Virat Kohli has created a unique record against New Zealand in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Virat broke the record of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to score 50th century in ODI cricket. And in that match, in the midst of unbridled excitement, the attention of the big fans turned to a gadget in his hand. The 35-year-old cricketer wore an accessory common at Ekkebar, which is a sports band. The question has arisen in the minds of many, why did Virat wear this device? For those who are not aware of this gadget, it is good to know that it is a wearable fitness band developed by a company called WHOOP. This health and fitness tracker is not the only one that Virat has been seen wearing. Stars like NBA star LeBron James to Michael Phelps, Rory McLaury and Tiger Woods have also used this fitness tracker in the past.
What exactly is the WHOOP band?
WHOOP is a US tech company that makes health and fitness tracking products. The tracker can monitor many things including physical activity, recovery, strain. This fitness band stands out from the competition for its simple yet sleek, clean look. The strap of the WHOOP band has five sensors. These sensors can measure the user’s heart rate and its variability, ambient temperature, blood circulation and skin conductance.
This WHOOP band also has an excellent battery, which can provide up to five days of continuous backup on a single charge and can generate 100MB of data every day. When the device is paired with the mobile application, users will get some more significant information. Notable among them is cardiovascular strain. The device can also act as a personal digital coach for users. As claimed by WHOOP, its metrics are 100% accurate and science-backed. Featuring five LEDs and four photodiodes, the WHOOP band captures data with high precision.
Why do athletes give so much importance to this band?
A very important component of the WHOOP application is its strain feature, which suggests personalized training based on the user’s current strain. The device can also provide access to long-term trend and daily data visualization. Many athletes prefer this WHOOP band over traditional fitness bands due to its unique design.
Users can wear the band anywhere at their convenience, keeping in mind high-intensity workouts or any sport. The WHOOP band can be worn on the wrist, bicep, clothes, socks or underwear, giving users a sense of flexibility and freedom of movement. It is IP68 dust-proof and water-resistant up to two hours and 10 meters. The latest model of the device WHOOP 4.0 is very expensive. But many can purchase it through monthly subscription.