Neil Wolkodoff, PhD, Medical Program Directordoc

The director of the Colorado Center for Health & Sport Science is Neil Wolkodoff, Ph.D., who holds advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM: Health Fitness Director and Exercise Physiologist). He has trained a variety of athletes including NFL, NHL, MLB, PGA and Olympic athletes for more than 20 years and he works with athletes, novices and special needs athletes, including medical conditions that cause physiological impairments.

Over the past 5 years, in the same capacity at Rose Medical Center, he pioneered additional testing and training interventions that were then applied successfully with recreational exercisers to professional athletes.

Wolkodoff has served as an editor and a member of the certification committee for ACSM, and served in the same capacities for ACE. A former member of the certification committee for the NSCA, he was also State Director for Colorado, and was twice honored as State Director of The Year by NSCA. His EnergyZone® high-intensity interval training program was awarded the prestigious Nova 7 Award at the IHRSA international conference as the best new innovation in exercise testing and training.

Wolkodoff has been a pioneer in applying gas exchange and energy system testing (VO2 Max/AT/Lactate Threshold), to assess and design individual levels of performance. He performs these services with various professional athletes including the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. His expertise runs from strength & conditioning applications to energy system training. He has performed design and validation research for a number of the prominent equipment manufacturers in the industry in both strength and aerobic equipment.

Some specific research projects/examples include: energy expended during golf; the effects of Pilates training; testing of exercise machine modalities for ergonomics and actual caloric expenditure; test modalities and their applicability to individual zones; comparisons of energy expenditures during walking versus jogging; real-time telemetry testing to measure energy expenditure for activities such as resistance training, golf and skiing; muscle group activation in resistance training exercises; product efficiency tests where there is a high energy system component; and the effects of various popular individual and group exercise programs. In addition, he developed and is applying the award-winning EnergyZone® interval-training program to both individual and group applications.

He has contributed articles to Golf Tips, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Shape, Men’s Fitness, American Health and golf.com. Currently, he is also the book review editor & columnist for Fitness Management Magazine. He is the author of Core Powered Golf, Physical Golf and Body Logic published by KickPoint Press. Just published was Physical Skiing, with the next two titles in production Physical Golf for Women and Exercise Testing & Training.

Wolkodoff also speaks Russian, Norwegian, Arabic and Spanish.