Advice from Elite Athletes for the New Year
With 2017 right around the corner, Outside Magazine recently published a piece entitled “The Best Advice of 2016, from the World’s Best Athletes.” The author, Brad Stulburg, shared a list of quotes he’d compiled from elite athletes over the past year as guidance for others aspiring to reach that level.
Stulberg divided them into seven categories, which he calls the “keys to peak performance”–eat real food, get comfortable with pain, sleep, prime for performance, accept fear, embrace rest and prioritize mental fitness.
Sleep, rest and performance are all areas of focus when it comes to WHOOP. As is another topic the athletes mentioned frequently: Recovery. Below are several of the quotes, followed by similar things WHOOP has to say on each subject.
One of our data scientists is also a former NCAA Division 1 track and field athlete. He wrote about how better sleep habits helped shave 26 seconds of his 10K time.
Our lead quantitative physiologist examined the stages of sleep and the difference between time spent in bed vs. actually sleeping. People often misjudge their sleep time by as much as an hour.
Players missing games to rest is becoming the norm in the NBA, particularly when teams take the court on back-to-back days. Could WHOOP help clubs better manage this strategy?
The WHOOP Recovery metric is designed to better equip athletes to handle this situation by educating them on how prepared their bodies are each day to take on Strain.
From Olympic sprinter and WHOOP user Wallace Spearmon: How Prioritizing Recovery Led Me to Greatness.
Committing to the idea that you’re an athlete 24/7 is not an easy thing to do. But as demonstrated by our White Paper The Impact of WHOOP on User Behavior, the potential benefits are substantial.