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Peter M Magyari

Associate Professor | Exercise Science Program

Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

The application of resistance training in disease prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
Resistance training program design for healthy populations.
Strength and Conditioning for Sport.
Skeletal Muscle Physiology.
Health and Fitness of Public Safety Personnel.
Ergogenic Aids


1996-2002 Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, University of Florida
1994-1996 Masters of Science in Science Education, Florida International University
1987-1990 Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Exercise Physiology Track, Florida International University


Peter M. Magyari, Ph.D., HFSCSCS is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and Director of the Undergraduate Exercise Science Program in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL His research focuses on the application of resistance training in both healthy and diseased populations. Peter is ACSM Health and Fitness Specialist Certified and a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is currently serving as Co-editor of ACSM's Certified News and has previously served as a member of ACSM's Certification Exam Development Team. Dr. Magyari and his wife Sarah have two boys, Myo and Rox and reside in Atlantic Beach, FL.


American College of Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association

ACSM Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), American College of Sports Medicine
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Basic Cardiac Life Support and AED, American Heart Association.


ACSM’S Certified News


Grants and Contracts Awarded

UNF Undergraduate Scholarship Program Grant to Mentor Undergraduate Student Research with Jacqueline Squire  (2009-2010). The Health Related Physical Impact of Riding the Osprey Shuttle as Opposed to Walking on Campus. Undergraduate Scholarship/Research Grant, University of North Florida. $1500 Awarded. (Study results presented at SEACSM 2010 Greenville, SC and UNF Student Research Symposium).

UNF Environmental Center Seed Grant. Magyari P. and Myers R. (2006-2007): GeoCaching: A Technological Game of Hide and Seek. This pilot proposal represents a collaborative effort between the Brooks College of Health and the Eco Adventures Program at UNF to encourage increased student physical activity on campus. $1200 Awarded (Study results released as oral presentation at 2009 ACSM Southeast Regional Conference, Birmingham AL.)

Publications & Presentations


Fletcher B, Magyari P, Prussak K, and Churilla J. Physical Training in Patients with Heart Failure. Revista Medica Clinica Las Condes. 2012;23(6):748-755.


Churilla J., Johnson T., Magyari P., and Crouter S. Descriptive Analysis of Resistance Exercise and Metabolic Syndrome. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews. 2012;6(1):42-7.


Magyari, P.M. and Churilla, J.R. Association Between Lifting Weights and Metabolic Syndrome: 1999-2004 NHANES. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2012;26(11):3113–3117. 


Churilla, J.R., Magyari, P.M., Ford, E.S., Fitzhugh, E.C. Muscular Strengthening Activity Patterns and Metabolic Health Among U.S. Adults: 1999-2004 NHANES. Journal of Diabetes. 4:77-84, 2012.

Sorace, P., Churilla J., and Magyari, P. Resistance Training and Hypertension: Design Safe and Effective Programs. ACSM Health & Fitness Journal. 16(1), 2012.

Magyari, P. Optimizing Resistance Training Program Variables. ACSM’s Certified News. 2010;20(2), April-June.

Magyari, P. Osteoporosis and Osteopenia: An Exercise Professional’s Guide to Proactive Bone Health. ACSM’s Certified News. 2009;19(2), April-June.

Magyari, P. Marketing Essentials for Personal Trainers. ACSM’s Certified News. 2008;18(2), April-June.

Pierce GL, Magyari PM, Aranda JM, Edwards DG, Hamlin SA, Hill JA, Braith RW. Effect of heart transplantation on skeletal muscle metabolic enzyme reserve and fiber type in end-stage heart failure patients. Clin Transplant. 2007;21:94-100.

Randy W Braith, Peter M Magyari, Michael N Fulton, Clem F Lisor, Sara E Vogel, James A Hill, Juan M Aranda. Comparison of Calcitonin versus Calcitonin and Resistance Exercise as Prophylaxis for Osteoporosis in Heart Transplant Recipients" Transplantation. 2006;27;81(8):1191-5.

Randy W Braith, Peter M Magyari, Gary L Pierce, David G Edwards, James A Hill, Lesley J White, Juan M Aranda. “Effect of Resistance Exercise on Skeletal Muscle Myopathy in Heart Transplant Recipients” The American Journal of Cardiology. 2005;95:1192-1198 .

Edwards DG, Schofield RS, Magyari PM, Nichols WW, Braith RW. Effect of exercise training on central aortic pressure wave reflection in coronary artery disease. Am J Hypertension. 2004;17:540-543.

Braith RW, Magyari PM, Fulton MN, Aranda J, Walker T, Hill JA. Resistance Exercise Training and Alendronate Reverse Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis in Heart Transplant Recipients. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2003;22(10):1082-90.

Vincent KR, Braith RW, Feldman R, Magyari P, Cutler RB, Persin SA, Lennon SL, and Lowenthal DT. Resistance Exercise and Physical Performance in Elderly Men and Women. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2002;50(6), 1100-1107.

Magyari, P. Understanding Weight Training Intensity. IDEA Personal Trainer. 1998;9(3), 17-18.


Peter M. Magyari and Caleb Williams. Impact of Load on Resistance Training Circuit Volume and Energy Expenditure. Med Sci Sports Exer. 44(5):S647, 2012.


Magyari, P.M. and Churilla, J.R. Incidence of Acute Injury Related to Mandatory Fitness Testing of Firefighters. Med Sci Sports Exer. 43(5):S550, 2011.


James R. Churilla, and Peter M. Magyari. Association of Total Physical Activity Volume and Hypercholesterolemia in U.S. Adults: 2009 BRFSS. Med Sci Sports Exer. 43(5):S499, 2011.

Churilla, J.R., and Magyari, P.M. Association of Congestive Heart Failure and Body Mass Index with Metabolic Syndromes: 1999-2004 NHANES. Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research. 8:78-79, 2011.

Magyari P, Fonger T, May J. (2010). Upper Body Muscular Endurance Among Active Duty Male And Female Firefighters. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. 24(1):S1, 2010.

James Churilla, Peter Magyari, Earl Ford, and Eugene Fitzhugh. (2010). Muscular Strengthening Activity Patterns and Metabolic Health Risk Among U.S. Adults: 1999-2004 NHANES. Med Sci Sports Exer. 42(5):S429, 2010.

Magyari P, Churilla J, Laurent T, Smith S. Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome among Active Duty Firefighters. Med Sci Sports Exer 40(5):S226, 2008.

Magyari P, Lawson K, Laurent T, Smith S, Guegj R. Level of Agreement Between Measured BMI and Body Fat Data Among Firefighting Personnel. Med Sci Sports Exer 39(5):S201, 2007.

Magyari P, O’Toole T, Laurent T, Bradney D. (2004) Perceived Versus True Maximal Strength in Older Adults. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 75(1):A11, 2004.

Braith RW, Magyari PM, Aranda J, Pierce GL, Hill JA. Resistance exercise training reverses glucocorticoid-induced skeletal muscle myopathy in heart transplant recipients. Circulation 108(17):IV-330, 2003.

Braith RW, Magyari PM, Aranda JM, Fulton MN, Lisor CF, Hill JA. Nasal calcitonin does not prevent vertebral osteoporosis in heart transplant recipients. Med Sci Sports Exer 35(5):S299, 2003.

Magyari PM, Aranda JM, Edwards DG, Pierce GL, Shanely RA, Braith RW. Increased muscular
strength and enzymatic reserve following 4 months of resistance training in heart transplant recipients.
Med Sci Sports Exer 35(5):S231, 2003.

Braith RW, Magyari PM, Aranda JM, Fulton MN, Lisor CF, Hill JA. Nasal calcitonin spray does not
prevent glucocorticoid-induced vertebral osteoporosis in heart transplant recipients. J Cardiopulm
Rehabil 22(5):351, 2002.

Magyari PM, Aranda J, Hill JA, Cleeton TS, Braith RW. The effect of nasal calcitonin spray on
glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in heart transplant recipients. Med Sci Sports Exercise
33(5):S110, 2002.

Kepler KC, Borst S, Magyari PM, Braith RW. Acute growth hormone response to three different
resistance training protocols. Med Sci Sports Exercise 33(5):S71, 2002.

Papin WJ, Braith RW, Magyari PM, Dodd SL. The Effect of transdermal prohormone supplementation
on serum hormone levels, fat free mass, and muscular strength in resistance-trained young men. Med Sci Sports Exercise 33(5):S286, 2001.

Magyari PM, Koesterer TK, Dirks AJ, Anderson A, Braith RW, Dodd SL. The effects of a 10-week weight training program on rat hind limb muscle. Med Sci Sports Exercise 33(5):S133, 2001.

Magyari P, Vincent K, Lennon S, Koesterer A, Fulton M, Foley M, Pollock M, Braith RW.
Comparison of a home lumbar extensor exerciser versus a clinical lumbar extension machine for
maintaining low back strength. Med Sci Sports Exerc 32(5):S153, 2000.


Braith RW, and Magyari PM. (2001). Resistance Training For Organ Transplant Recipients. In: Resistance Training for Health and Disease. Eds. J Graves and B Franklin. Human Kinetics.

Contact Information

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(904) 620-2320