Erik Korem: Sleep and Stress Resilience Expert, Founder & CEO of AIM7, Former NFL Sports Science Director
11.17.2021 - By Team Never Quit
Are uncertainty and hardship inevitable in this life? Could you use a jump start for pursuing your goals, while living a healthy, fulfilled life?
This week’s guest, Erik Korem, is the guy that can equip you to that end. His unquenchable curiosity and eagerness for knowledge made him an expert in high performance.
Erik started as a walk-on football player at Texas A&M;, and that's where he found two things – a never-quit attitude and curiosity for high performance.
After spending over 15 years working as a sports scientist, Erik’s passion for solving the data-to-action gap in the wearable tech and mHealth space came to life. He is the founder & CEO of AIM7, teaching people how to turn data into healthy habits.
In this episode you will hear:
I dealt with bullying, and I just wanted to change myself. Kids can be cruel.
In physical fitness events, I was always last.
After watching John Jacobs and The Power Team, I was so inspired and told my dad, “I’ll never be last again.”
I learned there was a science to the physical gap I was in.
Playing football at Texas A&M;, I learned how to suffer well.
You can’t fight what you don’t see coming.
I could’ve paid attention to how much it sucked, or paid attention to what I could do about it.
The Olympic Games are more than winning medals; it’s more like political warfare.
I learned about the synchronization of the physical, psychological, technical, & tactical.
Wearable devices provide much data, but what do you do with it?
Stress is the gateway to improvement, but chronic long-term stress can be a really bad thing if you can’t get it under control.
If you don’t get enough sleep, your brain is literally full of crap.
In REM sleep, your body is in a state of paralysis.
I don’t praise grades; I praise their effort.
If you synchronize with the sun, you’ll start sleeping like a baby. There are research studies that show that if you want to reset yourself, go camping.
Sports got me into the game, but curiosity launched my career.