Sunday, February 27, 2011

Call for male subjects for study on green tea extract & running

My friend in grad school, Brian, is looking for male subjects who run for an interesting study he's doing, preferably guys in Southern Calif. Below are the details in his words. (And just fyi, Brian is an amazing ultra-runner and triathlete... to all you dudes: you would have a blast just hanging out with him in the lab!!)

Also, extra incentive: Any male who participates gets two FREE VO2max tests with all the data and analysis of your performance. These things cost hundreds in the real world, so this is totally worth your time in my opinion!


Hi, my name is Brian Martin. I'm a graduate student at California State University, Fullerton conducting a study to examine the effects of green tea extract on metabolism and running performance.

I am looking for male subjects with experience running two or more 10 km and/or half marathon distance races, between the age of 18-35, and currently able to run approximately two hours.

The study will require four visits. There will be one meeting to sign consent and discuss details pertaining to the study. There will also be three visits to the exercise physiology laboratory at CSUF over a six-week period. The first visit will take approximately 60 minutes and will consist of 12-25 minutes of running at increasing intensities until a maximal effort is reached. The 2nd and 3rd visits will occur approximately two and six weeks after the first, respectively, and take approximately 2 1/2 hours each.

During the 6 weeks you will be supplementing for two weeks at a time: once with a placebo and once with green tea extract, separated by two weeks of no supplementation.

You are asked not to be in a period of significant volume/intensity increase or decrease during the 6 weeks.

There is no monetary compensation for participating; however, you will learn a great deal about your fitness and training intensities that would cost a few hundred dollars to have done privately (i.e. VO2max tests, etc). The CSUF Institutional Review Board has approved this study.

Thank you for your time. Please let me know if you are interested or would like more information and feel free to forward this message to any runners you know that may be interested.


Leave a comment on this blog if you're interested with your contact info, and I'll give it to Brian.


  1. Is there any room in the grant money for travel? If so, I will totally take the vacation! haha

    Wish I lived closer. Best of luck!

  2. I'm too far away in Canada.
    I was wondering what the exercise topic would be as the title appeared in my blog feed as
    "Call for male subjects for stud..."

  3. bummer, I wish I loved in Southern California :( day!

  4. I was so ready to say YES and then I realized that I don’t meet the requirements of his study because I’m TOO OLD..

    If you need me I’ll be at the store buying a rocking chair….


  5. Another willing volunteer, however too old. Isn't 45 the new 35 anyway?

    Best of luck!!

  6. i am interested.