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  • Conrad Perry

    I find it almost impossible to see how you could achieve gains from it — most of the stuff on tDCS where the primary motor cortex has been stimulated has looked at learning stuff, whether that be new tasks in people without problems or trying to help after strokes. Even apart from likely biases in the literature (i.e., finding something that doesn’t cause any difference isn’t very interesting and thus doesn’t get published), you need to question how it could possibly work with cycling excluding as a placebo. This is because you are not learning new motor stuff cycling — this is a task you have repeated a million times. So even if you could increase learning via tDCS (or magic or whatever), there is essentially nothing new to be learnt, and it’s not like your motor cortex is going to suddenly stop working when you legs are still going.

  • Geez, people and their smartphones and trying to find a gadget shortcut solution to something that is not new and we as humans have been doing for thousands of years (though today largely lost due to overreliance on technology with that currently being said smartphones). What I mean is the body mind connection aka awareness. Recent-ish works include Moshe Feldenkrais – Awareness Through Movement and a whole bunch of right brain related research (Roger Sperry and many others, though I am lazy to remember). This is a main reason why visualisation (and to an extent meditation) is a very effective yet extremely underappreciated (even ridiculed) form of exercise (and I do not mean “see yourself winning”)

    A (little known) fact is that Tim O’Donnel is being coached by 6-time (current record tied with Dave Scott) Ironman Kona winner – Mark Allen. Mark Allen became well Mark Allen *after* spending some time with shaman Brant Secunda and discovering this ‘mythical mind body connection.’ Before that, Mark Allen would fizzle out (six times nonetheless!) and lose the race in the final parts due to largely his mind starting to have internal monologues of the type “Why am I doing this. It’s too hot, I can’t do it, etc.” Kind of like what Talansky is saying benefits of Halo are. Mark Allen and Brant Secunda currently teach workshops and have a book: Fit Body, Fit Soul (which is pretty baddly and not engangingly written, though it has VERY good principles if you have the patience to get through it). Therefore besides sponsorship money from Halo, I am pretty sure Tim O’donnel gets his mind body connection training elsewhere.

    With content as this one, it is important to have a disclaimer who foots the bill and that ‘recommendations’ even though by PROs, are paid for, otherwise you miss an important part which can and most likely influences the already fuzzy results, since the placebo effect is real just as is ‘not biting the hand that feeds you”=).

  • Guess most of the benefit of using the device (working or not) is that it helps you focus on the workout ahead more consciously. Much in the same way that all the muscle stimulators, compression boots and other “recovery” devices force you to sit still for 45 mins to an hour and just by that property “enhance” your recovery. The alternative to the Halo is a meditation and visualisation routine but I guess you can’t sell those for 750 chuffs a pop.

    • My first thought was “will this help me get better at playing guitar?”

      • Steel

        You’ll be shredding that pink Floyd solo in no time.

        • Pink Floyd? Make that Dragon Force “Through the Fire and Flames”!

  • Wily_Quixote

    Anyone forking out $750 for what is essentially a placebo probably should be thinking about working on their prefontal cortex instead…

  • lefthandside

    Do they make this for triathlon?

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