Welcome to Health Heralds, a blog from Robert Palmer and Peter Nelson that is dedicated to sharing thoughts, advice, anecdotes, and scientific evidence on the latest in health, nutrition, general fitness, athletic performance, and overall wellness.
Peter Nelson’s Background
Peter is a sophomore undergraduate student at Penn State’s University Park, pursuing majors in Kinesiology (with an emphasis in Movement Science) and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (with an emphasis in Molecular and Cell Biology), as well as a minor in Nutrition.
Peter graduated in 2012 from Phillips Academy Andover. He is a former competitive hockey player and, while he no longer plays competitively, his longtime involvement in sports has driven his interest in research fields such as nutrition and strength and conditioning.
Peter has previously served as a Strength and Conditioning Staff Intern and Research Assistant with the Pennsylvania State University Men’s Ice Hockey Team. He has also interned at NIKE SPARQ-affiliated Athletic Evolution in Woburn, MA. His writing has been featured on Mike Reinold’s website and Eric Cressey’s “Strength and Conditioning Stuff You Should Read” series. Peter has trained and programmed for several New England prep school ice hockey players, most of whom have committed to Division I and Division III collegiate programs such as Colgate University, Wesleyan University, and Bowdoin College.
Peter is also active in research. As of the fall of 2013, he is serving as principal investigator for a research study in conjunction with the Penn State Kinesiology Department that is examining the effect of various strength training periodization protocols on lower-body muscular power development in athletes.
Robert Palmer’s Background
Robert is, as of the fall of 2013, a junior at the University of Southern California. He is double majoring in Human & Evolutionary Biology (with an emphasis in Applied Physiology) and Cognitive Science (with an emphasis in Reasoning and Decision Making).
Along with Peter, Robert interned at NIKE SPARQ-affiliated Athletic Evolution in the summer of 2012. In the spring of 2013, he completed a mentorship with the strength and conditioning program at USC. He is currently an intern at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning and continues to be involved in the strength and conditioning program at USC.
Robert graduated from Phillips Academy Andover in 2011. He was a competitive wrestler during his four years there, and his involvement in the sport prompted him to research sports nutrition and strength and conditioning.
In the years since his initial foray into the world of improving sports performance, his interests have expanded to include the optimization of both physical and mental wellbeing.