Robert Pickels - Fast Talk Labs

Rob Pickels

Show Bio Hide Bio

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.


high intensity runner in the mountains

Nerd Lab: Are All High-Intensity Intervals Created Equal?

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.
girl sitting on track looking disappointed

How Your Brain Can Make or Break Your Performance

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.

Maximizing the Physiology and Performance of the Female Athlete – with Dr. Stacy Sims

"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.
science vs. practice

Polarized Training Science vs. Practice

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.
overreaching polarized training

How Polarized Training Can Save You From Overreaching

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.

How to Measure Intensity Distribution

Is 80/20 really the best mix of intensities? And what's the best way to categorize training? Dr. Seiler has a simple method to get you started.

Polarize Your Training Stress

Dr. Stephen Seiler explains why polarized training is a winning strategy for the long game of endurance sports. By balancing the stress of training, athletes see bigger gains over time.