Study shows training based on WHOOP recovery improves performance, reduces injury
On this week’s episode, we cover the results of Project PR, a study in the value of using the WHOOP recovery metric to guide your training. This study showed that runners who used the recovery score to help determine their daily training load over an 8-week period improved their times significantly and sustained fewer injuries than those who used a static training program. WHOOP VP of Data Science and Research Emily Capodilupo and WHOOP Marketing Manager of Women’s Performance and Running Allison Lynch talk with Mary Cain, who served as one of the coaches for the program. Mary is a world-class runner in her own right and was the youngest person to ever represent the United States at the World Championships. They discuss Mary’s New York Times op-ed on culture issues in the running world (3:38 ), body image in sports (7:05 ), optimizing performance for women (9:57 ), avoiding overtraining with WHOOP (12:27 ) , balancing green, yellow, and red recoveries (15:18 ), Project PR (16:28 ), structuring the study (18:52 ), key takeaways (24:04 ), training to HRV (30:40 ), becoming an elite athlete (33:50 ), and sleep and performance (37:52 ).
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