The Physical Performance Show: Paul Laursen (PhD), CEO & Co-Founder Athletica & HIIT Science

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Paul Laursen

In episode 329 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Paul Laursen (PhD), CEO & Co-Founder Athletica & HIIT Science sharing around Artificial Intelligence in endurance sports in this Expert Edition.

Paul Laursen (PhD), author, endurance coach and high-performance consultant is an entrepreneur exploring artificial intelligence and its role in the world of sports training, coaching and prescription. Paul served as the former Leader of Physiology for New Zealand Olympic Athletes and the Adjunct Professor of Exercise Physiology at Auckland University of Technology. Paul is a world-renowned specialist in high intensity interval training, low carb diets, ketosis, heart rate variability, thermal physiology, health and artificial intelligence.

Paul has published over 150 Scientific manuscripts with his work cited in more than 15,000 publications. He has competed in 17 Ironman triathlons, while relishing the art of coaching both professional and age group athletes. Paul is the co-author of the HIIT science training book “High Intensity Interval Training, The Science and Application” with co-author and colleague Martin Buchheit. The book is widely used and referenced amongst the endurance sporting community by practitioners, coaches and athletes, one of those including Dual Olympic Triathlon champion and former guest of the show, Alistair Brownlee, who became involved with Paul’s co-founder training platform Athletica off the back of reading that book.

For the past 8 years, Paul and his team have been developing Athletica, a training platform utilising artificial intelligence.

In this episode Paul shares how artificial intelligence can be used to leverage coaching decisions and exercise prescription. This is not a paid advertorial for Athletica, this is a conversation exploring how artificial intelligence already is and will continue to play a part in exercise prescription in the coming decades.

To listen to Episode 329:


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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Definition of the term ‘artificial intelligence in coaching’
  • Backstory to how it all started
  • The difference between a training peak platform and an athletic platform for an athlete
  • The HIT Science principles
  • The meaning behind Structure and Framework First
  • Tips around loading
  • Alistair Brownlee’s involvement
  • Top 3 tips for athletes to maximise performance
  • Paul’s definition of Artificial Intelligence
  • Top 3 tips or principles for coaches to help optimise their athlete’s performance
  • Paul’s view on what the future of endurance sport coaching will look like

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To follow Paul Laursen:

Twitter: @PaulBLaursen
Website: @athleticaai
Website: @hiitscience
Website: @paullaursen


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