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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"Trend forecasting is much like archeology but to the future.” - Lidewij Edelkoort
Supporting a small group or entire team roster with player monitoring, is a growing demand with coaches and other support staff now. In order to reveal direction to what the data is saying, teams are looking to other fields and their use of statistics for an advantage. Unfortunately typical statistical analysis isn’t always sport appropriate, because combining human biology and sports training is unique. Several teams are investing into very expensive business intelligence tools and statistical analysis software, a good idea on paper, but in our experience an imperfect solution. When managing large amounts of player data, there is a temptation to aggregate or merge all the data to see relationships. The central repository approach is very popular because most teams realize the interaction of all variables is likely to be the cause of trends and patterns. The problem with merging too much data is that our eyes can get lost with information overload, so just the right amount of information is a better choice. Teams can still collect all the data they need, but management is not collecting as much as possible, but organizing and visualizing the right data.View full article →
Player monitoring is growing in professional sport, but many teams are realizing that not all physiological readiness products work as promised. Even the ideal system may not work as well as advertised, and coaches are left wondering what to believe. What makes our blog unique is that we proudly display data of real athletes, something our competition struggles to do. The reason we openly share player scores? Athletes believe in the system and commit to using CHECK™, and we work with teams and coaches to ensure our system is deployed properly. Coaches are starting to figure out that if a blog or online article shows no data, it’s likely the system is not being used, and marketing is driving interest, not usage.View full article →