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Dr. Jeffrey M. Willardson

Dr. Jeffrey M. Willardson

Associate Professor

Office: 2230 - Lantz Building
Email: jmwillardson@eiu.edu

Spring Semester 2015 Office Hours: Mon/Wed 11:15AM-12PM; Tues/Thurs 10:15-11:30AM and 12:45-2:00PM.

Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses


Principles of Exercise Physiology

Principles of Resistance Training (prep. course NSCA CSCS certification exam)

Lifetime Fitness (online delivery) 


Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise and Wellness; Arizona State University; May 2005; recipient of Outstanding Graduating Doctoral Scholar.

Professional Organizations

Member National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D).

Education Board Member, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa).


Muscular adaptations resulting from different resistance exercise programs.

Selected Publications

Most Recent Scholarly Endeavors


Willardson, J.M. Core Anatomy and Biomechanics (pp 3-18). In: National Strength and Conditioning Association Sports Performance Series: Developing the Core. J.M. Willardson, Editor. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL. 2014.

Refereed Publications

Garcia, P., D.C. Nacimento, R.A. Tibana, M.M. Barboza, J.M. Willardson, and J. Prestes. Comparison between the multiple set plus 2 weeks of tri-set and traditional multiple set method on strength and body composition in trained women: A pilot study.Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging (in press).

Pope, Z.K., J.M. Willardson, B.J. Schoenfeld, J. Emmett, and J.D. Owen. Hypertrophic and strength responses to eccentric resistance training with blood flow restriction: A pilot study. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching (in press).

Schoenfeld, B.J., B.T. Contreras, J.M. Willardson, F.E. Fontana, and G. Tiryaki-Sonmez. Muscle activation during low- versus high-load resistance exercise in well-trained men. European Journal of Applied Physiology (in press).

Schoenfeld, B.J., B.T. Contreras, G. Tiryaki-Sonmez, J.M. Willardson, and F.E. Fontana. An electromyographic comparison of a modified version of the plank with a long-lever and posterior tilt versus the traditional plank exercise. Sports Biomechanics (in press).

Tajra, V., D.C.L. Vieira, R.A. Tibana, T.G. Teixeira, A.O. Silva, D.L. Farias, D.C. Nascimento, N.M.F. de Sousa, J.M. Willardson, and J. Prestes.  Different acute cardiovascular stress in response to resistance exercise leading to failure versus not to failure in elderly women with and without hypertension: A pilot study. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging (in press).
Scudese, E., J.M. Willardson, R. Simao, G. Senna, B.F. de Salles, and H. Miranda. The effect of rest interval length on repetition consistency and perceived exertion during near maximal loaded bench press sets.Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (in press).
Tajra, V., R.A. Tibana, D.C. Vieira, D.L. Farias, T.G. Teixeira, S.S. Funghetto, A. de Oliveira Silva, N.F. Sousa, J.M. Willardson, M.G. Karnikowski, and J. Prestes.  Identification of high responders for interleukin-6 and creatine kinase following acute eccentric resistance exercise in elderly obese women. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 17: 662-666. 2014.

Maia, M.F., J.M. Willardson, G.A. Paz, and H. Miranda. Effects of different rest intervals between antagonist paired sets on repetition performance and muscle activation. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 28(9): 2529-2535. 2014.

Souza, D.B., R. Poton, J. Casonatto, J.M. Willardson, and M.D. Polito. Acute effect of caffeine intake on hemodynamics after resistance exercise in young non-hypertensive subjects. Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal. 22(3): 253-264. 2014.  

Tabana, R.A., D.C. Viera, V. Tajra, M. Bottaro, B.F. de Salles, J.M. Willardson, and J. Prestes. Effects of rest interval length on smith machine bench press performance and perceived exertion in trained men. Perceptual & Motor Skills. 117(3): 682-695. 2014.
de Souza-Junior, T.P., A.K. Yamada, R. Simao, R. Curi, M.P. Barros, Z.K. Pope, and J.M. Willardson. The effect of supra-physiological doses of testosterone in membrane oxidation of human neutrophils in vitro: A real-time approach with the fluorescence probe C11-biopidy581/591.European Journal of Applied Physiology. 113(5): 1241-1248. 2013.
Pope, Z.K., J.M. Willardson, and B. Schoenfeld. Brief Review:  Exercise and blood flow restriction. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 27(10): 2914-2926. 2013.
Paz, A., J.M. Willardson, R. Simao, and H. Miranda.  Effects of different antagonist manipulation protocols on repetition performance and muscle activation. Medicina Sportiva. 17(3): 100-106. 2013.
Assumpcao, C.O., R.A. Tibana, L.C. Viana, J.M. Willardson, and J. Prestes. Influence of exercise order on upper body maximum and sub-maximal strength gains in trained men. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging. 33: 359-363. 2013.
Balsamo, S., L. Santos-Neto, F.S. de Santana, J. Prestes, D.C. Balsamo, D. Nascimento, O. Nobrega, and J.M. Willardson. A Brief Review: Effectiveness of exercise on cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.  International Journal of General Medicine. 6: 387-391. 2013.
Simão, R., R.D. Leite, G.F.F. Speretta, A.S. Maior, B.F. de Salles, T.P. de Souza Jr, J.L. Vingren, and J.M. Willardson. Influence of upper body exercise order on the hormonal responses in trained men. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 38: 177-181. 2013.

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