Foucher, Thorisdottir Named to WHOOP Women’s Performance Collective
WHOOP has launched a new initiative dedicated to highlighting the importance of women’s health and personal fitness. Named the Women’s Performance Collective, this coalition brings together top athletes and female academic experts, a list that includes both Dr. Julie Foucher and two-time CrossFit Games champion Annie Thorisdottir.
One big thing: WHOOP and the new Women’s Performance Collective will band together to educate and empower women. They will help them manage their sleep, recovery, fueling, and training with a focus on optimizing their health.
Making the biggest impact: In order to create this coalition, WHOOP focused on giants in the industry that have made a positive impact in a variety of ways. The company selected members based on their contribution to sports, research, and industry influence. Foucher and Thorisdottir are only part of a list that also includes:
- Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley
- Professional tennis player and US Open champion, Sloane Stephens
- Neuroscientist for the US Army and 2015 CrossFit Games team athlete, Dr. Allison Brager
- Paralympic track and field athlete and commentator, Scout Bassett
- Track & Field Olympian, Alysia Montaño
- Bobsled Olympian, Lauren Gibbs
- NCAA National Champion, CeCe Telfer
- Nutritionist, author, medical doctor, and podcast host, Dr. Hazel Wallace
- Author and female physiology and nutrition expert, Dr. Stacy Sims
Thorisdottir: “I’m super excited to be part of this council. Sports science has primarily focused on male athletes and I believe there is much to be learned to maximize performance for female athletes as well. We are similar in many ways but also different in many ways.”
Guiding the next generation: Along with the Women’s Performance Collective, WHOOP also announced a new partnership with Voice in Sport, a community and membership platform for female athletes ages 13-23.
- This partnership provides access to exclusive written content and mentorship from professional and collegiate athletes.
- Community members will also have access to live, virtual sessions with over 80 experts in sports science, sports nutrition, and sports psychology.
Foucher: “I see Whoop as a tool that can assist with three areas that are untapped for many women but are key for performance optimization and health: sleep, recovery, and cycle tracking. Women are still drastically underrepresented in training and medical research, yet we are different from men and often benefit from a different approach to training.
“I’m excited to be part of Whoop’s Women’s Performance Collective alongside a cohort of talented females with different backgrounds and experiences because it provides an avenue to share ideas and advance tools that can further help women reach their full potential.”
The bottom line: Thorisdottir is an outspoken proponent of initiatives supporting the next generation. She and Katrin Davidsdottir recently announced an upcoming book aimed at guiding youngsters through adversity. Similarly, Foucher helped spearhead the relaunch of CrossFit Health, which aims to revolutionize healthcare. Now they are partnering with WHOOP and a stacked list of athletes and academics to make an even bigger impact.