Most of the information covered here can also be found in the Halo Sport Quick Start Guide.
To use your Halo Sport, you first need to download the free Halo Sport app and create your account. Once you're logged in, the app will prompt you to turn on your Halo Sport headset by pressing the silver button on the right ear cup. Follow the on-screen instructions to connect your headset through bluetooth; when connected, the headset's indicator light will turn white once and then blink green about once every 2 seconds.
Once you're connected, the app will walk you through a practice stimulation session. To do this, you'll need to grab your Primers and wet them. To wet your Primers, run each of them under tap water from the sink for about 20 seconds each until all sides of the "nibs" are dark grey and very wet. Thoroughly wetting your Primers is especially important for your first session. The more wet the nibs are, the better contact you will get. You can also use the included spray bottle to wet your Primers.
Important Note: Primers should NEVER be left in water to soak. Doing so will wash out a solution inside of them that makes them conductive - which will result in problems getting contact between the headset and your head. Primers should only be placed under running water for short periods of time (about 15 seconds should be enough).
Place the Primers in the headset and place the headset on your head. For best results, place Halo Sport directly over the top of your head as you would with a normal set of over-ear headphones. (To ensure maximum moisture retention of the primers, make sure not to comb the Primers through your hair as you place the headset on your head.)
Wiggle the headset down through your hair so that it is making contact with your scalp. The Halo Sport App will notify you if you are getting poor contact (you can visit that link for some poor contact tips). When everything is ready, press Start; you will hear a beep from the headset indicating that your Neuropriming Session has started.You can adjust the amplitude by pressing the ‘+’ and ‘-’ buttons within the App depending on your desired comfort level (your training results will be about the same regardless of amplitude level).
Once you've completed your practice session, it's time to do a real Neuropriming session! Choose your Neuropriming Session from the list on the bottom of the stimulation screen. The Hands and Fingers Sessions are meant for finer motor movement and control, whereas the Legs, Core, and Arms Session is meant for more full body workout and movement. For instance, if you are practicing tennis and want to work on your grip strength and wrist control, use the Hands and Fingers Session, but if you are working on your swing and planting your feet, use the Legs, Core and Arms Session. For more information about the different Neuropriming Sessions, watch this video.
During the 20-minute stimulation period, you want to do light warm ups - think strides, stretches or light weight lifts. You can also just walk, sit or relax before your workout. Keep in mind that warm-ups involving lots of movement could cause the headset to lose contact with your head.
The Halo Sport app is required to start a Neuropriming session, but once the session is in progress, your device does not need to be in range of your Halo Sport to continue and complete your Neuropriming session.
When the Neuropriming stimulation is complete, the headset will beep and the App will indicate that the Session is over. Now, start the intense part of your workout. Following the stimulation period, you have an additional hour of hyperplasticity during which you can choose to remove the headset or keep it on (this is purely personal preference and will not affect your results).
During your Neuropriming Session and after, you can listen to music with the provided audio cable.
NOTE: You cannot play music over the Bluetooth connection. The Bluetooth connection is just for communication from the headset to the Halo Sport App. (Craving bluetooth audio? Visit our accessories site to check out our bluetooth audio adapter!)
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