WHOOP in Sauna: Can Your WHOOP Strap Handle the Heat?

by | May 2, 2023

Sauna sessions have become a popular topic among fitness and health enthusiasts lately. And with that, comes many questions about whether or not certain wearable devices are sauna resistant.

With WHOOP’s contradicting statements about whether or not you can wear your WHOOP in a sauna, it can be difficult to know what the right answer is.

In this post, we’ll explore the safety and effectiveness of using your WHOOP in sauna environments and provide tips on how to protect your device from potential damage.

WHOOP In Sauna: Can It Be Done?

Yes you can wear your WHOOP in a sauna. WHOOP has a sauna activity built into it’s list of available activities.

However, WHOOP also states that the maximum temperature the WHOOP strap can handle is 140°F (60°C), while the minimum temperature in a sauna usually starts at 150°F (65°C).

While this can be a bit confusing, the fact that they offer a sauna exercise overrides their statement about max operating temperatures.

So while you can wear your WHOOP in a steam room or sauna, it is probably a smart move to be weary of the temperatures.

Personally, I wouldn’t be going into a scolding hot 205°F sauna, but at the end of the day, it is left up to the discretion of the user.

WHOOP’s Water and Heat Resistance

The WHOOP Strap is designed to be durable and resistant to various environmental conditions, including heat. However, you should know the device’s heat resistance limits to avoid damaging the internal components.

Typically, the WHOOP Strap can withstand temperatures up to 140°F (60°C). While most saunas operate between 150°F (65°C) and 195°F (90°C), it’s important to be cautious when using your WHOOP in sauna sessions and ensure it doesn’t get exposed to extreme temperatures.

For more information, check out our WHOOP water-resistance guide.

Sauna Sessions on WHOOP Battery Life

Heat can affect the battery life of electronic devices, and the WHOOP Strap is no exception. If you choose to use your WHOOP in sauna sessions, there is a chance you’ll notice a decrease in battery life over time.

Also, avoid charging your WHOOP Strap immediately after a sauna session, because the high temperatures may negatively impact the charging process.

Tips for Safe Sauna Sessions

To protect your WHOOP Strap from potential damage while using it in a sauna, follow these tips:

  1. Limit sauna sessions: Keep your sauna sessions short and avoid any exposure to high temperatures.
  2. Monitor temperature: Be mindful of the sauna temperature and avoid exposing your WHOOP Strap to temperatures beyond its heat resistance limit.
  3. Cool down before charging: Allow your device to cool down before charging it to protect the battery and internal components.
  4. Avoid charging your WHOOP in a sauna.

WHOOP 4.0 Not Working After Wearing In Sauna

If your WHOOP 4.0 no longer works after being in the sauna, then you may’ve exposed it to temps higher than it can handle. It is best to contact WHOOP Support.


Navigating the complexities of wearing your WHOOP in the sauna comes down to understanding its heat resistance capabilities. Here are some key-takeaways:

  • You can wear your WHOOP in a sauna because WHOOP has a built-in sauna activity option.
  • Prolonged exposure to sauna heat may affect battery life.
  • Wait to charge your device after a sauna session.
  • If WHOOP malfunctions post-sauna, contact support.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I wear my WHOOP Strap in a sauna?

Limit sauna sessions to 15-20 minutes and remove the strap occasionally to prevent damage due to prolonged heat exposure. This is assuming that the temperature is not above 140°F.

Will my WHOOP Strap be accurate in racking my data during sauna sessions?

WHOOP Strap can track data in a sauna, but extreme heat may affect the accuracy of some measurements like heart rate.

Is the WHOOP Strap waterproof enough to handle the humidity in a steam sauna?

The WHOOP Strap is water-resistant, but prolonged exposure to high humidity in a steam sauna may affect the device’s performance.

How do I care for my WHOOP Strap after using it in a sauna?

After a sauna session, let your WHOOP Strap cool down and gently clean it with a soft, damp cloth to remove any sweat or moisture.

Can the heat from a sauna damage the WHOOP Strap’s battery?

Prolonged exposure to high temperatures may affect the battery life; limit sauna sessions and remove the strap occasionally to prevent damage.

Can I charge my WHOOP Strap while using it in a sauna?

No, it is not advisable to charge the device while in a sauna, as the heat may damage the battery or charging components.

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Ken Lynch

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Ken is a Data Analyst in the Healthcare industry and the owner and sole contributor to The Wearable Guy.

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