The Sportbeeper was originally designed for athletics. Georges Gacon was looking for a tool that be able to free the coach form the whistle and the stopwatch during the 30/30 sessions. No such tool existed at the time. Georges Gacon decided to create the Sportbeeper which can be considered as an ideal tool for athletics.
What features of Sportbeeper can I use for athletics ?
In odrer to individualise the sessions as much as possible or organise them by level group it is imperative to have your athletes take tests (MASc et MASi, speed, flexibility, isokinetics, mental…). Some of theses can be carried out using the Sportbeeper Pro (VAM Eval, 45-15 FIT, Shuttle run (Léger)) … When we do long and middle distance events, we are making a continuous effort. Therefore, it is recommended to use a continuous test like the VAM Eval.
It is possible to set up many intermittent exercises, both short and long. In addition, it is possible to combine two different exercises in intermittent. These two training sessions can be done in a row (cycling) or first one exercise and then another (combined).For example, if you want to set up a 15 * 30/30 session, simply choose the cyclic intermittent training library in the “training” menu. You enter 30 seconds in the first column and in the second column, and in the third column you enter 15. Your 15*30/30 session is then set up.
The tab-odometer will calculate and display the distances to be covered according to the speed for each sequence. This tool is particularly useful for short MAS such as 30/30 or 15/15.
Pacing and staging exercises
Pacing and staging are fundamental in long and middle distance running. Constant pace will allow a person to work at a certain speed with the aim of imprinting that speed. In addition, working at a progressive pace allows the pace to be increased and can be used to integrate the warm-up.
It is not uncommon for track and field coaches to suggest stages exercises. Unlike pacing exercises, a recovery is programmed between pacing changes.
Many training sessions end with a workout. This is made possible by using the timer and setting 0:00 for recovery. At each beep, the athlete should change position.