Episode 329 is an Expert Edition featuring Paul Laursen (PhD), CEO & Co-Founder Athletica & HIIT Science sharing around Artificial Intelligence in endurance sports.
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.
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“you’ve got to feel that session, you should try to feel that session before you do it and then you need to feel that session whilst you're out there as well”
“consistency wins every day of the week”
“be patient with yourself and kind to yourself”
Top 3 Tips for athletes:
1. Consistent training
2. Learn to feel the session
3. Be kind
Top 3 Tips for coaches:
2. Being flexible
3. Willingness to continue to learn
“Learn how to calm down before bed and get a good night sleep” - Best advice
04:05: Definition of the term ‘artificial intelligence in coaching’
13:11 Backstory to how it all started
16:22 The difference between a training peak platform and an athletic platform for an athlete
20:00 The HIT Science principles
24:50 The meaning behind Structure and Framework First
27:30 Tips around loading
35:47 Alistair Brownlee’s involvement
39:00 Top 3 tips for athletes to maximise performance
40:40 Paul’s definition of Artificial Intelligence
43:20 Top 3 tips or principles for coaches to help optimise their athlete’s performance
45:20 Paul’s view on what the future of endurance sport coaching will look like
48:14 Best advice
49:50 Physical Challenge
Dan Plews - Applied Exercise Physiologist, Endure IQ Founder. Episodes 213, 256 and 318 of the Physical Performance Show
Olav Aleksander Bu - Triathlon Norway Sports Scientist & Elite Coach. Episode 302 of The Physical Performance Show
Alistair Brownlee - Dual Olympic Triathlon Champion. Episode 292 of The Physical Performance Show
Stephen Seiler - Sports Scientist. Episodes 172, 219, 226, 317 and 325 of The Physical Performance Show
Blog: Athletica Coach Version: A new tool to leverage the HIIT Science principles
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