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To use your Halo Sport 2, you first need to download the free Halo Sport app and create an app account. Once you're logged in, the app will prompt you to turn on your Halo Sport headset by pressing the upper 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 about once every 2 seconds. If you need more detailed pairing instructions, check out our articles on pairing Halo Sport 2 for iOS or Android.
If you have an Android phone, your Bluetooth audio might connect automatically when pair through the app. If not (or if you have an iOS device), you’ll need to pair the audio function through your phone’s Bluetooth settings (specific instructions here).
Once you're connected, select "Start a session." Choose your Neuropriming Session by swiping up 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, you can watch this video.
Before you put on your headset, grab your Primer band and wet the Primer “nibs”. Run the nibs under tap water from the sink for about 60 seconds until all sides of the nibs are dark grey and very wet. You can gently press on the nibs to help them absorb water. The more wet the nibs are, the better contact you will get between the headset and your head.
Dry off the back side of the Primer band. Using your thumb and pointer finger, pinch the Primer band from the textured circles on the back. While pinching, insert the Primer band into your headset by lining up the green arrow on the back of your Primer band with the corresponding recessed arrow on your headset. Use your thumbs to press the left and right sides of the Primer band against the headset to secure it. Use the alignment lines to verify that your Primer band is inserted properly.
Then spread the headset wide and place it directly over the top of your head so that the Primer band’s nibs are the first thing to make contact with your head. The headset should look vertical on your head when standing up straight.
Wiggle the headset down through your hair so that it is making contact with your skin. The Halo Sport App will show your contact strength as a percentage. If the app shows no contact at all, check to make sure that your Primer band is inserted correctly. If the contact strength is changing but not quite 100%, try adding more water to your Primer nibs. Check out our "Getting good contact" video for a headset setup walkthrough.
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).
During the 20-minute stimulation period, you can 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. (Please note that the Bluetooth audio has a limited range, and if you go out of this range you will lose the audio connection).
When the Neuropriming stimulation is complete, your headset will beep and the app will indicate that the session is over. Now, start the intense part of your training. 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).
Halo Sport 2 training results are best when the training period is paired with focused, repetitive movements for the specific skill you are trying to improve. It's also important to focus on proper form, because Halo Sport 2 accelerates the development of muscle memory.