Professional Triathlete Darby Thomas has joined Team Checkmylevel.
Hi Darby, Please tell us little bit about yourself?
I come originally from the US but I have called Finland home for the past 8 years and don't plan on leaving anytime soon! I have been an endurance athlete since I was a kid, first with cycling and the past few years with triathlon. Sport has always been a big part of my life and now it is firmly mixed with family life as I have two wonderful children. I have been lucky to call triathlon my 'job' the past couple years.View full article →
What are you training for? Is your mind set on breaking records or winning medals in speed, strength or skill? Do you aim at exceeding yourself by completing something that is a stretch for you - be it a 10k run, a marathon, a full triathlon? Or is your focus on losing weight or just plain staying healthy?View full article →
We are happy to announce that our tribe is getting stronger!
We have just released new testimonials from Coach Marko Yrjövuori (Member of The Los Angeles Lakers Training Staff and Medical Trainer for the National Basketball team of Finland), pro-cyclist Sari Saarelainen and triathlete Chris Pitzak on our website.
Marko has been using Checkmylevel with his athletes from both LA Lakers NBA-team and Finnish National Basketball team.View full article →
How can you tell if the ‘calories burned’ display on a treadmill is correct? Here’s a spoiler: it’s not. The chances are the figure is a very rough estimate - especially if the machine did not first ask for your age, weight and sex. For a precise figure, the machine should also assess your fitness level, body mass index, and more - which it likely didn’t.
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(Update: Campaign ended on 31st of October)
Production of Checkmylevel assessment devices is now in full speed, following the launch of the new mobile app in the end of July. The more user-friendly and informative app and increased production volumes now allow us to reach out beyond our first users, professional athletes and coaches.
We’re all excited to bring faster, more accurate and real-time training readiness assessment available to everyone interested in improving their performance while managing stress and risks.
We thought it’s only fair to share our excitement, so we decided to offer new Checkmylevel customers a risk-free 45-day trial, to see for yourself how Checkmylevel helps you in monitoring your progress and planning your training schedule.
Why 45 days? Because we’re committed to helping our users understand how their body works. We know from experience that the longer an athlete uses Checkmylevel, the more accurate and beneficial the results prove to be.
For the same reason we don’t simply compare assessment results to averages or standards but insist on taking the first week of using Checkmylevel to create a personal baseline. So stick with it: taking this time is essential to ensure you’ll get data and recommendations that are just for you.
Now go ahead, take a leap towards your training goal, and order your Checkmylevel starter pack here!
How does it feel to be fit? How do you know if you’re fit or not?
We tend to define fitness on two levels. First impression is based on looks, and does carry some weight, as healthy appearance and muscular trim arguably point to the right direction.
Beyond the surface, we typically look into exercise habits. How often and for how long a person tends to exercise, and how tired he or she is as a result, is a clear measure of endurance.View full article →
We’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard to make Checkmylevel even better for our users. Today, we are proud to announce our updated mobile app version 2.0 with some great new features.
The visual look of the app has been updated completely. The graphical image now uses white background with green text according to our new visual image. Feature-wise the main update has been dividing the latest result and history data in separate tabs. Now, the user can quickly check the latest result after doing the assessment but can also come back to the app to analyze his past data.View full article →
News flash: you too are sleep deprived. And no, not just today. It’s chronic.
Sleep deprivation decreases your ability to perform in sports and carry out demanding tasks. It is extremely hard to stay focused, think positively, and stick to healthy habits when tired.View full article →
Personal and preventive healthcare makes headlines for a reason. The promise to help individuals to understand how their body works is truly disruptive to the traditional healthcare industry.
For so long we have queued up for an unknown doctor to hand over an impersonal prescription based on a brief conversation, perhaps a couple of quick tests. The traditional approach of taking an isolated measure and comparing it to a standardized average is most certainly on its way out.
We’ll soon know our specific personal needs to stay healthy. We’ll be able to predict medical conditions in advance and receive guidance and medication that’s just right for just us. The key to the new era in healthcare is long-term and individual monitoring.View full article →
Are You Overtraining?
The biggest problem in sport is not overtraining, but overreaction to fatigue and improper management. Fatigue is not the enemy, but an important part of the training process. Without fatigue, the body has no reason to adapt and get better, so fatigue is a necessary part of the equation. Fatigue is not a simple reaction to training and competition; it is a complex array of responses that trigger changes to different organs and systems of the body. Scientists and coaches have debated the causes and methods that best measure fatigue for years, and solutions in recovery have been even less agreed on. In this article we will fully explain overtraining, from the response after a CrossFit workout to an entire season of an athlete who is struggling to get out of a hole.
The Super-compensation Model and Recovery
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