Adam Storey

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Research Fellow, AUT, Sports Science Manager and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach – Blues Super Rugby franchise



AUT Millennium

17 Antares Place


Auckland 0632


PhD (Sport & Exercise Science – Exercise Physiology: The University of Auckland)
BSc 1st Class Honours (Sport & Exercise Science – Exercise Physiology: The University of Auckland)
BSc Double Major (Sport & Exercise Science and Physiology: The University of Auckland)

Memberships and Affiliations

Member of the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ)


Since 2008, Dr. Adam Storey has coached and managed various New Zealand weightlifting teams at key pinnacle events including the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. During this time, Adam has coached weightlifters to Commonwealth Games medals and his athletes have broken over 250 New Zealand records in competition.

Adam’s specialist background in the area of strength and power conditioning lead to his role with High Performance Sport New Zealand as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Specialist for Athletics New Zealand. In this position he worked directly with 3 x Olympic Games medallist Valerie Adams.

Adam has a keen passion for rugby and he is currently employed by the Blues Super Rugby franchise as the Sports Science Manager and Assistant Trainer.

In addition to his role with the Blues, Adam is a Research Fellow within AUT’s SPRINZ department where he supervises post-graduate research in the areas of strength and conditioning and exercise physiology.

Research Areas

  • Acute and chronic adaptations to high-power, high-intensity resistance exercise
  • Periodisation methodologies
  • Heat acclimation and applied heat stress in strength and power athletes
  • Rugby union-related research projects



  • Helms ER, Storey A, Cross MR, Brown SR, Lenetsky S, Ramsay H, Dillen C. RPE and Velocity Relationships for the Back Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift in Powerlifters. J Strength Cond Res 01 May 2016
  • Helms ER, Cronin J, Storey A, Zourdos MC. Application of the repetitions in reserve-based rating of perceived exertion scale for resistance training. Strength and Cond J 38(4):42-49 2016
  • Storey A, Birch NP, Fan V, Smith HK. Stress responses to short-term intensified and reduced training in competitive weightlifters. Scand J Med Sci Sports 26(1):29-40 01 Jan 2015
  • Storey A, Smith HK. Unique aspects of competitive weightlifting: performance, training and physiology. Sports Med 42(9):769-790 01 Sep 2012
  • Storey A, Wong S, Smith HK, Marshall P. Divergent muscle functional and architectural responses to two successive high intensity resistance exercise sessions in competitive weightlifters and resistance trained adults. Eur J Appl Physiol 112(10):3629-3639 01 Feb 2012
Conference Proceedings:
  • Storey, A., & Smith, H. (2011). Systemic Chemokine, Oxidative Stress and Performance Reponses to Variations in Training Load in Olympic Weightlifters. Key Presenter at the Medical Sciences Congress, Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Storey, A., & Smith, H. Storey, A. (2010). Acute Blood Transcriptional Responses to Intense Muscular Exercise Training in Olympic Weightlifters. Key Presenter at the Queenstown Molecular Biology Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Invited Panel Member:
  • Considerations for the Assessment and Training of Lower Body Power (2013). SPRINZ Strength & Conditioning Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Customising Protein and Macronutrient Intake to the Individual Athlete (2012). SPRINZ Strength & Conditioning Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Real-Life Examples of Monitoring in NZ Elite Sports (2011). SPRINZ Strength & Conditioning Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.