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Podcast 188: Kristen Holmes Answers Listener Questions from HRV to Anxiety

September 7, 2022

This week, we're bringing you a special episode that you asked for - literally. Kristen Holmes, WHOOP VP of Performance, joins the podcast to answer questions from our listeners, from understanding low Recovery scores, the impact of mental health on your WHOOP metrics, and just how we estimate calorie burn.

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What exactly does a 1% recovery mean? How does your mental health affect your Recovery? What does it mean if your HRV is regularly over 100? This week, we’re taking your questions on the WHOOP Podcast. Kristen Holmes, VP of Performance, joins to tackle your most pressing questions, from calories, to menstrual cycling coaching, to HRV.

We have new ways to interact with the WHOOP Podcast! You can email us – – or you can call our listener line (508-443-4952) and leave a voicemail, and your question might be answered on a future episode just like this one.


1:44 – Understanding why you may have a low or high HRV

5:54 – The science behind the personalized Menstrual Cycle Coaching feature

9:27 – The connection between mental health and HRV

22:30 – Understanding Recovery scores, including the fabled 1%

26:45 – Fasted cardio


Additional Resources:

The research behind Menstrual Cycle Coaching 

Dr. Huberman’s tools for circadian alignment

Understanding your Monthly Performance Assessment

Tracking mental health in the WHOOP Journal

10 mental health activities

The importance of sleep consistency

How to self experiment with the WHOOP Journal

Understanding the WHOOP Journal

Benefits of hydration

Studies on Zone 2 training

Polarized training

Calorie burn calculation

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