Health Care Sciences

Physical Therapy Program

Office Location

EACPHS, Physical Therapy Suite



Degrees and Certifications

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular/Cellular Exercise Physiology, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
  • Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S. in Exercise Physiology, California State University Fullerton
  • B.A., B.A. in Biology and Psychology, The Claremont Colleges (Pitzer College)

Recent Publications

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Google Scholar Profile

Scopus Profile


  • Coburn, J. W. and M. H. Malek. (Editors). NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training, 2ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2012. Print book sold: 41,728 and eBook sold: 634 as of 03/07/2022. Used in universities as required textbook for undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as by individuals who are practicing professionals/personal trainers as a ‘desk reference.’ Also translated into Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.
  • Malek, M. H., J. W. Coburn, and W. D. Marelich. Advanced Statistics for Kinesiology and Exercise Science: A Practical Guide to ANOVA and Regression Analyses. Routledge Books, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018 (link).

Press Releases (hyperlinks embedded):

DPT Student Research Projects (names underlined are student projects where I was the primary mentor):

Narrative Reviews:

1. Feldpausch, J. E., A. L. Blok, E. L. Frederick, J. W. Coburn, and M. H. Malek. The evolution of the physical work capacity at the fatigue threshold test: Past, Present, and Future. J Strength Cond Res, 35(12):3529-3536, 2021.

Experimental Studies:

1. Bremer, N., G. Peoples, B. Hasler, R. Litzenburg, A. Johnson, and M. H. Malek. Repeated incremental workbouts separated by 1 hour increase the electromyographic fatigue threshold. J Strength Cond Res, xx(x):xxxx-xxxx, in press.

2. Elhaj, H. M., O. Imam, B. W. Page, J. M. Vitale, M. H. Malek. Perceived consumption of a high dose caffeine drink delays neuromuscular fatigue. J Strength Cond Res, xx(x):xxxx-xxxx, in press.

3. Boccomino, H. L., B. T. Daoud, A. Hudas, W. A. North, and M. H. Malek. Log-transformed electromyography amplitude power output relationship: Non-dominant vs. Dominant limb. J Strength Cond Res, 36(3): 851–856, 2022.

4. Harlan, K. G., R. B. Merucci, J. J. Weaver, T. C. Windle, and M. H. Malek. Pre-exhaustion exercise differentially influences neuromuscular fatigue based on habitual physical activity history. J Strength Cond Res, 35(3):739-745, 2021.

5. Ferris J. R., M. A. Tomlinson, T. N. Ward, M. E. Pepin, and M. H. Malek. Reduced electromyographic fatigue threshold after performing a cognitive fatiguing task. J Strength Cond Res, 35(1):267-274, 2021.

6. Centala, J., C. Pogorel, S. W. Pummill, and M. H. Malek. Listening to fast-tempo music delays the onset of neuromuscular fatigue. J Strength Cond Res, 34(3):617-622, 2020.

7. Noble, E. B., J. M. Pilarski, H. K. Vora, J. M. Zuniga, and M. H. Malek. Log transformed EMG amplitude power output relationship: Single-leg knee-extensor versus single leg cycle ergometry. J Strength Cond Res, 33(5):1311-1319, 2019.

8. Khan, F. L., J. M. Lawal, D. O. Kapture, J. D. Swingle, and M. H. Malek. Revisiting the single visit protocol for determining the electromyographic fatigue threshold. J Strength Cond Res, 31(12):3503-3507, 2017.

9. Morse, J. J., G. Pallaska, P. R. Pierce, T. M. Fields, S. S. Galen, and M. H. Malek. Acute low-dose caffeine supplementation increases electromyographic fatigue threshold in healthy men. J Strength Cond Res, 30(11):3236-3241, 2016.

10. Duff, T. M., H. Fournier, O. B. Hopp, E. Ochshorn, E. S. Sanders, R. E. Stevens, and M. H. Malek. Influence of pedaling cadence and incremental protocol on the estimation of EMGFT. J Strength Cond Res, 30(8):2206-2211, 2016.

11. Mahmutović, S., E. Y. Sprout, J. C. Fontaine, T. M. Buskirk, S. S. Galen, and M. H. Malek. Test retest reliability of the electromyographic fatigue threshold for cycle ergometry. Muscle and Nerve, 53(5):803-807, 2016.

12. Eason T., C. R. Gavel, K. A. Hawley, S. S. Galen, and M. H. Malek. Reliability of the log transformed EMG amplitude power output relationship for incremental knee extensor ergometry. Muscle and Nerve, 52(3):428-434, 2015.

13. Blaesser R. J., L. M. Couls, C. F. Lee, J. M. Zuniga, and M. H. Malek. Comparing EMG amplitude patterns of responses during dynamic exercise: Polynomial versus log-transformed regression. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 25(2):159 165, 2015.

14. Briscoe M. J., M. S. Forgach, E. Trifan, and M. H. Malek. Validating the EMGFT from a single incremental cycling test. Int J Sports Med., 35(7):566 570, 2014.

15. Guffey, D. R., Gervasi, B. J., A. A. Maes, and M. H. Malek. Estimating electromyographic and heart rate fatigue thresholds from a single treadmill test. Muscle and Nerve, 46(4):577-581, 2012.

16. Travis, L. A., S. A. Arthmire, A. M. Baig, A. Goldberg, and M. H. Malek. Intersession reliability of the EMG signal during incremental cycle ergometry: Quadriceps Femoris. Muscle and Nerve, 44(6):937-946, 2011.