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Whoop expands tracking capabilities with new body composition feature

Whoop has officially launched its body composition tracking feature. This app update, which we accurately predicted in an article about a month ago, represents an interesting expansion of Whoop’s health monitoring capabilities.

As we anticipated, the company has implemented integration with third-party smart scales. The new feature allows users to track weight, as well as changes in muscle mass and body fat (depending on the scale that you own). This addition complements Whoop’s existing metrics on sleep, strain, and recovery, providing users with a more complete view of their health and fitness progress.

How to connect your smart scale to Whoop

Whoop’s body composition tracking supports data input from various sources. Users can connect Withings scales, Apple Health, or Google Health Connect to automatically sync their data. So if you don’t have a Withings scale, make sure your other scale posts to Apple Health or the Google platform.

For those with a dumb (traditional) scale, manual entry is also an option. This ensures the feature is accessible to all users regardless of their equipment.

I am a happy owner of both Whoop and the Withings Body Scan scale. Connecting the two took only a few minutes and all the data from my Withings account quickly found its way to the Whoop smartphone app.

Simply go to More > Integrations and find Withings. Then its just a matter of entering your Withings user name and password and approving the connection.

Short and long-term trends

Once the data is ported over (which is very quick), Whoop offers trend analysis for lean body mass and weight over weekly, monthly, and 6-month periods. One of the key strengths of this update is its integration with Whoop’s existing metrics. Users can now see how changes in body composition relate to other factors such as sleep quality, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability. This provides a more nuanced understanding of overall health and fitness.

Whoop has also included some customization options in this update. Users can choose to highlight lean body mass or weight metrics on their Whoop Home view, allowing them to focus on the data most relevant to their personal goals.

The integration with Withings Body Scan scale is particularly noteworthy, as it allows for the import of detailed segmental body composition data. As mentioned, some of the other integrations only allow for syncing of weight.

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Whoop emphasizes the connection between balanced body composition and health benefits, including reduced risks of chronic diseases, cardiovascular issues, and type 2 diabetes. This approach aligns with the platform’s focus on overall health and wellness, not just physical performance.

All in all, this is not a groundbreaking – but it is a welcome update – that represents a natural progression of the Whoop platform. The addition of body composition tracking provides yet another tool for tweaking performance and overall health. It allows for more targeted training and recovery strategies, based on a more complete understanding of the body’s composition and how it changes over time.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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