Cyclists and multisport athletes want to be in shape to participate and compete in their sport. They spend many hours per week training, eat healthy food, hire a coach, and buy the latest and great equipment to have a competitive edge. So I often wonder why I rarely see anyone (other than myself) using Power Cranks. This device invented by Dr. Frank Day is the best piece of equipment I have ever owned to help me improve my cycling and overall fitness.
I bought my first pair of Power Cranks over ten years ago and I used them consistently for five years with great results. Then I quit using them because I lost interest in competing. Well, I dusted off my old pair of Power Cranks with a renewed passion to improve my cycling fitness in a fraction of the time that I would have to typically spend.
I have use the Power Cranks for the past few months and I feel a great deal stronger. Since I will do a few triathlons this year I decided to buy another pair to put on my tri bike and I will race with them as well. So what are Power Cranks, you ask?
Below is an introduction by Dr. Frank Day. "PowerCranks is the only training tool proven by independent university studies to impove both cycling and running speed beyond what can be done without them. If you are an average athlete you can be running faster in 3 weeks and cycling faster in 6 weeks (elites may take longer) when used as we recommend. Continue and see 1 min/mile running improvement in 3 months and 2-3 mph cycling improvment in 9 months on average. Don't believe us? There is a 90 day moneyback guarantee. What more do you need to know? If you want to get better, PowerCranks is the most efficient way to go. Watch the intro video.
PowerCranks, What are they?
PowerCranks are, simply, independent bicycle cranks that replace the regular cranks found on a typical bicycle or exercise machine. Independent means one leg cannot help the other in making the pedals go around and in order to pedal the bike one cannot simply relax on the back stroke but must actively raise the pedal using your hip flexor and hamstring muscles, generally undertrained muscles in most athletes. This give the rider feedback when he is doing it right (they will work like regular cranks) and feedback when they are doing it wrong (they simply fall apart) and, because they are on a bicycle, the user can get enough duration to train this change for whatever their sport demands, even for hours. This forces the user to learn how to pedal a bicycle in a more efficient and powerful manner and the motion closely resembles a running motion (without the impact). Further, this simple change ensures that your leg muscles will become balanced (both right/left and fore/aft) and that you will be training additional muscles with a coordination important to overall well-being and superior athletic performance whatever your sport. They have been described as plyometrics without the impact or injury risk.
PowerCranks, What do they do?
PowerCranks are a unique training tool to improve the benefit you receive from the time you spend training. Since 90% of an athlete's time is spent training, preparing for competition, this makes PowerCranks particularly effective in enhancing competition results. They do this by helping the user to train more and better balance muscles while also focusing on helping the athlete to develop better form or technique. Runners run faster without risking injury from needing to run more (runners frequently see running improvement starting in 2-3 weeks - yes they are used by pro runners and university track teams). Cyclists gain more power and speed compared to the same amount of training time on traditional cranks. (Cyclists typically see 2-3 mph speed improvement in 6-9 months and, yes, they are used by World, Olympic and Tour de France champions.) Triathletes gain running speed while they are improving their bike power (and, yes, they are used by World, Olympic and Ironman champions). Any athlete that uses their legs can benefit (yes, they are used by World Series and Superbowl champion teams). If you are injured PowerCranks will help you rehab faster and better, usually a lot better. The injured can insure complete recovery and balance during rehabilitation, lessening the chance of reinjury after return to competition. Other athletes (currently used by pro football, baseball and rugby teams) can gain better core muscle balance and coordination which usually translates into more strength, better coordination, and reduced risk of injury.
PowerCranks do all of the above by, again, by forcing the user to train more and better balance lower extremity and core muscles while also focusing on helping the athlete to develop better form or technique. Using PowerCranks will add synergy to your training and racing. One training tool provides all of the above benefits and all you need do is incorporate it into your normal training routine. Interested? "
Check out these athletes that use Power Cranks:
For the fourth Olympics in a row a PowerCranker has won the cycling road race. Bettini X2, Sanchez, and now, Vinokurov.
At the 2013 Ironman World Championships PowerCranker Mirinda Carfrae sets a new run course and overall course record. Just as impressive age-groupers Sam Gyde and Stefanie Adam win their division with amazing bike splits. Sam rides a sub 4:30 bike split, faster than all but 4 pros and then runs a 3 hr marathon to set a new AG record and Stefanie rides a sub 4:50 bike split, faster than all of the pros (she beat them all last year also). Both Sam and Stefanie train on PowerCranks.
At least 25 Pro Ironman Champions have won their first Ironman after starting training on PowerCranks
Stop in at May Street Bicycles to check out our Power Cranks:)
Yours in Cycling and Fitness,
President of Fun
May Street Bicycles is not your typical bike shop. Sure we sell awesome bicycles, provide bicycle repairs, and rental bikes all at great prices. But we do a great deal more such as dynamic bike fitting, metabolic testing, altitude training, and personal training. AND WE HAVE POWER CRANKS:)