pool sprint by pyry tamminen
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may 31, 2010
pool sprint by pyry tamminen


preparing for a pool sprint
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finnish designer pyry tamminen has developed ‘pool sprint’ which takes running to new extremes –
in the water. the training method and equipment have been invented and developed by tamminen.
the special running mat and shoes enable maximum performance and running under water,
by providing good grip for one’s feet at the bottom of the pool.

water provides a good resistance to the runner, making pool sprint an interesting alternative
to other exercise. the tempo of running can be changed easily, making this program suitable
to most runners. as one leans forward, the water resistance flows around them more smoothly,
making running easier. the idea behind the ‘pool sprint’ and the equipment used is based on this
running position of forward-leaning. since the bottom of the pool is slippery, it is difficult
to nearly impossible to jump from the bottom when in this stance. this is where the special
‘pool sprint’ equipment comes into play.

pool spring is a good way for exercisers who wish to explore their physical limits.


in the pool getting ready to sprint
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taking off
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the track pad
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materials used are: rubber, plastic, stainless steel and aluminium, with track dimensions
of 1800 x 700 x 100 mm


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sprint complete
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the shoes and running mat which pyry tamminen has designed
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the shoes with specially designed good grip soles
image © designboom

‘pool sprint’ was presented at the ‘straightforward : new finnish design‘ exhibition
in the meatpacking district during new york design week 2010. the show illustrated
how traditional values of finnish design are still present in the work of finnish designers today.
‘straightforward’ was a presentation of innovative solutions to matters concerning everyday life
and included projects by over 50 individual designers.

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