Correct form is very important for runners at all levels. Its not enough to simply focus on training, nutrition and hydration. Good posture and proper technique helps runners move more efficiently, avoid injury and have a positive mental outlook.
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You can take time to educate yourself or fork out for a fitness coach. But there may be a better way. The next level up from simply dishing out statistics, a growing number of wearables is providing users with real-time analysis of running form.
These are gadgets that treat technique as an integral part of your performance. Read on for our selection.
Moov Now is a one of a kind wearable fitness coach that actively monitors your activity and talks to you as you work out. The multi-sport gadget essentially translates your exact movement into real-time coaching and lets you know if you are performing exercises correctly. It does this through use of the 9 axis motion sensing system – including an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer.
For running, the device not only helps you improve your performance and stamina, but it also corrects your form. It monitors your landing impact, cadence, and range of motion, and watches out for you to prevent injury, while pushing your limits.
Sensoria Smart Socks are infused with 100% textile pressure sensors to inform you in real-time when you are striking with the heel or the ball of your foot. The smart garment connects to a lightweight anklet which wirelessly relays data during your run to the Sensoria Fitness mobile app. You then get information in real-time such as your cadence and foot landing technique.
The smartphone app monitors your run in much more detail detail and provides you with a foot heat-map as well as information on your foot landing, contact time on the ground, cadence, pace, heart rate (when connected with the Sensoria HRM or other devices), speed, distance, altitude gains, GPS track and many other paramenters. The app also allows you to tailor your goals and track your progress.
Lumo Run is a small and discreet sensor that measures and coaches you on your running form to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. This standalone gadget, which measures only 25 grams, clips onto the back of the waistband and works with any pair of running shorts.
The device can measure a whole host of metrics including cadence, bounce, braking, pelvic drop and rotation. You’ll also get feedback on your form through your headphones as you run, along with personalized coaching tips and recommended exercises.
These smart shoes feature a multi-sensored system within the length of the midsole that can sync your shoes to your smartphone and give you lots of useful data. This includes whether you are landing harder on one foot and whether impact concentrates on your heel rather than the mid foot or toes. They can also tell you stride length, speed, distance travelled, the amount of ground contact time, and cadence.
The app provides real-time suggestions on how to adjust your form, increase performance, and cut down the chances of picking up an injury.
These sensor-packed insoles tell you exactly what’s going on with your runs. If you carry your phone, you can access real-time tracking, stress-maps and alerts during your run. Or, leave your phone behind, sync your data and review your running form and performance afterwards. Data provided by the app includes pace, distance, time, stride length, stride rate and ground contact time.
You also get real-time notifications on the stress experienced on your feet and knees, overpronation and overstriding. Should you overstride or overexert yourself too much during a run, the app will send out an immediate alert.
These biometric headphones have the potential to improve your running, cycling and training. They will sense your heart rate, cadence, distance, speed, location, vertical climb, calories burned, pace and more. The gadget also helps to improve your form and makes sure you manage your exertion.
Plus, with all day battery life you can enjoy your favorite music and talk on the phone without ever touching a single button. All this is delivered through beautiful sound powered by Harman Kardon.
Garmin’s new Running Dynamics Pod easily clips onto your waistband to measure running dynamic metric you would typically get with a chest strap. Just pair it to your compatible smartwatch, clip it to the back and center of your waistband and start your run.
The little gizmo is very lightweight and measures only 37.6 mm x 23.2 mm x 19.2 mm. The six running metrics you’ll get include: Cadence, ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation, vertical ratio, ground contact time.
Stryd is a unique little gadget which brings an entirely new metric to the world of running – power. Power is a single measure the incorporates speed, form, fatigue and terrain. This helps runners better pace their efforts. Simply set a power target and run to see results. The gizmo accounts for terrain, form, and fatigue to tell you how hard to move.
There are other metrics, too. The full range includes: power, form power, leg spring stiffness, run stress score, ground time, vertical oscillation and cadence. The app and website dashboard provide visually attractive, actionable information you can use to tweak your training or know here you are currently at.
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