Ben received his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lake Forest College. He participated in various sports through his teens including, basketball, cross country, track, and karate. Most notably, Ben was a national Shotokan Karate sparring competitor in 2005 and 2006. After disappointment with various commercial gyms, he walked into the doors of RPE and found the perfect fitness regiment. Ben admits his abilities were not adequate despite 'knowing' how to do many of the movements before starting Crossfit. Ben explains, "a great coach told me I was given two ears and one mouth. That means I should do twice as much listening than speaking." By implementing this idea he has made many significant accomplishments and continues to do so both as an athlete and coach.