Episode 131

How Elite Football Teams Use Maximal Intensity Periods To Optimise Performance


October 3rd, 2022

17 mins 31 secs

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About this Episode

In episode 131, Rainer van Gaal Appelhof, Head of S&C and Sport Science at FC Utrecht, joins us.

Specifically Rainer will be looking at:

  • What maximum intensity periods are
  • How to use maximum intensity periods
  • How coaches and athletes on a budget can use MIPs

About Rainer

"Rainer is currently working as head of sport science and S&C at FC Utrecht which is competing in the Dutch
Eredivisie. He has been with the club for over 5 years in a variety of roles alongside some leading coaches and

Together with the performance staff, his main aim is to create an environment that pushes 1% growth everyday.
Optimal planning and delivery of S&C, both on and off the field, clear pitch-based (individual) training loads
combined with a strong connection to the coaching staff are the cornerstones of his work.

Rainer holds a MSc in Sport Science from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) where he also obtained he
coaching license (UEFA A Elite Youth). Furthermore, he is an accredited strength & conditioning coach (CSCS)."

Instagram: @rainervangaalappelhof


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