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Mark Van Deusen is a Creative Copywriter at WHOOP. Before joining WHOOP, Mark served as the Managing Editor and Head Writer for CelticsLife.com. He was also a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a contributor at Yahoo Sports. A former tennis coach, Mark graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Sociology and Leadership Studies.

Using Day Strain to Adjust Workouts: A Mail Carrier’s Story

An avid recreational athlete, Angela McCloud participates in CrossFit, yoga and weightlifting, while frequently training for half marathons too. She also regularly walks up to 12 miles per day simply by doing her job. Angela is a postal carrier in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. “The majority of my activity actually comes from work,” she says. “I…

Pillars of Performance: Ed Brown, Patron CEO & ESM Driver

Patron President Ed Brown answers 9 questions about his performance lifestyle as a CEO and Extreme Speed Motorsports driver. In 2000, Ed Brown, a University of Texas graduate, took over as President and Chief Executive Officer of Patron Spirits International. Since that time, the company’s sales have increased by nearly 2000%, while its Tequila has…

Recovery Tips from Leading WHOOP Users

The WHOOP system is based on three founding pillars: Strain, Sleep and Recovery. The crucial piece, and the key to peak performance in whatever you do, is being properly Recovered. What do WHOOP users do to ensure they’re making the most of their Recoveries? We identified some of our consistently best-Recovered athletes and asked them…

The Strain You May Be Overlooking

After an 82-game regular season and more than six weeks of playoffs, the NBA Finals are now underway. As he’s done in each of the past several years, LeBron James put away his phone and cut social media out of his daily life as soon as the postseason began. Not only is James eliminating distractions,…

Saluting the World’s Best Tactical Athletes

Kevin “Kit” Parker first heard of WHOOP when a student of his at Harvard came to him “with some technical questions” about the product he was developing. “I was encouraging them to consider sleep,” says Parker. “Sleep plays a crucial role in performance and everyone in America is short on sleep.” Parker is not your…

Pillars of Performance: DeAndre Jordan, NBA All-Star

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan answers 9 questions about his performance lifestyle as an elite athlete. Taken 35th overall by the Clippers in the 2008 NBA draft, DeAndre Jordan has far exceeded the expectations that come with being a second-round pick. Over the past four seasons, Jordan has averaged 11.8 points, 14.0 rebounds and…

A Familiar Story of Preventing Overtraining

When WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed was a college squash player at Harvard, he struggled with overtraining. In his first post on The Locker, Will wrote “Like many athletes, I believed I could just keep pushing. I overtrained every season. My body couldn’t keep up with its stresses and my relentless mindset.” Will’s experience as an…

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