Ex-Twitter and Medium exec Jason Stirman launches Lucid, a psychological coaching app for athletes
Jason Stirman is a part of a choose group of early Net 2.zero builders in Silicon Valley. He was there at the start of Twitter, jumped to with Ev Williams to Apparent Corp after which Medium and is now engaged on a ardour of his – mindfulness for athletes.
His new app, Lucid, launches within the App Retailer in the present day and lends recommendation and mindfulness meditations from skilled sports activities coaches who practice stars like Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and the Seattle Seahawks.
There are fairly a couple of psychological coaching apps on the market already so the app isn’t with out competitors. Headspace offers mindfulness and meditation methods, Lumosity trains your mind, and Omvana is a platform for meditation academics to hawk their packages. However Stirman didn’t see something on the market for serving to athletes to get their head within the recreation.
“Kobe says he owes eighty % of his efficiency to psychological coaching,” Stirman advised TechCrunch.
The coaching can concentrate on confidence, being current, visualizing the aim, velocity and numerous different behaviors an athlete must succeed for 5 minutes a day.
“Your mind doesn’t know the distinction between what you visualize and what you expertise so athletes for many years have been visualizing earlier than they exit on that courtroom or the sector or the pool,” Stirman says.
Will it work? Meditation has turn out to be widespread in the previous few years and is claimed to supply advantages at work, faculty and within the residence. Google presents meditation workshops to staff and numerous Silicon Valley startups have began offering mindfulness timeouts to staff.
There are additionally fairly a couple of scholarly articles to again up the claims of enhanced athletic efficiency by way of mindfulness coaching. The Journal of Human Kinetics cites a number of situations of athletes attaining greater scores or profitable competitions by means of mindfulness coaching and one other main research confirmed a robust correlation between mindfulness and a greater rating.
Lucid needs to supply the identical sort of coaching obtainable to well-known athletes to those that aren’t Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.
The app works by logging on, figuring out your objectives and choosing a coach like Aaron Gordon, ahead for the Orlando Magic, to information customers by way of day by day meditations.
Stirman and his group have to date pulled in $1.5 million in seed for the app from True Ventures, Apparent Ventures, Loic Le Meur and numerous different angels.
The founder says he plans to focus on the almost half one million school athletes and near 35 million youth sports activities gamers within the U.S. who may benefit from his app, however that it’s helpful for athletes at any degree.
Lucid is free and out there to obtain on the App Retailer beginning as we speak. You possibly can attempt the meditation coaching at no cost for as much as 5 days and the pay both a yearly subscription for $one hundred or $10 per thirty days.