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Powerlifting Technology?


#1

Hey guys, I'm an avid lifter, but also a computer geek as well. I've seen various camera systems for judging the speed of the bar for Olympic lifts, but are there any systems out there for judging squat/dead/bench explosiveness? If there isn't, do you see a need for it?


#2

A TENDO unit sounds like what you're looking for. We use these for speed squats and high pulls here at OU.

http://www.tendosports.com/TENDO-Units.html

I know Mike Tuchscherer puts some stock in them as well.


#3

I seem to remember Louie S mentioning the tendo unit in a couple of articles.


#4

I'm in the process of building one of these. I may try to commercialize it on a small or large scale.

Its completely wireless and much, much cheaper than any of the available products I've seen like it.

Because I'm a nerd, I want to run a data mining algorithms on bar speed for various programming strategies and rep ranges and see if anything interesting pops out. With my product you just strap a watch like device to the bar, instead of hooking up a bunch of wires and annoying shit like that.

Another product out there is dartfish, that does all this by analyzing frame by frame video.


#5

They should just make an e-Barbell that saves your workout information (weights, reps, acceleration) and transmits wirelessly to your email or something. It could work rather well; you wouldn't need all that much in terms of electronics.


#6

OU is very Louie-friendly so that makes sense. What did he say about them? Positive stuff I'm guessing.


#7

you mean an iBarbell? it also plays music and tweets your progress


#8

If you want more data points I'd be happy to help as well. Also would be interested in post processing and analysis.


#9

actually I don't think he spoke very favourably about them, I remember reading something to the effect of guys got so caught up in increasing the readings that form went to hell and their lifts actually suffered


#10

That makes sense. I still think its useful when used properly though. Not necessary, but a good tool.