About

The MMA Training Bible, created by Dr Jason Gillis, aims to provide fighters and coaches in mixed martial arts and other combat sports with evidence-based training advice.

Dr Jason Gillis is an Assistant Professor working in the Human Performance Laboratory at Salem State University. Here he engages in research and teaches Undergraduate and Graduate courses in strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription and research methods.

Dr. Gillis is an environmental physiologist by training and has a research interest in the influence of menthol on human temperature regulation, perception and performance. He is also interested in recovery interventions following exercise-induced muscle damage, and the science of fighting.

Jason has conducted research for the UK Ministry of Defense, charities like the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, rehabilitation hospitals in Canada and Norway, and for the sports drinks and supplement industry.

Dr. Gillis has an international education. He completed his B.Sc (Hon) in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University in Canada, and went on to complete his Masters at KU Leuven University in Belgium, and at the Norwegian School of Sports Science in Norway. Jason completed his Ph.D. in England as part of the Research and Innovation Team at UK Sport in the run up to the Beijing and London Olympic Games.

Whether as a scientist, athlete, or coach, Jason is passionate about sports. He has a background in mixed martial arts and a particular interest in the science of fighting. In his spare time, he provides scientific support to athletes and coaches in combat sports.

Recent Scientific Publications

Villar, R., Gillis, D.J., Santana, G., Pinheiro, D.S., Almeida, A.L.R.A. (2016). Association between anaerobic metabolic demands during simulated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu combat and specific Jiu-Jitsu anaerobic performance test. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (Ahead of print, PMID 27379962).

Gillis, D.J., Barwood, M.J., Newton, P.S., House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2016). Influence of a menthol/ethanol solution on thermoregulation during exercise in warm, humid conditions. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(5S):808-809.

Gillis, D.J., Barwood, M.J., Newton, P.S., House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2016). Influence of a menthol and ethanol soaked garment on human temperature regulation and perception during exercise and rest in warm, humid conditions. Journal of Thermal Biology, 58:99-105.

Gillis, D.J., Weston N, House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2015). Influence of repeated daily menthol exposure on human temperature regulation and perception. Physiology and Behaviour, 139:511-8.