Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Mo Farrah, and the Olympic 10km silver medalist America’s Galen Rupp, have been undertaking a focussed training regime by their coach and mentor Alberto Salazar. Alberto best known for his performances in the New York City Marathons in the early 1980s and his American track records of 13:11.93 for 5,000 m (July 6, 1982 – Stockholm) and 27:25.61 for 10,000 m – (June 26, 1982 – Oslo), has become a legend in the middle- and long-distance disciplines. Training elite athletes at the Nike Oregon Project, Alberto is known for complete focus, detail and novel-training techniques. One of those was to improve the breathing efficiency, through the intercostal muscles, of his athletes using RespiBelt.
RespiBelt is a specially constructed compression belt which allows you to train your breathing and chest muscles during exercise by providing an adjustable load. We are all very familar with training our biceps, legs, abs, by doing exercises such as bicep curls, squats and crunches, but what we don’t have, until now, is a way of training the inspiratory breathing muscles during exercise. Training our inspiratory muscles can improve our breathing efficiency, running economy, help with asthma, and make us use less energy. But please don’t look at the product and think you can use any old elastic belt. The team at Progressive Sports Technologies have spent years developing the right tension in the elastic. If the tension is too high it can overload the muscles, too low and you don’t get any benefit. If you get it just right, like in the RespiBelt, then you can achieve much better performance like the British Triathletes (wording from RespiBelt website):
“The first trial of early prototypes was performed with the support of British Triathlon and four of their TASS athletes over an 11 week period. The results of the training intervention proved very interesting. The participants significantly enhanced running economy measures, along with reduced sub-maximal oxygen utilisation and minute ventilation which was considered by British Triathlon scientists as being atypical of results expected due to habitual training adaptations. This prompted further investigation into the RespiBelt using a larger sample size with the addition of a control group. The second trial was performed with 12 competitive athletes over only a 4 week period. Additional measures were taken in addition to the measures previously investigated. All the measures showed positive changes compared to the control group who undertook the same training regime. Breathing endurance improved as did, sub-maximal oxygen consumption, % VO2max, sub-maximal minute ventilation and heart rate. Further improvements in running economy, respiratory frequency and minute ventilation were also present.“
RespiBelt comes in 6 sizes that are derived by measuring your chest: X-Small – chest sizes 75 to 80cm; Small – chest sizes 81 to 88cm; Medium – chest sizes 89 to 96cm; L arge – chest sizes 97 to 106cm; and X-Large – chest sizes 107 to 118cm.
If you would like to purchase the best accessory for training breathing muscles then please click on this link to buy the RespiBelt.
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
MIPS AB currently has helmets in the snow, cycling and equestrian markets and is in conversation with league sports (NHL, NFL).
The Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, or MIPS, was developed by a Swedish neuroscientist to protect against oblique impacts to the head, which are much more common than the vertical impacts a traditional helmet helps to protect against. MIPS utilizes a low-friction layer between outer and inner shells of a helmet to minimize rotational violence to the brain. The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) of Sweden has conducted tests concluding MIPS helmets can significantly minimize brain injuries. Currently available in bike and ski/snowboard helmets from POC Sports, Scott Sports, and R.E.D., the MIPS brain protection system is the best technology available to significantly reduce head injuries for athletes.
Article by Bryan Roberts
Monday, July 16th, 2012
SPORTSTECHLAB.COM are excited to be one of the first online stores in the UK to offer the 2012 range of Vibram Five Fingers. This year Vibram have introduced the SPYRIDON, SEEYA and NEW BIKILA.
“Our first trail running-specific models, the Spyridon provides the perfect balance of “foot feel” and protection on rugged surfaces. A minimalist Vibram rubber sole with an aggressive tread design provides sure-footed grip in all directions and impact protection from stones and debris, while better allowing proper barefoot dynamics.
Naturally breathable upper with an adjustable hook-and-loop closure ensures a secure fit. Machine Washable. Air Dry.”
“The ultra-streamlined SeeYa is our newest performance option for serious minimalist runners. Designed to bring you even closer to the barefoot sensation, we’ve radically reduced overall weight and material with a more breathable mesh upper to deliver true, performance-driven footwear. Minimum rubber thickness in the outsole maximises “foot feel” and flexibility, while a soft midsole further reduces thickness and weight for natural movement. A stitched-in insole protects skin and foot tissue during longer runs. For a snug fit, the lightweight, stretch mesh upper has a seamless collar and adjustable hook-and-loop closure. Machine Washable. Air Dry.”
“Unlike any running shoe on the market today, the Bikila was our first model designed specifically for a more natural, healthier, and more efficient forefoot strike. While many folks have been running in their Vibram FiveFingers® for years, the Bikila is our first model designed specifically for a more natural running experience. Built on an entirely new plat- form, the Bikila features a Dri-Lex® covered 3mm polyurethane insole (thickest under the ball) and a 4mm anatomical pod outsole design that offers more plating protection, and distributes forefoot impact without compromising important ground feedback essential to a proper forefoot strike running form. A more athletic padded collar and topline, a single hook and loop closure, 3M reflective surfaces, and tear resistant TPU toe protection finish off this breakthrough design.”
Buy them from www.sportstechlab.com – our sister store!
Monday, July 16th, 2012
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 – commencing at 11am BST
An interactive discussion on how engineers are getting London fit for the Olympics. Featuring IET President Dr Mike Short, UK Power Networks’ Brian Stratton and Philips Lighting UK’s Mike Simpson.
No matter which corner of the globe you are in, you will be able to interact directly with our panel during the event, putting your questions or comments forward to them via Twitter (#ietmyvoice) or an online chat room, and getting real-time responses.
Submit questions in advance
If you’re not available to participate live on the day, you can submit questions in advance via email, and a video of the entire event will be available as soon as it finishes.
Monday, July 16th, 2012
Cool series of sports infographics from Planet K2, have a look!
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