Friday, January 21, 2011

Brent Bookwalter BMC "The Real Deal"

If there is anything we know to be true in cycling, is there is always someone who's out there who will throw out the negative, "nay say" something or someone that their way is better. Most of the time, it's your trash talking opponents who, denoting a person or systems underground (even in sight) by opening an academic debate. The higher their level of degree, the higher the level of their debate.

The ability to non-invasively asses voluntary muscle effort has wide application i.e. movement science i.e. cycling. Traditionally, sEMG has been used for such assessment, so we used Noraxon sEMG, but we learned early on, that sEMG had a few limitations from an estimate of muscle effort. Fatigue studies where difficult as sEMG activity tended to increase w/ the increase of more muscle fibers turning on. So this gave the gas exchange guys a chance to debate what we where doing.

We knew years ago, after countless hours using sEMG that its about increasing fiber recruitment, or better the complex summation of muscle fiber twitches for the (big picture) macroscopic muscle force generation.

It's like the strings of a low frequency base guitar, how hard your strum the strings reads the body physiologic motions. Now think of how long the neck of a base guitar is i.e. longer leg.

That opened a can of worms for debate, some where PhD's sitting within our view. I will never forget, that I paid my own way to a dealer to promote his new gym, I saw and smelled a rat, so I even refused to show him and his audience what we where really doing Noraxon sEMG, knowing full well they intend on doing their own thing. Funny how that works!

It was stamped on his forehead! It was only days later, after going home, that they where not one of our dealers. In fact the owners even broke apart and both do their own things?

What the nay sayer didn't know is that we where using the Noraxon sEMG simply to see the muscle turn on/off , to teach the user i.e. Brent Bookwalter types what muscle was doing, and when.

Why bring up our sEMG history? We have a very rich history, working with real science, and some of the best racers in the world and it shows.

We have learned much through the years and we will never stop learning. Stay tuned!!!

Well here is another great story. You get a warm feeling when you watch someone make it like Brent Bookwalter on the BMC. We know it's not dumb luck, he has earned it i.e. in part even using our fitting ideas.

Seems like just the other day, when I got a call from Rick Crawford, asking if we could be of help to young guy from Michigan, he lived in Banner Elk, N.C.. He was in school at Lees-McRae and earning stars-&-strips was a regular thing and across several disciplines (road, mtb, cx).

So we had our WN fitter at the time in Asheville, NC perform the service. The rest is history.

Can you say Brent is world class in tt? He did very well in 2010, let's see what happens in 2011.

Fit Name: Brent Bookwalter
Gender: M
Fit Type: road

Total Paid:
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 157 lbs.

Account: a2 Coaching

trochtofloor = 967mm
rtankle = 77mm
ankleknee = 410mm
baseknee = 85mm
kneetotroch = 477mm
neutral = 250mm

trochtowall = 95mm
crest = 230mm
acrelax = 673mm
acup = 728mm
acdown = 629mm
actoac = 398mm
actoelbow = 347mm
knuckle = 375mm
shoulder = 1110mm

top_tube = xxxmm
seat_tube = xxxmm
sangle = xxxdegrees
crank = xxxmm

ltsesamoid = xxxmm
rtsesamoid = xxxmm
ltcenter = xxxmm
rtcenter = xxmm
ltheel = xxxmm
rtheel = xxxmm

FIT Computations:
Cleat Placement (A) Longitudinal
*** Right Foot: xxxmm
*** Left Foot: xxxmm

Cleat Placement (B) Lateral
*** Right Foot: xxmm
*** Left Foot: xxmm

Saddle Height: xxxmm
Fore/Aft Saddle Position: xxxmm

Effective Body Extension: xxxmm

Thank you for using the Wobble-naught® system for fitting your bike. Some of you will have made drastic adjustments to your bike. It may take you several months to fully adjust to the new fit. Give your body time to adjust to the fit before you try to get peak performance otherwise you might hurt yourself.

FIT Notes:

Additional Data:
saddleHeight = mm
saddleHeightOverBars = mm
saddleHandleReach = mm
saddleAngle =
saddleForeAft = mm
saddleBrand =
saddleModel =
stemLength = mm
stemAngle =

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