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Martin Gibala
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Professor, Chair
Ivor Wynne Centre, Room 210
905 525 9140 ext. 23591

My research examines the integrative physiology of exercise at the molecular to whole body level in both healthy individuals and people with chronic diseases. In addition to basic, mechanistic studies on the regulation of skeletal muscle energy provision, my laboratory conducts applied research that examines the impact of physical training and dietary manipulation on human health and performance. Our recent work has largely focused on the physiological adaptations to intermittent exercise (interval training) and the associated health impacts. I am also interested in science communication and coauthored a bestselling book on the science of time-efficient exercise, The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter (Penguin Random House, 2017).

Exercise Physiology; Skeletal Muscle; Metabolism; Training Adaptations; Nutrition


Course Code
  Course Name
KINESIOL 4C03   Integrative Physiology of Human Performance

Names of trainees are underlined.

Gibala MJ, Hawley JA. Sprinting toward fitness. Cell Metab 25:988-990, 2017. [PMID: 28467942]

MacInnis MJ, Gibala MJ. Physiological adaptations to interval training and the role of exercise intensity. J Physiol 595:2915-2930, 2017. [PMID: 27748956]

MacInnis MJ, Zacharewicz E, Martin BJ, Haikalis ME, Skelly LE, Tarnopolsky MA, Murphy RM, Gibala MJ. Superior mitochondrial adaptations in human skeletal muscle after interval compared to continuous single-leg cycling matched for total work. J Physiol. 595:2955-2968, 2017. [PMID: 27396440]

Skelly LEGillen JBMacInnis MJMartin BJ, Safdar A, Akhtar M, MacDonald MJ, Tarnopolsky MA, Gibala MJ. Effect of sex on the acute skeletal muscle response to sprint interval exercise. Exp Physiol 102:354-365, 2017. [PMID: 28118678]

Allison MABaglole JHMartin BJMacInnis MJ, Gurd BJ, Gibala MJ. Brief intense stair climbing improves cardiorespiratory fitness. Med Sci Sports Exerc 49: 298-307, 2017. [PMID 28009784]

Gibala MJ. Using exercise training to understand control of skeletal muscle metabolism. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 42: 108-110, 2017. [PMID: 27959642]

Stork, MJ, Banfield LE, Gibala MJ, Martin Ginis KA. A scoping review of the psychological responses to interval exercise: Is interval exercise a viable alternative to traditional exercise? Health Psychol Rev 11: 324-344, 2017. [PMID: 28460601]

MacInnis MJ, McGlory C, Gibala MJ, Phillips SM. Investigating human skeletal muscle physiology with unilateral exercise models: when one limb is more powerful than two. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 42: 563-570, 2017. [PMID: 28177712]

Martin BJ. McGlory C, MacInnis MJ, Allison MA, Phillips SM, Gibala MJ. Green tea extract does not affect exogenous glucose appearance but reduces insulinemia with glucose ingestion in exercise recovery. J Appl Physiol 121: 1282-1289, 2016. [PMID: 27763877]

Gillen JB, Martin BJ, MacInnis MJ, Skelly LE, Tarnopolsky MA, Gibala MJ. Twelve weeks of sprint interval training improves indices of cardiometabolic health similar to traditional endurance training despite a five-fold lower exercise volume and time commitment. PLOS ONE Apr 26;11(4):e0154075, 2016. [PMID: 27115137]


Degree Specialty University Year
PhD Skeletal Muscle Metabolism University of Guelph 1997
MSc Skeletal Muscle Physiology McMaster University 1994
BA Human Kinetics University of Windsor 1991
Degree Name
Stephen TOEPP
PhD William BOSTAD
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