Dr. Stephen Cheung, Exercise Physiologist

Dr. Stephen Cheung

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His primary research focus is on the impact of environmental stress on human physiology & performance. He held a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Ergonomics from 2007-2017. Cheung published Advanced Environmental Exercise Physiology – the definitive textbook in the field, in 2010, with a 2nd Edition due out March 2021.

Cheung first discovered bike racing by stumbling across Steve Bauer’s silver medal road race on TV during the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, saving him from a career as the star benchwarmer on his high school basketball team. Through racing during his undergraduate days in oceanography, Cheung switched to a graduate program in kinesiology and hasn’t looked back at his athletic or scientific choices since.

Cheung has authored more than 120 articles that explores neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, neural, metabolic, cognitive, and performance responses to multiple environments including heat, cold, hydration, and altitude. He has worked extensively with industry and sports organizations to improve health and safety in the workplace, athletic performance, and equipment design.

Industrial partners have included the Canadian Forces, Toronto Fire Service, Coast Guard & Search and Rescue Canada, ultra-deep mining companies, Garmin, and clothing and equipment manufacturers. Cheung also helped set up the national sport science support program in Atlantic Canada, consulted with Canadian Olympic teams, and helped prepare Amber Neben for her TT gold medal in the heat of Qatar during the 2016 World Championships.

Cheung is also a leader in driving scientific advances in cycling physiology and performance, publishing two books on the science of cycling: Cutting-Edge Cycling and Cycling Science. Since 2002, he has been the Sport Science & Training editor for www.pezcyclingnews.com.

Cheung is also the Chief Sport Scientist for Baron Biosystems and the Xert training software.

Environmental Pollution, Health, and Performance, with Dr. Michael Koehle

Episode 171

Should we modify how, where, and when we train based on our potential exposure to pollutants?

Exercise in the Heat Pathway

Endurance athletes inevitably face the challenges imposed by training and racing in the heat. How do our bodies respond, and what are ways that we can best prepare? Learn how to beat the heat with advice from Dr. Stephen Cheung, Dr. Stephen Seiler, and a range of experts and coaches.

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Best Practices for Racing in the Heat

Environmental physiologist Dr. Stephen Cheung details how to best prepare for events in the heat.

Cycling Interval Training Pathway

Interval workouts are a fundamental part of any endurance training program. Learn exactly what intervals are, why they are so important, and how to properly execute interval workouts with the help of Sebastian Weber, Neal Henderson, and Dr. Stephen Seiler.

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Should You Drink to a Schedule or to Thirst?

Dr. Stephen Cheung explores whether you should drink according to a fixed schedule or if thirst is enough to dictate how much you drink.

Exploring Heat Adaptation Methods

Dr. Stephen Cheung explores how to develop heat adaptation protocols that fit your event, budget, and circumstances.

Do Sprints Within Endurance Rides Improve Adaptations?

Dr. Stephen Cheung attempts to answer the question of whether it’s productive to incorporate intensity into an endurance ride.

Does Strength Training Make You Faster?

Dr. Stephen Cheung reviews recent research that addresses the question of whether strength training can make you faster on the bike.

Recent Research on Interval Types, Timing Effects on Performance, Health Benefits of Endurance, and Pacing Strategies

Episode 155

We review four recent studies from the scientific literature, addressing the hypotheses, methods, and conclusions of each to give you a greater understanding of the latest findings in endurance research.

The Impact of Cold on Metabolism and Fueling

Environmental physiologist Dr. Stephen Cheung addresses whether the amount of fat and carbohydrate used for energy changes with the temperature.