Dr. Stephen Seiler

Dr. Stephen Seiler

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After growing up in the U.S. and earning his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Stephen Seiler, Ph.D., FACSM, has lived and worked in Norway for over 20 years as a university teacher, researcher, and leader. He is past Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation and past Dean of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. Currently, Dr. Seiler is Professor in Sport Science at the same institution.

While anchored in an academic environment, Dr. Seiler has also served as research consultant and scientific advisor for a research foundation, sports teams, a regional hospital, and the Norwegian Olympic Federation. From 2014 to 2019, Dr. Seiler served on the Executive Board of the European College of Sport Science, where he founded the Elite Sport Performance Special Interest Group in 2014.

Over the last 15 years, Dr. Seiler has become internationally known for his research publications and lectures related to the organization of endurance training and intensity distribution. This work has included both descriptive and experimental approaches, investigating cyclists, rowers, cross-country skiers, orienteers, and distance runners. His work has influenced and catalyzed international research around training intensity distribution and the “polarized training model.”

Dr. Seiler has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and written over 100 popular science articles related to exercise physiology and the training process. He has also given scientific lectures across Europe, the United States, China, South Africa, and Australia. He is also a founding editorial board member of the International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance.

If Dr. Stephen Seiler Were Your Dad, How Would You Train? Part 2

Dr. Seiler and his daughter Siren talk about intensity zones, peaking and riding the wave, recovery diagnostics, strength training, pistol squat PRs, Paula Radcliffe, and the loneliness of the high-level female endurance athlete.

If Dr. Stephen Seiler Were Your Dad, How Would You Train? Part 1

If your dad were a world-class exercise physiologist like, say, Dr. Stephen Seiler, how would you train? Probably pretty effectively. In this case study of one, Dr. Seiler chats with his daughter and runner, Siren, to review her career and training methods.

Zwift Hour of Power: Can a 60-Minute Zwift Race Work as a Test?

Dr. Stephen Seiler explores whether a Zwift race of about 60 minutes can be a decent substitute for a 60-minute FTP test.

Why and How to Monitor Athlete Training Loads

Dr. Stephen Seiler speaks at the Aspire Academy on why and how to monitor athlete training loads.

The Holy Trinity: How to Monitor Training

Dr. Seiler shares his method for monitoring an athlete's training volume and intensity.

Power, Physiology, Perception: Integrating the Holy Feedback Trinity

Dr. Stephen Seiler shares the "holy trinity" of training feedback in this live presentation at a rowing conference.

Make the Boat Go Faster: 150 Years of Rowing Research

Dr. Stephen Seiler surveys 150 years of competitive rowing data to show that, from 1829, rowers have set linear speed improvements of about 2-3 percent per decade. But why?

Polarized Training: Managing the Distribution of Training Intensity

Dr. Seiler presents on the topic of training intensity when using polarized training.

How to Create Multi-Year Development Plans, with Dr. Stephen Seiler and Sondre Skarli

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Certain physiological gains only happen after years of development. We discuss how to design training plans that look two or more years ahead.

Moving from Polarized Training to Personally Optimized Training

Dr. Stephen Seiler presents the reasons, methods, and benefits of moving from a polarized training template to a more personalized, optimized training method that is still based on polarized training.