An Inside Look at Morpheus: The World’s First Digital Recovery Coach

Over the last 10 years or so, the fitness industry has seen an explosion in the use of different types of technology. People can now track almost everything about their lives, from how many steps they take in a day to how many hours of sleep they get each night, and just about everything in between.

While all the information technology can provide is great (or at least it can be when used effectively), the biggest problem I’ve seen most people face is that they simply don’t know what to do with it. This is true from the average Joes and Janes all the way up to the highest level of professional athletics.

Even the best teams in the world, ones that hire an entire staff dedicated to analyzing their data, still struggle with knowing how to apply the information. If they have a hard time with it, it’s no wonder that the average person—someone that just wants to get the most of their hard work in the gym—doesn’t know what to do with a screen full of bar charts and colored graphs.

Here’s the cold, hard truth: today’s generation of fitness technology hasn’t solved problems, it’s created them.

We have cars that can park themselves and smartphones that we can talk to and yet, fitness technology hasn’t really done anything to help people improve their fitness. All it’s done is create endless mountains of data and numbers that provide more confusion than clarity about what to do in the gym.

The reason that fitness technology has failed us is largely because it was created by teams of engineers and scientists, people that live in the office and the lab rather than in the gym.

This is why I’ve spent the last two years developing a new fitness technology from the ground up. I wanted to create something built on the foundation of everything I’ve learned as coach who’s spent more than 15 years working with people of all levels and abilities—from housewives and Microsoft executives, to world champions and pro bowlers. I know what it takes to help people reach their fitness goals and I know where the current technology falls short.

Introducing Morpheus – The World’s First Digital Recovery Coach

Morpheus is the first fitness technology designed by a coach to give people what they really want, a better way to train and a faster way to improve their fitness. I’ve spent more than 2 years building Morpheus, drawing from my years of experience as a coach and combining it with the knowledge gained from analyzing more than 1.5 million HRV data points.

What does the world’s first digital recovery coach do? To give you a quick overview, I’ve put together a video to let Morpheus explain that for himself…

Your data tells an important story. Morpheus can tell you what it is

The single biggest problem with fitness technology today is that nothing out there is able to pain the full picture of your life that you need to really improve your fitness or your health. You can see how many steps you took or how many calories you burned in a day, but there’s no way to know how those numbers are related to your sleep, or to your recovery.

You can measure your heart rate throughout a workout, but you can’t look back later to see if you used the right intensity or not. This is what’s missing and why tracking alone doesn’t really do much for you. Who cares where you’ve been if it doesn’t help you get where you’re trying to go any faster?

Everything in your life is connected, but the current generation of fitness technology only lets you see the dots. It does absolutely nothing to help connect them for you. This is where the true power of Morpheus lies.

I built Morpheus to tell the complete story of your life, to connect all the dots in a meaningful way and to do it on one single screen, so it’s easy to see.

The Morpheus home screen:
Everything you need to know about your fitness

Morpheus Digital Recovery Coach

As you can see, the Morpheus home screen provides a single, powerful snapshot of your fitness. This means no more scrolling through screen after screen of endless numbers and charts to try to figure out what it all means.

Everything you need to know is on the home screen. All you have to do is tap on any of the four quadrants of the screen to pull up more detailed information and history and it’ll show up in the graph below. In the sample screenshot, you can see that activity is highlighted.

I designed Morpheus to analyze five different categories of fitness information for you:

1. Your daily activity: Track your steps, miles and total calories to help you see the big picture of how much you move. This is nothing new, of course, but Morpheus makes doing this incredibly easy because he can plug and play with other trackers, including all Fitbit and Garmin devices.

If you don’t have one of these, or you simply don’t want to wear one, that’s no problem. Turn on the tracking feature within your smartphone and Morpheus will use that instead. You can turbocharge your existing wearable, or let your phone do the work. Morpheus lets you make the choice.

2. Training intensity: Go beyond plain old, boring heart rate monitoring with personalized zone monitoring. One of the most exciting features of Morpheus is his ability to help you get in your own, personalized heart rate zones each and every time you train. I’ll talk more about this in a minute, but this approach is a much more effective way to see what you did in a workout compared to looking at heart rate alone.

During the workout, you can use the Morpheus recovery band, included with the system, or just about any Bluetooth heart rate monitor on the market today. I wanted to make Morpheus as easy to use as possible and this means working with other devices you may already have or enjoy using.

3. Sleep: See how much sleep you get, as well as the quality of your sleep, by connecting to a variety of other devices. Here again, Morpheus gives you the flexibility to track sleep however you want. He can connect to other wearables that track sleep and give them new life by pulling in their data to analyze for you, or you can use his alarm feature to manually enter it in.

4. Heart rate variability: get your daily HRV measurement in with the new Morpheus recovery band. When it comes to HRV, I wanted to make it as easy as possible to measure, while still being accurate. To do this, I developed a recovery new band, one that can go on your arm, leg, or even wrist.

Morpheus recovery band

This means no more putting a chest strap on, or fiddling with a finger sensor. The new recovery band is the easiest way to take your daily HRV measurement to help Morpheus analyze your recovery and track your fitness.

5. Subjective markers: connect how you feel to what you should do. One of the limitations of current fitness technology is almost none of it takes into account how you actually feel. Even with all the other data Morpheus can track and analyze, it wouldn’t be complete without taking into account subjective markers like the RPE and performance of a workout, how sore you are, how tired you feel, etc. Through short questionnaires, Morpheus is able to connect how you feel to your recovery and what you should do.

Your personal recovery coach. Born out of years of experience and the science of machine learning

As I’ve discussed throughout my recent articles on recovery-driven fitness, the one thing that holds most people back from achieving their fitness goals is failing to understand the real impact of recovery. They overuse high-intensity training day in and day out because they can’t see the true effects it’s having on their body until it’s too late.

Having an accurate, daily gauge of your recovery is something that’s truly invaluable because without it, you’re left guessing. Most people underestimate just how much stress their under, whether it’s from training and/or their daily lives, and they end up under recovered and missing out on the results they could be seeing.

I designed Morpheus to crunch all the numbers - your activity, training, sleep, HRV, along with how you feel - and then tell you what it all means in a single number: your daily recovery score.

The Morpheus machine learning algorithms were built on the foundation of my years of experience and understanding of what recovery is and what it looks like, combined with the insights gained from analyzing more than 1.5 million HRV data points.

No other fitness technology on the market today can match this because they weren’t designed by someone that’s been in the trenches and they didn’t have the world’s largest HRV database to start with. Morpheus analyzes all the data, eliminates the guesswork and gives you an accurate recovery score that you can trust and use to improve your fitness each and every day.

Find Your Zone: personalized heart rate training that’s as dynamic as you are

Let’s face it, the way heart rate training is done today is outdated and boring. The current model of using three or five static heart rate zones based on nothing more than your percentage of max heart rate heart rate zones hasn’t changed since the 1980’s.

Morpheus is the first technology ever created in fitness to use an entirely new approach: Dynamic Heart Rate Training. Instead of static, boring zones based on an outdated model, Morpheus gives you three personalized heart rate zones that change each day based on your recovery and your fitness levels.

I designed these three zones to be built around making sure you were training at the right level of intensity depending on your own unique goals for the day. This new approach delivers the next level of personalization and will help you connect your recovery to your training for the first time.

The Blue Zone: Accelerate your recovery

If you read my recent article on how you can use High-Performance Recovery (HPR) Training, then you know just how important it is to use training as a tool to accelerate recovery. Without Morpheus, you’re forced to guestimate where your recovery zone is each day.

This is because your recovery zone changes each day depending on your level of recovery. When you’re fatigued, you need to stay at lower heart rates and when you’re fresh, you can push them higher.

The problem is that if you guess wrong when doing this type of training, it’s easy to end up either pushing too hard and slowing your recovery down, or not pushing hard enough and missing out on results.

Based on your recovery and your individual fitness levels, Morpheus gives you a targeted blue zone each day. Stay in the blue zone for most of your training session and it’ll help push your body into the recovery state and accelerate both your recovery and your fitness.

The Green Zone: Elevate your conditioning

Conditioning is one of the most important components of fitness not just because it can improve your performance, but because it can save your life. As a coach that’s spent the last 15 years studying conditioning and helping people of all levels improve theirs, I wanted to make sure Morpheus could to the same.

For the first time, training to improve conditioning is as simple as can be. No more confusion about what heart rates to train at, which zone you should be in, or what types of intervals are best. All you have to do is design your workouts to keep you in the green zone and you can watch your conditioning steadily increase.

This is because I designed the green zone algorithm around the level of intensity that I’ve found be most effective at improving conditioning. Once again, this zone changes each day based on your recovery and it also adjusts over time as your fitness increases. Morpheus makes it possible to truly personalize your training on a daily basis and put an end to frustrating plateaus so you’ll never have to worry about your conditioning again.

The Red Zone: Avoid overtraining

One of the most common challenges people face when trying to improve their fitness is knowing where their true limits are. Competition is in our DNA and the intensity-driven mindset has made it more popular than ever to try and push yourself to the brink of exhaustion every time you’re in the gym.

The Morpheus red zone, known as the overload zone, was designed to give you a clear picture of where your limits are each day to help you make sure you don’t push past them. What it all comes down to is energy and if you spend too much time in the red zone, you’ll inevitably get yourself into a recovery debt and your fitness will pay the price.

Finding the right balance between training, stress and recovery and the red zone is a key part of avoiding overtraining and the problems that come with it. As with the other two zones, your red zone will also adjust each day based on your recovery. Together, these three personalized zones add a new dimension to your training and will make sure you’re working with your body rather than fighting against it.

Redefine your training

I created the World’s First Digital Recovery Coach to help put all the pieces of your life together in way that connects your life outside the gym to your life inside the gym. After spending my career studying the science, working with people day in and day out, and exploring the most effective ways to connect all the dots, I can honestly say that Morpheus represents the next step forward in fitness technology.

Morpheus brings recovery-driven fitness to life and makes training simpler, rather than more complicated. He solves problems for you instead of creating them. He makes your life easier and your training more effective. He doesn’t just track your data, he gives you personalized guidance. Morpheus doesn’t just tell you what you’ve done, he tells you what you need to do.

How to pre-order one of the first 1,000 Morpheus Recovery bands

On December 18th, the first 1,000 Morpheus Recovery bands will be available to pre-order. We’ll be shipping these first 1,000 in mid-January and once they’re gone, we won’t be shipping the next ones until March at the earliest.

If you’re ready to redefine your training and build your own recovery-driven fitness program, get your name on the pre-order list below so I can give you all the details about how to get one of the first recovery bands as soon as they are available.

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