Between the still not cheap price and the apparent focus on extremely high-performing athletes, I’ll admit that I, a normal person who exercises for fun and sanity-maintaining reasons, was a bit skeptical about what it could do for me. Whoop is the first product engineered to “unlock human performance” by monitoring heart rate variability (HRV). It quantifies the strain put on the body each day, provides detailed sleep tracking each night and tells you how recovered you are the next morning. By understanding the balance of your strain, sleep and recovery, you can supposedly reprogram your body to reach higher levels of performance. To be totally honest, I wasn't sure I needed to reach higher levels of Static Contraction Equipment performance and the phrase "reprogram your body" freaked me out a little—kind of mind-control-y sci-fi, no? After wearing it for about three weeks I can honestly say that, you guys, it’s so damn cool. It looks like a lot of other Static Contraction Equipment fitness trackers, but it doesn’t display any information on the bracelet itself. That was fine for me, since I’ve never used another tracker, but I can imagine it would be a bit inconvenient if you’re used to being able to glance down at your wrist to check your heart rate or miles walked. Instead, you can find out all you want to know (and more) via an accompanying app. I often forgot I was wearing it, and it stayed put during a variety of workouts, from HIIT and rowing classes to boxing sessions. It was a bit tricky to get used to all of the stats available, but once I acquainted myself with what everything meant, I was able to learn a lot about how my body is functioning and why. One of my favorite things to track was my sleep.
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