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Paul Hough

Senior Lecturer - Health and Exercise Science

Paul Hough

Tel: 020 8240 4838

About Research Media


Paul is a Senior Lecturer on the Health and Exercise Science programme and also contributes to sport science modules. His areas of interest include: resistance training for health/performance and high intensity interval training (HIIT). He holds undergraduate (Sport and Exercise Science) and postgraduate (Strength and Conditioning Science) degrees and is currently undertaking a PhD, investigating the effects of circadian rhythm misalignment on performance. Since working at St Mary’s he has overseen the redevelopment and BASES accreditation of the Human Performance Laboratories and also contributed to the development of The Performance Education Centre (S&C facility).

Paul is a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist and currently leads the sport science consultancy services at St Mary’s. In this role he provides sport/exercise science support to professional and amateur athletes, members of the public, and external organisations. Paul frequently advises the media on a range of subjects relating to sport and exercise science and has made several appearances on national TV.

Media consultancy

  • BBC
  • ITV
  • Channel 4
  • Fala Brasil (Brazilian TV)
  • Audible (Amazon)
  • Olympic Channel



  • Hough, P., & Penn, S. (2017). Fitness instruction and training programme design: from science to practice. Routledge: Oxon, UK.

Academic publications  

  • Hough, P. (2018). Case Study: The effects of a three-week restricted carbohydrate diet on exercise metabolism and performance of three cyclists. Trends in Sport Sciences, 3 (25), 117-125.
  • Hough, P., Glaister, M., & Pledger, A. (2017). The Accuracy of Wrist-worn Heart Rate Monitors across a Range of Exercise Intensities. Journal of Physical Activity Research.
  • Hough, P., & Earle, J. (2017). Energy Balance During a Self-sufficient, Multistage Ultramarathon: a Case Study. Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments.
  • Howatson, G., Hough, P., Pattison, J., Hill, J., Blagrove, R., Glaister, M., & Thompson, K.G. (2010). Trekking poles reduce exercise induced muscle injury during mountain walking. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43, 140-145.
  • Hough, P., Ross, E.Z., & Howatson, G. (2009).  Effects of dynamic and static stretching on vertical jump performance and electromyographic activity. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 23, 507-512.

Conference communications

  • Hough, P., Glaister, M., & Pledger, A. (2017). The Accuracy of Wrist-worn Heart Rate Monitors across a Range of Exercise Intensities. The ACSM Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, USA. May 2018. 
  • Hough, P., & Earle, J. (2017). Energy Balance During A Self-sufficient, Multistage Ultramarathon: a Case Study. The ACSM Annual Meeting. Denver, USA. May 2017
  • Hough, P., & Plowman, P.  (2016). The Effect of a Periodized Contrast Water Therapy Protocol on Muscle Recovery Following a Bout of High Volume Resistance Training: Pilot Study. European College of Sport Science Congress. Vienna.
  • Hough, P., & Patmore, D. (2015). The Effect of a Four Week High Intensity Interval Training Programme on Physiological Health Measures. American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego.
  • Williams, B., & Hough, P. (2013). The acute effects of a single bout of cardiovascular exercise on mood state in university students. BASES Annual Conference. University of Central Lancashire.
  • Hough, P., & Patterson, S. (2011). The effect of lower-body compression garments on lower-body power and sub-maximal running performance. The 5th ISN International Sports Medicine and Sports Science Conference. Kuala Lumpur.
  • Hough, P. (2010). Organising Training and Periodisation for Rowing. The 2010 British Rowing Annual Conference, Nottingham.
  • Hough, P., Ross, E.Z, & Howatson, G. (2008). Effects of dynamic and static stretching on vertical jump performance and electromyographic activity. BASES Annual Conference. Brunel University, West London.

In the news

St Mary’s Help Athlete Prepare for Record Breaking Challenge

St Mary’s Study Discovers Heart Rate Watches are Less Accurate than Traditional Monitors

A new study by the School of Health & Applied Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham has revealed heart rate (HR) watches are not as accurate as an electrocardiogram (ECG) or chest strap HR monitors. Find out more...

St Mary’s Plays Host to NFL Stars

Twickenham is set to welcome back a number of American Football players this weekend who visited St Mary’s University, Twickenham in the Summer for a day of fitness testing for the launch of EA Sports’ popular American football video game Madden 2018. Find out more...

Blog: The benefits of exercising outdoors

Lecturer and Lead Sport and Exercise Scientist at St Mary’s University, Paul Hough, has written an article on the benefits of physical activity outdoors. Find out more...

Applying Health and Fitness Science into Practice Symposium

Media enquiries

For media enquiries, please contact our Communications and Public Engagement Manager, Sam Yarnold, by emailling or calling 020 8240 8262.