Heart rate activity when coaching, WHOOP Project

James DeLuccia
4 min readJun 8, 2019


One of the great opportunities we have today is to not only understand how to maximize human performance and happiness, but also to become highly specialized. More and more technology and research is beginning to demonstrate what our bodies are doing in certain moments.

To that end, I thought it fun to see how my body reacts when I am coaching. Now below are 2 graphics — the first is me in a regular conversation and the second is me actively coaching. Note, I am not lifting or doing any actual training in these moments.

Regular activities, just simple work

Note the general range between 75 and 85 with peaks up to 110.

Coaching athletes

Here we see HR touches 155 with significant time above 80 and in some cases up to 120 the “norm”. What is striking to me is the height of my heart rate and the sustained exertion during those periods. To give context, here is a snapshot of a training session I did — note the similarities.

This isn’t just data

This is me. This shows the stress and strain that coaching puts on any person in these roles. I take coaching extremely seriously. I love everyone of the athletes I serve. My number one goal is to give them the tools, instruction, and support to achieve their goals. Everyone begins and follows a unique path, but if we can give ourselves to others in these pursuits, we all win.

The numbers show an interesting story. This is a high strain period of time, but not quite elevated enough to qualify as training. It does require a sensible perspective relating around the type of foods I eat to support this exertion while also impacting how I do my own workouts.

What else can this data unlock?

How can I improve my health and be a better coach?

What impact does this have on me generally?

What questions do you have regarding your health and these enjoyable yet clearly stressful areas?

I find this incredible and an opportunity. Specific areas I am examining:

  • The impact of stress on work place professionals using Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
  • Signals and recovery protocols that allow professionals (corporate, police officers, military, and service professionals) to detect early the symptoms of strain and make recovery protocols
  • Sleep and stress from corporate work and the bodies reactions
  • How to detect and change the flight / fight state of your nervous system

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I am a father, study of human behavior, strategist, cybersecurity veteran, and a coach and mentor on a journey to give more than I receive everyday. I lead teams globally, build products, and daily an executive for a leading company where I serve the largest companies in the world using the largest cloud deployments in the world impacting the financial services, healthcare, and fintech industries. I provide these publications and content through my media agency to deliver insights and advantages. Mindset, mental strength, mentorship, personal improvement, health, fitness, and humanist ideas are drawn from personal research and practice. Everything read and heard is my original works and my own perspective. All rights reserved for noted authors and sources. I produce research and strategy, as well as provide advisory services that include inquiries, briefings, consulting projects, and presentations on published findings as well as bespoke speaking engagements where I often keynote at conferences, seminars, and roundtables annually.



James DeLuccia

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