Lumo Run The Run Coach
By Ryan Light, Running/Anxiety Coach
Lumo Run – Being a run coach it’s always important to me to analyze data. This data tells me how you are running? Efficient? Effective? And in such a way that we won’t cause injury. There are a number of devices on the market that can provide me this type of data, such as Polar, Garmin, and Fitbit. However, these devices lack real time data that allows individuals to adjust real time. And of course I would love to run with all of my clients, but my wife would not be too happy with me never being home, and body I don’t could handle it. Luckily I found a new device that acts like a real time running coach. Meet the Lumo Run the device that analyses your running metrics real time and provide you real time adjustments to help your running form – just like having a run coach.
Who is Lumo Run?
Birthed out of Silicon Valley, Lumo Body Tech was started by Monisha Perkash and Dr. Charles Wang their goal was to, “unlock the body’s full potential and improve human movement”. They did this by first creating in 2011 the Lumo Lift, which was an activity tracker and help analyze an individual’s posture. The device signals you if your posture is off and needs to be corrected. After the successful launch of this product they developed the Lumo Run, which as noted is a sensor which measures and coaches you on running form.
What is Lumo Run?
Lumo Run is a small thumbed sized sensor which is worn on your running shorts/pants just below the small of your back. The clip faces your body as the actual device faces out. I found that the clip is sometimes hard to clip on, found that I had to slide the device on, rather than clip it on. There were a number of times that the device did ride up and almost fell off of my shorts. However, overall it is a nice a snug fit. I’d like to see the clip a bit thinner as it sits on your skin you could see some skin irritation.
To charge the device, there is a removable cap, which hides a microUSB charging port. I found that the device took about 10 to 15 mins to charge and lasted about five 1 hr runs. Keep in mind that I didn’t charge the device in between my runs so the unit lasted a long time on a single charge.
OK…now on to the fun stuff!
Lumo Run how it works
Use of Lumo Run is easy! You don’t need special clothing or special attachments for this device. Just wear your clothes which you use for running. I found that sliding (not clipping) the device, keeps it secure and snug. Pair the device to your Lumo Run app, and start your run. Once on your run your device will send real time metrics on your form to your app. Based on your form the app will provide you guidance through a Siri like voice over your phone. Once you make these adjustments the app will notify you to stay in this zone. If your form starts to breakdown the app will notify you again, and guide you through what actions need to take place to fix your form.
The Lumo Run device
The Lumo Run data
Lumo Run captures a number of run metrics, and measures various different parameters.
It can measure:
- Maps your route
- Pace per minute
- Goals of the run
- Change in forward velocity
- Vertical oscillations
- Rotation of Pelvis
- Side to side drop of pelvis
Pros and Cons of Lumo Run
Every smart device has some complications because nothing is perfect. Lumo run has some pros and cons which we will be discussing below.
- Lumo run is your running partner which is able to record and analyze your running form.
- It comes with an app which tells you all the record, and tips to improve your running
- Exercises to do to improve your form
- It has option for audio coaching
- Lumo run works like this, it offers personalized exercises, according to your body
- It is a sweat/water proof
- You can run without your phone, check the analytics after running
- It does not work well when you run on a treadmill
- I found it to be a bit off on trail-running
- It has a hard cap, which is difficult to open
- Clip is also hard to attach, but when someone is use to it, it will not create problems
- It only tracks running
- The plastic portion of clip irritates the skin when you wear it first few times
You can see that there are few cons of this Lumo run device, few ignorable disadvantages. Overall, this is a best device to keep your running form better. Experts also recommend it, because it has not side effects on your body and health.