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 you 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.
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 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. The second generation device also measures the energy cost of running against the wind.
The London-based outfit behind the product says NURVV Run has been rigorously tested over the past three years. The lightweight insoles are embedded with 32 high-precision sensors that work in conjunction with two GPS trackers weighing 0.8oz/22.7g each. Battery life is around 5 hours between charges.
The intelligent insoles go much further in assessing your running performance and technique that your run-of-the mill sports watch. Data is captured 1,000 times per second (per insole) and includes info on cadence, step length, foot-strike, pronation and balance.
Users get real-time audio, visual and haptic feedback that includes personalized speed and technique workouts and guidance on achieving a pre-set target.
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