Benefits of Wearable Tech

October 4, 2019


Oura Ring, Whoop Band, FitBit, Apple Watch, etc.
Joel Jamieson just posted an interesting perspective, and it ties into data from your wearable technology.
Tracking strength gains is pretty straightforward. If you added weight to the barbell, used a bigger kettlebell, or performed more reps with your bodyweight… BOOM! You got stronger!!
Tracking conditioning gains isn’t always that straightforward, particularly since we don’t often repeat the exact same conditioning routine (constantly varied, right?). So how do you know if your conditioning improved?
Tracking such metrics as Resting Heart Rate (RHR) or Heart Rate Variability (HRV) can give you a very valuable perspective on the “success” of your conditioning over a longer period of time.
In addition to a graphic from Joel Jamieson, I included three screenshots from my Oura Ring.
  • RHR Trend from February to today shows that my resting heart rate has steadily declined from about 46 bpm to about 41 bpm (YAY!!)

  • RHR from a specific date (September 29th) – I PR’d my RHR with a low of 39 bpm (BOOM!!)

  • HRV Trend from February to today shows that my heart rate variability has steadily increased from about 75 ms to about 86 ms (AWESOME!!)

Looks like the SHOP programming is working ??
If you don’t currently use some form of wearable tech, this might be a good reason to start. It’s tough to beat real, objective data to show you that you’re on the right track.