RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Exercise physiology research demonstrates that running 10% more efficiently (economically) can cut 5k time by almost half a minute. Until now, efficiency couldn't be measured outside the laboratory, so runners trying to improve it were flying blind. Stryd changes this with a tiny wearable power meter that clips on your shoe.
Stryd is in Rio and learning from Olympic runners and triathletes using Stryd technology to enhance their performance. Today, Stryd will announce an unprecedented product that measures the power runners produce and knows how efficiently they use it. It guides runners to personalized performance-enhancing training and form changes.
Here's how it works. Stryd measures more than twelve metrics quantifying athletic performance, technique, muscle strength and condition, as well as external running environment, and encapsulates these metrics into a single number, power. Power is the key to monitoring training intensity (exertion) and efficiency. Power has given the cyclists who use it a tremendous competitive advantage for years. Now Stryd brings this revolutionary technology to running.
Using power, you can see how efficiently you recycle energy from stride to stride instead of wasting it through poor form. You can pinpoint the biggest opportunities for improving performance. Then training plans prepared by world-class coaches and physiologists guide you through personalized drills and exercises to strengthen your body so you can maintain good form, and Stryd shows you which specific form changes make you more efficient so you can go faster with the same effort.
Going deeper, leg spring stiffness is a metric indicating whether your form and conditioning are wasteful or efficient. You can increase leg spring stiffness with form changes and by conditioning your muscles and tendons. Leg spring stiffness has never been available from a running wearable before. Now it is one of the many metrics Stryd uses as a foundation for power.
The Stryd team's goal is to answer three questions. "We're working for runners who want to know why they haven't reached their performance goals, what changes to training, form, and race-day pacing will get them there, and how to make those changes," according to Stryd CEO, Robert Dick. "Measuring power finally makes it possible to answer those questions."
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