PowerCranks and sprint Running
As mentioned on our general running page, the three keys to running fast are good economy, a good training base, and staying injury free. Beyond the normal issues of running fast, sprint running involves lots of high intensity stress on the body and joints. Aerobic conditioning is not much of an issue except for how well the athlete recovers between efforts (more of an issue for athletes like football players). Of course, this kind of running is of such a high intensity it is difficult to do much of it without risking substantial injury. But, PowerCranks, when integrated into the training regiment allow the sprinter to work on high intensity leg speed and improve coordination that improves form in a zero impact, low injury risk environment. The only difficulty is the runner must change the mindset that the only way to get better running is to run. Because of PowerCranks this old maxim is no longer true. While, of course, the runner must do some running, by substituting PowerCranks for some run workouts the athlete can:
1. increase the intensity of their workouts
2. reducing the injury risk associated with increasing running intensity
3. increase the duration of running workouts
4. reduce the injury risk associated with increasing running duration
5. work on improving running form
For the sprinter, the main thing the PowerCranks offer is the ability to work on the specific muscle coordination to increase turnover rate and to practice those high turnover rates without any "pounding stress" on the body.
A simple change in training protocol gives you all of this.
If you have not seen it yet, we have made a video that tries to explain what is good running form and how the PowerCranks help achieve that. The video instruction is by Aaron Thigpen, a record holder for his age-group at 100 meters
And, if the sprinter is already injured, PowerCranks is a great rehab tool, allowing runners to maintain good muscle endurance and running mechanics in a zero impact environment.
In summary, the secret to running faster, beyond normal improvement that comes from running more and harder (training effect), is specific training that improves running form, specific training that improves running efficiency, specific training that trains muscle weaknesses and ensures balance, and specific training that helps avoid injury. And, if the athlete is injured, specific rehabilitation training that helps ensure rapid recovery from that injury while not losing any running fitness. PowerCranks can help with all of the above.
Check out some of our video testimonials for running and rehab to better understand what the potential might be for you.