Ep. 574 - Dr. Andy Galpin on Muscle Fibers and Hypertrophy
Andy is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton. He was born and raised in Rochester, WA and is a die-hard Seahawks, Huskies, & Mariner fan. As a youth, Andy played every sport at his disposal, excelling at Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track & Field. While not playing, he worked at grocery stores, gas stations, hay fields, blueberry farms, and in the road construction business. It was during this time he discovered Strength & Conditioning.
He now focuses his attention on teaching classes (Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Designing Exercise Programs, Applied Strength and Conditioning, Athlete Assessment and Measurement, etc.) and running the BMEP lab (which studies the acute responses and chronic adaptations of human skeletal muscle in response to high force/velocity/power and fatiguing exercise from the whole body, down to the individual muscle fiber and even into the individual DNA. The team does this by taking muscle biopsies from non-athletes and elite athletes from different backgrounds (e.g. normal college student, MMA fighter, Boxer, Weightlifter, etc.) and use highly sophisticated laboratory techniques and equipment to address questions about single fiber "type", size, function, protein quantity, diameter, mitochondria, and myonuclear function. You can get all of our published research HERE.
4:02 - Andy’s background
8:42 - What peaked Andy’s interest in doing research
14:15 - Different kinds of fiber / speculation of changes
22:55 - What you thoughts getting into research and how your mind has changed
24:28 - How much of a role genetics plays compared to training.
26:48 - How specific do you get when training athletes
30:15 - How has research changed your mind about hypertrophy training
33:05 - Training different muscle groups in different rep ranges
40:40 - How regular people determine muscle fiber dominance
45:20 - Re-sensitizing your muscles
52:10 - Where you can find Andy and all of his content
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