In case you missed our joint Team Atomica and Toronto Harriers Happy Hour Zoom chat with Dr. Greg Wells, here’s a little recap.
Dr. Wells is scientist and performance physiologist, whose research explores human limits. Dr. Wells is exceptional at making the science accessible and he is committed to bringing optimized living to all of us. He has held a tenured position in the Dept of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto and is currently a scientist in Translational Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, where his research is focused on improving outcomes in children with chronic diseases through physical activity. He is CEO and founder of Wells Performance, a global consulting firm which enhances how people work, live and perform. He is also the bestselling author of Superbodies, The Ripple Effect, and The Focus Effect. His most recent book, Rest, Refocus, Recharge: A Guide for Optimizing your Life, came out in the spring of 2020.
Greg and Coach Tara swam together as kids and we got some fascinating insights into the ways his own embodied experience as an athlete both in and out of health, have shaped his scholarly pursuit of optimal performance. As a national level swimmer, Dr. Wells suffered a broken neck while surfing and at the age of 40 he suffered a serious bout of viral myocarditis (an infection of the heart tissue). He went from being an avid endurance athlete to barely being able to walk across the room. These experiences were formative for his investigations into the science of living and recovering well. We talked a lot about recovery in fact. Given that so many athletes have a hard time recovering, I was fascinated to learn about his new app viiv.io, a cutting-edge life-style and performance tracker that helps focus optimal performance, but also optimal recovery. Check it out and check out his widely popular, weekly podcast where he interviews athletes and disruptors and creators from a wide spectrum of disciplines.