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Tony Baross first studied Sport & Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University.  After graduating in 1996 he went on to undertake a MSc in Exercise and Health Behaviour at the City University, London before been employed as a Further Education lecture at Bedford college until 1998

He joined the University of Northampton in 1998 where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate level sport and exercise physiology, and strength and conditioning.  During this time he completed a PGCE in post-compulsory education before undertaking his PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology and graduated in 2011 from the University of Kent.

Tony continues to develop his post-doctoral research, supervising doctoral students, gaining external funding and presenting research at international conferences and publishing in top-ranked, high-impact international journals.  Currently Tony is a research theme lead within the Faculty Research Centre at the University of Northampton. His main area of research is the effects of isometric resistance training (IRT) on cardiovascular parameters particular resting and ambulatory blood pressure.

Research Interests

Tony’s main area of research interest is the effects of isometric resistance training (IRT) on cardiovascular measures particularly ambulatory blood pressure and morning blood pressure surge (MBPS), in healthy normotensive and hypertensive young and older populations.  At present Tony is undertaking collaborative research with the University of Windsor, Canada and Greenwich University. He is currently researching the effects of IRT on diurnal ambulatory blood pressure and MBPS changes in older borderline hypertensives.

Tony continues to supervise doctoral students in a variety of areas including dose-response effects of eccentric exercise in older people, effects of cryotherapy on exercise-induced muscle damage, blood flow restriction training in the Ageing Population and the effects of novel IRT protocols on ambulatory blood pressure in older individuals. 

Tony is also interested in strength development to enhance endurance performance and would accept doctoral students in any of the aforementioned areas.


Brett Baxter; Sports, Exercise and Life Science

The chronic effects of eccentric exercise on neuromusculoskeletal characteristics in older people


Saul Cuttell; Sports, Exercise and Life Science

Effects of different forms of eccentric exercise and cryotherapy on exercise induced muscle damage and the repeat bout effect.


Adnan Haq; Sports, Exercise and Life Science

Effects of Whole body Cryotherapy on sports Recovery and Performance


Dominic Langdon; Sports, Exercise and Life Science

Bloodflow Restriction Training in the Ageing Population: Potential Benefits to Increase Physical Activity and General Wellbeing.

Education/Academic qualification


3 Oct 20073 Oct 2011

Award Date: 3 Oct 2011


3 Oct 199627 Jun 1997

Award Date: 27 Jun 1997


1 Oct 199328 Jun 1996

Award Date: 28 Jun 1996

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Research Output

  • Effects of Isometric Resistance Training and Detraining on Ambulatory Blood Pressure and Morning Blood Pressure Surge in Young Normotensives

    Baross, A., McGowan, C., Jay, G., Stoodley, L. & Swaine, I. L., 6 Jul 2019, p. 1.

    Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstract

  • Effects of isometric resistance training on resting blood pressure: individual participant data meta-analysis.

    Smart, N. A., Way, D., Carlson, D., Millar, P., McGowan, C., Swaine, I., Baross, A., Howden, R., Ritti-Dias, R., Wiles, J., Cornelissen, V., Gordon, B., Taylor, R. & Bleile, B., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Hypertension. 37, 10, p. 1927–1938 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Stretch imposed on active muscle elicits positive adaptations in strain risk factors and exercise-induced muscle damage

    Kay, A. D., Rubley, B., Talbot, C., Mina, M. A., Baross, A. W. & Blazevich, A. J., 1 Nov 2018, In : Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science in Sports. 28, 11, p. 2299–2309 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Acute response to a 2-minute isometric exercise test predicts the blood pressure lowering efficacy of isometric resistance training in young adults

    Baross, A., Somani, Y., Milne, K., McGowan, C. & Swaine, I. L., 27 Sep 2017, In : American Journal of Hypertension. 31, 3, p. 362–368 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Effects of Isometric leg Training on Ambulatory Blood pressure and Morning Blood pressure Surge in Young Normotensive Men and Women

    Baross, A., Milne, K., McGowan, C. & Swaine, I. L., 8 Sep 2017, p. 1.

    Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstract

  • Reductions in ambulatory blood pressure in young normotensive men and women after isometric resistance training and its relationship with cardiovascular reactivity

    Somani, Y., Baross, A. W., Levy, P., Zinszer, K., Milne, K., Swaine, I. & McGowan, C., 1 Feb 2017, In : Blood Pressure Monitoring. 22, 1, p. 1-7 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Participating in a conference or workshop

    20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS 2015)

    Anthony Baross (Participant)

    24 Jul 201527 Jul 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch