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At WHOOP, we are on a mission to unlock human performance. We measure the body 24/7 and provide detailed analytics to our members regarding strain, recovery, sleep, HRV and more. Our clients range from the best professional athletes in the world, to Navy SEALs, to fitness enthusiasts, to Fortune 500 CEOs and executives. The common thread among WHOOP members is a passion to improve. What does it take to optimize performance for athletes, for executives, for anyone? We've launched this podcast to dig deeper. WHOOP Founder & CEO Will Ahmed interviews a variety of athletes, experts and industry leaders.

At WHOOP, we are on a mission to unlock human performance. We measure the body 24/7 and provide detailed analytics to our members regarding strain, recovery, sleep, HRV and more. Our clients range from the best professional athletes in the world, to Navy SEALs, to fitness enthusiasts, to Fortune 500 CEOs and executives. The common thread among WHOOP members is a passion to improve. What does it take to optimize performance for athletes, for executives, for anyone? We've launched this podcast to dig deeper. WHOOP Founder & CEO Will Ahmed interviews a variety of athletes, experts and industry leaders.

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United States

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At WHOOP, we are on a mission to unlock human performance. We measure the body 24/7 and provide detailed analytics to our members regarding strain, recovery, sleep, HRV and more. Our clients range from the best professional athletes in the world, to Navy SEALs, to fitness enthusiasts, to Fortune 500 CEOs and executives. The common thread among WHOOP members is a passion to improve. What does it take to optimize performance for athletes, for executives, for anyone? We've launched this podcast to dig deeper. WHOOP Founder & CEO Will Ahmed interviews a variety of athletes, experts and industry leaders.

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@whoop

Language:

English


Episodes

World-renowned HRV researcher Daniel Plews discusses everything you need to know about performance and training

1/26/2021
Dr. Daniel Plews has been at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking heart rate variability research over the last 10-plus years. He sits down with WHOOP VP of Data Science and Research Emily Capodilupo and VP of Performance Kristen Holmes to discuss how you can apply your HRV data to your training. They dive deep on how HRV can guide your training (4:08), why HRV is foundational to the WHOOP recovery metric (6:19), keys to excellent recovery (13:57), avoiding overtraining (14:56),...

Duration:00:46:19

Study shows training based on WHOOP recovery improves performance, reduces injury

1/19/2021
On this week’s episode, we cover the results of Project PR, a study in the value of using the WHOOP recovery metric to guide your training. This study showed that runners who used the recovery score to help determine their daily training load over an 8-week period improved their times significantly and sustained fewer injuries than those who used a static training program. WHOOP VP of Data Science and Research Emily Capodilupo and WHOOP Marketing Manager of Women’s Performance and Running...

Duration:00:44:12

Steve-O on becoming a stuntman, finding recovery, and sense of purpose

1/12/2021
Our guest this week is legendary stuntman and star of MTV’s Jackass, Steve-O. This is a story about self reflection, change, and growth. Steve-O talks about his remarkable transformation from a drug and alcohol addict to a man who has been sober for over a decade and practices mindfulness and meditation on a daily basis. He discusses surviving his younger years (3:42), getting in to drugs and alcohol (11:37), getting injured (13:40), dropping out of college (18:39), becoming a stuntman...

Duration:00:53:09

Stanley Cup champion Alex Killorn discusses perseverance, meditation, and channeling your nerves to optimize your performance

1/5/2021
Tampa Bay Lightning forward and Stanley Cup champion Alex Killorn discusses why patience was a virtue on his way to the NHL, how meditation is one of his keys to success on the ice, and what he’s learned about nerves and how to channel them in a positive way. He also shares how he and his teammates overcame the adversity of the COVID-19 playoff bubble on the way to their Stanley Cup victory. Alex dives deep on becoming a hockey player (2:28), finding confidence in sports (6:04), his NHL...

Duration:00:51:58

WHOOP partners with Barbells for Boobs for groundbreaking breast cancer research

12/29/2020
Kristen Holmes discusses our groundbreaking research with Barbells for Boobs, a non-profit working to improve the quality of life and overall outcomes associated with breast cancer. We are examining what WHOOP data looks like in women battling breast cancer. The goal of this study is to gain additional insights into how breast cancer impacts things like strain, sleep, recovery, heart rate variability, resting heart rate, and more. Dr. Oliver Glass, the Director of Research for Duke...

Duration:00:32:40

Gaining 60 pounds on purpose: Why Drew Manning is putting on weight just to lose it

12/16/2020
Drew Manning, the founder of Fit2Fat2Fit, garnered international attention 10 years ago when he deliberately gained 75 pounds just to lose it in a few short months. Now, he's doing it again, gaining 60 pounds in four months before starting a massive weight loss effort in January. His goal, he says, is to better understand the struggles many go through trying when to lose weight. Drew discusses how the idea came to him (3:25), how he's going about his weight gain (8:30), the shock to his...

Duration:00:48:48

Understanding Respiratory Rate: How groundbreaking WHOOP research applies to the pandemic

12/12/2020
We are continuing our groundbreaking research looking at the connection between an increase in respiratory rate and COVID-19 infections. This episode is a deep dive on everything you need to know about respiratory rate and how to monitor your WHOOP data during the pandemic. VP of Data Science Emily Capodilupo shares our latest research updates, and pro golfer Scott Stallings returns to the podcast to detail how his data indicated that he had come down with coronavirus. We cover our...

Duration:00:39:24

World-renowned COVID-19 expert Dr. Nicholas Christakis discusses the second wave, the vaccine, and the post-pandemic world

12/1/2020
World-renowned COVID-19 expert Dr. Nicholas Christakis returns to the WHOOP Podcast to share everything you need to know about the second wave, vaccines, and how long it will take until things return to normal. Nicholas has dedicated his life’s work to understanding public health, disease, and how pandemics shape our world. He is the author of the new book Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live. Dr. Christakis discusses his sobering fatality...

Duration:01:02:18

Celebrating 100 episodes of the WHOOP Podcast

11/24/2020
We’re celebrating 100 episodes of the WHOOP Podcast! We've compiled some highlights from our first 100 episodes and it's our hope that you have found our amazing guests as insightful, informative, and inspiring as we have. We look back on conversations featuring former NBA Commissioner David Stern (1:24), golf greats Rory McIlroy (4:41) and Justin Thomas (7:53), basketball legend Sue Bird (9:59), Stanford neuroscientist Andrew Huberman (11:41), former Navy SEAL Mark Divine (16:00),...

Duration:00:39:30

Erika Nardini, trailblazing CEO of Barstool Sports, discusses authenticity and tuning out critics

11/17/2020
Erika Nardini is one of the most influential women in sports. As the CEO of Barstool Sports, she has overseen the company's growth from 12 employees to hundreds and has helped establish the brand as one of the most recognizable in sports and beyond. Erika discusses her journey to Barstool (2:11), landing her dream job (5:12), working with Barstool founder Dave Portnoy (6:46), growing the brand authentically (10:13), creating a playground for personalities (15:59), cancel culture (22:19),...

Duration:00:42:54

Using technology to improve the lives of healthcare workers

11/10/2020
WHOOP VP of Performance Kristen Holmes sits down with Arena Labs founder and CEO Brian Ferguson to discuss the future of healthcare and how hospitals and medical organizations can optimize performance in the operating room, the ICU, and beyond. Brian dives deep on his transition from the military to healthcare (3:05), the complexity of modern healthcare (6:41), teamwork in medicine (7:12), burnout in the healthcare field (11:06), how to measure the strain placed on doctors and nurses...

Duration:00:34:21

Understanding your circadian rhythm and how to prevent daylight savings from throwing your body off

10/27/2020
WHOOP VP of Performance Kristen Holmes and VP of Data Science and Research Emily Capodilupo return for an in-depth look at how the end of Daylight Savings Time messes with your circadian rhythm. This is everything you need to know about how your body’s internal clock can be altered by even just the change of one hour. Emily and Kristen discuss studying the differences between daylight time and standard time (4:37), the rise in heart attacks after the clocks change (5:20), understanding your...

Duration:00:42:38

Cooking for performance: Chef Dan Churchill breaks down everything you need to know about nutrition

10/20/2020
Chef Dan Churchill joins the WHOOP Podcast to break down everything you need to know about nutrition. Dan is an expert on physiology, fitness, and the science of nutrition. He sits down with Will Ahmed to explain why eating late can negatively impact your sleep and how mindset can completely alter digestion and prevent you from reaching your weight-loss goals. Dan discusses food’s role in recovery (2:16), getting hooked on cooking (3:19), the science of nutrition (4:38), cooking and...

Duration:00:47:38

Former NBA player Chris Herren discusses overcoming drug abuse and using WHOOP to combat addiction.

10/13/2020
Chris Herren was a high school and college basketball star who eventually made his way to the NBA, but also saw his career and life derailed by drug and alcohol abuse. Now 12 years sober, Chris is one of the leading addiction prevention and recovery advocates in the country and uses WHOOP at his treatment centers to help people find their path to recovery. He discusses his pathway to addiction (4:46), going from top recruit to getting kicked out of college (8:49), his addiction to...

Duration:00:50:32

World-class photographer Nigel Barker discusses performing under pressure, moderating your drinking, and the true meaning of beauty

10/6/2020
WHOOP VP of Performance Kristen Holmes sits down with media superstar Nigel Barker, one of the top photographers on the planet. Nigel was a long-time judge on America's Next Top Model and has shot photos for some of the biggest stars in the world, including Taylor Swift. Nigel discusses finding confidence and overcoming nerves (3:30), competing with Olympic rowers on his WHOOP team (8:01), drinking in moderation (11:58), what he’s learned from WHOOP (13:39), overcoming hangovers (15:47),...

Duration:00:50:23

Chris Mosier, first trans athlete to make Team USA, discusses finding yourself and his journey to becoming an elite athlete.

9/29/2020
On this week’s episode of the WHOOP Podcast, Kristen Holmes sits down with Chris Mosier, the first trans man to represent the United States in international athletic competition. Chris is a trailblazer in the world of sports. He successfully challenged the International Olympic Committee’s policy on trans athletes and has made Team USA 6 times in duathlon and triathlon. Chris discusses advocating for trans athletes (4:10), his fear of losing sports after transition (7:01), finding yourself...

Duration:00:46:09

Jason Hehir, director of The Last Dance, discusses his Emmy Award-winning Michael Jordan documentary

9/22/2020
Jason Hehir directed the Emmy award-winning series The Last Dance, chronicling Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. It was the most-watched documentary in ESPN history and is already regarded by many as one of the best sports docs ever made. He sits down with Will Ahmed to talk about his never-ending quest to find out what makes the greatest athletes on earth human, the obstacles his team had to overcome to finish all 10 episodes on-time, and what it was truly like interviewing Jordan....

Duration:01:08:54

CrossFit media personality Rory McKernan talks about the evolution of the sport and what the future holds

9/15/2020
Rory McKernan, the face and voice of the CrossFit Games and the CrossFit Open for the past decade, sits down with WHOOP Performance Manager and resident CrossFit expert Mike Lombardi to talk about the evolution of the sport over the years. Rory discusses what the future of the sport might look like (5:05), his experiences covering elite CrossFitters (10:55), writing a book with Katrin Davidsdottir (12:16), growing into his job as a writer and broadcaster (13:02), the role of data in CrossFit...

Duration:00:33:04

Dr. Kevin Sprouse, leading sports doctor, shares how WHOOP helps his athletes conquer the Tour de France

9/8/2020
Dr. Kevin Sprouse is one of the leading sports medicine and exercise physiology experts in the country. He works with some of the best athletes on the planet, including baseball and football players, Olympians, and some of the top golfers on the PGA Tour. Kevin is also the medical director for EF Pro Cycling, one of the top 10 cycling teams in the world. WHOOP is the official wearable of EF and Dr. Sprouse shares how his team is using WHOOP data science to monitor rider well-being and to...

Duration:00:49:16

Professional video game player and champion bodybuilder Jackson "Bajheera" Bliton discusses turning his passions into a successful career

9/1/2020
There probably aren't too many professional video game players who are also professional bodybuilders, but Jackson Bliton is one of them. Jackson is one of the most popular video game streamers on the planet and is better known as "Bajheera" in the gaming world. Each day, thousands of people watch Jackson play World of Warcraft, while thousands more tune in to watch him broadcast his workouts. He joins WHOOP CTO and Co-Founder John Capodilupo to discuss why World of Warcraft is his chosen...

Duration:00:41:39