So, along those lines that could you give us a little bit about your background. You know, where do you start out? Where you from originally? Yeah,
from the north east of England. So I'm from a town called Harrogate, which is in Yorkshire, which is in Northern kind of area of the nice, sunny weather all year long if yeah, you can Imagine, yeah, with the two weeks of some of that we get, you know, but yeah, I mean, I did my undergraduate studies there in sports science saying, you know, I did teacher training to be a physical education teacher after that. Like, most people are then worked as a high school physical education teacher, great experience, working with kids, you know, developing, you know, athletic qualities, but something in the back of my mind always, you know, I wanted more, I wanted to be to be at the higher end of Elite Sport, you know, I was a failed athlete like me. Many people. I am representing my country in different sports and things but I never made it professionally. So, you know, that that little seed was sown in as much as I then started to reach out to, you know, to different areas to do a PhD. Whether it was in the UK or also chance, my arm took upon see if we could get over to the states and all my buddies were going on, you know, Gap years after the Finish University, or whatever and going to Bali and hanging out or whatever, traveling through Thailand. And I figured well, you know, I've always, All of the states. And can I go and kill two birds with one stone and do something academic. Continue my studies but also doing a different environment and get some life life experience. And them many many rejections, as I'm sure you're kind of aware from different professors, weather is Rajan or Anoka or you know, William creme, you just wrote to these folks.
I just cold cold, cold
and send out information and saying. Yeah, so have you got any opportunities and push back from mall, but, you know, dogged and kept kept asking and yeah, dr. Kramer, who was at Ball State University, in Indiana at the time, you know, I muscle neuroendocrinologist and researcher in muscle physiology using resistance training, you know, basically said, listen, I can guarantee your funding for the first year of your studies, but not the next three sounds like a typical academic response. I
can take care of you but not that well necessarily, right? Yeah.
I spoke to my parents and said how you can we can we take upon and that you know, they were great and supporting me and yeah, long story short, came out to begin my PhD. Ball State, after a year, dr. Kramer transferred to UConn, you know, Connecticut in stores in the Northeast there and I transferred to him and with him and yeah, four great years with Matt with my PhD and, and getting my PhD with with a really prolific research group. That looked at, you know, neuroendocrinology hormone will work. But using a resistance training, primarily as an exercise stressor as the major mechanism and then looking at all the different physiologies off. The back of resistance training. Yeah, you guys
were Reproductive. I found dozens of papers on how weight training impacts, hormones. And your name is on all of them and it's remarkable.
Originally from England, Duncan French Got His PhD from UConn
Dr. Duncan French: How to Exercise for Strength Gains & Hormone Optimization | Episode 45