Kari Pearce is relatively new to the sport of CrossFit. In just two years of competing, Pearce finished in 21st in 2015 at the CrossFit Games and followed that up with a 5th place finish in 2016. In preparing for her third CrossFit Games this year, Pearce turned to Halo Sport to gain a competitive advantage.
Halo Sport is a neurostimulation device that puts the brain’s motor cortex into a state of “hyperplasticity”. This increases the speed in which an athlete can learn from and adapt to physical training.
I had the opportunity to talk with Pearce about her time using Halo Sport and hear first hand the benefits she started noticing. Pearce said was introduced to Halo Sport in early February by her coach and gave it a shot after reading about the technology. We asked Pearce about the benefits she has seen and she said she began seeing PRs right away.
Pearce commented, “Within a couple days of having it [Halo Sport] I PR’d my squat clean. I used it through the Open and I PR’d my snatch after 17.3 so I’ve kept using it in my training and throughout my Games prep.”
One of the areas that Pearce has been working over this past offseason is Olympic Weightlifting and she has been using Halo Sport in her warm-ups before her snatch and clean & jerk work. She said her technique has improved so much this spring and has attributed that to a combination of the neurotechnology and hiring a weightlifting coach.
Pearce has also used the device to hone in her rowing technique, in which she just “easily” PR’d her 10k row two weeks ago.
As for continuing to use Halo Sport at the CrossFit Games, Pearce said she will be using it between events where it makes sense, especially before the 1RM Snatch event.
Pearce is not the only CrossFit Games athlete to be using this new technology. Earlier this year, we mentioned that Camille Leblanc-Bazinet began using Halo Sport over the winter…and then went on to win the 2017 Wodapalooza individual competition.
Keep an eye on both Pearce and Leblanc-Bazinet as they begin the CrossFit Games this Thursday.