Dr. Martin Gibala on the Science Behind Getting Fit Fast with Interval Training


Martin Gibala


Let me introduce you to our guest, Martin Gibala.

This week, I have the honour of speaking with well known author and Professor of Kinesiology (that is, human movement) at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, Dr Martin Gibala. Martin studies the mechanisms behind human responses to exercise and the associated health benefits. His area of expertise is time-efficient exercise and he has been involved in pioneering research on interval training showing that brief, intense bouts of physical exercise, also known as “exercise snacks” or “activity snacks”, can enhance physical fitness. Happily this can apply to both healthy individuals and those with chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes. This is music to the ears of time poor people!

I would say just about everyone from the couch potato to the elite athlete could learn something from Martin’s research. Tune in (do a wall sit) and enjoy.


Martin’s website: https://martingibala.com

Martin’s book, The One-Minute Workout: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/533236/the-one-minute-workout-by-martin-gibala-with-christopher-shulgan/9780399183669/

Martin’s course, Hacking Exercise for Health: https://www.coursera.org/learn/hacking-exercise-health


Example of home fitness calculator: https://www.verywellfit.com/home-fitness-tests-3120282

Daniel Lieberman’s book, Exercised: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557099/exercised-by-daniel-e-lieberman/

Gretchen Reynolds: https://www.nytimes.com/by/gretchen-reynolds

I hope that you enjoy this episode as much as I did making it, and don’t be shy, let me know what you think!

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