From Data to Dreams: How personalized fitness data helps you crush goals
F45 Challenge x WHOOP | November 2023
Personalized fitness data can be a game changer for achieving fitness goals. With the advent of wearable fitness trackers and mobile apps, it is easier than ever to monitor your progress towards your fitness goals. By tracking your daily activity levels, sleep, nutrition and lifestyle habits, you can get a more accurate picture of your overall health and fitness.
The longer you track one or more metrics, the easier it is to identify positive and negative trends that can turn into actionable and meaningful lifestyle changes that will help you reach your goals. For example, if you’re consistently falling short of your protein goal, you can make a plan to add a daily protein supplement to your routine (if this is you, check out this F45 recipe with our supplement partners at Performance Inspired).
Everyone’s body is different and understanding what your body loves for recovery compared to what leaves it under-recovered or reaching for the snooze button can help you achieve your goals. By effectively tracking your daily habits, or things that break your habits, you can adjust your lifestyle to boost your energy and ability to perform.
Another example precious to so many: caffeine. Maybe your body performs better with caffeine, but your data patterns show only if you have less than two cups a day and stop before 2pm. For some people, working out later in the day works better for them than for others, or being social daily helps their recovery more than others. Even things like reading before bed and for how long impacts people differently. Taking the time to understand how these impact metrics like your Heart Rate Variability, Resting Heart Rate, your sleeping patterns and recovery is key to reaching goals.
Consistency is also key to progress and tracking along your journey will give you a place to check in and celebrate the small successes along the way. This will not only keep you informed on your personal habits but keep you motivated and tuned in with why you’re taking this Challenge on in the first place!
So where exactly is this magical “data”?
Basically what you’re looking for here is feedback. Any results, notes or facts collected together for reference can be your dataset. You can use our F45 tools like a LionHeart monitor to track your workout performance, the F45 Training App’s Daily Tracking tool to identify weekly patterns or our latest favorite – the WHOOP Monthly Performance Assessment.
By using WHOOP on a consistent basis for a full month, you’ll be delivered a personalized report including your sleep performance (what you need v. what you got), recovery (how ready your body is to take on strain), and strain (built exertion). With this analysis, WHOOP will help you identify patterns in your behaviors and performance that can better inform your daily routine and get you to those goals!
Take some time this week to reflect back on the first half of your Challenge. What areas did you improve (adequate sleep or effective recovery practices?) and where can you take advantage of those improvements by pushing a little harder, lifting a little heavier or adding an additional class? Write down 3 ways you’ve improved and how you’re going to make the most of that progress as you hit the final weeks of this 45 Day Challenge. Share with us on Instagram by tagging @f45_training and @whoop.
If you want to experience the WHOOP Monthly Performance Assessment but haven’t yet picked up a band, there’s still time! Visit f45training.com/f45-challenge/whoop/ to learn more and order your band to finish out the 45 Day Challenge strong.
To get tracking with F45’s tools, visit the F45 Training mobile App and hit Track. From there you can check out Daily Tracking or tap LionHeart to learn more and reach out to your studio to register your LionHeart monitor.