Ben Kessel

Founder, CSCS, USAT level II

Ben grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn and founded Priority Fitness in 2008. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a degree in Personal Health & Wellness Training (a combo of exercise science, pre-med, nutrition, and sports psychology).

He is both an athlete and a student of human movement. As a child, he played a lot of different sports and capped his youth athletic career as a collegiate Lacrosse goalie. Ben worked at his father's Chiropractic office from an early age and learned about the body and human movement from a clinical perspective.

He is a certified Strength & Conditioning Coach holding a CSCS certification from NSCA, an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) and Specialist in Performance Nutrition (SPN), a certified USAT Level II coach & USATF coach, has attended week long continuing education intensives at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, and has over 18 professional years of experience training and coaching athletes. He offers strength and conditioning, endurance sport coaching, running analysis, and endurance club strength training.

Ben actively participates in triathlons and endurance sports. He's the official Strength and Conditioning coach of the Brooklyn Tri Club and also coaches other local endurance clubs in the NYC area including his very Priority Endurance Squad (Link to Endurance page).

He was on/qualified for Team USA 2019, 2021, and 2022, is an Ironman finisher, and has won multiple local races overall.

Ben has led seminars on Strength & Conditioning, Triathlon, and general wellness. He has written articles for corporate wellness and publications, and has been featured in books about his training as both a coach and athlete.

Ben Kessel