For the past three months, I've been tracking my fitness with a Whoop band. A heart rate device that tracks my HRV and HR 24/7 and gives me guidance on my sleep, recovery, and how much training my body can take that day. So far I'm very impressed with the device.
I've gained lots of insight as to my sleeping habits, which as I should guess is quite poor. I've stopped my 4:30 am -5:00 am wake-up times to get more than 7 hours of rest but it's a slow process because my body naturally wakes up. It's been years since I"ve used an alarm clock, so I'm shifting my sleep times around to find the perfect life balance. Going to bed too early just takes time away from the family, and going to late just kills my day the next.
What I really like about the device is that it measures my recoveries daily, and gives me great insight into whether I should push hard or take it easy. Sometimes an athlete will just blindly follow a training schedule and structure their week on plans that were prescribed by a trainer that was written for a group of people. You could have rest days even when you feel perfect for a long run, or a speed session. Which is why I like this device.
The above graphic is an example of such a day where I did a 3-hour long run, but with the proper amount of sleep I'm at a 61% recovery, which is not bad, I could and will today probably push harder in my training. When I see red on recovery is when I take it easy and not run, or swim. Probably just a light strength session.
Keep track of my progress weekly and monthly has been a breeze with their website. It neatly compiles all my data into a PDF that allows me to download it and save for later review or I can just read it off the website. Seeing my work displayed in such a manner, makes it seem like I'm growing and getting stronger.
The one thing that annoys me is the monthly fee. It could be as much as a gym membership, at $30 a month I could see competitors out there coming in at a lower price and cheaper subscription. Amazon has HALO which has some very interesting features that could persuade me to switch services.
Would I recommend this device to a friend? Yeah, for sure! I'm very happy with it for now. If you take your training seriously I highly recommend it. Anyways, I would appreciate it if you would use my Refer link if you're thinking about signing up for this service.
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