The funny thing about runners is that we all think we have fine form until we snap an IT band or strain a tendon. And even then, we blame it on “going too fast” or “pushing too hard” rather than on poor run mechanics.
In my previous article, I talked about the Altra Torin IQ smart shoe that gives you feedback on your footstrike and the Vi headphones that use some basic run metrics like steps per minute and heart rate to help you go faster. Both pieces of gear give you insight and data about your running; but neither gives you a lot of input on how to fix bad mechanics. Even my favorite gear, the Garmin fenix 5, is guilty of this – it will tell me when I’m training too hard, which is effective, but I’m not left with a lot of information about how to reach my aspirational goals.
That’s where the Lumo Run is different. In a market that’s awash with devices that count steps, measure heart rate, and provide all kinds of data on how we’re running, the Lumo Run measures running mechanics and gives you information to improve your form and run better.
The device sits in a rubberized clip that fits snugly on your waistband at the small of your back. You fire up the app and go for a run. After ten minutes (or the end of your first run, your choice), the device provides metrics to the app on cadence, bounce, braking, drop, and rotation; key mechanics all runners need to be aware of to optimize their runs. The Lumo Run app gives a handy break down (with video) of what each one means.
Which is exactly the goal that CEO Monisha Perkash and Product Lead Rebecca Shultz (who holds a Ph.D in Clinical Biomechanics) had in mind when launching the Lumo Run. “Since it launched eight months ago,” Monisha told me when we chatted, “the data shows that Lumo Run is validating its run promise, helping thousands of runners improve their form, distance, and pace.”
And she’s got data to back it up! Just today, Lumo Bodytech released results from two internal studies, showing that, over 27,200 runs, 97% of the runners in the data group improved their form within three runs. In the second set of data, between 84%-72% of men and women in the data set saw improvement in their pace, distance, or both.
Improve your running form with Lumo Run
Lumo Run measures lab-grade biomechanics data for your running form including important measures like cadence, bounce, braking, and pelvic movement on all three axes. The Lumo Run app provides insights into your running form during and after each run, coaching you to become a better, more efficient runner to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. Compatible with iOS/iPhone. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.
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