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Below are all the scientific research projects Chris Barakat has had published to date. Additionally, there are a list of projects Chris and his colleagues are currently working on.

The Effects of Varying Glenohumeral Joint Angle on Acute Volume Load, Muscle Activation, Swelling, and Echo-Intensity on the Biceps Brachii in Resistance-Trained Individuals.

There is a paucity of data on how manipulating joint angles during isolation exercises may impact overall session muscle activation and volume load in resistance-trained individuals. We investigated the acute effects of varying glenohumeral joint angle on the biceps brachii with a crossover repeated measure design with three different biceps curls.

Auto-regulated exercise selection training regimen produces small increases in lean body mass and maximal strength adaptations in strength-trained individuals.

The purpose of this investigation was to compare the effects of auto-regulatory exercise selection (AES) vs. fixed exercise selection (FES) on muscular adaptations in strength-trained individuals. Our findings, suggest AES may provide a small advantage in LBM and upper body maximal strength in strength-trained individuals.

Repeated Bouts of Advanced Strength Training Techniques: Effects on Volume Load, Metabolic Responses, and Muscle Activation in Trained Individuals.

This study investigated the effects of advanced training techniques (ATT) on muscular responses and if performing a second training session would negatively affect the training stimulus. Eleven strength-trained males performed a traditional strength training session (TST) and four different ATT: pre-exhaustion A (PE-A), pre-exhaustion B (PE-B), forced repetitions (FR), and super-set (SS).

Similar Strength and Power Adaptations between Two Different Velocity-Based Training Regimens in Collegiate Female Volleyball Players.

This study investigated the effects of two different velocity-based training (VBT) regimens on muscular adaptations. Fifteen female college volleyball players were randomly assigned into either progressive velocity-based training (PVBT) or optimum training load (OTL).

Research Currently in Progress

  • Review on Fasted vs Fed Cardio
  • Carbohydrate Mouth Rinsing and it’s Acute Effects on Resistance Training Performance
  • Position Stand on HMB for the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)
  • Special Topics Paper for JSCR on Body Recomposition
  • Bodybuilding Case Studies on Elite Pros Enhanced V Natty (Rob Terry, Terrence Ruffin) 


I couldn’t be where I am today without my friends and colleagues. I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with some of the best minds in the industry, and people who motivate me to be better on a daily basis. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, and I’m looking forward to continuing on this epic journey with you all.


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