Rob Pickels is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer at Fast Talk Laboratories. He is an exercise physiologist who has worked in product development for Pearl Izumi and at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center.
His interest in performance led him to both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise physiology. He completed a biomechanics internship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Rob grew up in New Hampshire and gravitated toward field sports. His propensity for running led him to track and field where he focused on the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Throughout high school and college (Ithaca College), he held multiple school, state, and conference records.
In graduate school at Montana State University, he dabbled in triathlon, before realizing cycling was his strength. Upon moving to Boulder and becoming the lead physiologist at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, he switched purely to cycling.
He enjoys racing cyclocross, where his natural anaerobic ability can shine; and multi-day mountain bike races where his need for adventure can be fulfilled.
He has published research in the journals “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise” and “International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness, and Sports.” He has written for various media titles and brands, including VeloNews, Bike Radar, Podium Runner, and Pearl Izumi.
Chris Case is leaving Fast Talk! For his final episode, we gather some of his close cycling friends to discuss Chris and his epic rides, his parting wisdom, and what has made him a special part of Fast Talk.
Coach Trevor Connor and Caley Fretz are joined by Rob Pickels, a physiologist who studies ways to make clothing work better in hot weather. They discuss the mechanisms that cause your performance to drop when your body gets too hot, how to trick these mechanisms, and why you don’t want to.
Physiologist Rob Pickels nerds out with Trevor Connor on four recent studies that span a wide range of topics, from the benefits of percussive massagers for strength work to the impact of pregnancy on elite runners. Tune in to find out more.
Neuroscience isn’t an exciting term, but it can be one of the most important factors in how well our muscles perform. We talk about this fascinating connection between mind and body with Dr. Scott Frey.
"Women are not small men" is a phrase synonymous with Stacy Sims—and in this show, we find out exactly what that means. Tune in to learn just how important it is for coaches and female athletes to adapt training so that women’s physiology can be used to harness their strengths—not hinder them—throughout their athletic lives.
Scientists have worked closely with athletes and coaches to define the polarized model and explain how it works. Who leads the way? Dr. Seiler talks about the scientific process playing out in valuable ways in both research and the real world.
It can be very easy to train at a moderate intensity all the time, which can be a surefire way to land in an overreached state. Polarized training can help prevent that—and in this video, Dr. Seiler explains how.
Threshold and VO2 Max intervals are two of the most common workouts for endurance athletes. However, what is the difference between the two, and how do you best execute each one? We dissect these questions with coach Hunter Allen.