S2 EPISODE 37 - HIIT Science, Physiology First & Weapons of Mass Destruction w/ Prof. Paul Laursen PhD

Season 2 Episode 37, Dr. Bubbs interviews renowned sport scientist and coach Professor Paul Laursen PhD to discuss the science and application of HIIT training. In this episode, Prof Laursen outlines his new collaborative project HIIT Science and dives into key principles for programming HIIT training for individuals and team sport athletes. He kicks things off by addressing the importance of understanding the demands of the sport and the athlete profile. Laursen then shares the three main areas that can be targeted with HIIT training: aerobic, anaerobic and neuromuscular, and the five different types of HIIT training formats. He also outlines the pitfalls of thinking “format first” (i.e. the workout) and emphasizes the importance of thinking “physiology first” when programming training sessions for individuals and teams. Phenomenal insights from Prof Laursen and an exciting new educational resource for practitioners and athletes. 

Summary of Episode

3:00 – Introduction to HIIT Science

5:00 – Demands of sport & athlete profile

11:30 – HIIT Target Types

15:20 – Type II HIIT sessions

18:30 – Weapons of mass destruction – Type IV HIIT sessions

21:45 – Type V HIIT sessions

26:00 – Importance of context

30:00 – Athlete longevity and health

33:15 – Diet is the biggest confounder

36:15 – HIIT training is not “no pain, no gain”

37:46 – Importance of consistency

40:00 -  Evolution of HIIT Science

Research Paper

High-Intensity Interval Training, Solutions to the Programming Puzzle : Part I: Cardiopulmonary Emphasis.

About Pro. Paul Laursen

Across the last two Olympic cycles, Dr. Laursen was employed as Lead Physiologist for High Performance Sport New Zealand alongside a joint position as Adjunct Professor of Exercise Physiology at Auckland University of Technology. This unique role positioned him at the nexus between theory, research and application of sport science and physiology for Olympic sports in New Zealand. While he continues his Professorial role, he is now based in Canada as a coach and consultant (www.plewsandprof.com). He’s amounted more than 125 scientific publications. He’s personally competed in 17 Ironman triathlon events, including Hawaii, with a personal best time of 9:57. Follow Prof Laursen on Twitter @PaulBLaursen and @HIITScience. Learn more at https://hiitscience.com.