Bob is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, the former Director of Sports Nutrition for the University of Florida and most recently served as a sport dietitian for the US Olympic Committee. Bob traveled to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as a sport dietitian for the US Olympic Team and the personal sport dietitian/exercise physiologist for the Olympic Triathlon Team.
Bob has a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science, a master's degree in Health and Exercise Science and a second master's degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. He is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Triathlon Level III Elite Coach and a USA Triathlon Youth/Junior coach. Being an out of the box thinker, Bob created the concepts of Nutrition Periodization™ and Metabolic Efficiency Training™ . As a nutrition coach, Bob specializes in enhancing health and improving performance by improving metabolic efficiency and using nutrition periodization, which provides varying nutrition recommendations to each specific athlete based on training cycle changes and body composition and weight goals. As an endurance coach, exercise physiologist and strength and conditioning specialist, Bob specializes in leading athletes to optimal performance through the use of science and real-life training applications that balance life, work and family.
Bob has worked with a variety of athletes from sports including triathlon, duathlon, ultra-running/cycling, track and field, marathon, mountain biking, road and track cycling, cross country, swimming, football, tae kwon do, motocross, tennis, wrestling, weightlifting, rowing, skeleton, sailing, paralympic sailing, canoeing and kayaking, Crossfit, and obstacle course racing. He has worked with all ages and abilities of athletes including high schoolers/juniors, recreationally active adults, professional athletes and Olympians. He is one of the very few Sport Dietitians in the country who specializes in working with young athletes.
Practicing what he preaches, Bob has been an athlete his entire life growing up playing competitive soccer. In 1993 he turned to endurance sports and has competed in many endurance events including the Boston Marathon, six Ironman races, the Leadville 100 mile trail running race (twice), the Leadville 100 mile mountain bike race (twice) and in 2009, Bob became a Leadman, completing all six of the Leadville endurance events in 7 weeks. As a USA Triathlon All-American for many years, he currently specializes in short course triathlon and obstacle course racing (where he placed 4th in his age-group in the 2016 Competitive Division of the Spartan World Championships-Beast distance race in Lake Tahoe, CA).
Here is a short list of the athletes with whom Bob has been honored to work with:
- Susan Williams (triathlon, bronze medalist, 2004)
- Sarah Haskins (triathlon)
- Hunter Kemper (triathlon)
- Joanna Zeiger (triathlon)
- Andy Potts (triathlon)
- Ben Kanute (triathlon)
- Meb Keflezighi (marathon)
- Anna Tunnicliffe (sailing)
- Deb Capozzi (sailing)
- Zach Railey (sailing)
- Rudy Tolson Garcia (paralympic swimming)
- Sam McGlone (triathlon)
- Julie Ertel (triathlon)
- Sarah Groff (triathlon)
- Henry Marshall (sailing, Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist)
- Tim O’Donnell (triathlon)
- Joe Umpenhour (triathlon)
- Brian Fleischmann (triathlon)
- Jasmine Oeinck (triathlon)
- Matt Chrabot (triathlon)
- Amanda Stevens (triathlon)
- Kevin Collington (triathlon)
- Amanda Lovato (triathlon)
- Michael Lovato (triathlon)
- Manny Huerta (triathlon)
- Sara McLarty (triathlon)
- Kate Ross (triathlon)
- Jen Spieldenner (triathlon)
- Ethan Brown (triathlon)
- George Szabo (sailing)
- Paige Railey (sailing)
- Ryan Pesch (sailing)
- Annie Haeger (sailing)
- Briana Provancha (sailing)
- Esther Lofgren (rowing)
- Mike Holbrook (rowing)
- Aric Almirola (Nascar)
- Professional Hockey (NHL) players
- University of Florida (football, swimming/diving, track and field, cross country, men’s women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis) swimming and softball)
- University of Northern Colorado (individual athletes from soccer, wrestling and swimming)
- Colorado State University (individual athletes from football and swimming)
Being coached by Bob has been an amazing experience. His keen sense of humor and vast amount of experience is what drew me to him. The fact that he is an RD and sports physiologist has been a key to the success in my training. He watches my numbers but also listens to how I feel. He is quick to make changes to my plan if and when they are needed. He's a fun coach but not one that coddles me. He listens and is attentive and encouraging. The workouts are never boring and certainly not cookie cutter. I've learned a lot from Bob and have great respect for his coaching capabilities. Susan M.
Working with Bob has been transformative for my training and for me personally. Bob earned the nickname VOG for Voice of God as I trained with Bob for the Ironman World Championships in Kona for almost ten months, yet I never met him in person until the week of my race. Throughout my training, I followed Bob's advice to the nines, believing that if I put in the effort the results would follow.
Not only did Bob create my training program but he taught me that nutrition is without a doubt the fourth leg of an Ironman race. He had me practice my nutrition for all the long workouts and worked with me to tweak my race day nutrition which was a game changer. Bob's expertise in training kept me free from injury and healthy. His workouts are formulaic, scientific and varied so there is no boredom.
He has a natural ability to inspire and he gave me the tools to compete, taught me to be confident in my abilities and to be proud of my efforts. He listens and is able to focus in on the individual needs of each athlete. Rather than prescribing off the shelf workouts, Bob created a weekly schedule based on my calendar and he would move workouts around to accommodate travel and important family functions.
I introduced Bob to a friend who is now working with him and after my race my friend asked if training with Bob helped my race performance. I assured him that if he follows Bob's advice, he will be the absolute best he can be on race day. I was completely prepared for every obstacle that came my way in the race as I had practiced what Bob preaches! There were no surprises on the course which says a lot about Bob and how he prepared me for the long day.
I am incredibly grateful for all of Bob's guidance as he made the journey as special as the actual race. It was truly magical from start to finish. Amy G.