The Fitness Research Editorial Board

As a volunteer member of the Fitness Research Editorial Board, members play an important part in maintaining the quality of the Journal of Fitness Research. The Editorial Board members working with the Fitness Research Editor, review articles and provide direction and oversight for various sections in the journal. Editorial Board members provide peer review of manuscripts sent to the journal and provide a recommendation to the editor regarding suitability of the manuscript for publication in the Journal of Fitness Research. The members' insights and comments on a manuscript are then collated by the Editor or Assistant Editors and sent to the author(s) of the manuscript. Editorial Board members also encourage the submission of articles to the Journal of Fitness Research, acting as ambassadors, supporting and promoting it.

We are currently accepting applications to join the Editorial Board. To apply, please click here to download and view our Editorial Board Policy, then submit your written application and CV to

Mark McKean Editor in Chief

Dr Mark McKean Editor in Chief PhD AEP CSCS

Dr Mark McKean is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University of Sunshine Coast and practicing Strength & Conditioning Coach. Dr McKean is current Head S&C Coach with USC Spartans Performance Swimming Program and has an extensive background in fitness and strength and conditioning coaching athletes in a range of sports to international level success including Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship medals. Currently he is a Level Three Master Strength and Conditioning Coach through ASCA, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with ESSA, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA America, and a Level 3 Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.

Chris Askew

Dr Chris Askew PhD AEP

Chris is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and a Senior Research Fellow within the School of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has published a number of clinical studies investigating the effects of exercise rehabilitation in Peripheral Arterial Disease, and these studies are underpinned by experimental investigations of muscle metabolism and morphology, limb blood flow, endothelial function and muscle fatigue. Chris is a member of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Peripheral Arterial Diseases (NCRE-PAD). He is also a member of the Exercise is Medicine Australia Advisory Council, and he is a former director and the immediate past-President of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Michael Baker

Dr Michael Baker BAppSc MAppSc (Ex&SpSc) PhD ESSAM AEP

Michael is a Senior Lecturer in School of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University in Sydney and is Course Coordinator for the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology degree. Michael is an exercise physiologist whose research and clinical career has focused on the integration of exercise, medicine, lifestyle and behaviour change as a means to improve quality of life and reduce disease burden, particularly among older adults. Michael also holds adjunct appointments at the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute and Sydney Medical School.

Dan Baker

Dr Dan Baker PhD

Dan is a leading authority on strength and power training for sports athletes. With a PhD in sports science specialising in the testing and training of strength and power, he has the knowledge and practical know how to implement effective strength and power training for sports athletes. He worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Brisbane Broncos NRL from 1995 to 2013.  He has also worked with athletes participating in National and International Leagues within Soccer. He has served as President of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association from 2004 to present.

Marie-Louise Bird

Dr Marie-Louise Bird PhD, Dip Ed, BPhty MAPA

Marie-Louise is a physiotherapist and university academic in Tasmania, with teaching and research roles that cover exercise and activity especially focussing on improving strength. Motor control and balance in older adults. Recent interests in research include the impact of seasonal changes in daylight on physical activity and falls, as well an examining factors that impact exercise adherence. She is a certified Pilates rehabilitation instructor and Mentor for Polestar Pilates International. Her research includes several papers on Pilates exercise related to balance and strength in older adults.

Tony Boutagy

Tony Boutagy BHMS (PhD Candidate)

Tony is the director of the Boutagy Fitness Institute and is completing a PhD in sports science at Charles Darwin University. Previously, Tony has been a lecturer for Australian Fitness Network, the Australian Institute of Fitness, the Australian Catholic University, NetFit New Zealand, and New Zealand Weightlifting. Having written strength workouts for athletes in 24 different sports, Tony is actively involved in strength and conditioning and providing educational seminars and resources for personal trainers. Tony was the recipient of the 2004 Australian Fitness Industry’s Author of the Year Award.


Franck Brocherie

Franck Brocherie BSc, MSc, (PhD student)

Franck is a fitness and conditioning coach with more than 15 years of experience in team sports (mainly football) at the national, international and world championship/Olympic levels. Jointly to a successful career in sport, he completed his academic training (MSc and post-graduate) before specialising (actually finishing a PhD) as an Exercise physiologist. Besides focus on interventional strategies that may improve players' performance, his current research interests are developed around the understanding of neurophysiological and biomechanical factors that dictate team sports repeated sprint performance with special reference to hostile environment (hypoxia, heat).

Brendan Burkett

Professor Brendan Burkett PhD

Brendan is a Sport Scientist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, following work as a professional Engineer and an international sporting career. Brendan was Paralympic Champion, World Champion, World Record holder, Commonwealth Games and Australian multiple medallist in swimming. He captained the Australian Paralympic Team to Atlanta in 1996, and was also the Opening Ceremony Flag bearer in Sydney 2000. Brendan’s achievements also extend to a degree and masters in engineering, followed by a PhD in Biomechanics. The combination of engineering and human movement qualifications with sporting experience enables Brendan to understand human health and performance.

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