals, and with different injuries. An interesting fact about me is that I lost 80 pounds in my senior year of high school. I was overweight most of my life until that point, but I decided to change myself for the better. This weight loss, along with taking a weightlifting class in community college set me on the path of health and fitness for a field of study. I have been on all sides of the spectrum (losing weight and gaining weight) and would love to help you with whatever fitness goal you may have!
Ben’s Recommended Sites
AthlenX is great. He talks about the body and how the workouts affect it. He has a lot of workouts. I have even seen him bring out an anatomical skeleton before for example. He trains some big-name clients as well. https://www.youtube.com/user/JDCav24
Fitnessblender is good too. They have good home workouts on their YouTube channel that I have used to get ideas from in the past. https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender/videos
Born Fitness is a website that I think might be useful. They don't have ads and have interesting fitness and nutrition articles. They seem pretty reliable. https://www.bornfitness.com/category/fitness/
My name is Seth Pruitt and I am an Appalachian State Alumni with a bachelor of science in health and exercise science. I am also nationally certified as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. I have been with HP since Fall 2017 when I started as an intern, moved to a weight room attendant, and now a personal trainer since Spring 2019. I have experience training a wide variety of demographics with varying fitness levels. I am from Franklin, NC so I have been in the mountains my whole life. I love Boone and plan to stick around for the foreseeable future. When I am not in the gym, some of the things I like to do include watching movies, hiking, playing basketball, and occasionally snowboarding.
Home Gym Build: This is a relatively new blog that I have been using to find descriptions of proper form for my less experienced clients. It has several videos from Scott Herman fitness and even includes a step-by-step of how to build a deadlift platform in your home. I thought this might be a useful resource specifically for people who are working out at home, and as it turns out, most everyone is at this time!https://homegymbuild.com/
Healthline: Healthline is where I get most of my news as it pertains to health trends and worldwide wellness. I had not actually been on their website until doing this little project because my experience with Healthline is exclusively on Twitter (Since I am on Twitter a lot.) But after looking through the website, there is a lot more going on than I thought. They have articles on a majority of health concerns; MS, diabetes, etc. They also have a lot of really helpful tools including a symptom checker which seems to be a lot more accurate than others like pubMed. https://www.healthline.com/
Barben : I was a little hesitant to include BarBend on this list because it is mainly tailored towards advanced lifters and athletes but there are a lot of people in the Appalachian community who fall under that category. This website has a wide variety of resources from proper lifting form to the good, the bad, and ugly of a lot of popular diets. There is also a BarBend podcast where they bring on powerlifters and health professionals from around the world to talk weightlifting.https://barbend.com/