The HIIT Deep Dive with Dr. Paul Laursen

Boomer Anderson
June 5, 2019
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High-Intensity Interval Training is a popular format of exercise to get more done with less time. The research behind HIIT for both physical and mental benefits is convincing. Dr. Paul Laursen joins the show to discuss HIIT in detail.

Who is Dr. Paul Laursen?

Dr. Paul Laursen resides at the nexus between exercise performance research, theory, and application. He is an Adjunct Professor of Exercise Physiology at AUT University in New Zealand where he leads research into low carb diet and its performance applications. Dr. Laursen has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers and is a co-founder of HIIT Science, which serves to teach The Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training (see book and online course). He coaches a select number of elite triathletes, including Kyle Buckingham, and is the inventor of Floe Bottle, which enables ice slushy delivery for hot racing conditions.


  • [2:33] Our mutual connection, Jason Moore
  • [3:01] What is high-intensity interval training?
  • [10:03] Sample HIIT programming
  • [21:42] Electromyography
  • [22:45] The problem with programs prescribed to the masses
  • [25:57] HPA Axis and HIIT
  • [28:44] HRV and HIIT
  • [32:03] The Five HIIT Weapons
  • [37:33] Paul Laursen answers the Finishing Four


Episode Transcript

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