GAINcast Episode 104: Polarized training (with Stephen Seiler)

Since the turn of the century perhaps no researcher has been more influential in the endurance world than Stephen Seiler. His study of polarized training methods has framed a new discussion on training intensities thanks to an innovative research approach that started by looking at what elite athletes actually do. On this week’s podcast Seiler joins us to dissect his past research, discuss future projects, and more.

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Notes and quotes

Seiler is currently a dean at the University of Agder in Norway, which is a long way from his roots in the American south. To start off the episode he talks about his journey to Norway, and how his research evolved in parallel. In addition, he discusses his recent work on high intensity training, general thoughts on interpreting sports science, and more.

Polarized training
Recent research and other thoughts on sports science

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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  • You can follow Seiler on Twitter (@StephenSeiler). You can learn more about him on his faculty page and find his articles on Research Gate. You can also watch on of his presentations on Vimeo.
  • One topic we did not cover here is the relevance of polarized training concepts to speed/power sports. Listen to Episode 3 of the HMMR Podcast for more on that topic.