Another benefit Umo and James got with their GoBe was better stress management, which was super important to them with all the things keeping them busy.
“I’ve definitely been doing a lot more breathing techniques,” Umo says. “When I’m driving, I’m, like ‘Okay, my mind’s going a thousand miles a minute—that’s an opportunity for me to take 4–5 deep breaths.’ I just try to get myself [into] that sympathetic state with little things like that or by knowing when to end the day or just take a break. I think the watch is really helpful for that. As soon as you get those [emotion] alerts, you can definitely do it and do it consistently.”
“What I found, too, is that emotional triggers for me are actually different than what I thought,” James adds, commenting on the GoBe’s emotional state and stress level features. “The alerts last, like ‘emotion’, ‘emotion’, ‘emotion’ at different time[s] than I would expect them to. It’s really important. It helps me get a hold of my breathing, take a step back, or go for a walk. In a high state of arousal, especially if I’m training and getting excited there while explaining something, like, some drill that we’re trying to do, I’d tell myself ‘Oh okay, slow down, breathe.’ And the GoBe allows me to lower my nerves and helps me calm down.”
Another function James uses constantly is the sleep monitoring.
“It has also been really beneficial for me,” James comments, “because we have an infant. And when he wakes up in the middle of the night, typically I get up. And just kind of having an idea of ‘This is what your actual sleep state was, this is when your REM-sleep was, this was your level of anxiety while sleeping, this is when it spiked’—really kind of having an understanding versus, say, ‘Oh, I don’t freak out’—is very important. That function made me more aware of the time that I go to sleep. I also use HRV [heart rate variability], and then my score with the efficiency of my sleep kind of make sense. And I make a note: ‘Okay, I need to make sure I sleep earlier tomorrow or tonight—make sure I can get as many things in place to go to sleep earlier.’”
Healthy parents create healthy environments for their kids
True fitness enthusiasts, James and Umo work really hard, sometimes almost rest-free, investing most of their time and knowledge into their trainees. At the same time, they’re trying to raise their own three kids in the best environment they can.
With James and Umo’s busy schedule, every once in a while, all three of their kids happen to find themselves at either their mom’s strength and conditioning facility or their dad’s training one. And all of them absolutely love those moments.