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#WHOOPEd Weekly Digest, Vol. 15

Pillars of Performance: Viktor Axelsen, Badminton Champion

The Strain of Freediving 40 Feet Below the Ocean’s Surface

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Pillars of Performance: Viktor Axelsen, Badminton Champion

World No. 3 Viktor Axelsen answers 9 questions about his performance lifestyle as a professional badminton player. A native of Odense, Denmark, Viktor Axelsen won the 2010 World Junior Badminton Championships for players 18 and under at the age of 16. Last May, Axelsen was crowned European champion. Three months later, he took home the…

The Strain of Freediving 40 Feet Below the Ocean’s Surface

You don’t often think of words like “strain,” “fatigue,” and “recovery” when trying to describe the events that take place during one’s vacation. But then again, holding your breath for 2-3 minutes at a time and freediving to the ocean floor isn’t exactly a typical vacation activity. My brother Blaine and I, born and raised…

#WHOOPEd Weekly Digest, Vol. 12

The history of marathon fueling, why an MLB team is focussing on stress management, and how forgetfulness can be a good thing.   Monday, July 24 Forgot Where You Parked? Good https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/opinion/sunday/forgot-where-you-parked-good.html Forgetting can help us gain expertise, and when we relearn something we couldn’t recall, we often develop a richer understanding. In his research,…

Pillars of Performance: Sue Bird, WNBA Superstar

Basketball legend Sue Bird answers 9 questions about her performance lifestyle as a professional athlete. At UConn, Sue Bird won two national championships and was the Naismith College Player of the Year during her senior season. In the WNBA, she’s captured two championships with the Seattle Storm and has been a league All-Star a whopping…

Olympic Swimmer Kira Toussaint Using Elite Data to Train for World Championships

To say Kira Toussaint was born with a swimming background is an understatement. Her mother, Jolanda de Rover, won a gold medal for the Netherlands in the 200-meter backstroke in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Kira’s, father, Huub Toussaint, is a swimmer and wetsuit designer with a PHD in the mechanics and energetics of…

“Why I Use WHOOP” By 26-Year-Old Heart Attack Survivor, Cyclist Nick Weber

Nick Weber’s life was turned upside down when he suffered a major heart attack while riding his bike at age 22. Doctors found a tear in the wall of his coronary artery, the cause of which still remains a mystery. Nick has made it his goal to prove that he, and other young heart attack…

A Firefighter and Mountain Biker’s Strain and Recovery Journey

As a Los Angeles firefighter, Rob Teixeira’s day-to-day life puts an enormous amount of Strain on his body–even before you throw in the fact that he’s a father of three, a hardcore athlete and competitive mountain-bike racer. The 48-year-old has been a fireman for 18 years, but athletics is his true calling. “Back in the…

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