Matrix Fitness introduces the S-Drive Performance Trainer, a unique piece of athletic equipment designed to deliver the functionality found in self-powered treadmills, weighted sleds, resistance parachutes and harness systems in one space-saving footprint. In addition, the S-Drive Performance Trainer is cord-free so it can be placed where it fits best, without needing to be plugged into an electrical outlet.
“The S-Drive Performance Trainer is truly unlike anything else on the market today,” said Mark Zabel, vice president of global marketing for Johnson Health Tech. “We worked with some of the world’s most demanding coaches and athletes to understand their needs and deliver a product that exceeds their expectations by developing exercise protocols to support sprinting, sled pushing, and agility work.”
The versatility of the S-Drive allows coaches to deliver intense sprinting and sled-pushing workouts to athletes while being able to stand alongside them to provide immediate feedback. It also complements small group training circuits by allowing several different exercises to be completed in tight spaces.
The thoughtful design of the S-Drive Performance Trainer enables sprint training, interval training and weighted sled resistance pushes in limited spaces. For sprinting, a parachute brake with eleven resistance levels simulates outdoor parachute resistance, while an adjustable harness allows users a complete range of upper body motion while helping coaches observe multiple sprint phases.
The built-in seven-degree fixed incline helps build strength and explosiveness in sprinters without changing the athlete’s natural gait, and no preset belt speeds mean that users can match their workout to their personal needs and fitness goals. The low-inertia design with true-to-life ground reaction force and quick deceleration enables high intensity interval training. To mimic a true-to-life experience of pushing up to 270 pounds on natural turf, the S-Drive Performance Trainer features a dedicated sled bar combined with a sled brake with eight resistance settings.
Additionally, field testing has shown that based on EMG results, the S-Drive Performance Trainer can be used in place of the traditional sled pushing and sprinting over ground. Meaning that athletes can achieve the same muscle activation on the S-Drive without the need for excess track or field space.
Check out the Matrix S-Drive Performance Trainer here, or for more information, download the S-Drive Performance Trainer White Paper.