Science Advisory Board Insights: Q&A with Per Lundstam

We sat down with Amp Human Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) member Per Lundstam to talk about his impressive background including his work with Red Bull, insights from the pandemic, and his involvement with Amp Human.

Human Performance Philosophy

Per’s approach to human performance is based on connecting multiple domains, to help athletes perform at the optimal level. Performance is more than just sport though, it’s also about how we improve health and wellness and increase longevity to improve the development trajectory. 

How did you get involved with Amp Human?

I first connected with Amp Human through co-founder Jeff Byers, he was excited about the idea of being able to improve pH balance via bicarb. pH balancing to improve performance was a concept that I had been aware of and saw the transdermal delivery technology within Amp Human as a game-changer for helping athletes. I was also intrigued by how technology may be applied in other ways (delivering important nutrients, vitamins, supplements). 

Can you share some thoughts on your experience as a member of the Amp Human Scientific Advisory Board?

It’s exciting to be a part of such a high caliber group. We have an opportunity to be a thought leader where we can drive performance through science at a very high level and be at the forefront of human performance. We have the credibility, expertise, and track record of getting projects done. This makes the Amp Human team a group that people seek out for help and collaboration. 

2020 has been an unprecedented year; what’s been the biggest challenge to training for your athletes?

I think that the biggest challenge is how to deliver the intention of the training. The intensity and what you’re trying to achieve is more than just programming. My team and I have looked at digital means: platforms and apps to allow better communication and collaboration with video, which helps connect the athlete and the coach. The other key area is planning, which is more critical now than ever before. It is critical to build and ramp programs towards certain goals and competitions. 

The long-term view is certainty trending towards the digitization of traditional sports. We could potentially have an e-component in most sports in the future. For all athletes, this could mean training at home and linking with coaches, trainers, and groups digitally. 


What do you think the future looks like for non-pro athletes who still want to train with intent / compete?

I think that the pandemic could lead to a new era of competition, where athletes can compete from home. This could span to the professional level; virtual training camps, practice, etc. This could be an avenue for the casual athlete to directly compete with professional athletes through virtual channels. Direct competition could lead to higher motivation and inspiration in the long-term.

Schedule changes have allowed many professional athletes to step back and reevaluate training. Others are trying to keep training with some artificial targets and competitions to keep them goal-oriented. I would recommend a combination of both, it is good to use this period as a time to reflect but also stay on top of long-term training goals. 

The human body can’t stay at peak performance for a prolonged period of time (though PR Lotion can help push the boundaries). Our team at Red Bull is working on ways to look at training cycles to see how they can step things down with the capability of ramping back up in 2-3 months. 

Thought leaders in human performance will work to re-evaluate how we think about sports and how they are executed. E-sports are going to change how we think of sport and the space as a whole. For example, there will be questions about how we approach travel and competition. 

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Bio-  Per is currently the Director of Athlete Performance at Red Bull. He supports athletes in their pursuit of improving athletic performance as well as building a platform for human exploration in performance. Per’s career has included roles within different ski federations including sports science development within the US Ski & Snowboard Association. 

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