WHOOP 4.0 Initial Accuracy – Is it Accurate in the Gym?
For my WHOOP Band 4 Review later this year I’m teaming up with Hunter from the FitGeatHunter YouTube channel, he’s one of the very few YouTubers that do more serious gym/Cross-Fit heart rate testing across a range of devices and a range of exercise types. He’s had his Whoop 4 for a couple of weeks.
I don’t produce videos or do much gym work/Cross-fit, whereas Hunter only does YouTube and Cross fit. Seems like a pretty good match to me! And he’s a nice guy and a great presenter!
In addition to what Hunter is doing in the gym, I’ll be adding my swim, bike & run accuracy results once my Whoop 4 arrives.
Hunter latest set of tests are all with Whoop worn on the BICEP, which is typically the best place for an accurate HR track for optical devices, though sometimes the stresses and strains of cross-fit cause errors in even the best of heart rate monitors.
For some of my tests, I’ll probably also wear Whoop on the underside of my wrist as I seem to get better results there, although my aim for my own stats will be to always wear it with a Whoop arm sleeve during exercise.
1. Whoop on the Bicep in Cross Fit
2. Whoop on the Wrist in the gym
Here are some results from earlier tests
And here are Hunter’s first impressions based on his first tests. These results weren’t so good but the video is entertaining and worth a watch!
Hmm. Quelle surprise!
Much better results from Whoop 4 when used on the bicep, although not perfect.
If I’m honest, I expected these results and they have now dismissed any lingering doubts I had about more serious problems (I still have to start my own testing).
If you are a cross-fitter it looks like Whoop 4 is good to go for you and your many and varied exertions. HOWEVER, you will be best advised to get an arm sleeve. FWIW: I already ordered mine when I ordered Whoop 4, they’re EXPENSIVE but they will be better than wearing the regular band because…
a. Your regular band won’t get sweaty…that will be reserved for the Arm Sleeve; &
b. The arm sleeve also ‘talks’ to Whoop 4 and cleverly the wear-position is recorded by this smart-Garment!
Finally, this is GREAT NEWS for Whoop as they are the de-facto tech solution for the Cross-Fit community. It’s always nice to have a de-facto device that actually works accurately!
Summary: Phew !!!!!!