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.

S2 EPISODE 36 - Fueling Endurance Athletes & Periodizing Body Composition w/ Dr. Trent Stellingwerff PhD

Dr. Bubbs interviews renowned physiologist Dr. Trent Stellingwerff PhD to discuss Eliud Kipchoge's record-breaking performance at the Berlin Marathon and the fueling strategies of elite marathoners. He also talks about the role of glycogen availability as a training regulator and the purposeful application of low carb availability training sessions in elite performers. As well, Trent dives into his past research into body composition periodization in endurance athletes and how it can impact athletic performance, injury risk and illness over a career. He shares insights into daily caloric restriction and weekly bodyweight loss targets as well as factors to consider before implementing this strategy with athletes. Finally, Trent shares his tips for recreational runners on improving performance and health and avoiding the trap of trying to ‘fuel like the pros’. Fantastic insights from a world-leader!

Research Papers

Body Composition Periodization in an Olympic-Level Female Middle-Distance Runner Over a 9-Year Career

 

About Dr. Trent Stellingwerff PhD

Dr. Trent Director Stellingwerff PhD of the Innovation and Research division at the Canadian Sport Institute _ Pacific. An experienced researcher, Trent has more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and the International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism. He has co-authored six book chapters focusing on the role that nutrition can play in supporting elite athlete performance, including a chapter on ’Nutrition for the Endurance Athlete’, for the newest version of the 2013 IOC Sports Nutrition Encyclopaedia. Trent has attended numerous World Championships and Olympic Games as part of Team Canada’s Integrated Support Team and consults w several Olympic athletes from around the world, including his wife Hilary, who competed for Canada in the 1500m at the 2012 Games.

Follow Trent on Twitter @TStellingwerff

S2 EPISODE 15 - Energy Balance, Carb Availability & Micronutrients for Performance w/ Kelly Anne Erdman MS, RD

In Season 2 Episode 15, Dr. Bubbs interviews former Olympian and nutrition expert Kelly Anne Erdman of the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary to talk Nutrition and Athletic Performance. In this episode, Kelly Anne dives into the key role of energy balance and availability, factors that impact energy availability, the crucial role of carbohydrates in high-intensity exercise, glycogen’s direct and indirect role in regulating training adaptations, as well as daily carb requirements depending on your sport, acute fueling strategies, key micronutrients and much more. Terrific insights from Kelly Anne.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)  Energy balance is the biggest driver of athletic performance and recovery.

2)  Carbohydrate availability can be manipulated depending on exercise intensity.

3)  Micronutrients like iron, calcium, vitamin D etc. play a role in athletic recovery and performance.

Research & Articles

Nutrition and Athletic Performance

The “Big Rocks” – Kelly Anne’s Tip

Meal frequency – Don’t skip meals or snacks, it will catch up with you later in the day! 

About Kelly Anne Erdman MS, RD

Kelly Anne Erdman is a Performance Dietician at the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary and contributing author to the recent Joint Position Statement by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  Dieticians of Canada and American College of Sports Medicine on Nutrition and Athletic Performance. She provides nutrition services forOlympic & World Championship-bound athletes including the following Canadian national teams: Women’s Hockey, Men’s Sledge Hockey, Long Track Speed Skating, Paralympic Cycling, Luge Canada as well as Athletics Canada-Decathlete Damian Warner. Kelly Anne Erdman was herself a member of the Canadian Cycling team from 1985 - 1992, competing in 7 World Championships and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.