I’ve wanted to work in occasional sprint warmups and shorter sprinting into my workouts/training/conditioning/wtfe you want to call it.
I want to be able to measure and track various sprinting related metrics independent of other people while working out by myself and not needing another human to time me, additionally I’d like to use a system that’s more accurate/consistent/has lower error than even the best hand timing.
I’d like to be able to do things like time a 10, 20, 40yd dash, measure top speed following runups of various distances, and measures like sprinting volume at or above a designated speed.
I believe NCAAFB and NFL teams use GPS technology to measure these things for every player every day.
Lots of GPS watches and fitbits and stuff, but I’m unfamiliar with all the features of these devices. In general Garmin watches and Fitbit seem to just be about tracking steps, heart rate, telling you to stand up and walk around, and LISS type of training. I’ve also heard they tend to be wildly inaccurate.
I was wondering if anyone is aware of a similar service available to individual recreational athletes that is accurate like devices/services used by NCAAFB/NFL teams and also happened to be affordable without having to pay 100 or more dollars up front.
IMHO, it’s strange that the common business strategy of undercutting the market to offer low cost to high number of users hasn’t worked it’s way into the sprint timing market where the only option seems to be buying full systems that cost anywhere from $1000 to $5000 that are intended for a team based setting and require extensive setup and calibration every time you want to use them. Conversely I guess there might not be the potential user base because in most first world countries you have to buy an apple watch to remind you to stand your fat sedentary ass up, while the majority of people lack general movement proficiency let alone be able to sprint 10 or 20 yards