What else do you need for your speed training?
The next logical step is to get your hands on some timing gates. These are typically lasers that give you the exact time you break the beam at both the start and the end of your sprint. These are the ones that beep incessantly when they’re not working – that horrible, high-pitched noise you hear in your sleep three days after testing. Yeah, those.
“We need to be measuring speed. Now there are so many different lasers out there. We’re fortunate to have fusion smart speed lasers, so that’s a little bit higher end. There’s also stuff like Freelap, Brower, everything in between,” Tometz said.
Timing gates are the bread and butter of speed tech, but if you want to take things up a notch, there’s one piece of kit Tometz can’t live without.
“If I had unlimited money, I would use 1080 Sprint, because it spits out time, velocity, force, and power. The graph plots every step over time – it is how you run. So I can specifically say, ‘Oh, it was your fourth step that the curve kind of flattened out’,” Tometz said.
Obviously, 1080 Sprint sounds fantastic and futuristic, but what on earth is it?
“So it’s a linear transducer. Which basically measures how fast the string comes out of the machine. And that’s how it measures all of those metrics. But also one of the main selling points is that you can get super specific with the resistance, down to the 10th of a kilogram,” Tometz said.
A swift Google search will show you the 1080 Sprint will set you back north of $18,000 (USD). So if you need to have next-level precision in your sprint training, you’ll have to put your hand in your pocket.