Drop the fitness journal and record activities with Biostrap
I’m going to cut right to the chase: Biostrap is my favorite fitness tool for one reason.
But before I jump into what activity classification is and how I use it, I think it’ll be useful for me to provide a little more context.
I’ve been working out for almost as long as I can remember. In my younger years, I grew up playing pop warner football, that blossomed into a mildly-successful high school wrestling career, and I picked up bodybuilding in college after packing on a freshmen 15. I haven’t stopped since.
You can draw a clear line between all these activities: a love for the gym.
Throwing on some headphones, listening to rap caviar, and crushing leg day has always been a passion of mine (although the rap caviar detail is a recent improvement). I’m approaching 30 faster than I’d like to admit, but luckily I’ve been able to balance a consistent gym workout 3-4 days a week.
What do those 3-4 days consist of? A lot. I hit legs once a week, which is a grueling routine of box jumps, squats and the like. Back and bis, chest and tris, throw a couple core workouts in when I can. It all quickly adds up.
What I’ve always thought helps when working out, when I want to stay consistent, is writing everything down. Sets and reps—the lot of it. My training journal hasn’t missed a workout in months.
So this is where activity classification comes in.
Basically, Biostrap has two devices – a shoeclip and a wristband. In the app, you can select ‘record activity’ and it measures how the two devices are moving. And then, from that moment onwards.. It recognizes your workouts.
It is probably the most insane thing ever. At least for someone who really values writing down all their activities.
I took some time to record all my staple exercises (although it auto-recognizes some) and now I never write anything down. I just click ‘record workout’ do whatever I want, and at the end of it, biostrap tells me exactly what I want to.
Exercise, sets, reps, everything.
It was a bittersweet day when I realized I didn’t need my journal any longer. That bounded book signified every weight I lifted for the past 14 months. But it’s 2017 and we’ve got machine learning and technology and convenience. It’s an exciting time for health and fitness and Biostrap signifies that.
Worth Noting: Biostrap does a lot more.
I’m biased because I’ve found the activity classification fascinating, but I’d be shortchanging Biostrap if I said that’s all it did.
It tracks a number of helpful health statistics. Namely, HRV, blood saturation, and respiratory rate. I’ve never been one to pay full attention to these, but I have been able to use my HRV levels to understand when I should be exercising intensely.
If you’re unfamiliar, heart rate variability is a great indicator of fatigue. The levels are high when you’re rested, as your heart is only pumping when your body calls for it. This causes more variation in time between heart beats.
You crush it on leg day and you’ll see that HRV level plummet. As your body recovers, your heart beats more rhythmically. You can see those levels increase and, when you’re back at normal levels, you know you’re ready to hit the gym.
So if you’re into hitting the gym more efficiently or just living in healthier, I’d recommend you check out the Biostrap.