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WHOOP Speaks at NATO Conference on Performance Optimization for Tactical Athletes

Last month, WHOOP had the opportunity to speak at a conference in Stuttgart, Germany hosted by the NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ). The workshop was entitled Human Performance Programs in Special Operations Forces. From an official press release, its goal was “to develop templates and metrics that can be used to start a new or…

How a Bear Attack Affects Your Sleep

Michael Lares awoke at 4:30 a.m. to his dog barking. As he went outside to see what was going on, he heard the haunting sound of pigs squealing and the huffing and growling of what could clearly only be one thing. He ventured forward with a flashlight and rifle in hand, making his way towards…

WHOOP Recovery: Taking HRV to the Next Level

Heart rate variability (HRV) is becoming more and more popular as a training tool for competitive athletes. The basic idea is that when HRV is high, an athlete is primed for optimal performance. HRV is one of the metrics used to determine WHOOP Recovery each day. However, when calculating Recovery, WHOOP takes the application of…

The Four-Day Hangover

Most athletes know better than to go out drinking the night before competition, but many wouldn’t think twice before knocking back some casual beers three days out. After all, come game time, BACs are long since back to zero and the hangover is a distant, albeit unpleasant, memory – evidence that the performance-reducing effect of…

Why Athletes Should Want High Heart Rate Variability

Two sprinters, Brett and Justin, are at the starting line. Both are 6 foot 2, 180 pounds, and considered the best sprinters in the northern hemisphere. In the past 5 races, the difference in their times has been around .05 seconds. Both are equally talented and both are equally fast. As they get into the starting…

An Athlete’s Guide to Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

The human heart beats at a non-constant rate; heart rate variability (HRV) is a measurement of this irregularity. HRV has been shown in numerous studies to positively correlate with athletic performance and training adaptation, to negatively correlate with the risk of overtraining, and to generally correlate with overall fitness and health. This document provides a…

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