Activity Detection

Activity Detection is a feature that identifies periods of elevated heart rate and higher-than-average movement, and logs them as Activities in the WHOOP app. Activity Detection can help identify times when you are active or working out, removing the requirement to start and stop an activity or add one after the fact.

Periods of elevated heart rate and movement will be logged as activities if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are at least 15 minutes in length, and
  • The Strain for the resulting Activity is above an 8.

Activities will be automatically logged once Activity Detection determines that your heart rate has returned to and maintained a normal level. This may take around 20 minutes after the end of a workout or activity.

If you are in the midst of (or immediately following) a period of detected activity, you may see an “Analyzing Elevated HR”item appear on the Overview screen in the WHOOP app. This is an indication that your heart rate has been elevated for long enough that an Activity may be detected.


WHOOP will even label the activity if we find that your motion matches one of our 60+ supported activities. WHOOP currently supports labeling:


  • Australian Football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Caddying*
  • Climber
  • Coaching
  • Commuting*
  • Cross Country Skiing*
  • Cycling*
  • Dance
  • Diving
  • Duathlon*
  • Elliptical
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Functional Fitness
  • Gaming
  • Golf*
  • Gymnastics
  • Hiking/Rucking*
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Bath
  • Ice Hockey
  • Jumping Rope
  • Kayaking*
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Meditation
  • Motocross*
  • Motor Racing*
  • Mountain Biking* 
  • Obstacle Course Racing*
  • Other*
  • Paddleboarding*
  • Pilates
  • Powerlifting
  • Rock Climbing*
  • Rowing*
  • Rugby
  • Running *
  • Sailing*
  • Skateboarding*
  • Skiing*
  • Snowboarding*
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Stairmaster
  • Surfing
  • Swimming*
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field*
  • Triathlon*
  • Ultimate
  • Volleyball
  • Walking*
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga
* GPS enabled activities. In order to track GPS, however, the use of Strain Coach is required and you will have to ensure Toggle "Track Route" is ON.
While this feature saves many users time and effort by removing the need to manually log activities, it may not fit into everyone’s habits or fitness routines. In these cases, you can turn off Activity Detection by going to Settings > Activity Detection and disabling the Activity Detection toggle.

Reasons to disable Activity Detection may include the following:

  • You prefer to start and stop your activities to take advantage of GPS route tracking.
  • You prefer to log your activities manually to have to-the-minute control over start and end times.
  • There are periods of activity being detected that you do not wish to log in the WHOOP app (such as a bike commute).
  • You are part of an elite team and your activities are scheduled by your coach or trainer.

You can re-enable Activity Detection at any time from this Settings page. Changes to this setting will take effect immediately.



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