Dr. Nic Martinez
Assistant Professor of Instruction and area coordinator, Exercise Science
Dr. Nic Martinez, PhD, EP-C, CISSN, is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Exercise Science program at the University of South Florida. He earned his graduate degrees from the University of South Florida while teaching kinesiology related courses as a graduate assistant. Dr. Martinez officially joined the Exercise Science faculty in 2017, and has experience teaching in the program since 2011. He has conducted research and is a published author in the areas of sports nutrition and exercise psychology. His research interests include both the physical and mental factors that impact human performance and wellness.
Dr. Martinez has worked as a performance coach with professional combat athletes (boxing and MMA) and tennis athletes for the purpose of optimizing performance for competition. His area of interest as a performance coach include program design, mental toughness, and weight management strategies for contracted weight competitions. He has also collaborated with worksite wellness facilities to assist in program development for improving employee productivity, as well as program evaluation for the purpose of identifying the strengths and areas of improvement for wellness initiatives. Dr. Martinez is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Sports Nutritionist with the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Dr. Martinez's teaching experience includes both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of South Florida. Undergraduate courses include: Biomechanics, Stress Management, Nutrition for Fitness and Sport General Exercise Testing and Prescription, Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription, Professional Development, Individualized Fitness and Wellness Programming, Physical Activity Epidemiology, and Strength & Conditioning. Graduate courses include: Advanced Topics in Strength & Conditioning, Physical Activity, Health, and Disease, and Mental Performance & Stress Management.