You can listen to the discussion here: http://www.naturalrunningnetwork.com/power-running-the-future-is-now/#.ViVITRJKHUM.email
“Running with Power” is now one of the hottest topics for endurance athletes. And the ability to measure power has long eluded coaches and athletes of all disciplines. The wait is finally over and the technology is now here.
RPM² is pleased to sponsor a fair balanced presentation by Jim Vance, addressing how “running with power” can help athletes achieve higher performance and potentially mitigate injuries. Jim Vance is one of the top endurance sports coaches in the US, coaching everything from top cyclists and runners, to Ironman athletes to the top Youth and Juniors in America. Jim also co-edited Triathlon Science with Joe Friel, and is one of the foremost authorities on training with power. Listen to Public Announcements at Ironman for date and time. You won’t want to miss this one!
Hear why and how Michael Johnson Performance coach Lindsey Anderson used RPM² with the top ranked Brazilian Paralympic Team.
The Triathlon Research, Mirinda Carfrae Elite Training Camp was held in Boulder Colorado May 5th through May 9th, 2015. In attendance were 40 triathletes from around the globe who engaged in 5 days of elite triathlon training. The athletes were coached by leading coaches such as Bobby McGee, 8 time Olympic running coach and Siri Lindley, 2001 ITU World Champion and 2001-2 ITU World Cup Champion.
RPM² was used to measure differences in pre and post coaching gait analysis with Bobby McGee. Bobby McGee coaching was independent of RPM².
Keith Hill, Mirinda Carfrae, and Johnny Ross
RPM² was used as an assessment tool for all campers. Specifically, RPM² was used for running gait pre-coaching evaluations. After the pre-coaching evaluations, all campers were coached by 8 time Olympic running coach, Bobby McGee. After the Bobby McGee coaching sessions and individual assessments, RPM² was used for post-coaching assessments (See data below). During the camp, universalsports.com engaged Mirinda Carfrae using RPM² and taped a 15 minute technology segment to air on universalsports.com.
Here are some of the athletes’ pre and post evaluations from the training camp:
Canadian Running Magazine publishes a review story on RPM², "Power meter for runners getting use by world record holder" Take a look here:
On February 2nd, World Champion runner Michael Johnson took the opportunity to share how he and his Michael Johnson Performance training facilities find great value in utilizing RPM² footbed devices to help improve bilateral equivalence (symmetry) in their athletes’ training program. The interview aired live on 93.5 WDAE in Tampa, FL. Michael talks about how focusing on bilateral equivalence helps their athletes improve their performance. Take a listen as Michael takes the time to share his confidence in RPM² as a valuable training device. Please click on the following link to hear the interview: http://www.620wdae.com/onair/ron-and-ian-4273/audio-gold-medalist-michael-johnson-discusses-13217211/
Relationship Secured to Expand Capabilities of MedHab’s Lead Sports-Enhancing Device RPM²
Fort Worth, TX, October 21, 2014 – MedHab, LLC, a privately held athletic and medical device company focused on the development of unique rehabilitative and sport-enhancing tools, announced today the company has established a partnership with Olympic champion and world record holder, Michael Johnson, and his athletic training organization, Michael Johnson Performance, Inc., to enhance the functionality of MedHab’s lead device, RPM². RPM², which is available in three different formats for runners, cyclers and triathletes, developed to enhance athletic performance by objectively identifying deficiencies in athletes’ gait, range of motion, pressure, power and cycling mechanics. A historically costly process for measuring each of these aspects of training, RPM² consolidates these features into a single, easy-to-use device by including multiple tools such as a built-in power meter, which on its own can cost consumers thousands of dollars.
“We’re delighted to have the expert insights available from Michael and the MJP team, as we aim to improve our novel device designed to help athletes achieve peak performance and potentially avoid injuries related to improper gait when training and competing,” said Johnny Ross, president and CEO of MedHab and inventor of RPM². “Our primary goal with RPM² is to ensure athletes and their trainers are provided with an accurate and cost-efficient method of assessing bilateral equivalence. Not only can deficiencies in bilateral equivalence detract from overall athletic performance if not addressed proactively, injuries that occur when athletes aren’t performing in a bilaterally equivalent manner can also result. Because gait analysis has historically been a highly overlooked and expensive aspect of training, we believe RPM² will enable a greater number of athletes to achieve optimal performance. Our goal as a company is to leverage relationships, such as the relationship with MJP, to further enhance the capabilities of RPM² to provide benefits to all athletes.”
Bilateral deficiency is marked by differentiating levels of strength between two sides of the body. Because of the significant expertise and costs associated with examining this aspect of training, it is often overlooked until an injury occurs.
RPM² is a wireless, remote monitoring, pressure sensing foot-bed device that is used for sports performance enhancement. The system consists of shoe inserts, each embedded with various sensors and a microcontroller, which provides data on athletes’ gait, range of motion, power and pressure distribution so deficiencies in bilateral movement can be corrected and optimized.
In addition to the standard running model, RPM² offers cycling technology that is used on its own and is also built-in to a triathlete version of the system. Among the benefits offered by RPM² Cycling and Triathlete are four different modes, including distance, time trial, interval and sprint. An integral feature of RPM² is a built-in power meter included in each model of the device. While power meters have historically been expensive training tools, the availability of RPM² will now offer coaches and athletes the benefits of power meters at a significantly reduced price while simultaneously providing many additional key measurements important for athletes as they improve how they train and compete.
Combining the features of both the cycling and running versions into the RPM² Triathlete model offers the most cost effective way to objectively test an athlete’s bilateral deficiency with one easy to use device. This allows coaches and trainers to make the appropriate changes to an athlete’s training regimen to help enhance their performance based on objective data.
MedHab is excited to be working with Michael Johnson, and Michael Johnson Performance, in offering this unique device to athletes. Known as the “fastest man in the world,” During his 11-year career, Michael established a record of 13 Olympic and World Championship gold medals. He represented the U.S. in the Olympics on three occasions: Barcelona in 1992, winning gold in the 4 X 400-meter relay; Atlanta in 1996, winning gold at 200 meters and 400 meters; and Sydney in 2000, winning gold again at 400 meters. After retiring in 2001, Michael founded Michael Johnson Performance, a global athletic training organization dedicated to helping athletes achieve their full athletic potential. MJP is recognized as a world leader in the development and improvement of athleticism of athletes of all sports, ages, and abilities from youth athletes to some of the most recognized professional athletes in the world.
Regarding RPM², Michael remarked, “We tested RPM² on a number of our team’s professional coaches and believe this system will provide us with valuable feedback when monitoring our clients’ performances. Our coaches are well trained in helping athletes improve their skills; however, we’re now able to more objectively observe the mechanics involved in our clients’ movements to enhance their abilities and avoid injury. RPM² will be used as a regular part of our athletes’ training. Having competed professionally, I can personally attest to the importance of ensuring bilateral equivalence for optimal performance.”
The Wall Street Journal recently wrote about the importance of gait analysis.
In this article by Matthew Futterman, he explains:
"People who lace up their running shoes and pound the pavement have a roughly 50% chance of sustaining an
injury that interrupts their training. Among marathon runners, studies have placed the injury incidence rate significantly higher,
in some cases as high as 90%.
It isn't running itself that's doing the damage, a growing number of physicians, physical therapists and exercise scientists say.
It's the way people run. Too many runners stride too far out in front of their bodies, or land with their legs at awkward angles.
Increasingly the runner's road to healthy joints starts with gait analysis. Medical boots, cortisone shots or even surgeries
never solved runners' problems the way 20 minutes of being filmed on a treadmill can, experts say.
Gait analysis seeks to identify the root of an injury, or a bad habit that may lead to one. It usually starts with an evaluation of
strength and flexibility that includes some manipulation on an examination table and a series of exercises."
More information can be found in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the full article.
We currently hosted a booth at Interbike demonstrating our RPM² insert technology.
"Performance measurement is a field that is ever more interesting to the bike enthusiast. However the available measurement solutions are not easy to achieve. A remedy is available through RPM². This system provides for the integration between an insole and a phone application. A variety of exercises and data output suppports in particular the guidance of training sessions. The premise of RPM², offered by MedHab™, lies in a product with medial application."
Interbike 2014 Las Vegas Nevada
See a review of RPM² by owner and creator Johnny Ross.
RPM² is adding these exciting new features soon expected. Order you RPM² system now and secure your free update to these features!
Real time calibrated power meter linked from your inserts to your phone. Power meter measures individual leg power and overall power. See Average Power, left leg versus right leg power, and Cadence constantly and at a glance. This is the first low cost foot bed power meter on the market! Ease of transitioning from one bike to another without the old nuts and bolts. Ability to set your own cycling cadence to meet your goals. Race against yourself...push yourself. Includes analysis of actual cadence verses your selected cadence.
Ability to set your own run cadence to meet your specific work out needs. From recovery runs to time trials, run to meet your needs while an intermittent tone helps keep your cadence.
Other new run features to include:
200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters, and corners.
These features will provide a beginning and end of run gait analysis, as well as an overall average run analysis. Take your running work out to the next level.