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XPL has successfully combined proven technologies, powerful next-gen analytics, and proprietary measurement tools to deliver comprehensive mind-body skills training. We call this Quantitative Neuro-Physical Conditioning.

Our Science

XPL has successfully combined proven technologies, powerful next-gen analytics, and proprietary measurement tools to deliver comprehensive mind-body skills training. We call this Quantitative Neuro-Physical Conditioning.

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What is Quantitative Neuro-Physical Conditioning (“QNPC”)?

Xtreme Performance Lab has created the next generation of sports performance technologies called “Quantitative Neuro-Physical Conditioning (QNPC).” QNPC is the result of a proprietary combination of well-established mental and physical training techniques, a new generation of brain activity measuring tools and analytical software, and a results reporting process that makes the complicated science easy to understand and use from day one. The result is a unique, effective and measurable mental performance improvement program for elite athletes like no other.

1. Quantitative: “Measurability” is the next great leap forward in the science of mental training. XPL uses next-gen tools that can map, localize, identify and measure brain activity. Also, XPL takes “measurability” to a new level by providing baseline testing and real-time training results with our easy to use and understand proprietary reporting indexes: The PCA Index and our ZONE Index.
2. Neuro: This refers to our use of “neurofeedback”, the well-established neurological technique used successfully for decades to modulate brain function. It is a safe yet powerful process whereby the athlete can develop the skills they need to self-modulate (e.g. reduce stress, improve focus) on demand.
3. Physical: At XPL, we recognize that the body and mind must work together to achieve maximum performance. That’s why we also incorporate the more well-known version of self-modulation called biofeedback.
4. Conditioning: This is another word for “learning” or “training”. XPL is all about developing the skills in athletes to manage their mental and physical state under pressure – on demand – anywhere they need them. Be it on the field, in the classroom, on the job, or during any other stressful situation in life, XPL mental training is there.

What is Quantitative Neuro-Physical Conditioning (“QNPC”)?

Xtreme Performance Lab has created the next generation of sports performance technologies called “Quantitative Neuro-Physical Conditioning (QNPC).” QNPC is the result of a proprietary combination of well-established mental and physical training techniques, a new generation of brain activity measuring tools and analytical software, and a results reporting process that makes the complicated science easy to understand and use from day one. The result is a unique, effective and measurable mental performance improvement program for elite athletes like no other.

1. Quantitative: “Measurability” is the next great leap forward in the science of mental training. XPL uses next-gen tools that can map, localize, identify and measure brain activity. Also, XPL takes “measurability” to a new level by providing baseline testing and real-time training results with our easy to use and understand proprietary reporting indexes: The PCA Index and our ZONE Index.
2. Neuro: This refers to our use of “neurofeedback”, the well-established neurological technique used successfully for decades to modulate brain function. It is a safe yet powerful process whereby the athlete can develop the skills they need to self-modulate (e.g. reduce stress, improve focus) on demand.
3. Physical: At XPL, we recognize that the body and mind must work together to achieve maximum performance. That’s why we also incorporate the more well-known version of self-modulation called biofeedback.
4. Conditioning: This is another word for “learning” or “training”. XPL is all about developing the skills in athletes to manage their mental and physical state under pressure – on demand – anywhere they need them. Be it on the field, in the classroom, on the job, or during any other stressful situation in life, XPL mental training is there.

methods

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a technique that has been used by doctors and psychologists for decades to successfully help people with brain function abnormalities. These include ADHD, PTSD, addiction, and many others. The process can effectively “re-wire” the brain to work around the negative mental patterns and help develop new and healthier patterns in their place. So if neurofeedback can help a “poor” brain get better, it can be used to make a good brain great!

Neurofeedback is a process whereby outputs from a person’s brain (i.e. brainwaves) are fed into a computer program and are analyzed. The results of the analysis are then presented back to the person, in real time, in a form that he or she can understand. An example is that of flying an airplane on a computer screen. So as an example, when an athlete’s personal improvement protocol calls for lowering the “anxiety” network in the brain, the plane will respond to how well the athlete manages to do this task. The lower the anxiety level the athlete produces, the better the plane flies. With practice, the athlete uses this “feedback” from the computer program to learn the “skill” of how to lower their anxiety whenever they so choose.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is the same thing as neurofeedback, except the inputs to the process are not brain waves, but are real-time measurements from the physical body. Examples of these include heart rate, respiration rate, heart rate variability, EMG data (muscle activity), skin temperature, skin conductance, and more. We at XPL believe that by using both neurofeedback and biofeedback, a greater overall result is achieved for the athlete.

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Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a technique that has been used by doctors and psychologists for decades to successfully help people with brain function abnormalities. These include ADHD, PTSD, addiction, and many others. The process can effectively “re-wire” the brain to work around the negative mental patterns and help develop new and healthier patterns in their place. So if neurofeedback can help a “poor” brain get better, it can be used to make a good brain great!

Neurofeedback is a process whereby outputs from a person’s brain (i.e. brainwaves) are fed into a computer program and are analyzed. The results of the analysis are then presented back to the person, in real time, in a form that he or she can understand. An example is that of flying an airplane on a computer screen. So as an example, when an athlete’s personal improvement protocol calls for lowering the “anxiety” network in the brain, the plane will respond to how well the athlete manages to do this task. The lower the anxiety level the athlete produces, the better the plane flies. With practice, the athlete uses this “feedback” from the computer program to learn the “skill” of how to lower their anxiety whenever they so choose.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is the same thing as neurofeedback, except the inputs to the process are not brain waves, but are real-time measurements from the physical body. Examples of these include heart rate, respiration rate, heart rate variability, EMG data (muscle activity), skin temperature, skin conductance, and more. We at XPL believe that by using both neurofeedback and biofeedback, a greater overall result is achieved for the athlete.

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analytics

qEEG Brain Mapping

Xtreme Performance Lab uses integrated mind-body training of 8 neural networks related to athletic performance via cutting edge analysis software. A wireless, dry-sensor, 19-channel qEEG cap collects data from all parts of the brain. Important brain attribute data points, such as phase, coherence and amplitude, as well as activity in know nodal locations, are presented in graphic detail showing any significant deviations from the norm. The results, combined with the analysis of all other testing, form the basis for creating individualized training protocols.

Analysis Software

The advancements in recent years in the ability to detect and analyze specific frequency and neural-nodal activities in the brain have been quite astonishing. This capability has led to a much deeper understanding of many aspects of brain function. With these tools, scientists have been able to map out dozens of “neuro-networks”, each responsible for managing a discrete brain function. An example of such a neuro-network would be the “anxiety” network.

Scientists at XPL have isolated eight different neural networks, common to all people, that are most related to producing high performance activity in elite athletes. The new software allows our trainers to measure progress, i.e. actual brain function modifications in athletes as they progress through their training. This enables the neurofeedback technique to be calibrated to each individual and to greatly decrease the skills development time as compared to common methods of the past.

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qEEG Brain Mapping

Xtreme Performance Lab uses integrated mind-body training of 8 neural networks related to athletic performance via cutting edge analysis software. A wireless, dry-sensor, 19-channel qEEG cap collects data from all parts of the brain. Important brain attribute data points, such as phase, coherence and amplitude, as well as activity in know nodal locations, are presented in graphic detail showing any significant deviations from the norm. The results, combined with the analysis of all other testing, form the basis for creating individualized training protocols.

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Analysis Software

The advancements in recent years in the ability to detect and analyze specific frequency and neural-nodal activities in the brain have been quite astonishing. This capability has led to a much deeper understanding of many aspects of brain function. With these tools, scientists have been able to map out dozens of “neuro-networks”, each responsible for managing a discrete brain function. An example of such a neuro-network would be the “anxiety” network.

Scientists at XPL have isolated eight different neural networks, common to all people, that are most related to producing high performance activity in elite athletes. The new software allows our trainers to measure progress, i.e. actual brain function modifications in athletes as they progress through their training. This enables the neurofeedback technique to be calibrated to each individual and to greatly decrease the skills development time as compared to common methods of the past.

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measurements

Real-time Measurements

The secret to the effectiveness of neurofeedback and biofeedback techniques is that they make use of real-time data from the person being trained. Unlike almost all of the other types of mental training devices, or “gadgets”, that only use one or two data sources (e.g. heart rate sensor, forehead sensor), XPL uses a complete set of data points from the brain and the body: 

Brain:
19 simultaneous brainwave monitoring points on the head

Body:
Heart rate
HRV (heart rate variability
Skin conductance/temperature
EEG (muscle activity on the dominant shoulder)
Respiration rate

Proprietary Reporting Metrics

The best science, protocols and training techniques are useless if the results they achieve can not only be measured but understood and put to practical use. At XPL we have tackled this daunting task of making the complex – simple. We have created two proprietary indexes, one for the results of the PCA baseline testing, and one for the real-time feedback display during Zone training.

As vast arrays of data are received from the large number of data sources we use, an XPL proprietary algorithm goes to work to eliminate any bad data, focus on the meaningful data, and do a weighted calculation that results in a single easy to understand number, or “index”. Our two indices, the PCA Index and the ZONE Index, have simple “zero to 100” dial indicators making it easy to make sense of the technology. Suddenly vast amounts of data become actionable data enabling accelerated athlete training and better management decision making. 

PCA Index

This index takes the results of our comprehensive set of baseline neurological testing, puts them through a proprietary weighting algorithm, and delivers a single score from zero to 100. The result is a clear and simple way to communicate the progress an athlete makes throughout their training history. It is also a powerful way to compare where an athlete stands relative to his or her fellow athletes. At XPL, we like to call this feature the “combine for the mind.”

Zone Index

This index takes in all the real-time data input received from the brain and the body during a Zone training session, does a proprietary weighted analysis, and continuously reports back a number between zero and 100. This simple measure gives the athlete the feedback they need to know where they stand and where they need to go. Why? Because a score of 100 is where the Zone is!

Real-time Measurements

The secret to the effectiveness of neurofeedback and biofeedback techniques is that they make use of real-time data from the person being trained. Unlike almost all of the other types of mental training devices, or “gadgets”, that only use one or two data sources (e.g. heart rate sensor, forehead sensor), XPL uses a complete set of data points from the brain and the body: 

Brain:
19 simultaneous brainwave monitoring points on the head

Body:
Heart rate
HRV (heart rate variability
Skin conductance/temperature
EEG (muscle activity on the dominant shoulder)
Respiration rate

Proprietary Reporting Metrics

The best science, protocols and training techniques are useless if the results they achieve can not only be measured but understood and put to practical use. At XPL we have tackled this daunting task of making the complex – simple. We have created two proprietary indexes, one for the results of the PCA baseline testing, and one for the real-time feedback display during Zone training.

As vast arrays of data are received from the large number of data sources we use, an XPL proprietary algorithm goes to work to eliminate any bad data, focus on the meaningful data, and do a weighted calculation that results in a single easy to understand number, or “index”. Our two indices, the PCA Index and the ZONE Index, have simple “zero to 100” dial indicators making it easy to make sense of the technology. Suddenly vast amounts of data become actionable data enabling accelerated athlete training and better management decision making. 

PCA Index

This index takes the results of our comprehensive set of baseline neurological testing, puts them through a proprietary weighting algorithm, and delivers a single score from zero to 100. The result is a clear and simple way to communicate the progress an athlete makes throughout their training history. It is also a powerful way to compare where an athlete stands relative to his or her fellow athletes. At XPL, we like to call this feature the “combine for the mind.”

Zone Index

This index takes in all the real-time data input received from the brain and the body during a Zone training session, does a proprietary weighted analysis, and continuously reports back a number between zero and 100. This simple measure gives the athlete the feedback they need to know where they stand and where they need to go. Why? Because a score of 100 is where the Zone is!

Science of the zone

Research Shows “The Zone” is Attainable on Demand

Elite athletes often talk of “being in the zone” but aren’t able to fully explain how they got there. It’s a combination of factors that lead to that MVP performance. But The ZONE, like any other mind-body state, is ultimately a combination of specific mental processes in the brain. So can an athlete learn to change their mental and physical state at will? Can they develop the skills to “self-regulate” and get in The ZONE on demand?

Recent studies, like this one from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, show that by utilizing neurofeedback we are able to “modify an individual’s arousal state to improve performance in a demanding sensory motor task, such as flying a plane or driving in suboptimal conditions.”

Research Shows “The Zone” is Attainable on Demand

Elite athletes often talk of “being in the zone” but aren’t able to fully explain how they got there. It’s a combination of factors that lead to that MVP performance. But The ZONE, like any other mind-body state, is ultimately a combination of specific mental processes in the brain. So can an athlete learn to change their mental and physical state at will? Can they develop the skills to “self-regulate” and get in The ZONE on demand?

Recent studies, like this one from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, show that by utilizing neurofeedback we are able to “modify an individual’s arousal state to improve performance in a demanding sensory motor task, such as flying a plane or driving in suboptimal conditions.”

“We need to support the ability to have selfregulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress. We need body awareness, pain tolerance, emotional regulation, introspection, focus and concentration along with complex thinking and a sense of self.”

Source: “The Emergence of the Default Mode Network as the Most Important Neural Network for Global Brain Functioning”

Read Dr. Mark's Research on the Zone

Dr. Michael Mark

Director of Science and Technology, Xtreme Performance Lab

“We need to support the ability to have selfregulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress. We need body awareness, pain tolerance, emotional regulation, introspection, focus and concentration along with complex thinking and a sense of self.”

Source: “The Emergence of the Default Mode Network as the Most Important Neural Network for Global Brain Functioning”

Read Dr. Mark's Research on the Zone

Dr. Michael Mark

Director of Science and Technology, Xtreme Performance Lab

As better tools and behavior modification techniques are developed that look deeper and deeper into the inner workings of the brain, we at XPL believe that it is be possible, with ever more accuracy and effectiveness, to actually “see” the telltale attributes of an athlete’s brain when they are in “The ZONE.” Then with this “picture” of the mind in hand, it is entirely logical that, by using well-established and effective neurological modification techniques (i.e. neurofeedback), an athlete can develop the skill to self-modulate and change their mental behavioral patterns to be as close to The ZONE as possible – on demand.

This is why at XPL we say,

“The Zone is REAL, it’s MEASURABLE, it’s TRAINABLE, and it’s ATTAINABLE.

As better tools and behavior modification techniques are developed that look deeper and deeper into the inner workings of the brain, we at XPL believe that it is be possible, with ever more accuracy and effectiveness, to actually “see” the telltale attributes of an athlete’s brain when they are in “The ZONE.” Then with this “picture” of the mind in hand, it is entirely logical that, by using well-established and effective neurological modification techniques (i.e. neurofeedback), an athlete can develop the skill to self-modulate and change their mental behavioral patterns to be as close to The ZONE as possible – on demand.

This is why at XPL we say,

“The Zone is REAL, it’s MEASURABLE, it’s TRAINABLE, and it’s ATTAINABLE.