The short answer to which is the best mindset recovery app is “Rewire”, but then again that is the long answer too because nobody else is even coming close to what we are doing at Rewire.
But at this stage you may be asking, actually, what is ‘Mindset Recovery’?
Mindset recovery is the process of appropriately preparing you, in the mental realm for the performance that is upcoming and the state you want to be in when performing.
It is not simply calming down, or hyping up, it is taking a holistic approach to improve mental performance and reduce fatigue.
Ok, but what is Rewire?
With Rewire you will track recovery and readiness daily before having your personalized mindset recovery session delivered to aid in areas of need based on your readiness and goals for the day.
And on days where you are in a great cognitive state? That’s when you can double down and do some neuro-training to build mental resilience, mental toughness and improve decision making to help push your athletic performance to the next level.
Who needs Mindset Recovery?
Given the modern world we live in with its myriad of stressors, everyone. The key here being that your body only understands stress, not the source of the stress. It can’t differentiate between training/racing and a meeting or press commitment. So whether you are a professional, weekend warrior or sub elite with a part time job, tracking your readiness is key, but without being able to action it, through mindset recovery you haven’t got a lot of good options to action this readiness insight.
The way the mindset recovery sessions are designed, means they allow you to set a focus for the day and use your current readiness and goal to then guide the mindset recovery to be optimal for you.
So it’s like Meditation?
No, it is not like meditation. It is an easier alternative to meditation that incorporates breathing techniques, visual priming and allows you to customize the experience. It is completely guided and will track the effects of the session to help you track your improvement as a result of the mindset recovery session. Think of it as a system designed using science, and targeted to your needs, to use the best parts of subliminal priming, breath work, mantras and mindfulness to achieve optimal state, as a beginner, rather than with years of practice.
This may be the biggest point of difference for Rewire; an actionable solution to your current state, based on your goals. Information without the ability to action it is just more data in a world where we are flooded with data all day long. It is more harm than good.
Rewire Fitness is the revolution to human performance through a holistic approach to readiness, mindset recovery, and building mental resilience. My favorite components of Rewire were the relaxation, concentration, and focus protocols. As a former college athlete, I feel Rewire’s solution is a game-changer for those looking to level up their performance.Dr. Chazz Evans, DPT, former NCAA Division I Track and Field Champion
So far, overall, I would say [Rewire], is actually really quite fun, the part that I like the best about it is I love the mindset recovery. Like that’s beautifulPilar Arthur-Snead, Ultramarathon Runner and Coach
Aside from the fact that things are not a one-size-fits-all in regards to how mindset recovery sessions can be used for given levels of readiness and goals for the day, one huge advantage of Rewire is that it takes into account the Inverted U of performance.1 In short, this theory states that someone can be both over aroused (think anxious, stressed out, hyped up) and under aroused (think overly relaxed, half asleep, not ready) for performance. Neither of these states is optimal and the optimal level of arousal for peak performance lies in the middle of this. So in some situations a person will need to be more aroused and in some they will need to calm down. Most recovery apps focus almost exclusively on calming you down, and to be fair, in modern society this is a fair bet, but it’s not optimal.
Optimal is measuring your readiness, asking your goals for the day and then facilitating you performing better through mindset recovery. That’s mental resilience, that’s performance under pressure and that’s what Rewire does.
But How did Rewire Start?
As a former elite cyclist and lifelong endurance athlete and self-described performance geek, our CEO Sun Sachs had been aware of the science around building more cognitive resilience as a way of improving athletic performance.
He had been waiting for a commercial version of the science to come to market for 4+ years and then one day whilst on the bike trainer he had an epiphany for how it could be done.
With his 25 years in software and hardware development he was able to build a prototype in a few weeks with his first co-founder, Cody Rotwein, start beta testing, file a patent, add two more amazing co-founders, Rizala Carrington and Ed Gibbins and the rest is history.
This is the creation story, but given the uptake of this powerful technology by a range of athletes from amateur to elite, it is likely it is just the start.
If you’re already a Rewire member (and reading this on mobile), tap here to try one of our Mindset Recovery sessions. If you aren’t a Rewire member yet, tap here to sign up today!
“I have been using the app for a few months. It has helped me set the proper mindset before workouts, disconnect before bedtime, and gauge my mental readiness on a daily basis. I have also been enjoying working on the Neuro-Training component during some of my indoor rides.”
- Arent SM, Landers DM. Arousal, anxiety, and performance: a reexamination of the Inverted-U hypothesis. Res Q Exerc Sport. 2003 Dec;74(4):436-44. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2003.10609113. PMID: 14768844
Dr David Lipman is an Australian trained Medical Doctor, Podiatrist and Exercise Physiologist. He has worked with athletes of varying levels in all 3 roles. He is an ultramarathon runner, avid physical activity advocate and is passionate about performance in all people.