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
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.