Dr. Stephen Seiler

Dr. Stephen Seiler

Professor in Sport Science, University of Agder

Dr. Stephen Seiler is an exercise physiologist and one of the world’s leading minds in the science of cycling.

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.

Adjustments to Train Indoors

There are four balances to strike when training indoors: 1) bone health, 2) muscular balance, 3) intensity and duration balance in our training sessions and 4) energy balance

How “Normal People” Can Train Like the World’s Best Endurance Athletes

In this Tedx talk, exercise physiologist Dr. Stephen Seiler explains in words and pictures how modern exercise physiology laboratories reveal the body’s remarkable capacity for adaptation.

How to Find Your Maximal Heart Rate

Dr. Stephen Seiler presents the case for why properly measured heart rate data is important to track and about some dos and don'ts to follow when attempting to determine your own HRmax.

Dr. Stephen Seiler Screen Shares His Performance Analysis of a Long Zwift Ride

Dr. Seiler shares his screen as he takes a look at a long Zwift ride to look for performance cues.

War of Attrition: Performance Analysis of a World Championship Cycling Road Race

Here is a lap-by-lap performance analysis of one rider who made it almost to the very end at the 2020 UCI Road World Championships in Imola, Italy.

Dr. Seiler: Marathon Pacing and “Hitting the Wall”.

Correct marathon pacing can be the difference between fond memory and nightmare in the marathon. So what does good pacing look like?

Overreaching, Overtraining, and Burnout with Dr. Stephen Seiler

Episode 127

Dr. Stephen Seiler discusses the distinction between overtraining, overreaching, and burnout.

The Metabolic Cost of Your Rides—Is It the Same For Everyone?

Episode 109

In this episode we have a classic Coach Connor special. We ask a question not many other physiologists are asking: Is an amateur’s zone 2 ride (in a five-zone model) as physiologically taxing as a pro’s zone 2 ride?

Dr. Stephen Seiler on How to Adjust Your Training in a Pandemic

Episode 106

We bring in Dr. Stephen Seiler, one of the world’s preeminent exercise physiologists, to discuss how to adjust your training now that the world is in a chronic state of disruption.

Zones Are a Range, and Not a Specific Number, Featuring an All-Star Cast of Guests

Episode 101

In this episode we look at the big picture when it comes to training in zones, or ranges, versus training a target number. Because what number is best?