Female Fitness Competitors research

with Juha Hulmi
Juha Hulmi

Juha Hulmi

Associate professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland


2004     MSc: Exercise physiology (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
2009     PhD: Exercise physiology (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). PhD Thesis
2013    Docent: Exercise physiology (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine)

Main research interests

  • Muscle hypertrophy
  • Muscle atrophy/wasting/cachexia
  • Sports nutrition
  • Exercise physiology
  • Muscle metabolism and signaling
  • Strength training
  • Muscle medicine
  • Weight loss / fitness

In this episode with Juha Hulmi we speak about his research in female fitness athletes. Not a lot of research has been done on female athletes and therefore it is enlightening to learn more about that subject. You will learn about training methods, diet and recovery phases Juha Hulmi and his colleagues used in research and how it affects female health and hormones.


00:05:00 Differences in males and females in physique competition
00:08:30 How to optimize health while cutting for a physique competition
  • training
  • nutrition
  • diet breaks
00:14:30 Recovery after weight loss period
00:17:00 Changes in metabolism and health markers during diet
00:19:40 Training schedule used in Juha’s studies
00:21:00 How long should a diet period be? Long or short?
if you are flexible, you will succeed better.”
00:27:22 Benefits of diet breaks
00:28:42 Problem with long diets in context of physique competition
00:30:52 Juha and I discuss high fat low carbohydrate (HFLC) diet presneted by Antonio Paoli
  • personal differences
  • who it can be good for and for whom not so much


The Effects of Intensive Weight Reduction on Body Composition and Serum Hormones in Female Fitness Competitors

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