The new Wahoo Sports Science Center opens today and focuses on athlete research

Posted on Aug 9, 2022 by Sam Anderson

Spinners rejoice! Wahoo’s new research-focused facility opens today in Boulder, Colorado, and aims to up the ante on the company’s training products and philosophy.

Expert coaches and scientists will run the center, which will also stabilize Wahoo’s professional athletes. Work officially began at the facility this morning at 9 a.m. local time.

“[We’re] working with different ‘Wahooligans’, some of our sponsored athletes and elite professional athletes to help them train more effectively and get the most out of what they are doing,” says Neal Henderson, Chief Science Officer sport at Wahoo, in a short video introducing the center.

Henderson went on to say that the group will work on both hardware and software products for the company. For example, it could help inform development and drive new content on Wahoo X, its recently consolidated subscription-based training app. At the same time, the team will almost certainly apply scrutiny to the brand’s popular indoor trainers and how they interact with the rest of the Wahoo ecosystem, including their excellent GPS computers.

The facility will combine research and staff expertise with testing through physiology, biomechanics of movement, nutrition and sports psychology, Wahoo said in a statement.

Henderson will lead the team, which will also include Dr. Ginger Gottschall, director of applied research; Mac Cassin, senior sports scientist; Rupert Harold, Director of Operations; and strength and movement specialist Jeff Hoobler.

The Wahoo Sports Science Center team. c Wahoo

They will also record and release “The Knowledge” podcast from the location. In it, short, informative episodes seek to dive deep into sports science to empower listeners to innovate their own training methods.

“I am excited to lead the Wahoo Sports Science team as we develop and expand sports science applications within the Wahoo hardware and software ecosystem,” said Henderson. “We have assembled a fabulous team of skilled, experienced and passionate members working at our world-class Sports Science Center in Boulder, and we are excited to continue to help develop the best athlete in all of us.”

Wahoo Sports Science Center: For Pros or Joes?

The Sports Science Center will function first as a research laboratory and then as an occasional consumer-facing venue. Brand-sponsored athletes will now occupy the facility, and other athletes and teams can schedule lab and testing time with the research team, a Wahoo spokesperson said.

Limited public participation will take place in the form of occasional camps and clinics. However, the spokesperson pointed out, the main priority this year is for Wahoo-sponsored athletes and teams.

To learn more, visit the Wahoo Sports Science website.

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