Luke Pelton | Springfield College

Luke Pelton

Luke Pelton

Assistant Professor Exercise Science
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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., 2023
  • Master of Science, Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., 2017
  • Bachelor of Science, Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., 2014

Luke Pelton has taught exercise science, strength and conditioning, and research methods courses in higher education since 2015 across multiple institutions. Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and serves as the head powerlifting coach of Strong for Life Co. Pelton's research broadly focuses on the intersection of epigenetics, anabolic steroid use, reproductive health, and advanced resistance training methods in populations, such as bodybuilders and powerlifters. In his spare time, Pelton competes as a classic physique bodybuilder.

Research Interests
  • Effects of anabolic steroids 
  • Impact of exercise on reproductive health 
  • Advanced resistance training methods 
  • Validity of exercise science research 
  • Genetic outcomes in muscle physiology
Courses Taught
  • Measurement & Statistics in Exercise Science 
  • Foundations & Methods of Research 
  • Exercise Testing & Prescription 
  • Genetics for Exercise Science 
  • Research Proposal Design 
  • Educational Psychology Statistics I
Certifications and Memberships
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association - Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • International Society of Sports Nutrition - Certified Instructor of Sports Nutrition 
  • Human Enhancement Drugs Network - member 
  • American Physiological Society - member 
  • American College of Sports Medicine - New England chapter member, former student representative 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology Association - member 
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine - Behavior Change Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist

Selected Works


  • Pelton LM, Fields J, Nitzsche E, Pelton JA. (2022). Impacts of cannabis use timing, biologic gender, and iron sport participation on perceived recovery. Presented at: 2022 NEACSM Fall Conference. 
  • Pelton LM, Mullin EM. (2021). The relationship of anabolic-androgenic steroids and sexual health among male competitive strength athletes. Presented at: 2021 ACSM Annual Meeting.


  • Pelton, LM, Maris, SA, Loseke, J. The effects of anabolic-androgenic steroids on gene expression in skeletal muscle: A systematic review. International Journal of Exercise Science, 2023;16(3): 53-82. 
  • Pelton, LM, Mullin, EM. The relationship of anabolic-androgenic steroids and sexual health among male competitive strength athletes: 1138. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2021;53(8S):368. 
  • Ghigiarelli JJ, Fulop AM, Burke A, Ferrara A, Sell KM, Gonzalez AM, Pelton LM, Zimmerman JA, Coke S, Marshall D. The effects of whole-body photobiomodulation light-bed therapy on creatine kinase and salivary interleukin-6 in a sample of trained males: A randomized, crossover study. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 2020. https://doi: 10.3389/fspor.2020.00048. 
  • Ghigiarelli JJ, Pelton LM, Gonzalez AM, Fulop AM, Gee JY, Sell KM. Effects of a 6-week bench press program using the freak bar in a sample of collegiate club powerlifters. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2018;32(4):938-949.