Richard Metcalfe

Dr Richard Metcalfe

Senior Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Dr Richard Metcalfe is a Lecturer in Health and Exercise Physiology within the Applied Sport Technology, Exercise and Medicine (ASTEM) Research Group.

He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh in 2010, and subsequently completed his PhD at The University of Bath (2010-2015) under the supervision of Dr Niels Vollaard and Prof Dylan Thompson.

He joined Swansea University in October 2017, after 3-years working as a Lecturer in Exercise and Health at Ulster University in Northern Ireland (2014-2017).

Areas Of Expertise

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Metabolism
  • High Intensity Interval Training
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Training Adaptations

Career Highlights


Richard's research interests span the integrative physiology of exercise and nutrition, but his primary research focus is on the health benefits of time-efficient high-intensity interval training (HIT). This strand of research aims to ‘optimise’ HIT protocols for sedentary populations by making them shorter and easier while retaining the associated health benefits.

The last 10 years of his research has culminated in an exercise protocol which takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete (2 times/week) and involves no more than 40-seconds of high-intensity exercise. This protocol, termed reduced-exertion HIT (REHIT), has great potential to remove many of the barriers that prevent sedentary individuals from reaping the health benefits of regular exercise.