About Dr. Ben
The author of 15 Minutes to FITNESS: Dr. Ben's SMaRT Plan for Diet and Total Health, Dr. Vincent (Ben) Bocchicchio, has been an innovator and leader in the fields of fitness, exercise, and health since the 1970s.
Dr. Ben was an award-winning athlete in high school and college, and he was involved personally in professional and international athletics. He was awarded degrees in the fields of Health and Exercise at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels.
In 1973, Dr. Ben founded Sports Conditioning in Staten Island. The initial objective was to condition professional and world class athletes. Using the same principles that had been so successful with the athletic population, Ben became involved in developing programs for weight reduction, cosmetic enhancement, general fitness, and health and rehabilitation. He was called upon as an expert by professional and college teams, TV, radio, screen, and stage personalities, medical institutions, and corporate entities.
Dr. Ben owned and supervised a number of private fitness and health centers from the early 1970s until the present time. He also developed and owned spine and cardio vascular rehabilitation centers, where he used his S.Ma.R.T.-EX™ program.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Ben founded Cardio Management Systems and used resistance training as an intricate part of Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation. This was the first documented and formal use of such exercise and is now commonplace protocol. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Ben became the exercise physiologist for Lehrman Back Centers in Miami Beach, Florida.
Dr. Ben has been commissioned by a number of teaching hospitals as an exercise physiologist. In addition to all these endeavors, Dr. Ben was associated with the famous weight loss program owned by Sandoz Medical called OPTIFAST and was called upon to develop an adjunct exercise program.
Dr. Ben was also commissioned as the first legally accepted expert witness in the fields of fitness and exercise by TASA (Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys) and has been qualified in court in many states as a bona fide expert in those fields.
Dr. Ben has continued his work in the fields of fitness, wellness, and health to this day. He currently maintains a private fitness and health practice in Arizona. This successful business includes medically managed weight loss programs that combine prescription medication therapy, nutritional counseling, and supervised exercise.
Dr. Ben recently conducted studies in the fields of exercise and health. He published and presented his findings to international meetings of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Physiological Society.
Now in his 60s, Dr. Ben continues to train regularly using his revolutionary S.Ma.R.T.-EX™ training system. This enables him to maintain a high level of strength, significant muscle mass, and low body fat. He continues to be a much sought-after expert and consultant by corporate, educational, and individual clients.