Dr. Bente Klarlund Pedersen

Bente Klarlund Pedersen MD MDSc is professor of internal medicine at the University of Copenhagen and senior consultant at Rigshospitalet. She is the director of 1) The Danish National Research Foundation Centre of Inflammation and Metabolism (CIM) and 2) Center for Physical Activity Research (CFAS) funded by Trygfonden.

Her main research area is on the molecular mechanisms where physical activity influences human health. BKP and her research group have identified skeletal muscle as an endocrine organ that secretes hundreds of “myokines”. A main research focus today is to develop exercise as medicine for patients with chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, chronic obstructive lung disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

BKP has had many positions of trust and has e.g. served as President for The International Society of Exercise and Immunology, President for The Danish Society of Infectious Medicine, president for “The National Council for Public Health” in Denmark and is a member of the executive board of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS).

BKP has more than 500 scientific publications and her “H”-index is 92.

James Fisher, PhD

James Fisher is a Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Sports Conditioning and Fitness at Southampton Solent University, in the UK.

Dr. Fisher completed his Ph.D from Nottingham Trent University with the abbreviated title of “The scientific application of Resistance Training”.

James has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles relating to exercise physiology considering both athletic and non-athletic populations. Much of his empirical research considers methodological approaches to resistance exercise including modality and advanced training techniques. He has also published critical commentaries challenging existing paradigms and practices with higher risk of injury and lack evidence of efficacy. Indeed, he has also publicly challenged the other notable academics and fallible processes in an attempt to ensure that scientific publications pertaining to resistance exercise preserve honesty, and application. Finally James has published multiple large review articles aiming to provide trainers and trainees with an evidence-based approach to optimising resistance exercise for improving muscular strength, hypertrophy and cardiovascular fitness.

He sees a priority of his academic position in bridging the gap between what science says and what people do!

Amongst his other endorsements James was a Great Britain Paralympic Basketball coach from 2008 through 2013 including the London 2012 games. He has been a tutor with the UK Anti-Doping organisation and is an IFBB Accredited Weight Training Prescription Specialist, and has spoken at numerous international conferences, presenting on muscle physiology and strength training. With any remaining time he is a reviewer to multiple, journals in the area of exercise physiology, is a proud husband and father and competitive cyclist.

Luke Carlson

Luke Carlson is the founder and CEO of Discover Strength based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Discover Strength’s personal training facilities are among the highest volume/revenue training facilities in North America. Luke speaks around the world on evidence based exercise and the fundamentals of building successful businesses.  He is the co-author of two books and multiple scientific journal articles on the topics of resistance exercise.  Luke is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist, Cancer Exercise Specialist and has a BS and MS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and studied Executive Leadership, Strategy and Innovation at Stanford University.  Luke has presented to audiences in a variety of industries across the globe.  He has been a featured speaker at FILEX in Australia, TaiSPO in Taiwan, ChinaFit, the Annual IHRSA Convention, the IHRSA European Congress, The Fitness Leaders’ Summit, the European Congress of Sport Science, Mindbody Bold, and the IHRSA Institute for Health Club Executives.  Carlson is one of the top-rated Vistage speakers in the United States. 

Stuart Phillips, PhD

Stuart Phillips is a Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Kinesiology and an Associate Member of the Medical Sciences. He is tier 1 Canada Research Chair in skeletal muscle health in aging. Dr. Phillips has more than 20 years of experience in academic research. He has published more than 300 scientific journal articles. Dr. Phillips has been interviewed and his work featured in more than 100 mainstream media pieces including several in the Globe and Mail and the New York Times. Dr. Phillips has delivered more than 180 public presentations to academic, public, and private audiences on dietary protein, physical activity, and aging. He is an award-winning teacher winning the McMaster Student’s Unions Teaching Award at McMaster University 4 times.

Dr. Phillips is also an award-winning researcher having received awards from numerous Canadian agencies: NSERC, CIHR, PREA, CSEP, and CRC. Dr. Phillips is and has been a consultant to multiple private and public groups and to several government agencies. Dr. Phillips is a key opinion leader in protein science for exercise, weight loss, and aging. President and CEO – NutriFitEx Consulting Ltd: Specializing in scientific strategies for product innovation in exercise science. Preparation of white papers, presentations, documents, briefs, expert opinions, expert testimony, and public lectures.