Muscle metabolism and ion transport

Our goal is to develop an understanding of the physiological mechanisms underpinning skeletal muscle metabolism and ion transport with a focus on unearthing the key factors contributing to fatigue development.

Max test

This research program ultimately aims to optimize skeletal muscle performance and health.


  • Elite performance
  • Health
  • Optimizing training in athletes and untrained individuals (training/detraining)
  • Effect of substances (ergogenics); anti-doping research



  • Team Danmark
  • Center for Holdspil


Research projects


The project aims to investigate the effects of physical activity in the form of adapted team play as a prevention / rehabilitation method for citizens with chronic diseases and the elderly in a practically applicable setup.

About the Study 

The aim of the study is to elucidate the effect of regular physical activity through adapted team play, in a practically applicable setup, in municipal health centres, sports associations/clubs and activity centers on a wide spectrum of health parameters, physical function and mental health in citizens with chronic diseases and the elderly.

The study is a block randomized controlled intervention study that runs over 3, -6 and 12 months of adapted team play training or traditional prevention training. 

The project will be able to contribute useful information about the effects of physical activity in the form of adapted team play as a prevention/rehabilitation method for citizens with chronic diseases and the elderly in a practically applicable setup.

Furthermore, the study will highlight 1) the short-term effects (12 weeks) and 2) long-term effects (6-12 months) of team play compared to traditional prevention training.

This knowledge will be beneficial for society and is expected to influence recommendations in the field of prevention, rehabilitation and treatment of chronic diseases for citizens and the elderly.

The project also aims to strengthen the retention of physical activity and increase understanding of the effect of team play on mental health, well-being and socialization.


The project has just started and we are working to find health and activity centers that might be interested in a collaboration. Recruitment is expected to start around the summer of 2023. 


Nordea Foundation 


Research Assistant Martin Zeuthen Pedersen






Project period:

10-20-30 is a form of high-intensity interval training including repeated 10-s all-out efforts which leads to a reduced training time. The 10-20-30 training was completed following a simple principle where participants changed pace every 30, 20 and 10 s for a total duration of ~20 min.

The purpose of running project 10-20-30 was to investigate the effect of a period of intensified training and reduced training volume on performance, muscle, health and well-being, identifying potential mechanisms underlying change in performance. In addition to shed light on the extent to which this type of training can motivate people to start, and continue to exercise.

Video from the 10-20-30 training concept

Training concept improves moderately trained runners performance and health profile.


Hostrup M, Gunnarsson TP, Fiorenza M, Mørch K, Onslev J, Pedersen KM, Bangsbo J. In-season adaptations to intense intermittent training and sprint interval training in sub-elite football players. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2019 Jan 24.

Gliemann L, Gunnarsson TP, Hellsten Y, Bangsbo J. 10-20-30 training increases performance and lowers blood pressure and VEGF in runners. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2015 Oct;25(5):e479-89.

Gunnarsson TP, Bangsbo J. The 10-20-30 training concept improves performance and health profile in moderately trained runners. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2012 Jul;113(1):16-24.

Funded by

Novo Nordisk Foundation


Professor Jens Bangsbo


Members of research group

Name Title Phone E-mail
Dario Kohlbrenner Guest Researcher +4535324543 E-mail
Jan Sommer Jeppesen Research Assistant +4535325869 E-mail
Jens Bangsbo Head of Centre, Professor +4535321623 E-mail
Jens Jung Nielsen Academic Staff +4535321574 E-mail
Lukas Moesgaard PhD Fellow   E-mail
Marcos Paulo Rocha Alves PhD Fellow   E-mail
Martin Thomassen Academic Staff +4535321594 E-mail
Morten Hostrup Associate Professor - Promotion Programme +4535321595 E-mail
Søren Kaare Jessen Postdoc +4535326685 E-mail
Jens Bangsbo

Head of research group

Jens Bangsbo

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