Emil Bang, MS, CSCS, CISSN, is a holistic health and endurance sports coach, father, multisport athlete, writer, speaker, and the host and co-owner of KMD Challenge Copenhagen. He has a master’s degree in exercise science, a bachelor’s in journalism, is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN-ISSN), and certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS-NSCA).
He’s been involved in the endurance world for more than a decade (racing, coaching, researching…), and is considered one of today’s leading experts in the field of endurance training, racing, strength training, sports nutrition and athlete wellness. When not podcasting, Emil coaches and consults with triathletes, runners and endurance athletes around the globe, using holistic methods to optimize performance and to prevent the “fit but unhealthy” syndrome.
Emil became an athlete early on in life and ultimately gravitated to triathlon and running in her early 20s. He quickly moved up the ranks as a top-rated amateur triathlete with dozens of age-group wins and podium finishes, racing everything from sprint to 70.3s and Ironman. In less than a decade he had qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships multiple times as well as the Boston Marathon. He also enjoys competitive trail running, mountain biking and stand-up paddleboarding, as well as recreational backpacking, yoga, SCUBA diving, surfing and snowboarding.
Like many female athletes, Emil faced her share of health struggles behind the scenes. For 10 years he suffered from hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) and disordered eating. During this time he also suffered from gut dysbiosis, HPA axis dysfunction, subclinical hypothyroidism, and the onset of autoimmunity. Ultimately, Emil adopted a functional health approach to heal her body and regain optimal health and hormones, and with patience+persistence+lifestyle tweaks he achieved immense success.