About Neil Wolkodoff, PhD
||Neil Wolkodoff, PhD., holds advanced certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE: Clinical Exercise Specialist), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM: Health Fitness Director), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA: Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist), the U.S. Weight Lifting Federation, and the Pilates Method Alliance. He is also a level 200 certified ski coach with the USSA. He has trained a variety of athletes including NFL, NHL, MLB and Olympic athletes for over 15 years and works with athletes, novices and special needs including medical conditions that cause physiological impairments. Wolkodoff is one of the few performance specialists that combine advanced physiological assessments with personal training for superior results. Using a variety of training methods from Pilates to core training to whole body vibration, Wolkodoff applies the right methods to each individual client for safe, yet extremely effective exercise using an integrated approach.
As an accomplished presenter, he has routinely presented at IDEA, IHRSA, NSCA, the Collegiate Golf Coaches Association and other international fitness and sports science events. He has served as an editor and a member of the certification committee for ACSM, and served in the same capacities for ACE. A former member of the certification committee for the NSCA, he was also State Director for Colorado, and was twice honored as State Director of The Year by NSCA.
Wolkodoff has special expertise metabolic testing and training, as it applies to both individual and group exercise. He has been a pioneer in applying gas exchange and energy system testing (VO2 Max/AT/Lactate Threshold), to assess and design individual levels of performance. He performs these services with various professional athletes including the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. His research projects include: testing of exercise machine modalities for ergonomics and actual caloric expenditure; test modalities and their applicability to individual zones; comparisons of energy expenditures during walking versus jogging; real-time telemetry testing to measure energy expenditure for activities such as resistance training, golf and skiing; product efficiency tests where there is a high energy system component; and the effects of various popular individual and group exercise programs. In addition, he developed and is applying the award-winning EnergyZone interval-training program to both individual and group applications. In his role as exercise physiologist/director of education for Pro-Rehab & Fitness Center, he trains the staff on medical and fitness modalities and their use.
His clients include various professional and amateur athletes, as well as professionals from the LPGA, PGA and Senior PGA tours. He has contributed articles to Golf Tips, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Shape, Men’s Fitness, American Health and golf.com, and is has been a health/fitness columnist for the Rocky Mountain News. Currently, he is also the book review editor & columnist for Fitness Management Magazine. He is the author of Core Powered Golf, Physical Golf and Body Logic published by KickPoint Press. Scheduled for release next in the series are Physical Skiing and Physical Golf For Women.