This month STT interviews Jose Antonio, Ph.D.  Dr. Antonio is the CEO and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Antonio was the 2005 recipient of the NSCA Research Achievement Award and 2009 recipient of the NSCA Educator of the Year award. He has published 13 books and over 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Jose is the host of the three radio shows and writes for several fitness and bodybuilding consumer magazines. Dr. Antonio completed a Ph.D. and post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas.

STT would like to thank Dr. Antonio for taking the time to answer a few questions. Jose’s contributions to the nutrition and supplement industry are at the top of the industry. Check out the Q&A between STT and Dr. Antonio below!

STT: Please provide your educational background including undergrad, graduate experience and certifications.

B.S. Biology – The American University

M.S. Exercise Physiology – Kent State University

Ph.D. Physiology – The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Post-Doctoral Fellow – Endocrinology and Metabolism, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – CSCS

Certified Sports Nutritionist – CISSN

Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine – FACSM

Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association – FNSCA

Fellow of the ISSN – FISSN

Co-Founder and CEO of the ISSN

STT: How did you become involved in the industry?

Dr. Antonio: I started writing for bodybuilding magazines while in graduate school (early 1990s).

STT: What is your specialization? Feel free to expand upon your job responsibilities, interests or current project you are working on.

Dr. Antonio: My focus is on sports nutrition and supplements. I don’t do ‘wellness.’ I don’t do ‘health.’ But I love the performance aspect of sports and how supplementation and nutrition can be of help. I currently run the International Society of Sports Nutrition (the ONLY academic society dedicated to sports nutrition). I am also the host of 3 different radio shows: The Weekend Workout, The Performance Nutrition Show and the Strength-Power Hour. I write for virtually all the major consumer publications in the ‘fitness’ genre (i.e. Muscle and Fitness, Ironman, Fitness Rx, Muscular Development to name a few). Furthermore, I’m the Editor in Chief of two consumer magazines (Inside Fitness and Sports Nutrition Insider) and of an academic journal (The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition). I also currently serve as the sports science advisor to VPX Sports. Additionally, I’m in the process of writing an academic text and a super cool consumer book geared towards the masses. I get bored easily; hence, the need to have umpteen projects on my plate.

And there’s more to come! If I told you everything, then there’d be no surprise. 🙂

STT: What aspect of the field do you enjoy the most? Feel free to elaborate and provide multiple examples.

Dr. Antonio: Meeting smart and creative people and working with them.

STT: What advice would you have for those wishing to become a part of the industry?

Dr. Antonio: Write, write and write; first get your start writing scientifically; and then work like the dickens to get into consumer pubs.

STT: For today’s nutrition specialist, what type of academic and professional training can optimize a young person’s chances for success in the field?

Dr. Antonio: First, get the formal education; at least a 4 year degree in exercise science and/or nutrition. Then NETWORK like crazy; meet the influencers of the field.

STT: What advice do you give athletes on hydration? Does that advice change for different sports?

Dr. Antonio: Drink a sports drink if the event lasts more than 75 min. If it doesn’t, then drink H20.

STT: What would you tell someone who wants to keep up with current research from sport scientist? What ideas do you have for initiating such contacts?

Dr. Antonio: READ, READ, and read some more. Follow the science; there are NO short cuts.

STT: What approaches are most likely to be successful in keeping players well nourished and well hydrated during road trips?

Dr. Antonio: No quick fixes here; you need to eat clean and remain hydrated at all times.

STT: Who in the field has had the most impact on you and why?

Dr. Antonio: Probably my dissertation advisor, William J. Gonyea, PhD.; mainly because I admired his maverick attitude. Besides, if you’re going to do what everyone else does, then you’ll be like everyone else. Who wants that? That’s boring. Be a maverick.

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