Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe hit the headlines and caused a social media storm on Tuesday night when it was spotted wearing WHOOP, the 24/7 fitness tracker and health monitor, during the game against Leicester City.
Pictures of the United defender were posted and shared on Twitter and Instagram as fans noticed he was wearing a smart strap on his wrist, with John Terry and Bobby Zamora joining in. It emerged that it was a WHOOP strap that Tuanzebe was wearing, used to measure recovery, strain and sleep, vital to help footballers reach optimal performance.
A number of other footballers are already wearing WHOOP, including Gareth Bale, Ivan Rakitic and Robert Lewandowski, and WHOOP has a number of partnerships with the likes of PGA, LPGA and NFL Players’ Association.
It’s also worn by a number of other athletes outside of football, including Rory McIlroy, Owen Farrell, Andy Murray, Tom Daley, Maria Sharapova
WHAT IS WHOOP?
WHOOP is a 24/7 fitness tracker and health monitor that provides personalised, actionable feedback and tracks key metrics like heart rate variability, resting heart rate, respiratory rate, and sleep staging with industry-leading accuracy. WHOOP distils all of this data down into three key pillars – recovery, strain and sleep – and provides coaching so users can balance their daily lives, train optimally and unlock the secrets to their body’s true potential.
For footballers this is crucial in seeing how hard they have strained, how well they have recovered and how hard they can push themselves in training/what they need to do to reach optimal performance.