Everyone’s looking for an edge. That’s why we’ll freeze ourselves in cryotanks, sweat buckets in infrared saunas, and jolt our muscles with e-stim. Now, athletes are turning to neurotechnology devices (high-tech workout tools) that train the brain for a leg up over the competition—even if that competition is simply beating last month’s PR. Perhaps the most high profile (and certainly most expensive) example is the FitLight Trainer (From $1,499; fitlighttraining.com), a system of lights you mount on the wall or floor, which flash in accordance to a training program. You have a set amount of time to deactivate them with your hands, feet, head, or a piece of equipment. The lights record reaction time, helping athletes who need lightning-fast foot- and hand-eye coordination (think soccer and basketball players) improve their speed and agility.
That improvement isn’t due to simple repetition; it’s due to changes in the