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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’re launching 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’re launching 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’re launching 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

Dr. Nicholas Christakis, Yale coronavirus expert

3/24/2020
Dr. Nicholas Christakis of Yale University has emerged as one of the nation's leading experts on coronavirus. He joins Will Ahmed to discuss how the virus started, why it's spreading so quickly, and what we can do to limit the number of cases moving forward. Nicholas and Will discuss how China used a "social nuclear weapon" to address the outbreak (6:38), what experts believe may have started the pandemic (11:33), how many cases one case can reproduce (12:18), mortality rates compared to...

Duration:01:00:26

Trauma surgeon Jamie Coleman on saving lives and how she's using WHOOP to better her own life.

3/17/2020
Here at WHOOP, we are inspired by the work of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, especially during these trying times. Dr. Jamie Coleman joins Will Ahmed to discuss her experiences as a trauma surgeon, plus how she uses WHOOP herself, and to help her colleagues lead better lives. Jamie shares why she became a surgeon (3:30), what it's like working in a male-dominated field (4:16), how a matter of minutes or even seconds can be the difference between life and death (9:48), staying...

Duration:01:10:52

Introducing the all-new WHOOP Journal.

3/10/2020
Kristen Holmes and Emily Capodilupo are back to talk about the all-new WHOOP Journal, which allows members to log and track more than 40 different behaviors on a daily basis. Kristen and Emily go in-depth on how drinking can alter your sleep (5:28), how we metabolize caffeine and what we can learn from tracking when we consume it (8:58), how marijuana and CBD impact sleep (10:27), the effect of sex on performance (15:59), measuring anxiety and stress (20:15), preparing for travel (29:03),...

Duration:00:45:44

Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Liz Plosser discusses trends in women’s fitness, the importance of sleep, and balancing work and family.

3/3/2020
This month, WHOOP is honoring the extraordinary achievements of women across all backgrounds, lifestyles, sports, and professions. Liz Plosser, the Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health, joins Will Ahmed to talk about her goal to help women lead better lives and how she balances her busy career with raising three young children. Liz addresses her mission at Women's Health (2:13), expanding coverage of mental health issues (3:57), her own fitness goals (9:21), why women should lift more weights...

Duration:00:40:49

Study proves WHOOP is “excellent” at sleep tracking.

2/25/2020
A new study by the University of Arizona has proven that WHOOP is outstanding at tracking sleep. Kristen Holmes and Emily Capodilupo talk about what this means and why WHOOP is excellent when compared to polysomnography, the gold-standard in sleep evaluation. Researchers also found that wearing WHOOP actually improves sleep habits. Kristen and Emily discuss setting a new bar for sleep tracking (2:10), how this study came to be (3:23), why they expected the results to be strong (6:03), how...

Duration:00:27:07

Green Beret Kevin Flike shares his inspirational comeback story after being wounded by war.

2/18/2020
Kevin Flike thought he was about to die. After being shot in the stomach while serving as a Green Beret in Afghanistan, Kevin underwent a long and difficult path to recovery, battling pain, addiction, and loss as part of his remarkable comeback story. He joins Will Ahmed to discuss that journey and his newfound mission to help others by sharing his experiences. Kevin covers why he joined the army (2:11), what made him want to be a Green Beret (5:20), working hand-in-hand with the Afghan...

Duration:01:03:10

Elite CrossFit coaches James Hobart and Austin Malleolo discuss the evolution of the sport.

2/11/2020
James Hobart and Austin Malleolo, two of the top CrossFit coaches on the planet, join Mike Lombardi to talk about their experiences as CrossFit Seminar Staff Flowmasters and how they've seen the sport evolve over the last 10 years (6:45). They also discuss how they found their voices as elite coaches (8:03), learning from others (13:20), the 3 questions all coaches should ask themselves (14:20) as well as other tips for new coaches (17:08), the overtraining mindset of athletes (22:45), when...

Duration:00:48:56

Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine on how mindfulness made him an elite warrior.

2/4/2020
Mark Divine was one of America's top warriors, but his path and approach to becoming a Navy SEAL Commander was anything but ordinary. Mark joins Will Ahmed to discuss how he went from being a CPA to a SEAL (4:55), how mindfulness, meditation and zen led him to become a warrior (7:51), the importance of listening to your heart and gut (12:31), similarities between meditation and exercise (19:26), why leaders should meditate (25:12), how he uses WHOOP and how it changed his outlook on...

Duration:01:05:44

Marc Randolph, Netflix Co-Founder, on the idea that changed entertainment forever.

1/28/2020
Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph sits down with Will Ahmed to discuss how the company he started in the late 90s grew into the entertainment giant that it is today. Randolph details how the idea for Netflix came about (3:43), some of the "stupid" ideas they almost tried instead (6:46), how investors told him it would never work (9:49), industry disruption (13:09), the importance of building a strong company culture (19:35) and not playing Little League (24:18), Amazon's attempt to buy...

Duration:00:53:43

Naps: Kristen Holmes and Emily Capodilupo discuss the physical and mental benefits to napping, the concept of sleep debt and how naps help offset it, plus how to incorporate your activities & day strain into planning the timing and duration of your naps.

1/21/2020
Your greatest recovery amplifier: Naps. Kristen Holmes and Emily Capodilupo break down the value of napping on rest days (4:11), how naps maximize the quality of your training (7:03) and improve cognitive functioning (8:15), what you can gain from 3 minutes of slow wave sleep (9:23), why a 30-minute nap is only good sometimes (10:53) and why you should avoid napping for too long (12:50), the benefits of napping in between workouts (14:28), the napachino (15:10), the best time to sleep during...

Duration:00:31:56

Rebecca Hammond, Professional Spartan Racer, discusses the sport of obstacle course racing and how WHOOP has helped her become one of the world's best in such a short time.

1/14/2020
Pro Spartan racer Rebecca Hammond talks about what the sport of OCR is and how she got into it (2:41), how WHOOP has modified her training habits (5:55), what she does to get out of a recovery rut (6:44), her views on napping and nutrition (7:33), how she optimizes her sleep (12:47), taking Ambien and pre-bed supplements (14:19), her pre-race mindset (16:53), the spear throw and other obstacles at the Spartan World Championships (18:21), race strategy and awareness of other competitors...

Duration:00:37:31

How Sleep Impacts Performance: Kristen Holmes and Emily Capodilupo discuss the benefits of REM and slow wave sleep, effects of sleep deprivation, how much sleep you need, and the best ways to maximize the efficiency of your time in bed.

1/7/2020
Why is sleep important for everything you do? Kristen Holmes and Emily Capodilupo talk about sleep architecture and the 4 stages of sleep (2:30), what happens when your sleep is cut short (4:51), the benefits of slow wave and REM sleep (7:42), mood regulation (15:09), not knowing you're sleep deprived (17:16), a needed culture shift with how we view lack of sleep (22:15), how much sleep we actually should get (25:06), time asleep vs time in bed (26:14), experimenting to determine your sleep...

Duration:00:50:41

Remembering David Stern: With the passing of the NBA Commissioner Emeritus, a cherished WHOOP advisor and investor, we've re-released the very first episode of our podcast, which serves as a fitting retrospective on David's life.

1/2/2020
Originally recorded in October of 2018, WHOOP Founder & CEO Will Ahmed talks to David Stern about his career as NBA Commissioner (6:51), the challenges he faced and how he overcame them (11:16), how he suspended a player for kneeling during the national anthem 20 years before Colin Kaepernick (14:56), social media today (19:18), sports and its overlap with politics (23:51), gambling (29:19), what data and technology will do to extend players' careers (30:11), cannabis (44:16), and much...

Duration:00:56:23

Year on WHOOP: What can you learn from a year of data? Mike Lombardi and Emily Capodilupo discuss what days people are best recovered, when they get the most sleep, behavior trends, training patterns and more.

12/31/2019
What do you learn from a year of WHOOP data? Mike Lombardi and Emily Capodilupo talk about the Annual Performance Assessment sent to all WHOOP members (2:32), how you stack up against your peers (4:07), what day of the week people take on the most strain and are best recovered (5:54), the time of year they work out the most (8:15), why we sleep more in winter time (9:24), knowledge gained from daily sleep surveys (11:05), behaviors that most affect sleep (12:18), training patterns throughout...

Duration:00:23:32

Pierre-Henri Chuet, fighter pilot turned entrepreneur, discusses the mental state necessary to succeed in combat missions, and how he applies the lessons learned to the business world.

12/17/2019
Combat pilot turned entrepreneur Pierre-Henri "Ate" Chuet talks about becoming Europe's youngest pilot at age 15 (4:54), his first aircraft carrier landing (7:10), turning anxiety into fuel (12:45), the impact flying has on your brain and body (18:10), his thoughts on the movie Top Gun (18:56), preventing mistakes in the air (25:25), combat mission preparation (33:10), what it's like to eject (36:40), how suffering a stroke at age 31 changed his life for the better (44:38), getting on WHOOP...

Duration:01:10:12

Science of Winning, Part 2: Kristen Holmes and Mike Lombardi on building team culture, plus how to promote and enhance key performance traits like grit, character, intrinsic motivation, leadership, and self-concept clarity.

12/10/2019
In Part 2 of Science of Winning, Kristen Holmes and Mike Lombardi discuss building team culture (3:53), assessing key performance traits (8:17), what it means to have grit (11:48), aligned organizational values (13:28), intrinsic motivation (16:16), self-concept clarity (19:51), leadership starting with self-rule (21:54), speaking once and listening twice (23:25), what is your superpower (24:55), sleep, recovery and fueling behavior (28:06), knowing your team (34:24), and defining core...

Duration:00:40:53

Unlocking Human Performance: What is WHOOP, and what can it do for you? CEO Will Ahmed sits down with ATP Science Co-Founders Jeff Doidge and Matt Legge.

12/3/2019
ATP Science Co-Founders Jeff Doidge and Matt Legge chat with WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed about unlocking human performance, including the company's mission (3:35), preventing overtraining (4:50), the metrics WHOOP tracks (5:36), measuring recovery (7:16), quantifying strain (8:45), getting WHOOP on the world's best athletes (9:45), improving sleep efficiency and consistency (15:49), the effects of mental fatigue (23:16), why heart rate variability is so important (27:03), what many people don't...

Duration:00:45:31

Holiday Hacks: Kristen Holmes and Emily Capodilupo share their best tips to help you travel better, eat and exercise smarter, and reduce stress during what can be a very strenuous time of year.

11/25/2019
Hacks for holiday stress, travel, nutrition, exercise and more: VP of performance Kristen Holmes and Director of Analytics Emily Capodilupo discuss optimizing a hotel room (3:26), dehydration from recycled air on planes (5:35), why it's harder to sleep away from home (6:10), vitamins and supplements to help you on the road (11:45), combating mindless eating (15:03), why day drinking is better than at night (16:21), extra calories as a chance to build muscle (16:48), finding ways to be active...

Duration:00:32:52

Dr. Richard Isaacson, Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, discusses a study that used WHOOP sleep data to search for signs of early Alzheimer's detection, plus background on the disease and how to combat it.

11/19/2019
Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College Dr. Richard Isaacson talks about why he began studying Alzheimer's (4:07), how it starts 20-30 years before symptoms appear (4:38), how many people have it and the early signs of it (6:06), the three stages of the disease (8:27), ABC's of Alzheimer's prevention management (10:51), the reason for the study (17:21) and why they wanted to look at sleep (18:19), the value of cost-effective, non-invasive monitoring...

Duration:00:51:08

Calories: Nutritionist Kassandra Hobart joins Kristen Holmes and Emily Capodilupo to discuss exactly what calories are, how your body uses them, the challenges in tracking them, plus tips for being smarter and healthier with how you consume them.

11/12/2019
Nutritionist Kassandra Hobart chats with WHOOP VP of Performance Kristen Holmes and Director of Analytics Emily Capodilupo about the science of calorie tracking, including what calories really are (4:01), basal metabolic rate and the ways your body burns calories (4:26), a recent update to improve how WHOOP tracks caloric burn (9:04), food label inaccuracies and other things that make calorie counting difficult (11:09), if weighing food helps (14:50), why eating slowly and in a restful state...

Duration:00:44:55