Ben Prentiss

Ben prentiss, founder

Strength and conditioning coach Ben Prentiss has been working with professional and Olympic hockey players for almost 2 decades. Prior to opening BodyTuning, the original home of PHP, in 2000, Ben spent the off-season months in Scottsdale, AZ at Poliquin Performance Center training NHL and NFL athletes. Ben earned a Level V certification with world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin. Based on the trainer's education and experience, a Level V trainer must train a medalist at the international level and consequently Ben is one of a few trainers worldwide with this credential.

On January 1, 2016, Ben moved PHP to Stamford, CT, expanding from 2,000 to 8,000 square feet. The additional space has enabled them to expand and use unique equipment that has helped produce five Stanley Cup winners, Olympic gold medalist, NHL All-Stars, a Hart Trophy winner, Art Ross winner, Conn Smythe winner, and a Hobey Baker finalist. Ben has trained players from all 30 NHL teams as well as members of the OHL, KHL, QMJHL, USHL, AHL, German Ice Hockey League (GEL), National League A Switzerland (NLA), Finnish Elite League (FEL), NCAA, Olympics, World Cup, and World Championships. Most recently Ben was named Director of Hockey for Boston University.  

Ben's off-season training program has been recommended by coaches, advisors and agents. Over two dozen media outlets have featured Ben's training techniques with his athletes including Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, The Player's Tribune, Men's Health, Bleacher Report, Fox Sports, The New York Times, Boston Globe, and The Hockey News.


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Steve wiedl

A football and track athlete, Steve spent time in the Marines before entering Marist College to study athletic training. After earning his degree Steve was a strength coach at Seymour High School, in charge of the boys and girls track and football teams.

In 2006 Steve joined BodyTuning and PHP. After years of experience working with Ben, Steve will be working on developing the new PHP satellite location in Bridgeport's Wonderland of Ice. 


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Rob dombrowski, director of performance

Originally from Norwalk, Rob played tight end for Pace University before transferring to Sacred Hearth University to study exercise science. His love for football continued as the strength coach at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT. During his four years there the team won two city championships and reached the playoffs for the first time in 19 years. Rob also advocated for an overhaul of the team's weight room. Before starting as an intern with PHP, Rob worked at a health supplement store called Tommy K's, realizing the importance of nutrition interventions. 

Rob is responsible for a number of the client evaluations and writes programs under Ben. He embraces the challenge of  program design helping to make each athlete the best they can be.


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dan brandi

With a multi-sport background and an interest in both rehab and strength training, Dan earned a physical education degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. He interned with Quinnipiac's Physical Therapy department while working as a strength coach for Amsted High School and then at Fairfield Warde High School. 

Dan has earned certifications in Functional Range Conditioning from Postural Restoration Institute, is a USA Weightlifting coach and a Certified Strength and Conditional Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

When Dan isn't working at PHP he is practicing and competing in Judo. 


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ryan whitehead

A local Darien Blue Wave, Ryan attended Southern Connecticut State University and majored in exercise science. A record holder in pole vault while at SCSU, he earned All-American and Northeast Region Athlete of the Year.

With his eagerness to work with talented athletes, Ryan joined the PHP internship program in 2013 and has been a strength coach since 2014.


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brian elser

Brian Elser is from the New York Metro area and grew up playing hockey. Brian attended Shattuck St. Mary's High School in Faribault, MN, where he won back to back National Championships. After Shattuck, Brian played hockey for Manhattanville College where he studied psychology. He continued his hockey career playing for minor league affiliates of the Boston Bruins, Arizona Coyotes and Ottawa Senators. 

After retiring from playing hockey, he sought to continue his involvement with hockey, albeit in a different capacity. Brian recently joined the team at PHP.


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derick o'connell

A successful multi-sport athlete, DeRick earned a degree in Exercise Science from the Minnesota School of Business after transferring from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He earned a MS degree in human performance and exercise rehabilitation with a minor in injury prevention. He is a corrective exercise specialist and performance enhancement specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM); a speed and explosion specialist, level 2, through the NASE International; a muscular activation technician from MAT-JS; and a certified coach from USA Weightlifting. 

DeRick worked in the strength and conditioning department at the University of Minnesota with men's and women's sports and was the strength coach for the Upper Midwest Elite Hockey League. After leaving Minnesota, DeRick worked with the New York Giants and Hackensack University Medical Center. DeRick joined PHP in 2015.


KYLE CZECH

Kyle holds two degrees from Winona State University in Minnesota and has worked at BCS schools Clemson and Wisconsin. At Clemson, Kyle assisted with all Olympic sports before moving on to Wisconsin, where he was a strength & conditioning intern with men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s hockey, golf and spirit squads.

Kyle also serves as the strength and conditioning coach for the Boston University Terriers' women's field hockey and men's ice hockey programs, where they describe him as someone who brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to their program.

 

 


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ashley christie

Ashley graduated from Boston College with a B.A., and went on to further her knowledge with a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT, one of a few institutions that offer a graduate program in the nutrition field. There she conducted research on the effects of trend diets and detox programs have on weight loss and chronic disease symptoms. In additional to her degree studies, Ashley has studied with some of the most popular and influential practitioners in integrative nutrition. 

With a special interest in gut-brain connections and gluten sensitivity she advocates the importance of an anti-inflammatory diet for athletes. A complement to athlete nutrition she is trained in blood chemistry analysis, thyroid dysfunction and food sensitivities. Since 2009 Ashley has been advising PHP athletes on diet and supplements. Enjoying a hands on approach, she has attended classes at the Institute of Culinary Education and the Natural Gourmet School in New York City and often works with clients in the kitchen.


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HAMMER

Hammer's duties include being the PHP Mascot, providing customer care, facility security and surveillance. He has been part of the team for 6 years and enjoys snacking, sunbathing and playing catch.

Hammer challenges other athletes in the gym with his 42 inch vertical jump and 9 foot broad jump.