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Alfonso Jimenez

Professor, Exercise Science & Health

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Professor Jimenez is a truly international scholar. Previously to join Coventry, Professor Jimenez served as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health, Exercise and Sports Science at European University of Madrid (Spain), and main academic leader of the Real Madrid Graduate School; Professor, Deputy Dean and Head of School of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in Melbourne (Australia); Professor and Head of the Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance at the University of Greenwich in London; and Chairman of the Standards Council at EuropeActive (the former European Health & Fitness Association in Brussels, Belgium). Professor Jimenez received an Honorary Membership from EuropeActive for his service as Chairman of the Standards Council from 2009 to 2012, a Professorial Merit Award for outstanding contribution at Greenwich in 2011, and was the first non-British to achieve Fellowship status at the Leadership Foundation of Higher Education. 

Vision Statement

My focus is a long-standing and uncompromising vision to get more people, more active, more often. I am fully committed to improving people’s health through promoting an active lifestyle, integrating physical activity, exercise and sports participation. During my career I have tried to achieve this by facilitating big impact partnerships, championing innovation, providing high quality evidences, campaigning, and supporting research from others and sharing insights. I am especially interestedin Active Living (from an energy balance revolution to the integration of active living in worksite health promotion, primary and secondary education, the impact of the environment i.e. healthy cities–, or the power and opportunities coming from technology innovation and development); in Clinical Exercise (from customized exercise counselling, dose-response prescription and monitoring to cost-effectiveness and economic impact of the interventions, policy makers commitment and funding support); and inBehavioral change (from addressing exercise program engagement, barriers for practice and social and emotional support, to integrating e-technology and new resources).

Research Interests

My research interests focus in the areas of health and fitness, clinical exercise, active living and worksite health promotion, having led and managed as PI 29 competitive research and consultancy projects with a total funding allocation exceeding £1,5 million. As a result of this extensive research, professional and consultancy background, I have offered more than 200 seminars, conferences and lectures in 26 different countries. 

Education / Academic qualification

Physical Activity & Health Promotion, Arizona State University

1 Jan 200730 Dec 2007

Exercise Physiology, Doctorate, University of León

1 Oct 199714 Feb 2003

External positions

Formal member of the “Active Leisure Alliance Task Group” as expert from Academia, Active Leisure Alliance

1 Oct 2016 → …

Co-Director of the Healthy & Active Living National Observatory , University Rey Juan Carlos

1 Sep 2016 → …

Member Working Group in Quality and Reputation of the UK Doctorate , UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE).

1 May 2016 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Girona

1 Oct 2015 → …

Chair of the Experts Group for the development of the ICCE International Degree Standards in Sports Coaching, International Council for Coaching Excellence, ICCE

1 Jul 20151 Dec 2016

Chair Research & Dissemination Commission , SpainActive Foundation

15 Jun 2015 → …

Visiting Professor, Victoria University

1 Sep 2013 → …

Senior Advisor Professional Standards Committee, EuropeActive

1 Sep 2012 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Greenwich

1 Sep 2012 → …

Scientific Advisory Board member, ukactive Research Institute

1 Sep 2010 → …


  • QP Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Exercise
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Active Living
  • Worksite health promotion
  • Physical Activity & Health

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Research Output 2014 2017

Movement Velocity during High- and Low-Velocity Resistance Exercise Protocols in Older Adults

Richardson, D. L., Duncan, M., Jimenez, A., Jones, V. M., Juris, P. & Clarke, N. 26 Sep 2017 In : Experimental Gerontology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cross-Over Studies
Equipment and Supplies

The Acute Physiological Effects of High and Low Velocity Resistance Exercise in Older Adults

Richardson, D. L., Duncan, M., Jimenez, A., Jones, V. M., Juris, P. & Clarke, N. 29 Aug 2017 In : European Journal of Ageing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The perceptual responses to high-velocity, low-load and low-velocity, high-load resistance exercise in older adults

Richardson, D. L., Duncan, M., Jimenez, A., Jones, V. M., Juris, P. & Clarke, N. 16 Nov 2017 In : Journal of Sports Sciences. p. 1-8 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cross-Over Studies
Visual Analog Scale
3 Citations

Determination of metabolic equivalents during low- and high-intensity resistance exercise in healthy young subjects and patients with type 2 diabetes

Zanuso, S., Bergamin, M., Jimenez, A., Pugliese, G., D'Errico, V., Nicolucci, A., Ermolao, A. & Balducci, S. 8 Feb 2016 In : Biology of Sport. 33, 1, p. 77-82

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Metabolic Equivalent
Healthy Volunteers
Oxygen Consumption
4 Citations

Exercise-induced biochemical changes and their potential influence on cancer: a scientific review

Thomas, R. J., Kenfield, S. A. & Jiminez, A. 19 Dec 2016 In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. In press

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Biochemical Processes
Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide