I also liked the fact that the battery would last for 4-5 days and there was no need to remove the device to charge it. This allowed constant monitoring throughout the day and night. The device and the battery are both waterproof. The journal feature is quite powerful. It allows quick and easy tracking of behaviors, and correlates them with your strain and recovery. This information is very helpful when making lifestyle choices.
The whoop system provides lots of data. This data is presented in graphic form that allows you to rapidly identify trends.
Because this device is only an instrument for data collection, and does not have a screen of its own, it must be used with your smart phone. Since the whoop strap will collect data and then upload to your phone in the future, you do not need to carry your phone at all times. It will sync when back within bluetooth range. The inability to display any data is something to consider when you are shopping for fitness tracking devices. Watches are much more versatile.
While I truly enjoyed using this device, and consider it a powerful tool, I ultimately chose to unsubscribe from the service. Why?
The subscription based service is the reason I discontinued with Whoop. The base price of this service is about a dollar per day. This is decent value for the data it provides. I originally signed up for an 18 month, discounted rate, and could have done so again. The problem is that I I really enjoyed gathering this data, tracking my activities, and monitoring my recovery/fitness levels. I would like to collect this data forever. Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to purchase a whoop device. Ongoing subscription long-term makes this device the most expensive on the market. At this time, I feel I have learned all the lessons I wanted to learn. I truly understand my body better now. This has been a very valuable experience, and I recommend it to particularly for someone training for a cardiovascular endurance event, or for anyone simply interested in improving their health/recovery. I am currently researching a similar device that I can buy once, and own forever.
My next article will dig into the lessons I learned from whoop.