Ben Perlson | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa
Ben Perlson


Deerfield, IL.


  • B.S.E. Industrial Engineering - University of Iowa
  • M.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering - University of Iowa 


  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Specialty Areas:

  • ​Olympic weightlifting
  • Free weights
  • Core health/corrective exercise


  • Personal Training with the University of Iowa Recreational Services since 2014.


  • Learning about technology and how various objects work
  • Build things
  • Watch movies or TV, if not working on school, work, or personal projects.


Growing up, I was involved in a variety of athletics from swimming to gymnastics to Olympic weightlifting. It was through all these things that I found my passion for exercise. This passion combined with my love for teaching, continuous improvement, and strengthening mind and body is what brought me to personal training. I want to give others the tools to live a happy and healthy life. 

"No pain, no gain." - Somebody who doesn't have your long-term interests in mind. I want to help you reach your goals and gain confidence in the gym, through training that progresses safely and at your pace. My goal is to make each one of our sessions informative and fun so that you look forward to incorporating what you learn in our sessions into your life. 

I love weightlifting and sports performance. I also recognize that our bodies have limitations. I believe there is no reason that a previous injury should prevent somebody from reaching their goals. This is why I incorporate both preventative and rehabilitative measures into workouts that are specific to you! I can not wait to share what has made me so happy, with you. 


My goal is to help you safely and efficiently reach your goals while learning about health, wellness, and living happily. I believe fitness is one of the best catalysts to positively impact every aspect of life.