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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.

Episode Date
Brandon McDaniel, LA Dodgers’ Director of Athletic Development & Performance Science, talks training methodology, gameday preparation, and how the organization uses WHOOP data.

LA Dodgers Director of Athletic Development & Performance Science Brandon McDaniel discusses his individualized approach to training (5:35), overrated metrics in baseball (14:42), why pitch velocity has increased in recent years (17:19), how the Dodgers use WHOOP (22:09) and what they learn from the data (30:41), what he tells a player who's "in the red" on gameday (34:41), pre-game dos and don'ts (37:53), the value of naps (39:31), players' use of caffeine and tobacco (42:08), different recovery techniques for older and younger athletes (52:59), his World Series experience and what he saw on WHOOP (59:21), losing 70 pounds in 6 months (1:04:45), and what he does to keep learning and improving (1:06:40).

Mar 19, 2019
The Sleep Episode: WHOOP Director of Analytics Emily Capodilupo answers everything you want to know about sleep.

Sleep expert and WHOOP Director of Analytics Emily Capodilupo talks about her background and why she joined WHOOP (3:46), habits of our top 100 sleepers (15:30), bedtime routines (20:01), new WHOOP sleep features including Sleep Consistency (20:48), Sleep Efficiency and Respiratory Rate (24:18), how long one bad night of sleep affects you (36:30), improving REM & slow-wave sleep and what that means (43:29), tips for staying asleep (44:54), exercise's effect on sleep (52:58), tracking HRV during sleep (1:00:03), the reason why we try to sleep 8 straight hours (1:08:45), the dangers of Ambien (1:15:25), what sleep data looks like when you're drunk (1:21:53), and the numbers behind how much better people sleep after they start using WHOOP (1:28:55).

Mar 13, 2019
Episode 13: Kirsty Godso, Master Trainer and Energy Dealer on taking the work she does in the gym and amplifying it outwards into the lives of herself and her clients.

Kirsty Godso, Master Trainer and fitness model discusses why she calls herself an energy dealer (2:58), her nutrition (8:12) and workouts (12:30), the strain of teaching vs working out (13:28), heart rate recovery as a training tool (17:57), the concept of strategic laziness (30:56), hangovers compared to sleep deprivation (32:52), the rare times she's "in the red" (34:39), how she defines success with a client (41:32), WHOOP as a support system (51:01), why working with your body is a partnership and not a dictatorship (57:25), finding an upside to a serious injury (1:04:13), and the 7 different books she's reading right now (1:09:58).

Mar 05, 2019
Episode 12: Andy Puddicombe, Buddhist Monk and Headspace Co-Founder on his amazing life journey and giving people the tools to improve health and happiness through meditation.

Headspace Co-Founder Andy Puddicombe talks about getting into meditation at an early age (4:30), quitting school and traveling to the Himalayas (6:35), the effects meditating 14 hours a day had on his body (13:02), amazing lessons from his teachers (18:22), what it took to officially become a monk (31:49), his degree in Circus Arts (40:27), re-acclimating to the modern world (42:46), creating Headspace (46:39) and meeting his Co-Founder Rich Pierson (50:13) why he's a "massive fan" of WHOOP (56:33) and what he's learned from using it (1:00:08), how he incorporates meditation into his family life today (1:01:25), and what we can expect from Headspace in the future (1:24:17).

Feb 26, 2019
Episode 11: Joe Holder, Master Trainer and Health & Wellness Consultant talks about the similarities between training supermodels and pro athletes, as well as everything he does to stay "in the green."

Joe Holder, Health & Wellness Consultant and trainer to some of the most beautiful women in the world discusses how a football injury in college put him on his career path (8:01), the power of mindfulness (12:23), training supermodels vs. NFL players (23:43), what he looks for in the first session with a new client (27:57), why men should train more like women and women should train more like men (29:57), the importance of the other 22 hours in the day (32:09), what it means to be part of the "plant based gang" (33:46), supplements he takes (40:04), his amazing WHOOP data and what he's learned from it (41:38), as well as how WHOOP helps him better understand his clients (46:44), and the advice he'd give to someone looking to pick a trainer (47:43).

Feb 19, 2019
Episode 10: Jason Khalipa, former CrossFit Games World Champion and current author, coach and gym owner shares the training philosophies that have helped him succeed throughout his career.

Jason Khalipa, former CrossFit Games World Champion, owner of NCFIT gyms, and author of As Many Reps As Possible talks about the evolution of the CrossFit Games (6:02), fasting workouts in the morning (10:17) and developing his own training process (12:35), his critical component for success (13:50), including giving people the right tools (19:32) and the value of fitness as a community (22:03), what to look for in a gym (26:13) and how to identify a good coach (27:23), the AMRAP mentality (31:20), "knowing your why" (37:18), the benefits he sees in WHOOP (49:09), and why he plans to invest in a bio freezer (57:35).

Feb 12, 2019
Episode 9: Angela Ruggiero, 4-Time Olympian, Hockey Hall-of-Famer & Sports Innovation Lab Co-Founder on training and recovery during her time as a pro, plus the various ways technology is reshaping sports.

Angela Ruggiero, 4-time Olympian and Sports Innovation Lab Co-Founder, discusses winning a Gold Medal while still in high school (5:42), carrying the 9/11 flag at the Salt Lake City Games (10:21), using heart rate recovery (14:36) and other biometric data (18:28) to improve her performance long before it was the norm, pregame naps (24:27), visualization and meditation (30:06), playing in a men's pro game (38:08), what's holding back women's sports (43:25), being a contestant on The Apprentice (49:28), her time as a member of the IOC (53:02), technology's impact on sports and the role her business plays in it (1:01:44), and what it means that Netflix says it's biggest competitor is Fortnite (1:13:11). 

Feb 05, 2019
Episode 8: Marc Gasol, 3-Time NBA All-Star, talks improving his diet, sleep and recovery, avoiding unnecessary strain, and everything else he does to continue playing at an elite level.

Marc Gasol, 3-time NBA All-Star, discusses his basketball background (2:57), falling asleep and missing his name being called on draft night (4:52), having an older brother in the league (6:03), things he's doing to extend his career (7:28), avoiding unnecessary strain (11:32), why he uses WHOOP (12:55), recovery tactics (13:50), training advice for young athletes (23:30), role models (27:45), following a paleo diet (29:06), fasting with a "16:8" method (29:45), and what caused his lowest WHOOP recovery (31:25). 

Jan 30, 2019
Episode 7: Robert Moeller, Veteran Navy SEAL, talks about the training and preparation necessary to compete in an event that pushed the boundaries of human performance.

Robert Moeller, Veteran Navy SEAL, discusses competing in the first-ever Specter Series event, a skydive, swim, and 100-mile run. In Part 1, he talks about becoming a SEAL (4:06), including BUD/S training (6:38), Hell Week (10:30), his first mission (18:42), and the Rip Its Challenge and other forms of friendly hazing (25:18), as well as his first experience with WHOOP ( 29:24), why he believes it can help the military (32:55), how it enabled him to train smarter (39:47) and sleep better (43:03), plus his expectations (51:40) and prediction (59:47) two days prior to the competition. In Part 2, he recaps the event (1:03:08) and its most difficult moments (1:10:05), analyzes what he saw in his WHOOP data (1:23:51) and what his sleep (1:25:42) and recovery (1:28:07) were like afterwards, then reveals what they'll do to somehow take things up a notch for the second Specter Series event in 2019 (1:31:26).

Jan 22, 2019
Episode 6: Nicholas Negroponte, MIT Media Lab Founder, on his role in creating much of the technology we use today, predictions for the future, and his long-time friendship with Steve Jobs.

Nicholas Negroponte, MIT Media Lab Founder, author of Being Digital, and one of the very first users of the internet discusses the many accurate predictions he made in his book two decades ago (6:07), future technology like learning by taking a pill (19:38), virtual reality in 1967 (21:07), the birth of the internet (26:05), his friendship with Steve Jobs, (37:26) including literally the first iPhone (42:30), plus the Apple CEO's failures too (39:27), artificial intelligence (55:46), cryptocurrency (1:08:00), clean energy (1:10:32), space travel (1:12:26) and the immense value he sees in WHOOP outside of athletics (57:38).

Jan 16, 2019
Episode 5: Kristen Holmes, WHOOP VP of Performance and NCAA Champion Coach talks helping elite athletes sleep and recover, plus all the tips & tricks she uses to optimize her own performance.

Kristen Holmes, Vice President of Performance at WHOOP, former Team USA field hockey player and national champion coach at Princeton University discusses how her coaching philosophies evolved (9:09), the physiological and psychological factors of performance (15:10), advising the world's best athletes (31:05) and what they've learned from WHOOP data (39:20), Moneyball 2.0 (45:39), the vital importance of sleep (21:40), including blocking blue light (55:10), creating the right environment (56:35) and sleeping consistently (1:04:10), functional overreaching as a training method (1:11:30), mindful breathing (1:17:00), nutrition (1:23:15), recovery methods her athletes like and don't like (1:30:56), and the single most important thing we can all do to be healthier (1:43:39).

Jan 09, 2019
Episode 4: Strauss Zelnick, media mogul and author of "Becoming Ageless" shares the secrets to how he continues to get fitter as he gets older.

Strauss Zelnick, founder of Zelnick Media Capital, President & CEO of Take-Two Interactive and Chairman of CBS discusses his book Becoming Ageless: The Four Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger Than Ever (8:02), advice for being young and successful (11:38), his exercise group known as The Program (16:11), getting fitter as he gets older (19:44), avoiding injuries (23:45), recovery methods he likes and doesn't like (26:08), how his diet has evolved over time (33:25), things to avoid when trying to improve your sleep (36:22), and what his amazing career has meant to him (42:09).

Jan 02, 2019
Episode 3: Katrin Davidsdottir, 2-Time Fittest Woman on Earth, talks training, recovery, sleep, nutrition, & all the little things she does to stay on top.

Two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir talks about how she got into the sport (3:40), her rapid ascension to the top (9:59) and what it takes to stay there (23:05), her warmup routine (25:50), sleep and recovery (38:55), what she likes about WHOOP (47:05), the psychology behind winning back-to-back titles (58:40), inspiring and empowering her fans (1:00:05), gender equality in sports (1:05:10), being the best version of herself (1:15:13), and the cultural impact of Instagram (1:20:39). 

Dec 19, 2018
Episode 2: Kevin Kit Parker, Mad Scientist of Harvard, on being in a firefight, designing the perfect dress, improving sleep, vacation optimization, plus dinner with Kanye & Larry Page.

WHOOP Founder & CEO Will Ahmed talks to Harvard Professor and U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Kit Parker about the science of counterinsurgency (5:12), creating irresistible fashion (11:15), art's impact on science (29:14), how your body reacts to being in a firefight (45:48), improving sleep in the military (1:00:06), vacation optimization (1:12:14), privacy and data security (1:30:40), travel tips and life hacks (1:37:27), and the most creative person he's ever met (1:42:50).

Dec 11, 2018
Episode 1: David Stern, NBA Commissioner Emeritus, talks sports, technology, data, gambling, social media, & much more.

WHOOP Founder & CEO Will Ahmed talks to David Stern about his career as NBA Commissioner (7:22), the challenges he faced and how he overcame them (11:47), sports and its overlap with politics (24:22), social media (19:49), gambling (29:50), cannabis (45:17), what data and technology will do to extend players' careers (30:42), and how he suspended a player for kneeling during the national anthem 20 years before Colin Kaepernick (15:27).

Dec 04, 2018