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HIIT your physiological target in sprint kayak

A logical approach to physiological targeting with HIIT is well described throughout HIIT Science. We know that development of our biological targets (aerobic, anaerobic, neuromuscular) can be stimulated with the right type of training, alongside alignment with the particularities of our context (e.g. athlete profile, sport demands, environmental constraints). This is the bird’s eye view that the coach will want to take to form their decisions regarding HIIT prescription.

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Logical HIIT solutions in professional soccer

Following the recent post and article (1) on high-speed running (HSR) management, I have since written a second short opinion piece for Sport Performance & Science Reports (2), where I offer further guidelines for coaches and practitioners for programming HSR and MW sequences in relation to technical training content and match schedules (i.e., different weekly microcycles).

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HIIT without carbs? Maybe, no problem

Within HIIT Science, Chapter 4 describes how carbohydrate availability can be manipulated around HIIT sessions to alter the acute physiological strain and subsequent response. Indeed, it’s been repeatedly shown across numerous studies that dietary carbohydrate...

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Why the HIIT Types?

We probably get that question the most at HIIT Science. It’s an important issue to be clear on, because understanding HIIT Types opens a window of opportunity for understanding solutions to your programming puzzle.

read more

Building Collaboration in New Environments

Soccer, Ice Hockey and American Football – three sports that can benefit from High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and all included in Martin and Paul’s book and course on the Science and Application of HIIT. They are also three sports that I have had the privilege to work in.

read more

HIIT: practical considerations for team sports

Regardless of your chosen sport, knowing how to implement high-intensity interval training (HIIT) within any S&C program should be a non-negotiable skill to have in your wheelhouse for so many reasons. The benefits are well established, and HIIT can be catered to stimulate the precise physiological (and psychological) responses needed to enhance our athlete’s capacities. Yet, to make the most out of HIIT, we need to have a clear rationale as to why and when we use it.

read more

Daily morning rituals: winning or ruining the day?

Successful entrepreneurs often tout the importance that daily morning rituals make to achieving their exceptional outcomes [1]. Those routines, conducted from 4 to 6am every morning for example, are claimed to reduce stress levels, make them happier as well as more productive. Rituals may include fasted exercise in their own home-based gym, meditation, self-reflection and day planning, topped off with a special diet or supplement. Since such morning habits are reportedly used by highly successful people, the ‘best practice’ approach suggests that embracing those should help others to become successful too. An alternative way to approach the question however, may be to ask whether having morning routines is in fact the chicken or the egg? Put differently, maybe it’s not the routines that make people successful, but rather that their success allows them to have the liberty and opportunity to have such routines? Put another way – are such routines enabled because you already make a few million each year, and have a bunch of people running your business for you?

read more

HIITing the lip in professional surfing

When I started working in competitive surfing in the capacity of sport scientist/S&C coach, curiosity was a helpful emotion to bring to work each day. There were a few resources offering opinions on training for surfing; some studies of injury incidence, severity, and location, and roughly 4 or 5 great studies that examined the activities involved in surfing (time motion analysis of recreational surfing and competitive heats). These resources, along with my personal experience as a surfer, was a great place to start. It was such a fun opportunity to jump into a sport that I loved (I began surfing in 1994) and begin to grow my practise in the area, in what you might call a relatively clean slate. And with that context, I rolled up my sleeves and tried to take the following philosophy to work every day: “curiosity and an open mind are wonderful allies”.

read more

Bridging the great divide

I was privileged to speak at two conferences this past weekend, to two distinct audiences about HIIT Science. The first was the CSEP conference in Niagara Falls for the Gord Sleivert memorial address; the audience consisting largely of university professors and postgraduate students.

read more
HIIT your physiological target in sprint kayak

HIIT your physiological target in sprint kayak

A logical approach to physiological targeting with HIIT is well described throughout HIIT Science. We know that development of our biological targets (aerobic, anaerobic, neuromuscular) can be stimulated with the right type of training, alongside alignment with the particularities of our context (e.g. athlete profile, sport demands, environmental constraints). This is the bird’s eye view that the coach will want to take to form their decisions regarding HIIT prescription.

read more
Logical HIIT solutions in professional soccer

Logical HIIT solutions in professional soccer

Following the recent post and article (1) on high-speed running (HSR) management, I have since written a second short opinion piece for Sport Performance & Science Reports (2), where I offer further guidelines for coaches and practitioners for programming HSR and MW sequences in relation to technical training content and match schedules (i.e., different weekly microcycles).

read more
HIIT without carbs? Maybe, no problem

HIIT without carbs? Maybe, no problem

Within HIIT Science, Chapter 4 describes how carbohydrate availability can be manipulated around HIIT sessions to alter the acute physiological strain and subsequent response. Indeed, it’s been repeatedly shown across numerous studies that dietary carbohydrate...

read more
Why the HIIT Types?

Why the HIIT Types?

We probably get that question the most at HIIT Science. It’s an important issue to be clear on, because understanding HIIT Types opens a window of opportunity for understanding solutions to your programming puzzle.

read more
Building Collaboration in New Environments

Building Collaboration in New Environments

Soccer, Ice Hockey and American Football – three sports that can benefit from High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and all included in Martin and Paul’s book and course on the Science and Application of HIIT. They are also three sports that I have had the privilege to work in.

read more
HIIT: practical considerations for team sports

HIIT: practical considerations for team sports

Regardless of your chosen sport, knowing how to implement high-intensity interval training (HIIT) within any S&C program should be a non-negotiable skill to have in your wheelhouse for so many reasons. The benefits are well established, and HIIT can be catered to stimulate the precise physiological (and psychological) responses needed to enhance our athlete’s capacities. Yet, to make the most out of HIIT, we need to have a clear rationale as to why and when we use it.

read more
Daily morning rituals: winning or ruining the day?

Daily morning rituals: winning or ruining the day?

Successful entrepreneurs often tout the importance that daily morning rituals make to achieving their exceptional outcomes [1]. Those routines, conducted from 4 to 6am every morning for example, are claimed to reduce stress levels, make them happier as well as more productive. Rituals may include fasted exercise in their own home-based gym, meditation, self-reflection and day planning, topped off with a special diet or supplement. Since such morning habits are reportedly used by highly successful people, the ‘best practice’ approach suggests that embracing those should help others to become successful too. An alternative way to approach the question however, may be to ask whether having morning routines is in fact the chicken or the egg? Put differently, maybe it’s not the routines that make people successful, but rather that their success allows them to have the liberty and opportunity to have such routines? Put another way – are such routines enabled because you already make a few million each year, and have a bunch of people running your business for you?

read more
HIITing the lip in professional surfing

HIITing the lip in professional surfing

When I started working in competitive surfing in the capacity of sport scientist/S&C coach, curiosity was a helpful emotion to bring to work each day. There were a few resources offering opinions on training for surfing; some studies of injury incidence, severity, and location, and roughly 4 or 5 great studies that examined the activities involved in surfing (time motion analysis of recreational surfing and competitive heats). These resources, along with my personal experience as a surfer, was a great place to start. It was such a fun opportunity to jump into a sport that I loved (I began surfing in 1994) and begin to grow my practise in the area, in what you might call a relatively clean slate. And with that context, I rolled up my sleeves and tried to take the following philosophy to work every day: “curiosity and an open mind are wonderful allies”.

read more
Bridging the great divide

Bridging the great divide

I was privileged to speak at two conferences this past weekend, to two distinct audiences about HIIT Science. The first was the CSEP conference in Niagara Falls for the Gord Sleivert memorial address; the audience consisting largely of university professors and postgraduate students.

read more

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