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Andrew Galpin, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology

Office: KHS-234

Phone: 657-278-2112


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Dr. Andy Galpin has been an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton, since 2011, but spent the first 18 years of his life in rural southwest (Rochester) Washington. He won a DIII National Championship in Football while earning his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Linfield College (2005). He received his Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences from The University of Memphis (2008) and his Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University (2011). Andy is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association & American College of Sports Medicine and serves on the advisory board of many private and non-profit companies in the area of human performance. He  routinely speaks at conferences, clinics, and podcasts around the globe. Andy also works as a high performance coach and consultant to numerous professional athletes (MMA, Boxing, Wrestling, BJJ, MLB, NFL, etc.).

Andrew Galpin photo

Research Interests

Dr. Galpin’s interests include performing innovative and impactful human performance research by studying the acute responses and chronic adaptations of skeletal muscle (from the whole muscle down to the single cell, molecule, & gene) to high intensity, power, or force exercise.

Fun Fact

Dr. Galpin is an author of a best-selling book called Unplugged.


Arias JC, Coburn JW, Brown LE, Galpin AJ. The Acute Effects of Heavy Deadlifts on Vertical Jump Performance in Men. Sports 2016, 4(2):22.

Camara KD, Coburn JW, Dunnick DD, Brown LE, Galpin AJ, Costa PB. An examination of muscle activation and power characteristics while performing the deadlift exercise with straight and hexagonal barbells. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2016, 30(5):1183–1188.

Eckel TL, Watkins CM, Archer DC, Wong MA, Arevalo JA, Lin A, Coburn JW, Galpin AJ, Brown LE. Bench press and pushup repetitions to failure with equated load.  International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching 2017, 12(5): 647–652.

Bathgate KE, Bagley JR, Jo E, Talmadge RJ, Tobias IS, Brown LE, Coburn JW, Arevalo JA, Segal NL, Galpin AJ. Muscle health and performance in monozygotic twins with 30 years of discordant exercise habits. European Journal of Applied Physiology 2018, 118:2097–2110.