A few weeks ago a team from Apple came to town to show me their latest technology, apps and other cool stuff, one of the products that jumped out at me was the new Nike Lunar Trainer+
These shoes are a game changer when it comes to training and feedback to the athlete. Much more than speed and distance, the Lunar Trainer+ have more than the little sensor in the shoe that we have become accustomed to. There are four pressure sensors on the midsole and underneath the removable sock liner of the shoe The pressure sensors gather information from the big toe, ball of the foot, out step and heel to collect information with ever single step.
All of this information is collected about the athletes movement and then wirelessly transmits data to their phone. It is then translated into different metrics delivering previously unknown information about either their workout or their game.
The team at Nike developed an exclusive app for their App Store so that shoe works with iPhone and iPod touch? All of the data measured by these Nike shoes sync over Bluetooth to your iPhone or iPod touch, the feedback is instant.
There are two shoes that will have the Nike + technology, a running/training shoe and basketball shoe, the Hyuperdunk + . The feedback is so precise in the a Hyperdunk+ it will tell an athlete how many times they jumped during a game, the hang time of each jump, and when they were jumping their highest and lowest during a game.
This is not a gimmick, but a training tool that combines the shoe, blue tooth technology, the Nike + app and delivers real time feedback and coaching that can help you improve your performance.
Nike+ Training is designed to turn working out into a game. It features insights from some of the world’s top athletes including Rafa Nadal, Manny Pacquiao and Allyson Felix.
The programs consist of a series of short, sharp workouts, designed to help users get fitter, faster and stronger. Each workout is demonstrated on-screen to provide detailed guidance and motivation. During each drill or challenge data and feedback on the workout is delivered to the user’s phone via the Nike+ Training mobile app. Daily programs can be created based on how hard the user wants to train, and the app provides a digital community to share each day's workouts and challenges with.
The Lunar Trainer+ and Hyperdunk+ both hit the market on June 29th and will cost $250 for the Hyperdunk+, the women's training shoe, the Lunar Hyperworkout+, is 220, the men’s Lunar Trainer + will be $235.
The price point may seem steep, but this is a tool that can provide you with the information you can use to help you reach your goals and it adds a high tech element of cool and fun to each and every workout.