Why We Like It
Unlike most wearables, Whoop helps you understand how your sleep, workouts, and overall lifestyle are straining your body. Five sensors measure heart rate, heart rate variability, ambient temperature, and motion to gauge your body’s status at any given second. In fact, it’s measuring these metrics 100 times per second.
Heart rate variability helps athletes know when they’re primed for a grueling workout and when they need to back off and spend more time recovering. It’s the time variance between heartbeats.
Whoop then consolidates all this info on the app via Bluetooth to package your day’s strain, recovery score, and sleep targets. It’s one of the most comprehensive apps around, providing detailed insights and actionable recommendations on when to go full throttle and when to pump the brakes.
You’ll get about 44 hours of use, plus it has an on-wrist charging system that allows you to keep the band on 24/7.
Over time, you can see trends and whether certain high-intensity workouts are getting easier for your body to handle (i.e. you’re getting fitter). Qualitative information—the app will ask you to answer questions regarding your habits before bed and how you feel in the morning—will also help cue you in on the habits that are hindering and helping your progress.
You can improve your sleep hygiene (like, stop putzing around on your phone at night, avoid alcohol two hours before bed, and go to sleep around the same time every day), which can help you tackle your workouts with the ferocity your training demands. Likewise, you can learn how much travel taxes your body and use that to better plan arrangements around races, events, and competitions.
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