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An honest review of the Whoop fitness tracker

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I first heard about Whoop when Nike Master Trainer and human burpee machine Kirsty Godso posted about using the techy tracker on her Instagram. Since then I’ve learned it’s also worn by a truckload of pro sports players and professional athletes, Olympians and even the US military. Being the wannabe-health-aficionado I am, paired with my obsession of tracking my life by numbers, I had to try it.

How does it work?

Unlike other fitness trackers, this one has a strong focus on recovery and heart rate variability (HRV) – the biggest trend in wellness right now. It works by taking biometric data such as your heart rate, sleep, temperature and activity then quantifies the strain you take daily, measured against the sleep you get and calculates your recovery. Understanding HRV – measuring the time variance between successive heartbeats, is huge for serious fitness enthusiasts as it’s widely considered one of the best objective metrics for physical fitness and performance. This did make me question whether it’s just a glorified heart rate monitor. However, even as a casual exerciser we don’t understand what we’re doing to our bodies or how much downtime we actually need.

The innovative wearable tech tracker born from the brains of three Harvard graduates shows you that by focusing on how well your body bounces back from a big workout or a rough night of sleep and the shift behavioural changes making you more accountable and less likely to overtrain, underperform or injure yourself.

After four months of wearing the strap athletes reported more sleep, less alcohol consumption, reduced resting heart rate and injuries occurred 60% less often. If I could get more sleep and drink less vino just by wearing a black strap on my wrist count me in.

Wearing Whoop

At first it takes four days to calibrate to your body, understanding your activity, heart rate and sleep patterns. From there, it recognises spikes in movement and temperature and by connecting it to an app on your phone, you can go in and log workouts and check out your daily strain.

I’ll be honest, I’m still trying to figure out what my HRV actually means but I know that if I got enough sleep and I’m in the ‘green’ as opposed to the ‘red’ then I can put in more work and do HIIT instead of yoga. It also comes with an inbuilt Strain Coach kind of like a virtual PT that knows how well your body is performing. It works while you workout showing you in real time whether you need to push harder or if you’re overdoing it. Although it’s not all lonely figures, you can feed your competitiveness with the Whoop community – compare and contend against other members and the world’s best athletes to help boost your own training and recovery.

As far as fitness goes, it’s keeping me responsible for hitting my targets and avoiding burnout. I usually go too hard on high intensity and running and end up sore and stiff. Now, I’m appreciating my body more and listening to the signals both physically but analytically, too.

Sleep Signals

When it comes to measuring my sleep, I’ve always thought I was getting enough – I prioritise sleep being one of those people that’s in bed by 9pm ready for my 5am alarm. If I don’t get enough ZZZ’s I mentally can’t function. The Whoop confirmed I’m getting enough hours – but the quality wasn’t great. It not only tracks how long you sleep, but breaks down how many disturbances you had, plus the sleep stages you were in such as REM and deep. A restless night has never looked scarier than when it’s in a line chart graph.

Easy lifestyle tweaks like not drinking coffee, alcohol or using a screen in bed is said to minimise a poor night’s rest – and the app allows you to track whether these factors were involved in your pre-bed ritual to better understand how you rest through a few quick questions every morning. It also sends alerts to your phone when it’s time to go to bed to ensure you reach your sleep goals.

Final Thoughts

I’ve only been using it for a month, but so far I’m hooked. I base my workouts off my recovery, know when and why I need to prioritise the rest and digest phase, can better understand my mood swings and hormonal patterns and how they link to sleep and can even track my drinking – sober curious? This could help. Whoop also gets points for not being another fitness tracker that just makes you obsessed with calorie counting. So, if you’re into training and wellness, want to understand and boost your recovery better or even have a heart condition this is worth a whirl.

Whoop ($35 monthly subscription with free strap, at Whoop)

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