New Features in GymAware Lite 2.7
Export of set based statistics to CSV file. Added to the review all sets option. – email yourself the set stats. Note if you want a full featured export, you will need one of the GymAware online services.
New total summary row on the bottom of the rep stats table. Use this to see time under tension. – iPad only
Position and parameter graphs have been improved (see below)
The blue line (above) is bar postion and the red line is the measurement parameter, in this case it’s Velocity.
Grey shading is the concentric phase of the lift as determined by the Heuristic Advanced Rep Detection (HARD) system.
This is for users who wish to identify the ” sticking point” or where velocity slows during the concentric phase
As with the graphs on the online account, we show both the concentric and eccentric phases.
In this example there are 3 reps. There is a slight velocity drop at 16-20cm down from full extension on the bench press.
Zero postion is at full extension, whereas -46cm is on the chest – shown as -0.4.
Custom Rep Detection
Adjust minimum movement thresholds for each individual exercise. Users wanting to detect reps on lifts with restricted movement (such as rehabilitation to testing to the elderly) can now adjust this to suit their own needs.
To set the threshold, select exercise setup and click on the blue circular arrows to set minimum threshold. See below.
Then, set value in cm.
Reps won’t be counted unless the bar moves past this minimum range.
Also note that with each addition rep the bar needs to reach at least 75% of the previous rep to be valid.
Support for Japanese language has been added.
Many practitioners use GymAware to measure power velocity and height in jumps.
Jumps are popular because they are a quick, non-invasive exercise for checking the performance of the athlete.
How to Measure Jumps with GymAware
First you need to design a test protocol that is easy to replicate and that reduces sources of variability. Once you have decided on a protocol you need to make sure your athletes understand it and that they stick to it. Otherwise you will lose the ability to compare results over time.
Hot Tip If you are measuring jump height make sure the athlete is completely ready to jump (standing tall with feet flat) before you press the START button. Pressing the START button sets the zero for jump height calculation. Distance above this position is considered to be jump height, distance below is dip.
There are a few things to consider in determining the protocol and setup you use.
- Reducing the effect of technique
- The skill and maturity of the athlete
- The frequency of testing
A good way to reduce the effect of technique is to constrain arm swing by using a broom handle as a barbel. This also makes a good point to attach the GymAware tether. You can place the Power Tool on the floor beside the athlete so that the unit is clear of their feet. One point to note here though, is that the athlete needs to be instructed( and you need to check for) any tilting of the bar during the jump, as this will produce errors.
To avoid these errors you can mount the Power Tool above the athlete using the Power Tool mounting bracket. The unit will detect that it is mounted upside down and will automatically compensate.
Please note that we don’t recommend relying solely on the magnets to secure the Power Tool above the athlete. The bracket can be screwed to the unit then securely mounted to the ceiling.
Another quick option is to place the unit between the legs and attach the tether to a belt on the athlete. This makes some athletes nervous at first as they fear landing on the unit when jumping. Most athletes get used to this and have no problems, as the natural way to jump is with feet shoulder width apart. If you still have concerns you can recess the Power Tool into a platform.
This makes some athletes nervous at first as they fear landing on the unit when jumping. Most athletes get used to this and have no problems, as the natural way to jump is with feet shoulder width apart. If you still have concerns you can recess the Power Tool into a platform.