Travis Triplett


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1995
    Major: Physiology of Exercise
  • Ph.D. Dissertation: The Effects of Exercise-Related Peptide F Elevation on Human B-Cell Activation
  • M.S., Appalachian State University, 1989
    Major: Exercise Science
  • B.S., Wake Forest University, 1987
    Major: Health & Sport Science
    Minor: Biology

Teaching Specialties

  • Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Strength and Conditioning
  • Neuromuscular and Endocrine Exercise Physiology
  • Aging and Physical Activity

Current Teaching

  • Theoretical Principles of Strength and Conditioning (Graduate)
  • Analysis of Sport Performance (Graduate)
  • Human Physiology Laboratory (Undergraduate)
  • Exercise Physiology (Undergraduate)

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine (1987-2018)
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (1988-1989)
    • Certified Phlebotomist; General Venipuncture/Catheterization
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (1988-present)
    • Fellow
    • President of the Board of Directors, 2018-2021
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction
  • USA Weightlifting (1992-2023)
    • Certified Level 1 Coach

Laboratory Affiliations


Book Chapters

Heikkinen D and Triplett NT. Movement Preparation.  NSCA’s Guide to Tests and Assessments (M.T. Jones, ed.), Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, 2024 (in press).

Shaw I, Triplett T, and Shaw BS. Resistance Training and Weight Management: Rationale and Efficacy. Weight Management: Challenges and Opportunities (H.M. Heshmati, ed.), InTech Open, 2022. DOI:

Triplett NT. Advanced Program Options. ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer (6th edition, T. Musto, ed.), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 499-523, 2021.

Grieco C and Triplett NT. Bioenergetics. NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training (3rd edition, B. Schoenfeld and R. Snarr, eds.), Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, pp. 27-40, 2021.


Selected Journal Articles

Comfort P, McMahon JJ, Lake JP, Ripley NJ, Triplett NT, and Haff GG.  Relative strength explains the differences in multi-joint rapid force production between sexes.  PlosOne (accepted), 2024.

Fiedler MJ, Triplett NT, Hamilton KC, Needle AR, van Werkhoven H.  The effect of different weight plates (bumper versus standard) on the biomechanics of the bench press.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (published ahead of print), 2023.

Gaynor-Metzinger SHA, Triplett NT, Meucci M, Fasczewski KS, Flinchum DH, and Collier SR.  Central arterial stiffness, wave reflection, and heart rate variability following 4-week high-intensity resistance training intervention in young active women.  European Journal of Applied Physiology 122, 2283-2293, 2022.

Chapman M, Larumbe-Zabala E, Triplett NT, and Naclerio F.  Velocity change estimation by subjective measures over a wide-load spectrum in squat and bench press. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 35 (2S), S51-S56, 2021.

Hornsby WG, Haff GG, Suarez DG, Ramsey MW, Triplett NT, Hardee JP, Stone ME, and Stone MH.  Alterations in Adiponectin, Leptin, Resistin, Testosterone and Cortisol across Eleven Weeks of Training among Division One Collegiate Throwers: A Preliminary Study.  Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology 5, 44, 2020.

Chapman M, Larumbe-Zabala E, Goss-Sampson M, Triplett NT, and Naclerio F. Using perceptual and neuromuscular responses to estimate mechanical changes during continuous sets in the bench press. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(10), 2722-2732, 2019.

Chapman M, Larumbe-Zabala E, Goss-Sampson M, Colpus M, Triplett NT, and Naclerio F. Perceptual, mechanical, and electromyographic responses to different relative loads in the parallel squat. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 33(1), 8-16, 2019.

Cunanan AJ, DeWeese BH, Wagle JP, Carroll KM, Sausaman R, Hornsby III WG, Haff GG, Triplett NT, Pierce KC, and Stone MH. The general adaptation syndrome: A foundation for the concept of periodization. Sports Medicine 48(4), 787-797, 2018.

Title: Professor, PhD, Physiology of Exercise, Exercise Science Undergraduate Program Director, Graduate Faculty

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7148

Fax: (828) 262-3138

Office address
Leon Levine Hall 432C