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 33 - Rewind: Sprints, Circadian Biology, Vagus Nerve & Elite Mindset

In Season 2 Episode 33, Dr. Bubbs “rewinds” the tape and revisits highlights and key insights from world leading experts from the past two seasons of the show. In this instalment, Dr. Bubbs talks training athletes with Strength Coach Clance Laylor, sprinting and injury prevention with Sprint Coach Derek Hansen, the application of HIIT training in heart disease and markers of overtraining with expert Dr. Martin Gibala PhD. He then shifts gears to discuss muscle fiber types (and the confusion and myths in this area) with leading expert Dr. Andy Galpin PhD, and hears from Dr. Dan Pardi PhD on circadian biology and how it impacts health and performance. Finally, Dr. Bubbs rounds out this edition of REWIND by discussing brain and recovery with expert Dr. John Sullivan PhD and the mindset traits of elite captains with author of Captain Class and Wall Street Journal Sports Editor Sam Walker. Tons of great insights from this incredible group of experts!

S2 EPISODE 23 - Nutrition for Figure Competition Prep and Getting Lean w/ Alicia Bell

Season 2 Episode 23, Dr. Bubbs chats with figure competitor, fitness model and former track and field coach Alicia Bell to discuss prep for figure competition. In this episode, Alicia talks nutrition, training and supplement strategies she uses to beat the competition: how far out from competition she starts dieting, her macro splits and percentage calorie drops from week to week. She discusses her preferred cardio, from steady-state to HIIT, as well as her favourite recovery strategies like infra-red sauna and cryotherapy. Alicia finishes off by talking mindset and the mental game of competition prep and leaning out, as well as some pearls of wisdom from years of competing.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    The typical contest prep starts 12-16 weeks out.

2)    Alicia starts 22 weeks out, preferring to go slow and steady.

3)    Longer HIIT bouts are beneficial for athletes who build lean muscle easily in the lower body. 

About Alicia Bell

Alicia Bell is an elite Figure Athlete, Fitness Model, and former Track & Field Coach, based in Toronto, Canada

Books/Research Article Links

http://www.trainitright.com

 

S2 EPISODE 20 - Fasting Glucose, Inflammation, Keto & HIIT w/ Alessandro Ferretti

Season 2 Episode 12, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Alessandro Ferretti to discuss the role of fasted morning glucose as a marker for health, recovery and longevity. Alessandro outlines what impacts your fasting glucose marker, when and how to measure, and some pitfalls of over-interpretation. Alessandro also discusses his recent research with Dr. Daniel Plews and Prof Paul Laursen on the effects of a ketogenic diet on HIIT training performance and the keys of how to interpret them into your practice.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)  Higher morning fasting glucose is associated with higher all-cause mortality.

2)  Chronic inflammation levels in athletes can hamper recovery and adaptation.

3)  Ketogenic diets do not hamper HIIT training over the course of 4-weeks in moderately fit endurance athletes.

Research Article

Effects of a 4-Week Very Low-Carbohydrate Diet on High-Intensity Interval Training Responses

About Alessandro Ferretti

Alessandro Ferretti is founder of Equilibria Health, recognized as one of the UK’s leading providers of nutrition education. His most recent focus is studying the relationship between HRV and blood glucose levels, recently Collaborating with Dr. Daniel Plews, Dr. Paul Larsen in 3 scientific papers in sport performance. Keep up-to-date with Alessandro's work on Twitter.

 

S2 EPISODE 18 - REWIND: Expert Insights & Highlights w/ Dr. Marc Bubbs ND

In Season 2 Episode 18, Dr. Bubbs “rewinds” the tape and revisits key insights and expert tips from the past two seasons. In part 1 of this episode, guests Dr. Shawn Arent, Dr. Eric Helms and Isabel Lahela talk body composition measurement techniques, the nuances of carbs for hypertrophy and weight loss, and the interference effect of HIIT training on bodybuilders. In part 2, Dr. Brianna Stubbs, Dr. Susan Kleiner and Dr. Jose Antonio will discuss supplements for sport, such as exogenous ketones, carbs, beetroot juice and HMB. In part 3, Dr. Stavros Kavouras and Prof Tim Noakes will outline different hydration strategies for athletes and the general population. And finally, in part 4 Dr. Fergus Connolly, Dr. Jeremy Koenig and Olympian Heather Moyse will talk emotions and mindset in sport, the “warrior gene” and how to overcome your own fears, assumptions and roadblocks.