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James Fisher PhD

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


James completed his BSc (Hons) Sport Science from University of Chester, his MSc Exercise Physiology from Manchester Metropolitan University and his PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Solent University. He went on to complete his PhD, titled “The Scientific Application of Resistance Training”, through Nottingham Trent University.

James draws on personal experiences as a fitness professional; strength and conditioning coach to amateur, professional, national and international athletes; GB wheelchair basketball coach at the London 2012 Games; and published researcher and reviewer to deliver the theoretical and practical knowledge required for future progression of health, fitness and sporting success.

Taught courses

Further information

Industry experience

James has previously been a freelance personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach; having worked with such notables as the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), GB goalball players, GB wheelchair basketball players, and international track and field athletes, as well as the University’s rugby, netball and American football teams.

As an exercise scientist he has been involved in testing with Premier League team, Southampton FC and Championship team, Bournemouth AFC.

James was assistant coach to GB Women’s Wheelchair basketball team through the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 cycle.

Teaching experience

Course leader for postgraduate provision within the School of Applied Health and Life Sciences

  • Unit leader: Year 3 Professional Practice in Personal Training
  • Unit leader: Year 2 Human Performance Measurement
  • Unit leader: Year 2 Applied Exercise Science

Research interests

James’ key areas of interest are strength training and sports conditioning, exercise technique and lower back pain along with psychological considerations within sports, health and fitness.

Recent publications

Carlson, L., Smith, D., Fisher, J.P. (2021). Comment on: “No Time to Lift? Designing Time‐Efficient Training Programs for Strength and Hypertrophy: A Narrative Review”. Sports Medicine. …IN PRESS

Halperin, I., Malleron, T., Har-Nir, I., Androulakis-Korakakis, P., Wolf, M., Fisher, J., Steele, J. (2021). Accuracy in predicting repetitions to task failure in resistance exercise: a scoping review and exploratory meta-analysis. Sports Medicine. 20:1-4.Doi: 10.1007/s40279-021-01559-x

Martino, E., Fisher, J.P., Wink, B., Smith, D., J. Steele, (2021). The ‘Lift Big-Get Big’ culture: Impact of images of hyper-muscular bodies and training information upon resistance training beliefs in males. Research Quarterly in Sport and Exercise. 92(3): 500-513.Doi: 10.1080/02701367.2020.1752357

Androulakis Korakakis, P., Michalopoulos, N., Keogh, J., Fisher, J.P., Loenneke, J.P., Helms, E., Wolf, M., Nuckols, G., Steele, J. (2021). The minimum effective training dose required to increase 1RM strength in powerlifters. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. 3;248Doi: 10.3389/fspor.2021.713655

Schoenfeld, B.J., Fisher, J.P., Grgic, J., Haun, C.T., Helms, E.R., Phillips, S.M., Steele, J., Vigotsky, A.D. (2021). Resistance Training Recommendations to Maximize Muscle Hypertrophy in an Athletic Population - Position Stand of the IUSCA. International Journal of Strength and Conditioning. 1(1). Doi: 10.47206/ijsc.v1i1.81

Vieira, I.P., Lobo, P.C.B., Fisher, J., Ramirez-Campilo, R., Pinemtal, G.D., Gentil, P. (2021). Effects of High-Speed versus traditional resistance training in older adults. Sports Health. …IN PRESSDoi: 10.1177/19417381211015211

dos Santos, W.D.N., Vieira, C.A., Bottaro, M., Nunes, V.A., Ramirez-Campillo, R., Steele, J.., Fisher, J.P., Gentil, P. (2021). Resistance training performed to failure or not to failure result in similar total work, but with different fatigue and discomfort levels. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 35(5):1372-1379. Doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002915

Vigotsky, A.D., Nuckols, G., Fisher, J., Heathers, J., Krieger, J., Schoenfeld, B.J., Giessing, J., Steele, J. (2021) The White Paper.

Fisher, J.P., and Csapo, R. (2021) Periodization and Programming in Sports – Editorial. Sports, 9: 13 Doi: 10.3390/sports9020013

Androulakis-Korakakis, P., Gentil, P., Fisher, J., Steele, J. (2021). Comparison of isolated lumbar extension strength in competitive and non-competitive powerlifters, and recreationally trained males. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 35(3):652-658Doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002722

Cooper, J.J., Johnson, M., Radcliffe, J., Fisher, J. (2021). Optimal Emotional Profiles for Peak Performance in Strength and Conditioning. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 35(3):833-840 Doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002832

Steele, J., Androulakis-Korakakisa, P., Carlson, C., Williams, D., Phillips, S., Smith, D., Schoenfeld, B.J., Loenneke, J.P., Winett, R., Abe, T., Dufour, S., Franchi, M.V., Sarto, F., Lundberg, T.R., Gentil, P., Kvorning, T., Giessing, J., Sedliak, M., Paoli, A., Spotswood, F., Lucas, A., Fisher, J.P. (2021) The impact of government recommended/implemented measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on training practices of resistance trained individuals. Sports Medicine. 51: 1561–1580 Doi: 10.1007/s40279-021-01438-5

Behm, D.G., Alizadeh, S., Hadjizedah Anvar, S., Hanlon, C., Ramsay, E., Mahmoud, M.M.I., Whitten, J., Fisher, J.P., Prieske, O., Chaabene, H., Granacher, U., Steele, J. (2021) Non-Local Muscle Fatigue: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine. 51: 1893-1907Doi: 10.1007/s40279-021-01456-3

Steele, J., Fisher, J., Giessing, J., Androulakis-Korakakis, P., Wolf, M., Kroeske, B., Reuters, R. (2021) Long-term time-course of strength adaptation to minimal dose resistance training: Retrospective longitudinal growth modelling of a large cohort through training records. …IN REVIEW

Conference presentations

Strength Training for Endurance Performance, Resistance Exercise Conference, Virtual 2020

The Strength-Endurance Continuum: revisited, Exercise Summit, Virtual 2020Evolutionary Thinking: Changing your mind-set for rationalizing resistance training variables, Resistance Exercise Conference, Minnesota, USA 2019

Male and female fatigue responses to Heavier- and Lighter-load lumbar extension exercise, ACSM- 65th Annual Meeting, Minnesota, USA 2018

Heavy- and light-load resistance training; Acute responses which might impact chronic adaptations, Strength and Conditioning Society (SCS) Annual Conference, Rome, Italy 2018

50 years of High-intensity Resistance Training; what have we really learned? International- Symposium; Scientific Advances in Strength Training, Goiania & Recife, Brazil 2017

The acute fatigue response to heavier – and lighter-load and advanced technique resistance training, International Conference of Strength Training (ICST), Kyoto, Japan 2016

The effects of muscle action, repetition duration and loading strategies of a whole body, resistance training programme on muscular performance and body composition in trained persons, European College of Sport Science Annual Conference, Vienna, Austria 2016


James is recognised as an IFBB weight training prescription specialist, a head and neck training specialist and a UK anti-doping tutor.