BUILT ON THE
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By merging expertise in the fields of exercise science, coaching, and technology, our team is driven to provide the world’s most intelligent training plan ever.
Paul Laursen, PhD.
Co-Founder and CEO
Paul has more than 30 years of experience as an athlete, coach, and scientist. He’s published over 140 refereed manuscripts, has more than 14000 citations, and is co-founder of the parent company HIIT Science. Paul remains active in research through both Athletica, as well as basic science research through his Adjunct Professor role at AUT University (New Zealand). He was the former lead Performance Physiologist for High Performance Sport New Zealand for London and Rio Olympic cycles, and is a lifelong athlete, having now completed 18 Ironman triathlons.
Co-Founder and Lead Software Engineer
Steve has lead development of Athletica from day 1. Steve has the perfect blend of practical and technical skills, which has allowed us to bring this technology to life. He knows modern exercise physiology from a practical standpoint, having used the technology to his advantage to help him to perform a sub-10h Kona Ironman. His history as a web development expert extends 15 years, with particular experience in modern PHP frameworks. Steve has quarterbacked the task of linking the HIIT Science principles to Andrea’s backend mathematical formulations to bring Athletica to life.
Andrea Zignoli, PhD.
AI Data and Sport Scientist
Andrea leads the backend logic development of Athletica. Are you wondering why Athletica is changing its recommendations for your next training session? The answer stems from Andrea’s work. Andrea currently holds a post-doc position at the University of Trento, where he investigates human movement using a modelling approach. His models are derived using a blend of first-principle logic, the HIIT Science principles, along with a pinch of modern machine learning methods.
Software Engineer and Data Scientist Expert
Bence has more than 5 years of experience with data science technologies and modeling, including projects in the field of sport science. Bence is the critical bridge between our front and backend systems. Using his experience in the Python language, he works closely alongside both Andrea and Stephen to allow the developed models to be applied to you, the athlete. Additionally, Bence is an enthusiastic high performance rower in the Hungarian program.
Sport Science & Marketing Specialist
Marcus has grown a holistic research and practitioner background as a sports physiologist in Singapore over the past 8 years. Today, Marcus supports a range of national team sports and individual youth athletes. His primary area of interest lies in training monitoring of athletes, with the aim of helping youth coaches and athletes unpack their sporting potentials. Marcus contributes to the development of sport science content that communicates the intelligence behind Athletica’s adaptive training programs.
Martin Buchheit, PhD.
Co-founder of HIIT Science, Martin is a sport scientist, strength and conditioning coach, and formerly head of performance for the Paris Saint-Germain Football (Soccer) Club. With over 180 scientific publications and more than 16,000 citations, Martin’s work with HIIT Science has massively contributed to the foundation principles applied by Athletica today. Martin leads performance intelligence research for Kitman Labs, is co-founder of Sport Performance & Science Reports, and is an endurance athlete himself with a personal best time of 2:54 in the marathon.
Gemma Bridge, PhD.
Marketing and Business Operations
In addition to Gemma’s role in marketing and business operations for Athletica and HIIT Science, she has a research program that explores mechanisms to improve public health and wellbeing. Gemma holds a masters in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion, and a PhD in Health Communication and Advocacy. Gemma is an international race walker who has competed at the World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games, and is currently working on selection for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Project Specialist and Sport Scientist
Cédric holds Masters degrees in Exercise Physiology and Strength & Conditioning, and is a PhD candidate exploring the importance of sleep in the recovery process for team sport athletes. Alongside his academic background, Cédric has been a sport scientist for a variety of elite team sport environments and is currently a strength and conditioning coach at Leeds Beckett University. In addition to Cédric’s role in marketing and business operations for Athletica and HIIT Science, he additionally contributes to models underpinning the neuromuscular load variable.
Athlete Testing, Python Programming, and Ambassador
Andi serves across multiple and varied roles for Athletica. In addition to being one of the greatest long distance triathletes in the world, Andi’s background in mathematics has put him to work alongside Andrea in the Python language to ensure that mathematical models driven by the Athletica backend reach real world training solutions and optimal performance for athletes.