Asker Jeukendrup (PhD) holds a Professorship at Loughborough University and is director of mysportscience Ltd performance consulting and cofounder and Co-CEO of CORE Nutrition Planning. After obtaining his degrees at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, he spent a year at the University of Texas at Austin before accepting a position at the University of Birmingham (UK). In Birmingham he was for 12 years the director of the Human Performance Laboratory, heading up the Exercise Metabolism Research Group. His research focused on the metabolic responses to exercise, the regulation of carbohydrate and fat metabolism during exercise, adaptations to training and the influence of nutrition on metabolism and exercise nutrition. Asker is considered a leading expert in the general areas of sports nutrition, training and overtraining and recovery.
In his academic career, Asker has published over 250 papers and book chapters and published 8 books, including several books on Sports Nutrition and a book on High Performance Cycling. He was the youngest person ever to receive a full Professorship at the University of Birmingham. He received the Otto Wolff von Amerongen prize for his achievements in 2003 and was awarded the Danone Chair at the University of Brussels in 2005. In 2011 he accepted a position as Global Senior Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, defining strategies for research, education and sport science services for the largest sports nutrition company in the world. Currently Asker is operating mysportscience, a performance consultancy business based in the UK and a software development company in the US that provides nutrition planning tools for athletes.
His clients included many elite athletes from all over the globe. For example, Asker worked closely with Dutch Olympic sports, the Rabobank and Lotto-Soudal professional cycling teams, Chelsea FC, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, FC Barcelona and FC Salzburg. He also worked with UK Athletics and some of the World’s best marathon runners (Haile Gebrselassie), swimmers and triathletes (Chrissie Wellington, Andreas Raelert).
His main mission is to translate science into practical application. Through the mysportscience.com web site he provides athletes and coaches with a place to go to for trusted and unbiased information that is evidence based and easy to understand and apply. Ultimately this should help athletes and teams achieve their personal performance goals and support practitioners and teams to keep raising the bar!
In his spare time Asker competes in Ironman triathlon races. Asker has completed 21 Ironman races including 6 times the Ironman world championship in Hawaii.