Running

Exercise and breathing – the key to Mo Farah’s Olympic gold success?

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.

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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.

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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.

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Vibram Five Fingers 2012 range available at www.sportstechlab.com

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.

Vibram Five Fingers Spyridon
“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.”

Vibram Five Fingers 2012 Seeya Black Dayglow

“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.”

Vibram Five Fingers 2012 Bikila

“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!

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Adidas Adipure Adapt – adidas barefoot offering

Monday, March 12th, 2012

HYPEBEAST have launched the new Adidas barefoot shoe offering – adidas adiPure Adapt.

adidas adipure adapt from hypebeast

Here is a link to the article and their prose:

“Fresh from the innovative adidas adiPure line, the German athletic apparel purveyor and shoemaker presents the super lightweight Adapt model. Made to harness the body’s natural mechanics, this technologically-advanced design offers minimal cushioning between the wearer and the ground, forcing your legs and feet to experience the subtle changes in impact. This in turn will influence the wearer to run on his or her mid or fore-foot, providing a more natural run. A simple yet ingenious vision, the adiPure Adapt is further constructed from the finest materials available, producing a form-fitting mold that weighs in at 4.5 ounces, making it lighter than even Nike’s recently revealed FlyKnit. Be on the lookout for additional release details coming in the near future.”

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ISPO 2012 Highlights – Ashley Gray tells us about his first time visit

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Powerbreather ISPO 2012 Munich

So ISPO 2012 done!  It was a first time for me.  Certainly an event to check out just for the sheer scale of the Munich venue and the surprising amount of brands that seem to exist and be able to spend big on some very flashy stands but have still yet to break through into the UK.  Primarily a rendezvous for sales and distributers, the more technical amongst us are left to look a bit closer beyond the enthusiastic fluorescent extreme vibe and numerous renditions of artificial fur but there were a few golden nuggets to be had.

In the meantime it was also interesting to get out on the other side and see how products are actually being presented to buyers and consumers at such an event.  Ultimately something that all researchers need to keep an eye on to ensure what they are working on is in demand!

Stand outs for me… The SmarTube by Blue Desert, simply on personal experience having had a couple of refillable bladder systems that have deteriorated after the struggle to keep clean, the ability to switch in your old but more fresh bottles of water or any drink is very appealing and convenient.  Blue Desert also have a range of other neat bottle attachments to keep hydration handy!

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As an ex swimmer, Powerbreather also caught my eye.  Snorkels have now become more common place on the poolside to allow swimmers to focus on their technique without the complication of breathing.  Where this product takes the lead is its balanced design around the head which should make the feeling of use more natural.  They also claim the valve allows only fresh air to be inhaled along with no water!  To strengthen the product even more it would be great to see smaller diameter tubes to minimize drag resistance and make it a little less cumbersome.

Finally, those that know me well, know that magnets make me a little bit excited!  So there maybe some bias in this final product but if you use a helmet for your sport you can see exactly why it comes in useful.  With the Fidlock there’s no more fiddling trying to buckle up, the magnets automatically orientate the buckle and then hold it securely with a one-way mechanism.  To open the buckle just slide it out-Simple!

Article by Ash Gray

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Nike+ Fuelband – Earn Nike Fuel?! The newest concept in calorie counters

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Nike fuelband large calorie counterNike revealed a new addition to the Nike+ family this month, the Fuelband. In essence it’s a wristband that measures movement. That in its self is nothing novel, however the marketing guys at Nike have established a clever USP. Movements are measured using a new metric called NikeFuel. The more active you are the more NikeFuel you earn. A normal day of activity, for instance, would provide 2,500 points of NikeFuel, while a high-energy day would provide 5,500.

The technology used in the system and the conversion from movement to Fuel is  a mystery, however, it is likely they use tri-axis accelerometer to track the intensity of active to be able to convert this to NikeFuel. Four pre-sets are available: time, steps, calories and NikeFuel. Users can set targets of how active they want to be throughout the day with the 20 LED light display transitioning from red-to-green based on how close they are to achieving their target. Data can be transferred to a computer through the USB function or wirelessly to a free iPhone app.

Some of Nikes top sponsored athletes including Lance Armstrong, Kevin Durant and Carmelita Jeter endorse the product.

Armstrong said, “What’s great about the idea of NikeFuel and the FuelBand is the way it provides real information and numbers to show how much people are doing all day, every day. That’s what will get people challenging themselves to do more and better their own scores. It’s a tool to get people more active.”

“NikeFuel means everyone can get recognition for activities they do,” said Durant. “It provides a scoreboard for your day and gets everyone moving.”

Jeter said, “You don’t have to be an elite athlete to appreciate how NikeFuel can motivate you. It’s an easy way to get credit for activities and compare how you do with others, even if you take part in different sports.

The Nike Fuelband hits the US on the 22nd February, the UK on the 1st May and the rest of the world in the summer, with an expected price tag around £100.

Article by David Rogers

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