Ben Van Male

Ben brings over 10 years of progressive experience in training, coaching and business. He has developed a deep understanding about working with a diverse group of people, while spending a majority of his career in Coaching, Human Resources and Customer Service. He is a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise and holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Business.

Recently, Ben has become an ACE VIVOBAREFOOT Master Trainer and has added even more drills and knowledge to his toolbox of running expertise. He has also received his Newton Natural Running Coach certification and wants to help clients run naturally and injury free. He also holds USA Track & Field certifications in Distance, Jumps, and Sprinting that help to complement his ACE Personal Training accreditation. Like in his personal life, he thrives on diversity and appreciates the challenges of a varied client base.

Ben didn’t plan to be a Personal Trainer or Running Coach. He did know since a teenager and as a competitive athlete that he wanted to be a Coach. Ben’s philosophies and abundant skills have been learned through one-on-one relationships with coaches, colleagues, athletes and Personal Training clients. Through all of his experiences and skills, Ben has discovered that being a Coach and Personal Trainer is his destiny.

Ben loves to share his passion by encouraging others to reach higher limits and find happiness in everyday life. He believes that through fitness, people can find fulfillment in their lives, increase their energy and reach their goals. He enjoys the variety of working with a diverse group of clients. He challenges them to find their own path to success and that everyone deserves to be unique.

Ben is an avid runner, cyclist and triathlete competing in a variety of competitive events since he was a youngster and holds personal records of 4:29 for the mile, 16:00 for the 5K and 2:48 for the marathon. Most recently he has entered into the worlds of both the triathlon and snowshoe running and enjoys the new challenges in training for these diverse events. He personally enjoys anything active and outdoors, especially yoga, kayaking, snowboarding, fishing and travel.

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About Me


  • BBA, Business, UW-Milwaukee

Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: 2024-06-30 07:00:00 UTC
ACE - Youth Fitness Specialist Program - 2.5 CECs

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
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Expires: 2024-03-30 07:00:00 UTC
American Red Cross
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Expires: 2018-05-05 07:00:00 UTC

AED Certified

American Heart Association
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Expires: 2024-03-30 07:00:00 UTC
American Red Cross
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2018-05-05 07:00:00 UTC

Liability Insurance

  • Lockton

Additional Information


$85.00 / hr, $85 per single session or 10 sessions for $700, other package rates also available

Payment Methods

Cash , Cashier's Check , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2:48 marathon, 16th place, 2011 Lakefront Marathon
  • 4x800 State Champion
  • 4 Time Conference Champion, Cross Country/Track & Field
  • Coached numerous state and conference champion teams and individuals
  • 2:50 marathon, 16th place, 1996 Lakefront Marathon

Languages Spoken




12 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Noah Rickun on Mar 16, 2013

    If you're a runner (or a wanna-be runner) you owe it to yourself to train with Ben. He will analyze your gait, help you find a more natural style, increase your mileage and speed exponentially, and make sure you don't get hurt along the way.

  • by Nick Pabich on Jan 16, 2013

    I have been working with Ben since July now and it has paid off more then the four years with my highschools track coaches. Ben is willing to go above and beyond to help train those looking to improve themselves. He has improved my form andy overall fitness level to make me a higher level sprinter. It's because of working with him this year I believe I can run at a college level.

  • by Jeff Bentoff on Jun 20, 2012

    Ben's an excellent trainer. The tough but enjoyable workout sessions are paying off -- I'm getting stronger and fitter. The emphasis on stretches has helped make my jogs longer and more fun (in part by nearly eliminating tightness). Ben's expertise on running technique was something I didn't expect, but it's been very useful: He's taught me the proper "natural running" form, which makes my runs easier on me. He's also trained me to do numerous strength and core exercises at home. Ben's highly knowledgeable and a natural coach and motivator. For all these reasons, I highly recommend Ben.

  • by Simon McConico on Apr 27, 2012

    So... Ben... He is fantastic. If you are looking for someone to kick your butt and smile while doing it, he is your guy. You'll be sore afterwards, but hey, if you aint, then why do you have a trainer? Lots of fun and always keeps things a bit different so you don't get bored with the same things. If you need/want to get in shape, he is the one to get you there.

  • by Heidi Nolan on Apr 14, 2012

    Ben is a great trainer. He is focused and still keeps things fun. I like that he really listened to my goals and has designed strength training and speed workouts to help me run stronger, farther and faster as I train for the marathon. Would definitely recommend him as a trainer!

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