The byrizz™ Rehab & Performance Podcast - Episode #6, 9 April 2021

Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training - Prof. Paul B. Laursen

The Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training. Photo: Paul Laursen, Martin Buchheit. 

Welcome to The byrizz Rehab & Performance Podcast. In the sixth episode, I speak to Professor Paul Laursen. Paul is a high-performance consultant and entrepreneur. He has been formerly employed as the Physiology Manager for High-Performance Sport New Zealand. He has retained his present role as Adjunct Professor of Exercise Physiology at Auckland University of Technology. His primary function is to bring theory, research, and application of sports science and physiology for high-performance sport. Professor Laursen has a broad area of research interests that include high-intensity interval training, heart rate variability, thermoregulation, health, and artificial intelligence application to practice. He has published over 125 refereed manuscripts in moderate-to-high impact exercise and sports science journals, with this work having been cited more than 8000 times. Paul is also an active athlete, having competed in 17 Ironman triathlon races, and continues to train and prepare for future events. 



  • Former Physiology Manager of High-Performance Sport New Zealand (2009-2016)
  • Adjunct Professor, AUT University, New Zealand (2009-present)
  • Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia (2005-2009)


  • Ph.D., University of Queensland, Australia (2000-2004)
  • MSc, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (1997-1999)



  • Who is Paul Laursen? Past, Present, Future
  • What is HIIT science and Pauls's specific role at this innovative and educative resource?
  • Pauls's thoughts regarding new equipment that is constantly emerging today – and how he copes with new equipment
  • Endurance training for individual and team sports athletes; what to focus on and why?
The episode is in English and will be available on your favorite audible podcast resource from the 9th of April!
This episode is sponsored by The byrizz™ Rehab & Performance application. The application gives you the continuity to reach your goals at any level, whenever and wherever. The workouts, programs, and boot camps are made and customized to your needs and consist of trained therapists and strength & conditioning coaches with long experience in health and fitness. byrizz clients range from novice athletes to World Cup medalists and Olympians.
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Over 20 sports scientists and experts from elite sport and performance organizations have come together to deliver decades of research and real-world experience using HIIT to you – including a full course, textbook, and online community. Click here to get more information about the book and The HIIT Online course! To read the inquisitive paper that Paul mentioned during our talk follow the link here - The Perfect Storm