Athletics/Sports, Exercise Science, Health and Wellness, Men's Health, Physical Fitness
Cardiovascular (aerobic) fitness, Resistance training, General exercise program design, Cardiovascular disease and physical activity, Endothelial function, Weight loss, Fitness certifications, Exercise physiology
Department: Human Performance and Sport
Office Phone: 303-615-1341
Interviewed by: CBS4 Denver
Ben Thompson, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Human Performance and Sport at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Prior to working in higher education, he was employed as an exercise professional for Johnson & Johnson as well as in hospital and community-based fitness facilities. Thompson is an active member in the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards Certified Exercise Physiologist subcommittee for ACSM as well as a member-at-large for the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.
Thompson was recently honored to be named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is one of approximately 1400 in the entire College. He is also an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and has maintained this certification for over 16 years. Thompson has published in well-known, peer-reviewed journals like the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology. He has continued research interests in skeletal muscle blood flow as well as the efficacy of physician/exercise professional national initiatives.
Thompson received his doctorate in exercise science from University of Toledo, a master’s in exercise science from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s in kinesiology from University of Northern Colorado.