- What Metrics Mean
Understanding your performance metrics is not merely an academic exercise; it’s an essential part of effective and targeted training. By closely examining metrics like punch speed, punch force, and reaction time, you gain valuable insights into your skill set. These insights enable you to train smarter, identify areas for improvement, and make informed decisions. With StrikeTec, you get access to a rich set of performance metrics, complete with visual analytics like bar graphs and line charts, to help you dissect every aspect of your game.
What Metrics Mean #
Punch Speed #
- Definition: Punch speed is the measure of how fast your fist moves during a punch, recorded in miles per hour (mph).
- Importance: A higher punch speed can lead to a more effective strike, giving your opponent less time to react.
- How it’s Calculated: StrikeTec sensors utilize accelerometers to gauge the speed of your hand from the beginning of the punch to the point of impact.
Punch Force #
- Definition: Punch force gauges the power or impact behind your punch, measured in pounds of force.
- Importance: A greater punch force can result in more damaging strikes, making your blows more effective.
- Relevance in Training: Monitoring punch force over time allows you to fine-tune your technique to generate more powerful strikes.
Reaction Time #
- Definition: Reaction time measures the time it takes for you to respond to a stimulus, like dodging a punch.
- What it Measures: The metric captures the time elapsed between the stimulus and your physical response.
- Why it Matters: A quicker reaction time provides you with a tactical advantage, enabling more effective dodges and counterattacks.
Additional Metrics #
- Endurance: Assesses your stamina over an extended period or multiple rounds, helping you understand how well you maintain performance.
- Frequency: Counts the number of punches thrown within a specific time frame, offering insights into your activity level during a training session.
Performance History and Visual Analytics #
StrikeTec offers a Performance History feature where your metrics are displayed over time through visual aids like bar graphs and line charts. These visualizations make it easier to:
- Identify trends
- Spot areas needing improvement
- Track progress over time
How to Access Your Stats #
Navigating to your statistics is straightforward with the StrikeTec app. Here’s how to do it:
- Open the StrikeTec App: Locate the StrikeTec app on your device and tap to open it.
- Sign In: If you’re not already signed in, enter your login credentials.
- Main Menu: Once logged in, you’ll be taken to the main menu.
- Navigate to Performance History: On the main menu, look for an option labeled ‘Performance History’ or similar.
- View Your Metrics: Once in your Performance History, there are 3 levels to your performance stats.
- 1st level: Scroll Left and Right to view your high level performance. Its setup to show you a quick overview without having to dig into the details. Scroll down by swiping-up on your screen to access more details.
- 2nd level: Scroll Left and Right to view your punch by punch history. This was designed to give a little more view into your performance by allowing for a side by side, punch by punch comparison. Scroll down (swipe up to access Level 3.)
- 3rd Level: This level gives you the most granular look into your punches by showing you each punch thrown in each round. You can sort them by Punch Type, Speed, Force, or Order.
Note: Screenshots or illustrations will provide a visual guide for each step, offering you better understanding.
Interpreting Your Stats #
Understanding Numbers #
- Punch Speed:
- Good: Above 20 mph
- Average: 10-19 mph
- Poor: Below 9 mph or Below
- Punch Force:
- Good: Above 400+ pounds of force
- Average: 150 – 400 pounds of force
- Poor: Below 150 pounds of force
- Reaction Time:
- Good: Less than 0.5 seconds
- Average: 0.5-1 second
- Poor: More than 1 second
Analyzing Trends #
StrikeTec provides visual aids like bar graphs and line charts to help you analyze your performance over time. Here’s how to make the most of them:
- Identify Patterns: Look for recurring patterns, such as consistently low punch force, that may indicate areas for improvement.
- Spot Outliers: Occasional spikes or drops in metrics can be outliers; don’t let them skew your overall analysis.
- Set Milestones: Use your historical data to set achievable goals for each metric, aiding in your continuous improvement.
How Metrics Impact Your Training #
Metrics are more than just numbers on a screen; they’re your personalized training coach, a mirror reflecting your performance, and a roadmap to becoming a better athlete. Here’s why they’re indispensable and how to make the most out of them:
The Importance of Metrics in Training #
- Personalized Feedback: Each metric is like a feedback loop, telling you what you’re doing right and what needs attention.
- Identify Strengths and Weaknesses: Maybe you’re fast, but not powerful enough. Or perhaps you’ve got the power but lack speed. Metrics help you identify these areas clearly.
- Data-Driven Decisions: Gone are the days of ‘gut feeling’ training. With metrics, you can make data-driven decisions that bring quantifiable improvements.
Practical Tips for Tailoring Your Training #
- Target Specific Metrics: Don’t aimlessly train. Use your stats to identify which aspects need more focus. Is it speed, power, or reaction time?
- Incorporate Metric-Focused Exercises:
- Punch Speed: If this is your focus, add more speed-oriented drills like shadow boxing and plyometric exercises to your routine.
- Punch Force: If power is what you lack, integrate heavy bag work and strength training exercises like deadlifts and squats.
- Reaction Time: To improve this, you can use partner drills, mitt work, and dodge-and-counter routines to train your body to react quicker.
- Regular Check-ins: Consistently monitor your metrics to see if the changes in your training routine are bringing about the desired improvements. Adjust as necessary.
- Set Achievable Goals: Use your metrics to set realistic yet challenging goals. For instance, if your average punch speed is 40 mph, aim for 45 mph in the next month.
- Consult & Compare: Don’t train in a vacuum. Use the community features to compare your metrics with others in your skill level and consult with trainers or peers for additional insights.