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Podcast 169: Josh Hart on How Focusing on Recovery Led to Best NBA Season Yet

April 19, 2022

On this week’s episode we sit down with shooting guard Josh Hart of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Josh Hart is coming off the best season of his basketball career, something he attributes to an increased focus on rest, recovery, and nutrition. He explains how WHOOP plays a critical role in his performance and tells us what he’s learned from his data both on and off the court.

Additionally, Josh discusses his journey to the NBA and how his dad would take him to courts late at night so they could practice together, winning a national championship at Villanova and how his experience there prepared him for the league, plus what he’s learned about sacrifice and how that benefits the very best.

Josh also dives deep on his WHOOP data from the best game of his career, and it should come as no surprise that he woke up with his most impressive stats in months before scoring 44 points against the Washington Wizards last month.

josh hart whoop hrv data

Josh Hart’s Recovery, HRV, Resting Heart Rate, and sleep Data all indicated that hE was primed for a peak performance on the day of his 44-point game.


Josh Hart podcast episode chapters:

1:55 – Dreams of being an athlete.

3:15 – Nighttime hoops with Dad.

7:55 – Support system and marrying his high school sweetheart.

9:35 – NCAA and compensation for college athletes.

12:06 – Winning a national championship.

14:30 – Locking in on nutrition.

15:58 – Getting better sleep.

18:52 – Recovery and a career-high performance.

25:41 – Eating habits.

26:59 – Athletes Josh admires.

29:40 – Making sacrifices for better recovery.

34:09 – Mindfulness and meditation.

38:14 – Advice for younger athletes.

41:23 – In-game insights from WHOOP.


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