Martin Gibala


Martin Gibala, a Windsor native and currently a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, is best known for his research on the benefits of high Martin Gibalaintensity interval training (HIIT). This area of research has garnered him a substantial amount of recognition from the scientific community and the media.

Gibala attended Assumption College Catholic High School and F J Brennan High School in Windsor, Ontario. He then studied Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor, receiving his BA in 1991. He went on to study at McMaster University, where he obtained his MSc in Skeletal Muscle Physiology in 1994. Gibala obtained his PhD in Skeletal Muscle Metabolism in 1997.

Gibala developed an interest in fitness and health while studying at the University of Windsor. In 2005, he and several of his colleagues at McMaster suggested that short periods of high-intensity physical activity could lead to profound physical health benefits. He recently had a book published on high-intensity interval training, entitled The One Minute Workout: Science Shows A Way To Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter (2017); he received an HK Award from the University of Windsor in recognition of this book.

Gibala has an extensive publication history, having authored more than 100 scholarly journal articles, and the findings of many of these publications have been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, among others.


Caton, Mary (2017). The fast way to fitness is just minutes away; U of W grad believes in power of short, intense workouts. Windsor Star.

CBC News (2017). ‘1 Minute Workout’ promises to get you fit in 60-second bursts. CBC News.

Gatehouse, J. (2015). The interview: Martin Gibala on how short bursts of intense exercise–as little as three minutes a week–can provide real health benefits. Maclean’s, (1). 16.

Gibala, Martin. (2017). The One-minute Workout: Science Shows A Way To Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter. New York, New York: Avery.

Hobson, Catherine. (2017). Does 1-Minute Interval Training Work? We Ask The Guy Who Tested It. NPR All Things Considered.

Hutchinson, Alex. (2013). Want to try high-intensity interval training? Consider these four things. The Globe and Mail.

Hutton, John. (2017). Windsor Native Receives University of Windsor Award. AM 800.

McMaster University Department of Kinesiology. (n.d.). Martin Gibala, PhD: Professor and Chair. McMaster University.