It looks like a regular pair of travel headphones that you can wear when listening to music during workouts and, fact is, the Halo Sport can function as one. More than streaming music from your phone, though, this headset’s primary function is neurostimulation, triggering responses from the brain that enable athletes to maximize the benefits their body derives from every training session.
Called neuropriming, the process sends pulses of energy to the brain’s motor cortex, which improves the way the brain responds to training. With help from the pulses, the motor cortex is able to send stronger, more synchronous signals to the muscles you’re hitting during each rep, increasing motor unit recruitment and activating more muscle fibers in the process. The result is a measurable gain in strength compared to a similar workout without the added neurostimulation, essentially optimizing every single workout.
Why headphones? According to the outfit, plenty of people wear headphones while working out anyway, so using the Halo Sport won’t disrupt most people’s regular training habits. Like we said, it can stream music over Bluetooth, so you can still listen to music as you normally do during workouts. Even better, they’ve field-tested the tech extensively, working with outfits like the US Ski Team and US Snowboarding to test the neurostimulation’s effect, which, according to company, can translate to gains of as much as 1.7 times without the accessory. They’ve also designed custom training programs that take advantage of the technology in a variety of areas, including weight training, vertical leap, balance, 40-yard dash, free throws, and more (you can request a demo from the website).
Slated to ship in the fall, the Halo Sport is now available for preorder, priced at $549.