About Me

Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology


Twitter: @fergusguppy


Research Interests

Currently, the focus of my research is how high-intensity interval training can be used to improve health, namely bone mass, body composition and glucose control.  I am also interested in how HIIT can be made more achievable in populations who may not be take part in exercise.


I am an Exercise Physiologist, and started my education at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where I undertook a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, during which I worked as an Assistant Fitness Coach to the Scottish Rugby Team prior to the 2007 Rugby World Cup.  After graduating in 2008, I worked for the England and Wales Cricket Board first as a Young Officials Development Officer, then as the Education Officer for the Association of Cricket Officials, coordinating the training of Umpires and Scorers across England and Wales.

In January 2010, I started my PhD at Aberystwyth University examining the effect of exercise and creatine supplementation on body composition and bone health.  Since my PhD was awarded in July 2014, I have started my current position as a Lecturer in Human Physiology in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Brighton.


Full text(s) available here

Babraj, J, Vollaard, NB, Keast, C, Guppy, FM, Cottrell, G & Timmons, JA (2009). Extremely short duration high intensity interval training substantially improves insulin action in young healthy males. BMC Endocrine Disorders; 9 (3).

Guppy, FM & Wallace, JA (2012) The measurement of body composition in athletic population: The importance of DXA. Measurement & Control; 45/6 (July)

Under Review

Guppy, FM, Wallace, JA & Thatcher, R. Six weeks of high intensity interval training improves fat mass in healthy young males. European Journal of Applied Physiology

Guppy, FM & Gonzalez-Aguero, A. HIIT and Body Composition: A systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine.

In Preparation

Guppy, FM, Wallace, JA & Thatcher, R. High-intensity interval training improves bone mass; a pilot study.

Guppy, FM, Wallace, JA & Thatcher, R. Biochemical markers of bone turnover predict variance in BMD at the proximal femur.

Guppy, FM, Wallace, JA & Thatcher, R. 12-week circuit training programme reduces fat mass in non-active males and females.

Conference Presentations

Guppy, FM (2011) The relationships between Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Bone Health: A Research Proposal. Diabetes Research Network (Wales), Aberystwyth University, UK.

Guppy, FM , Thatcher, R & Wallace JA (2015) High-intensity interval training: a novel way to improve bone mass? Muscle-Bone Group, Bone Research Society Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, UK

Poster Presentations

Guppy, FM & Vollaard, NB (2008) The eects of short-term sprint interval training on endurance exercise performance, glucose tolerance and heart rate variability. BASES Student Conference, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK

Gonzalez-Aguero, A, Gomez-Cabello, A, Matute-Llorente, A, Gomez-Bruton, A, Guppy, FM, Vicente-Rodriguez, G, Casajus, J.A.(2013) Quadriceps isometric strength as predictor of decreased Z-score BMD in adolescents with Down syndrome. 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Barcelona, Spain

Guppy, FM (2015) HIIT: A quick way to improve your health. University of Brighton, Research Poster Competition

Guppy, FM , Thatcher, R & Wallace JA (2015) 6-weeks of high-intensity interval training improves fat mass in healthy males. 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Malmo, Sweden

Guppy, FM , Thatcher, R & Wallace JA (2015) High-intensity interval training: a novel way to improve bone mass? Bone Research Society Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, UK

Public Engagement

Sense About Science (2014) Ask for Evidence – Spoof Diets: Thermostasis Diet. www.senseaboutscience.org.


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Member of the PaBS Ethics Committee

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