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At WHOOP, we are on a mission to unlock human performance. WHOOP Founder & CEO Will Ahmed sits down with top athletes, scientists, experts, and more to learn what the best in the world are doing to perform at their peak – and what you can do to unlock your own best performance. Every week, we dig deeper into sleep, recovery, nutrition, training, lifestyle habits, and more to help you reach your potential.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 512 Ratings

At WHOOP, we are on a mission to unlock human performance. WHOOP Founder & CEO Will Ahmed sits down with top athletes, scientists, experts, and more to learn what the best in the world are doing to perform at their peak – and what you can do to unlock your own best performance. Every week, we dig deeper into sleep, recovery, nutrition, training, lifestyle habits, and more to help you reach your potential.

    The Best Ways to Improve Recovery, WFH, Skin Temp and More: Emily Capodilupo Answers Listener Questions

    The Best Ways to Improve Recovery, WFH, Skin Temp and More: Emily Capodilupo Answers Listener Questions

    We’re back in the inbox answering questions from our listeners this week. Emily Capodilupo, SVP of Data Science & Research, joins the podcast to tackle everything from the best ways to improve recovery what it means to miss your period. Emily breaks down menstrual cycles and what they mean for your training (1:51), what missing your period is actually signaling (4:02), training on biweekly cycles (10:44), how working from how can affect your sleep (12:57), the difference between skin temperature and basal body temperature (17:30) and the top 5 ways to improve recovery based on member data (21:29).

    Resources:
    Training and Sleeping Based on Your Menstrual Cycle


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    Scout Bassett on Physical & Mental Resilience, Confronting Fear, and Pursuing Her Passions

    Scout Bassett on Physical & Mental Resilience, Confronting Fear, and Pursuing Her Passions

    Scout Bassett, Paralympic track athlete, joins the podcast for a powerful conversation on resilience, what fear teaches us, and how things often get harder before they get better. Scout grew up in an orphanage in China, having lost her right leg in a chemical fire as a newborn. After being adopted, she was introduced to sports, and ultimately, made track and field her career. That journey has been nothing but linear, and she joins the podcast to discuss growing up in China (3:11), how she prioritizes her mental health (8:05), getting into sports (14:29), moving to California (21:29), transitioning to triathlon and ultimately track and field (24:42), the 2021 Paralympic Games (28:00), what her goals are (34:15), how she uses WHOOP (39:12), what she noticed about her metrics that helped her understand she had COVID-19 (42:23), the importance of sleep (50:54), and how she prioritizes self care (52:38).


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    Will Ahmed on Building WHOOP, The Future of Wearables, and What it Takes to Lead

    Will Ahmed on Building WHOOP, The Future of Wearables, and What it Takes to Lead

    This week, we're featuring an episode that originally aired on the Founder’s Field Guide podcast. Will Ahmed joins Patrick O’Shaugnessy to discuss the journey of founding and building WHOOP. They discuss how to quantify sleep, strain, and recovery (5:35), early lessons in building WHOOP (21:28), how WHOOP stays ahead of upcoming trends in the wearable space (18:45), what data beyond HRV will become more accessible and affordable to track (48:48), why WHOOP doesn’t have a screen and other key differentiators (58:13), and the lessons Will has learned in the past 10 years since founding WHOOP (52:01).
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    Understanding HRV to the Link Between Anxiety & Recovery: Kristen Holmes Answers Listener Questions

    Understanding HRV to the Link Between Anxiety & Recovery: Kristen Holmes Answers Listener Questions

    You asked, we answered. This week, Kristen Holmes, VP of Performance, joins the podcast to answer listener questions. From understanding the connection between mental health and Recovery, to discussing  HRV, to understanding calorie calculations, Kristen covers HRV (1:44), the science behind menstrual cycle coaching (5:54), mental health and HRV (9:27), understanding recovery scores (22:30), and fasted cardio (26:43).


    Additional research:
    The research behind Menstrual Cycle Coaching Dr. Huberman's tools for circadian alignmentZone 2 exercisePolarized trainingCalorie tracking and calculation 
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    Strength, Conditioning, and Rest: How Strength Training Can Help You Get Stronger, Faster, and Healthier

    Strength, Conditioning, and Rest: How Strength Training Can Help You Get Stronger, Faster, and Healthier

    Kristen Holmes, WHOOP VP of Performance, is joined on this week's podcast by Cedric Unholz, WHOOP Senior Performance Scientist and Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Windsurfers, and Chris Chapman, WHOOP Sr. Sports Scientist and Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for Freestyle Ski Canada’s Slopestyle and Big Air National Team to share the physiological benefits of a strength training regimen. They discuss the benefits of a strength training program (6:45), the difference between traditional strength training and functional training (8:50), where most people go wrong when strength training (14:58), difference in training protocol between men and women (23:09), how to plan for recovery after a hard training session (24:23), what the interference effect is, and how it can influence how and what you train (33:05), how to evaluate your one-rep max (37:27), and the importance of building rest into your training (38:40).

    Find the research mentioned in this episode here.
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    Women and the Research Gap: How gender disparities in research are impacting women's health

    Women and the Research Gap: How gender disparities in research are impacting women's health

    Emily Capodilupo, WHOOP SVP of Data Science & Research, and Kristen Holmes, WHOOP VP of Performance, join the podcast to discuss the perils of disregarding sex as a meaningful biological variable in research, which has implications in training, fueling, medication dosing, and so much more.  Emily and Kristen discuss why there are disparities in research (3:48), how exclusion has been both systemic and practical (7:53), the role lack of research has in diagnostics and in medication dosage (13:24), how wearables are well poised to bridge the research gap (19:01), pivotal research on how exercise is beneficial to pregnant people (25:11), the impact of training and pre-sleep feeding on women (29:02), and training modulations during different phases of the menstrual cycle (32:59).

    Other resources to check out:
    Stacy Sims on Nutrition Differences between Men & Women
    Why We Need a Title IX for Research
    Pregnancy Study Shows Benefits of Exercise
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
512 Ratings

512 Ratings

NotYourMamasMidlifeCoach ,

Great supplement to the device

The podcast is a great way for users to learn how to interpret and meaningfully use their whoop data. I appreciate that the show includes representation of high performers from all domains.

TM211022 ,

Recommend only for people who have the Whoop band

This podcast has some good discussions about exercise and fitness, and many episodes are applicable to anyone. However, so many conversations are centered around the Whoop and Whoop data, so if you don’t have it (because I don’t want to pay a monthly subscription - other fitness trackers don’t have that), it’s less interesting/helpful. I stopped listening when every episode started feeling like one long Whoop ad, with a little fitness discussion mixed in. So this is probably a great podcast for people who have Whoop, but if you’re like me and you don’t, the constant product promotion gets super annoying.

Una reta ,

Varied and informative

Great podcast. Speaker is easy to listen to. Length is appropriate. Interesting insights and info, and the guests provide different vantage points.

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