Under Armour | The tech to make you a better runner
Whether you’re training for a marathon or just want to beat your PB, Under Armour has the answer: an app and trainer duo that offers personalised coaching from home.
We’ve all become borderline fitness fanatics over the past few months, but without any clear guidance you may be finding your motivation lacking as we head back to ‘normal’. Enter Under Armour’s connected HOVR™ running shoes and the MapMyRun app. Forget sweaty studios and restrictive memberships, this smart piece of technology gives you the freedom to train outside on your own terms, but with all the benefits of a personal coach. So, how does it work?
Step one: choose the right gear
The brand’s collection of HOVR™ running shoes weren’t just created to look good in action, they work to improve your performance too. Embedded in the midsole of the right shoe is a sensor that connects seamlessly to the MapMyRun app via Bluetooth – meaning it records every step you take, with statistics taken for distance, pace, splits, cadence, stride length and your total mileage.
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Step two: connect the app
The secret to success in anything is tracking your progress – and these Under Armour shoes make that as easy as possible. Simply open the most recent version of the MapMyRun app within close proximity to your HOVR™ shoes and the sensor will be detected. Confirm your pairing in the app and you’re ready for your first digitally connected run!
The integrated tracker in your shoe will transfer all your metrics to the app for data-driven coaching that really helps you step up your game. Plus, the app lets you set goals, build personalised training plans, receive audio coaching and discover new routes wherever you are.
Top tip: leave your phone at home and take in the scenery with complete freedom. The shoe tracker will keep running and sync once you’re close to your phone again.
Step three: review your run
Once you’ve done the hard part, leave the app to analyse the data to help you find your ideal running form. The gait coaching feature looks at your stride and suggests an optimum version so you’re putting in the least amount of effort and preventing injuries. The app’s before and after for your form, paired with personalised coaching tips, show you exactly what adjustments to make. You can also review your historic running data so you know when and where you were running well – and how you’ve improved on any weaker areas.
Top tip: find an online fitness buddy through the app. Runners automatically join the world’s largest digital health and fitness community of more than 245 million people – now that’s some serious inspiration.
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