Sunny Health and Fitness Bike SF-B1002 review

The Sunny Health & Fitness Bike (SF-B1002) might not top our best exercise bikes 2022 list, but it still offers a good indoor cycling experience at a budget-friendly price.

It looks like a typical spinning bike you’d find in the gym, and has a sturdy steel frame with a simple black, red and gray design. The heavy 49lb flywheel provides a smooth and quiet ride, while the manual resistance dial transitions easily between levels. 

However, the Sunny Health & Fitness Bike doesn’t have a cadence tracker, so it’s impossible to actually know what resistance you’re at or monitor intensity or RPM (revolutions per minute, basically how fast your legs are pedaling). 

This bike doesn’t have a screen, device holder or preset workouts – in fact, the only accessory or feature of any kind is a water bottle holder. You can follow online classes on the Sunny website and YouTube channel, but they are slightly lacking in energy.

The Sunny Health & Fitness Bike is definitely missing a lot of the bells and whistles of its more expensive rivals, but for the price it is a good choice for people new to indoor cycling, or those on a budget. 

Set-up and usability

Sunny Health and Fitness Bike bottle holder and handlebars

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  • Set up and usability score:  4/5

Get your muscles ready and be careful with your back, because this bike is extremely heavy – 110.8lb (shipping weight 123lb) – so it’s not easy to move. Just lifting the box into the house was a two-person job. We then had a rather comical process of wiggling and pulling the various bike parts out of the cardboard box, which took about 15 minutes.

Once out of the box, however, the assembly was actually really simple, so don’t let the overly complicated instructions put you off. When we first looked at them our heart sank, as we thought we would be there for hours. In reality, there were only a few elements to assemble and the set up itself took about 15 minutes. 

You can do it on your own, but it might be handy to have a friend to help lift the main, heaviest bit of the bike. We also found putting the pedals on quite tricky – there is definitely a knack to that, so call for backup if you struggle with this, too.

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Whoop 4.0 Review | Golf Monthly

If you’re not familiar with Whoop, here’s a brief background: it’s the brainchild of Will Ahmed, a former captain of the Harvard men’s varsity squash team, who describes this wearable technology as a “24/7 life coach”. It collects physiological data around the clock, and provides an accurate insight to help the user better understand their body.

How can this help your golf game? Well, many of the world’s best players wear Whoop, the reason being it measures strain, recovery and sleep. In short, balancing strain (essentially effort) and recovery is vitally important for optimal performance and Whoop can help golfers peak for important rounds. 

However, it’s not just designed for elite athletes, far from it – Whoop is for anyone who wants to better understand the effects (positive and negative) of their lifestyle habits and exercise patterns. 

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Whoop 4.0

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Whoop 4.0

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What is Whoop?

Before talking about the 4.0 upgrade, it’s important to give a little extra background and recap on my first 10 months on Whoop – you can read my in depth Whoop 3.0 review. 

Although wearing Whoop may not have improved my handicap index, I feel its impact has been nothing short of transformational when it comes to my wider life. It’s no exaggeration to say that I feel better now at 51 than when I did at 21 and I put a lot of how I feel down to actioning the insights Whoop gives me every day.

What’s been really noticeable is my improved energy and fitness levels. My energy has been off the charts compared to where it was in the past and I’ve seen my fitness increase – from 5K run times to the weights I can lift.

That’s because I now don’t fall into the trap of overtraining and putting in maximum effort every time I exercise but instead dial back on days when my recovery is lower, or I have a genuine easy day when I’m in the red. Conversely, when I’m in the green, I know I have the capacity to really

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Whoop 4.0 review: A new approach to health and fitness tracking

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If you’re like me and you’ve tried a fair share of fitness trackers and smartwatches, you know that many of them are similar in lots of ways. However, the main thing to understand about the new Whoop 4.0 is that it’s not a typical fitness tracker.

If you’re familiar with the Whoop 3.0, then you probably have a good idea of what I’m talking about. There’s no display on the tracker itself, so you won’t be interacting with the device on your wrist. On that note, you don’t have to wear the Whoop 4.0 on your wrist if you don’t want to. The Whoop Body collection lets you insert the sensor into a technical garment such as a bralette, leggings, or performance top.

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Users who are accustomed to fitness trackers that count their steps might be disappointed. However, Whoop has provided a lengthy explanation as to why steps aren’t counted. As you can see, the Whoop 4.0 is a totally different perspective than what you’ll find on most other fitness trackers.

Depending on your point of view, this can either be really fun and innovative or a bit odd and difficult to adjust to. If you’re someone who prefers to interact with your device and you don’t need highly detailed tracking, the Whoop 4.0 might not appeal to you. However, for elite athletes that may benefit from advanced metrics such as performance, strain, and recovery, then the Whoop 4.0 might be your golden ticket to improving your training routine.


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Whoop 4.0

Bottom line: If you’ve been waiting for a tracker that’s focused on helping you monitor and improve your workout routine, the Whoop 4.0 just might impress you. You’ll receive data that helps you better understand your overall performance and the factors affecting it. There’s no display or extra perks, so it’s not meant to be fashionable or to function like a smartwatch. Some of the data might be too advanced for some users who just want basic tracking.

The Good

  • In-depth tracking and metrics
  • Significantly slimmer design
  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Plenty of band options
  • Compatible with Whoop Body

The Bad

  • Short battery life
  • Difficult to swap bands
  • No “extra” features
  • Subscription required

Whoop 4.0: Price and availability

Whoop 4 sensor

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The Whoop 4.0 was

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