Brook Benten, M.Ed., is President of Cardiopump Fitness, LLC. A few of her certifications include: ACSM-Exercise Physiologist, ACE Personal Trainer, RKC, StrongFirst Girya (SFG) Level II Kettlebell Instructor, AFPA Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, AAAI Yoga, Physical Mind Institute: The Method Pilates, Spinning®, Schwinn Cycle, and Kettlebell Concepts Group Fitness Instructor.
Brook obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Sport Science with minor in Business Administration at Texas State University in May 2003, and her Master’s of Education in Physical Education with emphasis in Sports and Fitness Administration from The University of Houston in Dec. 2004.
In 2009, while serving as Fitness Director at Southern Methodist University, Brook was honored with receiving the SMU President’s Award for Continuing Excellence. She was also the March 2009 “National Wellness Spotlight” for the American College Personnel Association.
Growing up in Taylor, TX, Brook Benten was the awkward child who was just downright clumsy when it came to sporting events. She self-proclaimed herself the “Queen of Off-Season.” Although she was hopeless and helpless in organized sport, she loved to move. Brook found her fit in baton twirling. For all of her high school years, she performed at Taylor High School football games as the feature twirler. As she neared the end of her senior year in high school, she knew that she was going to need something big to fill the void of twirling, which she didn’t intend to pursue in college. She found Step Aerobics, and the fit was like a hand and a glove.
Brook Benten’s fitness career began in the late 90s with teaching Step Aerobic classes at the Parks and Recreation Center in the city of Georgetown, TX. Soon thereafter, she learned to teach several other types of fitness classes. She also began personal training. For Brook, personal training was, and is to this day, one of the most rewarding parts of being a fitness professional. In her words, Brook says, “When I can help a client to achieve breakthroughs in health and fitness, it changes their whole disposition. It positively affects everyone around them. It’s not about looking better; it’s about living better.”
Throughout Brook’s undergraduate tenure at Texas State University, she was teaching classes and training instructors for the Department of Recreational Sports as well as serving as Aerobics Coordinator for Fitness Connection in Austin, TX. She later served as Group Exercise Manager for GOLDS Gym International. Throughout graduate school, Brook served the University of Houston as Group Fitness Coordinator. From January 2005 until January 2010, Brook served as Fitness Director at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Brook Benten left SMU in 2010 to move to Central Texas with her husband, Daniel, and exclusively focus on her fitness consulting company, Cardiopump Fitness, LLC.
In 2010, Brook became an Advisory Board member for GoFit, LLC. She recorded several workout videos that year. Those include: “Kettlebody by Brook,” “Kettlebell: Butts & Guts, Revisited,” “Intro to ProGym (packaged with GoFit ProGym),” “Intro to Stability Ball (packaged with GoFit ProBall),” and “Intro to Core Ball (packaged with GoFit Core Ab Ball).” These items are available on the merchandise page.
In 2011, Brook became GoFit’s kettlebell expert. GoFit is the world’s leader in fitness equipment for the at-home user. She recorded “Kettlebell Beginnings” DVD, which is now packaged with all GoFit kettlebells. Brook also began presenting at Power Systems Total Training Seminars in 2011.
In 2012, Brook was named “Austin’s Fittest Fitness Professional” by The Fit Company Institute. Votes from the general public counted for 10% of the score! The remaining 90% came from: performance on a physical fitness test (obstacle course) and interview. You will see Brook Benten’s contender page at www.fitcompany.com/brookbenten. Brook was a 2012 finalist for Personal Fitness Professional’s (PFP) “Personal Trainer of the Year.” Her journey to success story was published in PFP Magazine (Aug-July 2012, pg. 14-16). Brook, along with Patrick Goudeau, recorded the first professional DVDs for Hyperwear with SandBells. She was among the trainers to go through the very first Hyperwear Master Trainer summit.
In 2013, Brook began presenting at Mania® conventions for SCW Fitness. (Mania® fitness conventions are hosted annually in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Boston). She welcomed her first child into the world, “Hayes,” born 3-13-13. She also recorded over 200 videos for LiveStrong as part of their Core Essentials web video and app series. She wrote the workout for Prevention Magazine’s “20-Minutes to Slim & Sculpted.”
In 2014, Brook was a participant in the very first StrongFirst Girya Level II certification workshop. Passing SFG II was her greatest strength accomplishment, to date. Brook became a faculty member for SCW Fitness Education in 2014. She leads pre-con and post-con certifications before/after Mania® conventions, listed above. She also created curriculum for CardioPump™ Kettlebell and began leading 9-hour kettlebell workshops for campus recreation centers in 2014.
Brook intended on backing off a bit in 2015 to focus on having another child, but that’s not what the year held. Instead of growing, her family shrunk, and her career grew. Brook presented at IDEA World Fitness Convention for the first time. She became a bimonthly contributor for Prevention Magazine. She also began modeling for Prevention.com. She modeled for new packaging with new branding for GoFit products, including kettlebells, yoga mats, ProGym, plyo box, strength bands, regeneration products, CoreAb ball, and waist trimmer… all set to release in 2016. Brook became an Advisory Board Member for Power Music, the world’s #1 source of music for fitness professionals. She worked with FitLife Productions to create new videos that will be packaged with GoFit’s 12″ plyo box, kettlebells, and ProGym. Brook began executive producing her own workout DVDs and releasing 1-2 brand new, instantly available, videos per month through a CardioPump™ Membership program. ”Being behind the camera has made me much better in front of the camera,” she says. ”Nobody wants to deal with pain-in-the-butt edits in post-production.”
She doesn’t plan on putting on the brakes in 2016. She will present at IDEA East, IDEA West, IDEA World, select regional fitness conventions, and the NIRSA annual conference. See cardiopump.com to schedule a CardioPump™ Kettlebell workshop at your campus recreation center, led by Brook Benten, in 2016.
Brook Benten’s professional objective is to teach fun fitness classes that break negative associations to exercise, and catalyze improvements in social, emotional, and physical wellness.
Brook’s favorite quotes:
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Steve Prefontaine
“Good teachers are those who lay themselves down as bridges, over which they invite their students to cross. Then, after having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.”