Performance program targets both elite athletes and those just wanting to get fit

Performance program targets both elite athletes and those just wanting to get fit
November 7, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Studies indicate that 60 percent - well over half - of Americans are not regularly active. Worse, 25 percent of Americans are not active at all. Data collected by the Associated Press also indicates that while Americans’ life span continues to grow, their longevity rate ranks only 41st behind most of Europe, Japan and some surprising countries such as Jordan and Singapore. Twenty years ago, the United States’ average life expectancy ranked 11th. Among the reasons cited for the decline include the United States having the world’s highest obesity rate. By maintaining an active lifestyle, U.S. citizens can reduce their risk of developing chronic health conditions. Participating in outdoor activities and individual or team sports helps promote physical fitness. However, before embarking upon a regimen of physical fitness, it is a good idea to determine what a person’s physical limitations are. “Assessing a person’s cardiovascular and metabolic activities provides a solid framework on which a training program can be tailored to meet a person’s individual needs,” said Craig Broeder, Ph.D., director of the Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology program at Benedictine University. “Whether a person is an elite athlete looking to make significant gains, or a person just wants to begin a casual running program, fitness testing can identify areas where a person can make the most gains,” he added. The Performance Enhancement Program (PEP) at Benedictine University allows athletes from beginners to professionals to take their fitness to the next level. The same tests that are routinely performed on elite athletes to ensure that they can compete at the highest levels are performed on casual athletes to determine their own fitness levels. Testing includes oxygen consumption (the capacity to deliver and utilize oxygen during maximal exertion), lactate threshold (the point where lactate goes from muscle fuel to muscle fatiguer), body composition (lean tissue to fat mass ratio) and resting metabolic rate (how much energy is burned at rest). Broeder, a Fellow with the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (FNAASO) as well as the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), directs the Performance Enhancement Program. Broeder has extensive training in sports performance nutrition and exercise physiology with a specialization in metabolism and obesity research. Broeder has helped world-class athletes prepare for a variety of sporting events including swimming, boxing, karate, cycling, triathlons, marathons, the NFL, NCAA basketball, and international track and field. He has trained and tested NCAA, world and Olympic champions. For more information or to arrange for testing, call Broeder at (630) 829-6563 or e-mail him at cbroeder@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.