Chiel obtained both his Master’s degree in sport and exercise science as well as his PhD in exercise physiology at the KU Leuven, Belgium. Currently, he works as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Peter Hespel at the KU Leuven. His research, funded by the Research Fund Flanders (FWO), focuses on the role of ketone bodies in the physiological and muscular response to exercise and training. He also acts as the direct interface with clinicians investigating the potential clinical effects of exogenous ketosis. His research interests include the interplay between nutrition and exercise performance and the regulation of the adaptive response to (overload) training.
Peter is a full professor at KU Leuven, Belgium, where he is teaching courses in exercise physiology and sports nutrition. He is also leading the KU Leuven athletic performance center ‘Bakala Academy’. His research addresses regulation of muscle energy substrate metabolism during exercise, and nutritional strategies to enhance recovery, training adaptation, and performance in endurance sports, predominantly cycling. He is closely involved in the physiological follow-up and nutritional coaching of elite athletes. He is a consultant for the Belgian Olympic team, the Belgian national soccer teams, the Belgian Cycling Federation, the Deceuninck-QuickStep pro cycling team, as well as the Belgian 4 x 400m relay squads.
Poffé, C., Ramaekers, M., Van Thienen, R., & Hespel, P. (2019). Ketone ester supplementation blunts overreaching symptoms during endurance training overload. The Journal of physiology, 597(12), 3009-3027.
Poffé, C., Ramaekers, M., Bogaerts, S., & Hespel, P. (2020). Exogenous ketosis impacts neither performance nor muscle glycogen breakdown in prolonged endurance exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology, 128(6), 1643-1653.
Poffé, C., Ramaekers, M., Bogaerts, S., & Hespel, P. (2020). Bicarbonate Unlocks the Ergogenic Action of Ketone Monoester Intake in Endurance Exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
Poffé, C., Wyns, F., Ramaekers, M., & Hespel, P. (2020). Exogenous Ketosis Impairs 30-min Time-Trial Performance Independent of Bicarbonate Supplementation. Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise.
Poffé, C., & Hespel, P. (2020). Ketone bodies: beyond their role as a potential energy substrate in exercise. The Journal of Physiology, 598(21), 4749-4750.
Holdsworth, D. A., Cox, P. J., Kirk, T., Stradling, H., Impey, S. G., & Clarke, K. (2017). A ketone ester drink increases postexercise muscle glycogen synthesis in humans. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 49(9), 1789.