Aug 19

RPM2 And Cylance Pro Cycling to Measure Effects of Crashing on Rider Symmetry and Range of Motion

As we have mentioned in previous blogs, RPM² is a proud sponsor of the Cylance Pro Cycling team. The cycling team’s athletes have been bikeconducting rigorous tests with our remote performance monitoring systems to evaluate their training and performance. Recently, one of Cylance Pro Cycling’s athletes detected an inconsistency with her data that led to her realizing a bilateral deficiency.

Cyclist Alison Tetrick’s Experience with RPM²

While Alison Tetrick is a world-class athlete, a previous injury and its effects on her power output were revealed by our data collection technology. “I spent 10 days doing repeatable power tests using different cadences and efforts,” said Alison Tetrick. “I noticed a power discrepancy between my left and right leg.  I had noticed this before in training, because I would often favor one leg over the other. After I submitted the daily tests to RPM2 to help with the development of their product, the brains behind RPM2 asked if I had ever suffered an injury to my right leg.”

Based on the results of her using the RPM² system, it was recommended that she include specific tests that focused on range of motion exercises. Conducted off the bike, these exercises will help monitor her range of motion and bilateral symmetry over time, according to Keith Hill, our Retail Market Manager.

To learn more about Alison’s experience with our devices, you can read the full post from the official Cylance Pro Cycling campaign by clicking here.

The RPM² System

Developed by our CEO, Johnny Ross, RPM² is a revolutionary wearable technology that assists with helping athletes identify issues with their biomechanical movement—specifically power output and bilateral equivalence. Our products have been used by athletes around the world and they have been endorsed by elite and well-known coaches like Jim Vance and the team at Michael Johnson Performance, Inc.

Throughout the month of August, RPM² is offering a discount of $25.00 on our footbed system. Simply type in the code “SYMMETRY” when you check out. Be sure to use all caps, as our codes are case sensitive.

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Jul 25

Cylance Features RPM2 Products in Their Blog

As proud sponsors of the Cylance Pro Cycling team, we were honored to be featured in their recent blog and e-mail campaign. Click hereto read the post in its entirety. In our previous posts, we published excerpts of a recent press release that highlighted Valerie Gattis’ experience with RPM²’s products as a Level 2 Triathlon coach. Valerie Gattis’ had wonderful things to say about her experience using our products.

Valerie Gattis, Level 2 Coach

When speaking about RPM², Valerie Gattis stated “As a coach, I find I am now concentrating as much on the mechanics of my athletes as I do on their physical training and psyches. In the past, I was limited to observation to study physical efficiency; specifically gait analysis, which impacts form and efficiency in a runner and can have impact in other areas as well, injury prevention being at the top of the list. Last year I began to look more closely at how I might add gait analysis to my coaching and became interested in RPM2 and their pressure-sensitive insoles as an affordable and extremely effective device for precise measurement.”

Cylance Coach, Omer Kem

The Cylance Professional cycling team has been using RPM² for many months now. These dedicated athletes use our products to measure their biomechanics and their power output. Omer Kem believes that “With RPM2’s footbed power meter, we can easily move devices from bike to bike without additional instillation to our Cannondale Bicycles. The added ability to measure the bio-mechanics of how a rider’s fit affects their power outfit gives Cylance Pro Cycling a definitive advantage.”

RPM²’s Support from the Athletic Community

Dedicated and experienced coaches and athletes throughout the world use our revolutionary technology in their training regimens. Our products have been featured and endorsed by Michael Johnson Performance, Inc., the Cylance Pro Cycling team, and The Natural Running Network. We have partnered with decorated athletes such as Dotsie Bausch and Lesley Paterson, too. Each endorsement from the endurance athlete community further proves that our wearable technology is incredibly useful to athletes from diverse backgrounds.

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Jul 18

Your RPM2 Footbeds & Metatarsal Measurement Instructions

In previous blog posts, we discussed the steps you need to take when unboxing your RPM² system and how to calibrate your footbeds for rpm2 footbed app dashcycling and running. Today, we are going to discuss another important step you should take before your purchase your RPM² footbed system: determining your metatarsal measurement.

Why Metatarsal Measurement Matters

When you add the RPM² system to your cart on our secure e-store, you will be prompted to fill out a form, which asks for your left and right metatarsal size. It is important that our customers know that metatarsal measurement is not the same thing as your shoe size. Instead, metatarsal measurement involves the length of your foot from its heel to the ball of your foot. Metatarsal measurement is used to enhance the accuracy of your footbeds so that they can collect precise data as you begin to use them.

How to Calculate Your Metatarsal Measurement

Our team at RPM² has made it very easy to calculate your metatarsal measurement. Before purchasing your RPM² system, click here to download and print our Insole Measurement Guide. You will download the guide in .PDF form and print it off on a standard piece of paper. Be sure to uncheck “fit to page” on your print settings. If part of your printed sheet is cut off, you can utilize a ruler that measures in centimeters to ensure that you get an accurate measurement. Wearing socks or standing barefoot, place the heel of your foot at the bottom of the page as it sits flat on the floor. Start with your right foot first. Shift your weight onto the ball of your foot to match up with Figure A on the Insole Measurement Guide. Use your index finger to locate where the ball of your foot touches the chart and use your finger’s placement to determine the proper measurement. To get the metatarsal sizing for your left foot, simply repeat the process using the same guide. Be sure to write down your measurements and use these calculations when you place your order.

Following is a short, step-by-step YouTube tutorial for printing off and utilizing the Insole Measurement Guide.

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Jul 12

Cylance Pro Cycling Update |RPM2

The Cylance Pro Cycling team has continued to make great strides in the Women’s World Tour, both as a team and as individuals. From Rosella Ratto Cylance RPM2overcoming serious injuries and setbacks to earning top placements on some of the world’s most challenging races, the Cylance Pro Cycling team has certainly made an impression on the cycling community. As proud sponsors of the Cylance team, we could not be more happy with all their well-deserved successes.

Giro d’Italia Results

The Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile is a highly anticipated race among the UCI community. This ten-day race is held in the northern regions of Italy. From July 1st to July 10th, Doris Schweizer (SUI), Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA, Rossella Ratto (ITA) and Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP) competed for the Cylance Pro Team. The race consisted of over 23 hours of racing that spanned more than 530 miles. This race combines harsh and unforgiving climbs alternating between flat sections, which can test even the most dedicated of cyclists.

Doris Schweizer finished 14th in General Classification while Sheyla Gutierrez finished 17th among Best Young Riders. Gutierrez also earned top ten placement in three stages of Giro d’Italia, one of which was the last stage of the event. Schweizer placed 7th for the technical and hilly Giro Rosa time trial. Krista Doebel-Kickok finished 31st overall after a solid performance throughout the 10-day event.

Upcoming Events

The Cylance Pro Cycling team will be sending a squad to the UCI Cascade Classic and another squad to the UCI WWT La Course by Tour de France at the end of this month. Everyone at RPM² congratulates the team for all their success and triumphs over injuries and sickness. We wish the athletes the best in their upcoming races.

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Jun 28

Cycling and Running Calibration with Your RPM2 System

When you receive your RPM² system, there are a few steps you need to take in order to get the most benefit out of your investment. A few of the things you will need to do when unboxing your product is download our app for Android or Apple and register your device. In the past, we have provided instructional blogs for these tasks and our YouTube channel features a wealth of videos on learning how to use both our footbeds and the application that accompanies them.

Before putting your RPM² footbeds into action, you will need to calibrate the device so that it can take accurate data customized to your needs. Calibrating your device is important for the product’s ability to measure your power. There are separate processes for calibrating force—one for cycling and one for running.

Cycling Calibration with Forced Pronation

Calibrating your RPM² system is essential for gathering accurate data on the power output of each leg when cycling. When calibrating, you will wear your RPM² inserts in your cycling shoes. Below is a step-by-step instructional video from our YouTube channel to help you calibrate your footbeds.

 

Running Calibration Force Sensitivity

As with the cycling feature of the power meter, measuring power output during running requires calibrating your footbeds. When calibrating force sensitivity, you will need to wear your RPM² inserts inside your running shoes and have your mobile application handy to complete the calibration exercise. For detailed instruction, refer to our YouTube video below.

 

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Jun 27

RPM2 Success Story: Valerie Gattis, Level 2 Triathlon Coach

Innovative foot bed power meter, RPM2, offers groundbreaking tools to athletes beyond running and cycling power data

logo_full_sizeRPM² is the first remote technology device that offers efficiency and symmetry for athletes, which can lead to injury mitigation and higher performance.  Level 2 Triathlon coach, Valerie Gattis tells her incredible story of success using RPM² remote technology.

Coach Valerie Gattis’ Testimonial and Review

“As a coach, I find I am now concentrating as much on the mechanics of my athletes as I do on their physical training and psyches. In the past, I was limited to observation to study physical efficiency; specifically gait analysis which impacts form and efficiency in a runner and can have impact in other areas as well, injury prevention being at the top of the list. Last year I began to look more closely at how I might add gait analysis to my coaching and became interested in RPM² and their pressure-sensitive insoles as an affordable and extremely effective device for precise measurement. I had a specific athlete in mind, who I knew could be a top-performing triathlete but who had a series of injuries that led me to believe that her mechanics needed analysis and improvement.

I purchased the RPM² insoles in July 2015 and did some initial testing on myself and my husband, an avid cyclist, to establish a benchmark. In February 2016, I took the insoles and tested my athlete for some initial range-of-motion diagnostics. The effect was immediate. Her ankle flexion was “0” on both feet and she suffered attendant hip flexor issues and taut hamstring muscles. Clearly she needed physical therapy and we now had the information needed for a rigorous and focused PT regimen.

In swimming, she had been limited in her stroke due to the absence of ankle flexion, and since has improved from 1:43/100 yard to averaging 1:39/100 yard in practice. The use of proper mechanics also increased her running efficiency and economy, a key element of the long distance triathlete. From a “competitive” age group triathlete, she has now become a dominant competitor!

I am convinced that all my athletes will benefit from RPM² as an effective alternative to expensive diagnostics and will help identify mechanical issues that may lead injury prevention, with appropriate therapy and training, rather than waiting until after the fact. Just as important, learning how to be a more efficient athlete will have an impact on their performance and that, in turn, positively reinforces the athletic experience.”

About RPM²

RPM² pioneered the force based foot-bed training device that measures both running and cycling power, as well as assesses symmetry of the athlete. RPM² is predicated on assessing symmetry affording coaches and athletes the ability to augment training regimens to achieve greater performance and efficiency. Although RPM² does not correct asymmetry in athletes, it does provide data that can be used in corrective coaching or physical therapy, and it is corrective coaching and physical therapy that can lead to injury mitigation. RPM² offers a thin pair of insoles that operates with Android and iOS smart phones and is ANT+, and .FIT compatible that can upload directly to Training Peaks.

RPM² is manufactured by MedHab, LLC, a privately held athletic and medical device company focused on the development of unique rehabilitative and sport-enhancing tools. The wireless smart insole tracking system technology was originally developed for MedHab’s medical device to remotely monitor patients undergoing physical therapy for leg injuries. RPM²offers a thin pair of insoles that operates with Android and iOS smart phones that is .FIT compatible and can upload directly to Training Peaks.RPM² is also ANT+ compatible via the smart phone and will soon launch another version that directly speaks to ANT+ devices without the smart device. Johnny Ross, CEO and inventor, states “we are currently working on direct communication between our inserts and ANT+ devices. When completed, this new feature will be a FREE upload to all of our customers.”

Order RPM² at just $499 and receive a signed copy of Jim Vance’s “Run with Power” book before this limited offering ends.  www.rpm2.com

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Jun 21

Your RPM2 System Has Been Delivered: Now What?

RPM² is a unique product made with advanced, proprietary technology. Even if you are a seasoned cyclist, runner, or triathlete who has usedrpm2 footbed app dash wearable technology in the past, you will likely realize that reading our operating manual and taking time to learn how to use your RPM² device is important. If you’re new to the RPM² family, we have you covered. In addition to this blog site, we have a wealth of YouTube videos dedicated to providing informative, step-by-step tutorials on everything from unboxing your footbeds and charging them to pairing your footbeds with your mobile device.

What to Expect When Opening Your RPM² Device Packaging

You might be wondering what is included in your package when your RPM² system arrives. You also might wonder if you should take any precautions when unboxing your package to avoid damaging your equipment. Fortunately, our packaging is designed to protect your device. Your RPM² inserts will be protected by weather-proof plastics and your charging mat will be housed in a protective box. Inside your package is the RPM² user manual. This manual will be very helpful to you as you begin to work with your devices. We recommend keeping the manual in a safe place—even after you have read through it.

To see what’s included in our packaging and to learn how to charge your inserts, watch our unboxing and charging tutorial below.

 

Registering, Pairing, and Connecting Your RPM² System

After you have charged your footbeds, you will need to register your footbeds and pair them with your mobile platform of choice. The RPM² app is available for both Apple iOS and Android. Remember that you will need the unique code printed on your RPM² inserts to register your device. Below are instructional videos for registering, pairing, and connecting your device.

For Android Users

For Apple iOS Users


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Jun 15

Cylance Pro Cycling Updates | RPM2 Sponsored Team

In previous blogs, we have mentioned our partnership with various athletes and coaches. Our team at RPM²understands the importance of Rosella Ratto Cylance RPM2supporting the endurance athlete community. As a sponsor of the Cylance Pro Cycling team, we take great joy in seeing these top-notch athletes compete in some of the most challenging races across the world. Following are some highlights of what the Cylance Pro Team has been up to and how well these athletes are doing.

Next week, the Cylance Pro Cycling team will be traveling to the United Kingdom for the Aviva Women’s Tour (June 15-19).

Krista Doebel-Hickok Finishes 9th in the Philadelphia International Classic

As part of the UCI Women’s World Tour Races, the Philadelphia International Classic is a six-lap course that totals 118km of racing. The Philadelphia International Classic is known for its aggressive racing and steep, brutal climb to the finish over the Manayunk Wall.

As her second time to compete in Philly, Krista Doebel-Hickok placed ninth. Krista, known for her power at steep climbs, applauded her teammate Rosella Ratto for helping her position for the difficult climb and for inspiring her to push herself.

Rossella Ratto Wins UCI Winston-Salem Cycling Classic

After battling through some crashes, sicknesses, and injuries, the Cylance Pro Cycling team made an excellent comeback at the UCI Winston-Salem Classic with Rosella Ratto earning first place and Valentina Scandolara winning second. Both cyclists credit their tenacity and smart tactics for their great performances. Both Ratto and Scandolara felt invigorated by their win and are excited to bring this energy and confidence into upcoming races.

Cylance Pro Cycling Finishes in the Top 10 at Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California was the first UCI Women’s World Tour even of 2016. Of the Cylance Pro Cycling team, Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA), Alison Tetrick (USA), Rossella Ratto (ITA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA), Sheyla Guitierrez (ESP), and Doris Schweizer (SUI) competed. The Amgen Tour of California is a challenging four-day race that is broken up into stages.

On stage one, Rosella Ratto finished sixth overall and earned the Best Young Rider jersey. For stages two and three, Cylance finished in 11th place. During stage four, Alison Tetrick suffered from a crash but fortunately walked away without major injuries while Valentina Scandolara sprinted to 6th place closely behind the other five top racers.

Our team at RPM² applauds the Cylance team’s victories and dedication. We are looking forward to a great UCI season. To keep up with the latest news, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

May 25

More Exclusive Content from Run With Power by Jim Vance

Did you know that the RPM² system has been featured in a new book? Renowned endurance coach, Jim Vance recently run with powerpublished Run with Power: The Complete Guide to Power Meters for Running. Published by VeloPress, the leading publisher of materials geared toward the endurance athlete community, Run with Power has been lauded by elite coaches, trainers, and top-notch athletes for its comprehensive look at the world of power meters.

If the name Jim Vance sounds familiar to you, it might be because our team has previously sponsored seminars with Coach Vance. RPM² sponsored Coach Vance’s talk at the 2015 Ironman in Kona. Our team provided a wealth of data to Jim Vance so that he could discuss our product’s unique benefits accurately to his readers. We were thrilled to work with Jim and could not be more excited for the release of Run with Power.

Following is an adapted excerpt from his book with permission from VeloPress.

To learn more about Jim Vance’s book, visit www.runwithpower.net. It is available for order online at VeloPress and Amazon.com. You can also buy the book from Barnes and Noble.

How to Find Your Running Functional Threshold Power (rFTPw)

By: Jim Vance

“If you are now using a power meter for running, like the new Stryd or RPM2 products, you likely are wondering how you can utilize the tool to maximize the benefit of the technology in your training and racing. Power meters for running are a very new technology, and there is still a lot to learn ahead. However, to begin using it effectively to learn about your training and training response, you should begin as you would if you were using a cycling power meter.

First, simply train normally and observe the data as you train. Watch and see how the numbers fluctuate or correlate with different intensities, different inclines or declines, and more. Don’t try to control your training based on the power numbers now, as you don’t have a baseline for what they truly mean yet. At first, collect the data from your normal training and see how the numbers are trending.

When you feel you are ready, you can then test for your running functional threshold power, which I abbreviate rFTPw.

If you’re a triathlete who uses power on the bike, this number will not likely be the same as on the bike for you. In fact, your running FTP is likely to be larger than your cycling FTP. If you’re a runner, you may already use threshold pace in TrainingPeaks, or what I call rFTPa. I use these terms so not to confuse them with cycling, and especially not to confuse both pace and power when comparing or discussing FTP.

The Running Functional Threshold Power Test

So how can you find your rFTPw? There are a number of ways you can estimate your rFTPw, but I will share one of the field tests you can do. One of the power meter companies, Stryd, came up with a test that I like, and I modified slightly. It is much easier than an all-out 1 hour effort, or even 20-30 min effort. It simply is a 3 min all-out effort, and a 9 min all-out effort, separated by 30 mins. This test should be performed outside, on a flat surface, not on a treadmill.

Here’s the protocol:

  • Warm up for 15 minutes, preparing for a hard effort.
  • Run a 3-minute interval at maximal effort.
  • Recover for 30 minutes with a 5-minute walk, 10-minute easy jog, 5-minute walk, 5-minute easy jog, and 5-minute walk.
  • Run a 9-minute interval at maximal effort.
  • Cool down 10-15 minutes with easy running.

After you have complete this test, take the average power for the 3 mins and the 9 mins, and average the two values. For example, if you did 350 watts for the 3 mins, and 300 watts for the 9 mins, you would get a 325 watt average of the two.

After this, take 90% of that averaged value. This number is your estimated rFTPw and it should be within +/-3% of your actual value if your interval pacing was good.

For information on how to correctly set your rFTPw into TrainingPeaks, see my post on the TrainingPeaks blog here. The post there is basically the same as this one, but includes the information specific to using rFTPw with TrainingPeaks.

If you have set your cycling power zones on TrainingPeaks, you will probably want to set your running power zones using the rFTPw you’ve just found.

Don’t do it.

The TrainingPeaks zones, while excellent for cycling, do not (yet) apply with run power meters. Trust me, I have researched it, and I will be coming out with my running power zones in another post soon, that work effectively for you.

In the meantime, just gather some baseline data by running with your running power meter. If you use TrainingPeaks, simply observe how your VI, IF and TSS values calculate based on easy efforts, hard efforts and everything in between.

We’ll get to Running Power Zones soon.”

 

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May 18

RPM2 is One of the Most Affordable Power Meters on the Market

With the release of Run with Power and forging new partnerships, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in our rpm2 footbed app dashrevolutionary remote performance monitoring device, RPM². Our device is useful for all types of athletes—especially endurance athletes who compete in marathons, triathlons, and competitive racing. Not only does RPM² collect a wealth of data that relates to a person’s bilateral equivalence, our footbeds also have an insole-based power meter that can measure both horizontal and vertical power.

The Value of RPM²

Our inserts have been tested for durability and reliability under a variety of conditions. When you factor in the longevity of our footbeds with its many benefits including a built-in power meter, RPM² is remarkably affordable—especially compared to the price of other products.

Not only is our device affordable, it is portable. This means that cyclists don’t have to purchase different gear for each bike they train with. It also means that you can take RPM² anywhere where you go. For instance, if you decide to work with a coach in another locale, you can easily bring the RPM² system with you to collect data during your training.

Save $100 on Your RPM2 Purchase

As part of our new partnerships, we are offering an incredible discount on the RPM² system. Although our products are already affordable, this limited-time offer is available to the first 500 customers who purchase RPM² before June, 1st. To get $100 off your RPM² order, type the discount code RPM2POWER into the coupon/discount entry form on our website when you checkout. Be sure to use all capital letters when you enter your code since it is case sensitive.

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