Lehman College, Exercise Science

Lehman College, Exercise Science


[light music] I’m Brad Schoenfeld. I’m an assistant
professor in exercise science at Lehman College. I also direct the Human
Performance Laboratory, where we are now. So my primary research focus is on
strength and hypertrophy, or muscle growth. So on strategies to optimize
muscle growth and muscle strength. Just after I had graduated, I started — I was
very unhappy with my physique and brother had been lifting and started — I started seeing big changes in him and he actually got me a membership with a
gym. Once I started lifting it changed my life and it was kind of like that light bulb goes off and you say, “Hey, this is your calling.” I became a personal trainer, for 18 years. Once I decided I wanted to go full-time into teaching, which was 2011 I had sold my gym and then ever since I’ve been a happy Lehman faculty member. So in total, I now have over — I think — 175 published studies. I try to integrate my students into
research so many of them who do their internships end up interning at some
point as a research assistant. I am just so proud of the program that we’ve developed. Dr. Sonmez is the undergrad program director here who actually started this program and really has done a fantastic job
in building it up. When I first started here we had — I think — 40 or 50 students in the program so it was a fledgling program when I came here. We started in 2009, I think we started getting students. I came in 2010. And we now have, I think, last count over 350 students in our just undergrad program. We just have gotten a master’s degree program which
will be starting in September and I do hope at that point that we will be able to really churn up the amount of research carried out here. The students will be required to either do a thesis or a systematic review, a publishable type of paper so that should, I think, up the research game that we have here for exercise science. [light music]

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