After seven years performing and touring as a professional dancer with reputable companies such as the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the Washington National Opera, Benjamin began to feel the wear and tear on his body and decided to trade in touring for teaching as an adjunct professor of dance in the kinesiology department at Indiana University. Benjamin dove into kinesiology and biomechanics textbooks and began to research multiple fitness and holistic modalities when an opportunity to perform a starring role in Sleep No More on Broadway led Benjamin back to New York City. The role was tough on his body and cemented Benjamin’s desire to move into the fitness industry. Already an avid yogi and student of Pilates, Benjamin found High Intensity Training to push and train his body in ways few workouts could. HIT allows him to continually reach new physical goals while working faster, stronger and smarter than he thought possible. Benjamin, raised in Normal, IL studied at Butler University, the Julliard School and received his B.A. from Point Park University.
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
1 First FHIX experience?
My first FHIX experience happened before The Fhitting Room had even opened. I took a group exercise class that Eric was instructing and I knew right away that this workout was for me.
2 Who is your FHITspiration?
My father. He’s recovering from knee replacement surgery and is killing it daily with his strength and determination.
3 Celebrity doppledanger?
Brad Pitt and Matt Damon
4 Favorite guilty pleasure?
Brownies in all forms and watching EVERYTHING on the Food Network.
5 What is it about group fitness?
The sense of community. I think the idea of “group mind” goes really far in group fitness; you can accomplish anything when you have a whole room sweating it out beside you
6 Post workout snack?
Almond butter and an apple.
7 What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An author, a Disney animator, a pop star, a nature conservationist saving Great Pandas, and one of the von Trapp children.
8 Perfect Sunday afternoon activity?
Reading the Sunday New York Times and the New Yorker with tea and a muffin or walking around the Whitney (my favorite museum in the city) before it relocates downtown.
9 Best advice you ever received?
Look at the big picture. Think about the long term. Baby steps with a goal in mind. That’s how you win.
10 Food you can’t live without?
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12 What is always in your fridge?
Kale and tahini.
13 Your biggest accomplishment?
Having the world premiere of my work, Hammock, commissioned and presented by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
14 Your favorite book?
“The World According to Garp” by John Irving. It’s change your life good.
15 Best vacation you have ever taken?
Traveling around Japan. Three weeks meeting the most beautiful, warm, and kind people in the entire world.
16 Favorite athlete?
David Hallberg of American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet. If you ever want to watch an athlete at the top of his game, find out when David Hallberg is performing at Lincoln Center and marvel at his strength and control.
17 What is your favorite movie?
Young Adult, a film I will defend and debate for hours with anyone willing to go there. I think it’s the most under appreciated, misunderstood masterpiece of the last 10 years.
18 Who you would love to meet and have dinner with?
Rupaul and Kermit the Frog. It would be the most enlightening meal of my life.
19 Favorite restaurant in the city?
Yuka Japanese Restaurant in the Upper East Side. It’s no frills sushi, but utter perfection in my book.
20 Best gift you have ever received?
21 Favorite type of food?
Homemade food. The best food is made at home with loved ones.