Luke Leaman

Optimizing Mitochondrial Function for Health and Performance

Mitochondria, often referred to as the “powerhouse” of the cell, play a vital role in maintaining health and improving performance. Well-functioning mitochondria are essential for various bodily processes including energy production, detoxification, regulating inflammation, and preventing excessive oxidative stress.

They are also important for improving endurance, strength, recovery, reducing fatigue, and performance. Efficient energy recycling, and buffering of metabolic by-products are a key factor in sports performance, and the more robust the mitochondria, the more potential for impacting not just output in training, but also regulating how we process input through nutrition. 

Factors like stress, aging, poor nutrition, and poor physical programming can impair the function of mitochondria. In this talk, Luke will go over some of the factors that lead to decreases in health and performance, and some viable solutions using nutrition and progressive supplementation, with special emphasis on how stress can be managed to help drive positive mitochondrial adaptation rather than negative maladaptation.


Luke Leaman is a highly regarded figure in the world of fitness and strength training, known for his expertise in the field of nutrition and human performance. As the founder of Muscle Nerds, an industry-leading education and consulting company, he has dedicated his career to teaching others how to unlock the true potential of the human body.

Luke's passion for fitness and health emerged at an early age, fuelled by his desire to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Conan the Barbarian.” Thus began a life-long passion for the science of performance.

Luke has spent decades honing his practical skills and real-world experience through years of coaching and training a diverse range of clients, including professional athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and individuals with specific performance goals.

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