I asked Garmin how to fix my running form, and the answer will surprise beginners


Sunday Runday

(Image credit: Android Central)

In this weekly column, Android Central Wearables Editor Michael Hicks talks about the world of wearables, apps, and fitness tech related to running and health, in his quest to get faster and more fit.

Wrist-based running dynamics, aka running form analysis, is the hot new thing for fitness watches. Garmin, COROS, Apple, and Samsung (among others) will analyze your cadence, stride, balance, and power. The question is, can amateur runners use this information to improve without injuring themselves? I spoke with Garmin Forerunner product manager Joe Heikes to find out.

Heikes warned me that “form improvements are pretty tough because they often feel unnatural.” Trying to self-correct your below-average running dynamics will “produce less economical running” and keep you out of the zone. Neither novices nor running veterans benefit.

Read more

Local News