Professor and Head of Athletic Performance Center at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Peter Hespel is Professor in Exercise Physiology and director of the Athletic Performance Centre, the so-called ‘Bakala Academy’ ( at K.U. Leuven, Belgium. His academic responsibilities include teaching in exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and endurance training, to students in physical education, physiotherapy and sports medicine. His research is focused on regulation of carbohydrate and fat metabolism during exercise, sports nutrition and nutritional supplements, altitude training, as well as training and performance in endurance sports, especially cycling. He participated in expert panels on sports nutrition by the I.O.C., F.I.F.A., and I.A.A.F. He works as a expert consultant for the Belgian Olympic Team, the Etixx–QuickStep pro cycling team, the Belgian Cycling Association, the UPlace-BMC pro triathlon team, Frederik Van Lierde, Team Borlee (400m sprint) as well as the Belgian 4 x 400m squad. He is also the personal trainer of some elite pro cyclists.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


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