Tim Podlogar

Tim Podlogar

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Fellow

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Tim Podlogar is an exercise Physiologist mainly interested in Sports Nutrition, Exercise Metabolism, Environmental Physiology and Endurance Performance.


BSc Kinesiology (University of Ljubljana)

MSc Sport and Exercise Sciences (University of Birmingham)

PhD Exercise Metabolism (University of Birmingham)


Dr Tim Podlogar completed his undergraduate studies Kinesiology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2015. He then moved to the University of Birmingham where he obtained his MSc (2016) and a PhD (2020) from Carbohydrate metabolism under the supervision of Dr Gareth Wallis. After his PhD completion he held a postdoctoral position for a year at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia under the guidance of Dr Tadej Debevec, where he investigated ketone body and menthol supplementation in extreme environments. At a similar time, he also become an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Primorska, Slovenia. In late 2021 he returned to the University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow to work under Dr Gareth Wallis on a project looking at effects of heat acclimation on exogenous carbohydrate oxidation rates. He remains a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Primorska, organizing and delivering Exercise Physiology module to masters’ students. In 2022 he also started working as a Nutritionist in a world-tour cycling team BORA-hansgrohe where he translates the science into practice.


Dr Tim Podlogar is an exercise Physiologist mainly interested in Sports Nutrition, Exercise Metabolism, Environmental Physiology and Endurance Performance. His main goals are to better understand the metabolism before, during and after exercise and how this can be effected by ingestion of different macronutrients; and how can this knowledge be applied into applied setting to improve performance of athletes.

Other activities

Dr Podlogar is also a Head Exercise Physiologist in a performance laboratory Human Performance Centre in Slovenia, where a team of coaches, nutritionists and exercise physiologists helps endurance athletes achieve their goals. In addition to this, he consults with a sports nutrition brand Nduranz and helps them translate latest research findings into products.


Selected publications:

Podlogar T, Leo P, Spragg J. Viewpoint: Using VO2max as a marker of training status in athletes - can we do better? J Appl Physiol (1985). 2022 Feb 17. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00723.2021. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35175104.

Leo P, Spragg J, Podlogar T, Lawley JS, Mujika I. Power profiling and the power-duration relationship in cycling: a narrative review. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2022 Feb;122(2):301-316. doi: 10.1007/s00421-021-04833-y. Epub 2021 Oct 27. PMID: 34708276; PMCID: PMC8783871.

Podlogar T, Bolčič T, Cirnski S, Verdel N, Debevec T. Commercially available carbohydrate drink with menthol fails to improve thermal perception or cycling exercise capacity in males. Eur J Sport Sci. 2021 Oct 14:1-9. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2021.1986140. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34559601.

Poffé C, Robberechts R, Podlogar T, Kusters M, Debevec T, Hespel P. Exogenous ketosis increases blood and muscle oxygenation but not performance during exercise in hypoxia. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2021 Dec 1;321(6):R844-R857. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00198.2021. Epub 2021 Oct 20. PMID: 34668436.

Verdel N, Podlogar T, Ciuha U, Holmberg HC, Debevec T, Supej M. Reliability and Validity of the CORE Sensor to Assess Core Body Temperature during Cycling Exercise. Sensors (Basel). 2021 Sep 3;21(17):5932. doi: 10.3390/s21175932. PMID: 34502822; PMCID: PMC8434645.

Podlogar T, Wallis GA. Impact of Post-Exercise Fructose-Maltodextrin Ingestion on Subsequent Endurance Performance. Front Nutr. 2020 Jun 5;7:82. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2020.00082. PMID: 32582755; PMCID: PMC7289949.

Odell OJ, Podlogar T, Wallis GA. Comparable Exogenous Carbohydrate Oxidation from Lactose or Sucrose during Exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2020 Dec;52(12):2663-2672. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002426. PMID: 32520875; PMCID: PMC7664948.

Podlogar T, Free B, Wallis GA. High rates of fat oxidation are maintained after the sleep low approach despite delayed carbohydrate feeding during exercise. Eur J Sport Sci. 2021 Feb;21(2):213-223. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2020.1730447. Epub 2020 Feb 28. PMID: 32052709.

Maunder E, Podlogar T, Wallis GA. Postexercise Fructose-Maltodextrin Ingestion Enhances Subsequent Endurance Capacity. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2018 May;50(5):1039-1045. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001516. PMID: 29232314.

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