Dr. Alvar, PhD. is an Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University, as well as a Residential Faculty Member/Sport Performance Director at Chandler Gilbert Community College. He oversees the strength and conditioning of over 160 athletes and 10 collegiate teams.
His research focuses upon physical activity related to human performance, occupational preparedness, and health-related benefits from resistance training. He is considered an expert in the dose-response relationship of resistance training and strength improvement. He uses this knowledge to alter the health/performance related outcomes associated with different doses of resistance training.
In the future, his lab will be examining various health related benefits of resistance training, such as bone mineral density, lipid profiles, stress reduction, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, he will also be examining how various fitness parameters can be evaluated and/or manipulated to influence job performance, injury prediction/prevention, and premature morbidity and mortality in occupations like firefighting and the military.