Cyclists are always looking for ways to improve their training, or find new and exciting ways to challenge themselves. Many cyclists will use a sports watch such as a Polar V800 or a Garmin Forerunner 935 to measure their training efforts. These watches are excellent at measuring your heart rate, cadence, speed, pace and GPS route, but what if you also want to know when you have hit a certain threshold of effort? This is where a training tool such as a power meter or a heart rate monitor strap can be used, but what if you want to know both your effort and your location.
Whoop is the new way to track your activity, sleep and recovery
Whoop, the new activity and sleep tracker that is currently being funded on indiegogo.com, is taking the fitness world by storm. It’s a small wearable device that you wear on your wrist and it captures your heart rate, heart rate variability, movement, sleep and recovery, and sends it to the Whoop app. It’s currently being funded on indiegogo.com for $200, a price that is about one third of what you would usually pay for a similar product, such as the Garmin Vivofit or the Basis band. But is it better than either of these devices? Let’s take a look at what it can do and then decide.
Whoop or Garmin for Serious Athletes
So, you’re a serious athlete and you’re looking for a heart-rate monitoring sensor. You’re in a two-horse race between the two most prolific brands in this industry: the Garmin Forerunner 230 or the Whoop Strap 2.0. The Garmin is loved by many and hated by just as many. The Whoop on the other hand is newer to the scene and may be the next big thing in tech wearables.
Whoop or Garmin for Casual Athletes
Whoop wraps around the wrist like a watch and tracks both your activity and your sleep. This device is a wearable that is supposed to help you understand how much effort you are putting into your training. It also monitors your heart rate and your sleep patterns. This device is not as accurate as Garmin wearables and it is not as easy to use.
Whoop vs Garmin: Which one is better?
After the earlier entry on whether your Garmin watch is better than your whoop, I wanted to follow up with a blog looking at some of what I found when I compared Whoop vs Garmin. As I said in my previous post, I am not a big fan of comparing data across devices. If I had to choose between the two for myself for a race, I would choose the Garmin. I don’t think that most people really need to look at their data in terms of how close or far they are from someone else, but if you do, the Garmin watch may be the best tool for you.