Jason R Karp, PhD
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Jason R Karp, PhD

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The passion Jason Karp found as a kid for the science of athletic performance started with a race around the track in sixth grade in Marlboro, New Jersey. Little did Jason know how much it would define his career and life. A Brooklyn, New York native, he grew up playing baseball and soccer and running track. It was intoxicating. His passion and curiosity placed him on a path that he still follows as a coach, exercise physiologist, author, speaker, and creator of the popular REVO₂LUTION RUNNING coaching certification program, which was acquired by International Sports Sciences Association in 2022. A TEDx speaker, Jason has given hundreds of international lectures and has been a featured speaker at the world’s top fitness conferences and coaching clinics, including Asia Fitness Convention, Indonesia Fitness & Health Expo, FILEX Fitness Convention (Australia), U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention, American College of Sports Medicine Conference, IDEA World Fitness Convention, National Strength & Conditioning Association Conference, and CanFitPro, among others. His TEDx talk, How Running Like an Animal Makes Us Human, has been viewed by millions around the world. He has also been an instructor for USA Track & Field’s Level 3 coaching certification and for coaching camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. At age twenty-four, Jason became one of the youngest college head coaches in the country, leading the Georgian Court University women’s cross-country team to the regional championship and being named NAIA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. While coaching high school track and field and cross country, he produced state qualifiers and All-Americans. He currently coaches a wide variety of runners online. In 2021, he became the first American distance running coach to move to Kenya to establish and coach a group of Kenyan runners. A prolific writer, Jason is the author of 14 books: The Endurance of Speed, Coaching the Kenyans, Work Out, Running Periodization, The Inner Runner, Running a Marathon For Dummies, Run Your Fat Off, Lose it Forever, Sexercise, 14-Minute Metabolic Workouts, Running for Women, 101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners, 101 Developmental Concepts & Workouts for Cross Country Runners, and How to Survive Your PhD. He is also editor of the sixth edition of Track & Field Omnibook. He has more than 400 articles published in numerous international coaching, running, and fitness trade and consumer magazines, including Track Coach, Techniques for Track & Field and Cross Country, New Studies in Athletics, Runner’s World, Running Times, Women’s Running, Marathon & Beyond, IDEA Fitness Journal, Oxygen, PTontheNet.com, and Shape, among others. He also served as senior editor for Active Network and is the founder of and principal agent at JK Literary Agency. Jason is a USA Track & Field certified coach, has been sponsored by PowerBar and Brooks, and was a member of the silver-medal winning United States Masters Team at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel. Jason was awarded the 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year (the fitness industry’s highest award), is a two-time recipient of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, & Nutrition Community Leadership Award (2014, 2019), and was a 2019 finalist for Personal Fitness Professional Trainer of the Year and 2020 finalist for Association of Fitness Studios Influencer of the Year. Jason received his PhD in exercise physiology with a physiology minor from Indiana University, his MBA in entrepreneurship from San Diego State University, his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Calgary, and his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science with an English minor from Penn State University. His research has been published in several scientific journals, and he serves as a journal expert peer reviewer. Connect with Jason on social media @drjasonkarp
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