Recently I landed again on this video by Harvard Innovation Lab where a board of popular and successful athletes discusses how modern wearable technologies will open new boundaries and change the world of sports.
Too often we end up thinking about Training in terms of applying a rigid scheme of numbers and percentages. What is often forgotten is Physics: first of all acceleration is the origin of movement and everything else depends on it: Acceleration defines Strength which is Mass x Acceleration and it also defines Speed and therefore Power, which is Strength x Speed.
The Ability to Accelerate is the DNA of a lifter and we all agree that the ultimate goal in strength and conditioning comes to the ability to shape and to increase acceleration.
Without Strength Trackers this thought was dead. It was really hard, even for the best and most experienced coach, to make any data-based evaluation regarding acceleration and its shape (rate of force development). Barely a coach could address speed.
“Without Data you’re just another person with an opinion” W. Edwards Denning
Trackers bring quantification and therefore targets, or standards, just like we have with any key sports performance.
4.4″ on the 40 yards dash is an elite time for pro Wide Receivers. What about setting standards for the Rate Of Development in the Squat ?
This is the greatness about Wearable Strength Trackers : they are so tiny and versatile that can be used during the whole training process. First to collect data from the on-field performance, then use the same data to model the training session, at last, track progress and address performance weakness.