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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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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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English


Episodes

Finding Purpose on the Pitch with Performance Coach Steve Tashjian

2/20/2024
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by performance coach Steve Tashjian. Steve Tashjian is a world-renowned high-performance expert with decades of experience in elite sport, managing teams, and high performers. He has prepared triathletes for the Kona Ironman, boxers for world title fights, teams to play Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League, and the U.S. Men’s Team (USMNT) for the World Cup in 2022. Kristen and Steve will discuss how Steve got into sport and high performance (2:08), how he defines high performance (9:15), organizations reacting to stress (14:38), managing performance for the USMNT (18:46), working for Everton FC (24:23), managing the complex nature of an organization and its players (31:50), mitigating pressure (40:31), curiosity and risk leading to high performance (48:44), coaching teams vs individuals (55:52), and where things go wrong for organizations and individuals (1:05:19). Resources: Steve’s LinkedIn Steve’s Instagram Elevation Project Support the show

Duration:01:10:40

The Mind of Mahomes with Performance Coach, Bobby Stroupe

2/9/2024
It is Super Bowl week and once again WHOOP Founder and CEO, Will Ahmed, is joined by the incredible Bobby Stroupe. Bobby is the Founder of Athlete Performance Enhancement Center (APEC) and is the trainer of two-time Super Bowl Champion, Patrick Mahomes. Coach Stroupe and his team have worked with and supported over 300 professional athletes across 6 different sports including World Series Champions, Super Bowl Champions, and first-round picks in both the NFL and MLB. Will and Bobby discuss how Bobby started working with Patrick (3:15), their “gymnastica” training style (6:05), tapping into the flow state (8:53), dealing with sleep and recovery throughout the season (10:43), preparing for gameday and the playoffs (14:53), sleep efficiency vs sleep duration (27:50), similarities between the Chiefs and the Patriots (29:19), Bobby’s thoughts on the 49ers (35:01), and understanding different play styles (37:26). Support the show

Duration:00:45:44

Playing the Long Game: Embracing Aging with Dr. Vonda Wright

1/30/2024
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by orthopedic surgeon and longevity expert Dr. Vonda Wright. The double board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon has over 20+ years of experience working with athletes and leaders across the sports and business industries. Kristen and Dr. Vonda will discuss Dr. Vonda’s mission (4:10), if aging is a disease (8:25), investing in longevity (11:33), exercising for longevity (16:01), how age and sex impact longevity (22:25), healthy muscle tissue leading to longevity (24:10), nutrition’s impact on aging (28:11), tactics to changing behaviors (36:40), and life as a surgeon and team doctor (48:37). Resources: Dr. Vonda's Website Support the show

Duration:00:57:02

Live from Wodapalooza: The Buttery Bros Take Over the Mic

1/23/2024
On this week’s episode, we have some special guest hosts for you! Earlier this month, we were down in Miami at Wodapalooza and our good friends, the Buttery Bros took over the mic to chat with some of our favorite WHOOP-wearing athletes like Annie Thorisdottir, Katrín Davíðsdóttir, and Haley Adams. The Buttery Bros kick things off with Annie and Katrin discussing the pair’s upcoming women’s health initiative (2:50), using data throughout training (6:33), improving sleep habits (7:55), training and staying active while pregnant (10:40), keeping the competitive fire alive (14:18), and Annie and Katrin’s plans for 2024 (15:42). The Buttery Bros then welcome on Haley Adams to discuss how she uses data to train throughout her season (18:48), getting back to competition after time off (19:58), changes to Haley’s training (21:20), Haley’s goals moving forward (22:45), new habits and passions Haley is developing for balance (24:15), creating a more structured training program (27:10), inspiring the younger generation (28:20), feeling inspired to train again (29:50), and how Haley uses WHOOP (31:05). Resources: The Buttery Bros on Instagram Annie Thorisdottir on Instagram Katrín Davíðsdóttir on Instagram Haley Adams on Instagram Support the show

Duration:00:34:05

Listener Q&A: From Shift Work to Creatine—Unpack the Latest

1/16/2024
On this week’s episode, WHOOP SVP of Data Science and Research Emily Capodilupo is here to answer YOUR questions. We have seen several questions in our inbox about sleep, recovery, and creatine. Emily will discuss sleep supplements and interruptions (1:45), dealing with shift work and reverse schedules (5:55), the correlation between sleep and HRV (13:27), getting the most out of your creatine program (19:42), creatine impacting recovery (21:35), and taking creatine at night (24:27). Support the show

Duration:00:26:45

The Power of BioSyncing with Angela Foster

1/9/2024
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by Angela Foster. Angela is an award-winning nutritionist, health & performance coach, keynote speaker and host of The High-Performance Health Podcast. Kristen and Angela will discuss Angela transitioning from a lawyer to a high-performance coach (3:45), the drive to start looking after yourself (9:33), creating a new identity (14:05), expanding goals and knowledge (17:36), training your self-awareness (22:15), aligning goals to who we want to be (26:35), the process of BioSyncing (29:37), improving nervous system balance (32:19), ensuring everything is in alignment (37:38), women measuring success and growth opportunities in business (42:13), obstacles women face (47:13), how to ask for help (50:01), and using data in health and wellness (55:09). Resources: Angela's Website Support the show

Duration:01:01:26

January Jumpstart: The Path to a New You Through Personal Readiness

1/2/2024
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is going to talk all things January Jumpstart. That’s right Kristen is here to break down our January Jumpstart in-app challenge, and how you can take control of your year by working on your personal readiness. Kristen discusses the January Jumpstart Challenge (1:40), the meaning of personal readiness (4:05), understanding your identity (6:57), aligning your values (14:37), the power of anchors (18:33), and how to identify your outlets (23:15). Resources: Personal Readiness Exercises Support the show

Duration:00:28:31

Best of 2023: Reliving the Top Conversations of the Year

12/27/2023
We are wrapping up the year on this week's episode and revisiting some of our favorite episodes of the year. Throughout the year we spoke to NBA Champions, Military Veterans, DJs, CEOs, and leading experts across numerous fields of research and human performance. We also had fantastic episodes around key product updates and features. Hear from Zedd on how he committed to fitness (2:30), Dr. Susanna Søberg on her principle and the power of cold therapy (5:05), James Nestor on how to get started with nasal breathing (7:57), Matt Mullenweg on biohacking and how mental clarity leads to high performance (10:40), Dr. Jessica Shepherd on being an active participant in the transition of menopause (13:33), Jason Kander on dealing with PTSD (16:06), Melissa Urban on setting boundaries and creating new habits (21:14), Ken Rideout on how running and training is an outlet to combat addiction (23:05), and Steven Bartlett on the power of absurdity in marketing (26:31). Resources: Melissa Urban - 206 Dr. Susanna Søberg - 207 Dr. Jessica Shepherd - 211 Stress Monitor - 215 Strength Trainer - 219 James Nestor - 221 Matt Mullenweg - 225 Jason Kander - 235 Ken Rideout - 236 WHOOP Coach - 240 Steven Bartlett - 242 Zedd - 247 Support the show

Duration:00:30:37

The Creatine Craze: Benefits and Myths of Creatine with Dr. Darren Candow

12/19/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by Dr. Darren Candow. Darren is the Professor and Director of the Aging Muscle and Bone Health Laboratory in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina, Canada. Kristen and Darren will discuss creatine’s surge in popularity (3:00), creatine’s role within the body (4:48), the best ways to produce creatine (5:56), the benefits of creatine (8:16), the safety aspect of creatine (19:25), kids using creatine (21:15), benefits for the brain and sleep (23:42), bone health (33:00), topical creatine and anti-aging (36:54), the biggest myths about creatine (40:30), if the timing of creatine matters (43:37), and what Darren is obsessing over (47:14). Resources: Dr. Darren's Instagram January Jumpstart Sign Up Support the show

Duration:00:49:10

Year in Review: Unpacking 2023's Health and Wellness Trends

12/12/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP Founder and CEO Will Ahmed is joined by WHOOP SVP of Data Science and Research, Emily Capodilupo. The pair are talking all things Year in Review for 2023. Take a deep dive into the data from WHOOP members across the globe, and learn how you can unlock your human performance. Will and Emily will discuss the year at large at WHOOP (1:55), the top trending activities in the WHOOP Community (6:45), the top Strength Trainer exercises (15:05), the top questions asked to WHOOP Coach (16:01), WHOOP members committing to Recovery (16:13), journal behaviors on the rise in 2023 (24:17), sex trends across the WHOOP Community (28:48), and how stress impacted WHOOP members throughout 2023 (30:17). Support the show

Duration:00:34:09

How to Regulate Your Nervous System with Dr. Jay Wiles

12/5/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by Dr. Jay Wiles. Dr. Jay is a clinical health psychologist, currently working as the Health Behavior Coordinator at WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC and the Greenville Outpatient VA Clinic. He also shares his insight and tips on his podcast titled, Mindhacker’s Radio. Kristen and Jay will discuss how mental health impacts the autonomic nervous system (6:08), how stress influences HRV (11:50), behaviors enabling the balance of the nervous system (18:00), the relationship perspective (24:45), controlling your own nervous system (29:23), self-regulation techniques (35:24), residence frequency breathing (44:18), the power of mitochondria (46:52), and Jay’s hormesis research (52:04). Resources: Dr. Jay's Website Support the show

Duration:00:58:47

The 7 Day Sleep Remedy with Dr. Aric Prather

11/28/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by Dr. Aric Prather. Aric is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. He co-directs the UCSF Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center, is the Interim Director for the UCSF Center for Health and Community, and serves as a clinician at the UCSF Insomnia Clinic. He is also the author of The Sleep Prescription, a book that offers a simple yet powerful plan to improve your sleep in seven days. Kristen and Aric will discuss the AME Research Center (2:39), sleep impacting immune function (5:37), the connection between sleep and metabolic health (13:13), restrictive eating windows and sleep (19:51), The Sleep Prescription (25:25), labeling the worry (37:38), debunking sleep myths (42:11). Resources: Dr. Prather's Website The AME Research Center Support the show

Duration:01:00:02

Melissa Urban: How to Show Up Authentically During the Holidays

11/21/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by the Co-Founder and CEO of Whole30, Melissa Urban. Melissa is here to help us Hack the Holidays. As the holiday season ramps up, we thought we would give you some tips on staying balanced with your health and wellness throughout the festivities. Kristen and Melissa will discuss managing alcohol consumption (3:48), keeping your nutritional habits balanced (13:05), dealing with the thought of overindulging (16:49), common issues people run into during the holidays (18:23), commenting on someone’s body (21:41), making your plate at parties (23:25), having a plan for social gatherings (26:02), sleep and circadian health (28:19), the importance of downtime and saying no (34:53), educating family and friends on your personality type (38:05), exercising during the holidays (42:41), dealing with stress (45:38), seeing others performing destructive behaviors (51:25). Support the show

Duration:00:55:18

On Tour With Zedd: How the World-Renowned DJ Stays in the Green

11/14/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP Founder and CEO Will Ahmed is joined by DJ, record producer, and songwriter Zedd. The Grammy award-winning and platinum artist has had multiple records hit number one on the Billboard Top 100 and has made music with superstars like Justin Bieber, Maren Morris, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and more. Not only is he a musical sensation, he is incredibly obsessed with his health and wellness and has been a WHOOP member for a number of years. Will and Zedd discuss why he decided to commit to a health and wellness journey (2:14), becoming an artist and producer (7:01), working with Lady Gaga (10:20), making music for himself vs. his fans (14:45), creating a song (19:20), collaborating with the biggest artists in the world (23:24), making his health and fitness a priority (27:34), his WHOOP data (29:51), diet and recovery habits (32:41), paying attention to his heart rate and nerves (39:17), and how AI is impacting the music and technology industries (42:04). Resources: Zedd's Website Zedd’s Instagram Support the show

Duration:00:52:23

Being All In: What it Takes to Avoid Quitting with Army Ranger Lisa Jaster

11/7/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by Army Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Jaster is a soldier, an engineer, a wife and mother, and a trailblazer. One of only three women to graduate from the first integrated United States Army Ranger program. Lisa is also the author of Delete the Adjective, where she details her time in Ranger School and how “there is no quitting.” Kristen and Lisa will discuss taking the risk of Ranger School (3:45), signing up for Ranger School (7:40), life in Army Ranger School (11:08), when Lisa felt her most vulnerable (16:44), females in the military (20:34), the power of shedding labels (23:36), applying lessons from Ranger School to everyday life (25:52), takeaways from Lisa’s book (30:26), how Lisa uses WHOOP (34:38), doing the hard things in life (40:45), developing the mentality to accomplish difficult goals (45:45), advice to your women (48:36), and what Lisa is obsessing over (53:10). Resources: Delete The Adjective Support the show

Duration:00:58:03

Mental Toughness: Endurance and Grit Tips from Elite Performance Coach Rachel Vickery

10/31/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by Rachel Vickery. Rachel works with high performers in professional and elite sport, corporate and elite military who need to do big and difficult things where the stakes are high and the impact is significant for many. Now she is working as a High-Performance Consultant optimizing the physiological stress response so good people can execute when it matters and sustain long careers in these environments. Kristen and Rachel will discuss getting introduced to pressure (2:35), developing interoception (10:54), creating coaching moments through ice baths (14:10), entering the arousal state (17:45), cold therapy as a training and awareness piece (24:33), being in the moment vs natural arousal states (32:10), preparing for the arena as a high performer (38:46), breathing mechanics and performance (43:45), and setting yourself up for success (45:15). Resources: Rachel's Website Support the show

Duration:00:54:10

The Ultimate Guide to Relationships, Sex, and Dating with Dr. Alexandra Solomon

10/24/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by Dr. Alexandra Solomon. A couples therapist, speaker, author, and professor, Dr. Solomon is passionate about translating cutting-edge research and clinical wisdom into practical tools people can use to bring awareness, curiosity, and authenticity to their relationships. Kristen and Alexandra will discuss the definition of relational self-awareness (3:40), tactics for the service archetype (9:25), approaching conversations to reimagine boundaries (13:18), the energy of love vs the energy of fear (16:53), getting back into the dating pool (24:12), being in a good state of mind for a first date (27:15), dating apps (33:20), learning about relationships and intimacy (36:55), the biggest problem in relationships (42:15), Alexandra’s latest book LOVE EVERY DAY (51:25), and sex in the dating world and in relationships (53:27). Resources: Dr. Alexandra's Website Dr. Solomon’s TED Talk Support the show

Duration:01:02:05

How to Train Like an NBA Champion with Felipe Eichenberger

10/17/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP Founder and CEO Will Ahmed is joined by NBA Champion Felipe Eichenberger. Fresh off his championship-winning season as the Denver Nuggets Director of Performance and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Felipe is here to talk about how he helped some of the best players on the planet, including the league’s MVP, stay healthy throughout a grueling NBA title run. Will and Felipe will discuss how Felipe developed a passion for health and fitness (3:00), the power of consistency within the Nuggets’ organization (4:45), training Nikola Jokic (6:05), his role within the team (8:40), using WHOOP to train players (11:23), how Felipe uses WHOOP in his own life (13:50), players going out during the season (16:20), rehabbing injuries (19:44), meditation, visualization and breathing (22:32), recovery modalities (28:35), training at altitude in Denver (32:57), keeping players active and involved (36:28), Felipe’s impression of the Miami Heat (39:48), and his personal fitness motivation (42:40). Support the show

Duration:00:47:01

Steven Bartlett: The Secrets to Success in Life and in Business

10/10/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP Founder and CEO, Will Ahmed is joined by entrepreneur and innovator, Steven Bartlett. Steven is also a speaker, investor, author and the host of UK's No.1 podcast, The Diary of a CEO. He also joined the BBC's hit TV show Dragons’ Den, the UK version of Shark Tank, as the youngest-ever Dragon in the show’s history. Steven just released his second book, 'The Diary of a CEO: The 33 Laws of Business and Life' in which he shares his learnings having interviewed some of the world's leading experts, celebrities, and business professionals. Will and Steven discuss how Steven has viewed himself throughout his career (3:08), how he got started investing (6:55), Steven’s role as a founder vs a CEO (12:01), where Steven derives his learnings from (18:35), his personal mission (21:20), constantly evolving with a growth mindset (24:15), the benefits of bias in a CEO (25:20), a risk that paid off (28:16), what keeps leaders up at night (30:10), feeling like an underdog and the power of experimentation (33:05), interviewers that Steven admirers (40:30), his new book, Diary of a CEO (44:45), and how Steven prioritizes his health (53:17). Resources: Steven's Website Will Ahmed on The Diary of a CEO The Diary of a CEO: The 33 Laws of Business and Life Support the show

Duration:01:04:07

Taking Your Sleep to the Next Level with Dr. Allison Brager

10/3/2023
On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by Dr. Allison Brager. She is a neurobiologist with expertise in sleep and circadian rhythms who works to examine the mind and body’s resilience to extreme environmental stress. Kristen and Allison will discuss misconceptions about sleep trends (2:35), ideal sleeping conditions (6:12), the relationship between light and melatonin (10:35), manipulating our circadian rhythm (12:40), sleep consistency (16:55), circadian rhythms and the metabolic system (23:10), behaviors that can disrupt sleep onset (28:42), and how naps impact sleep patterns (35:40). Support the show

Duration:00:38:41