What is it?
Cadence is the measure of a runner's steps per minute (SPM). Typical values for Cadence are between 150-210spm.
We have found that various platforms define and label "cadence" differently than Stryd does.
- Polar uses RPM (Reps Per Minute), which will be equal to SPM divided by 2
- Suunto uses SPM
- Garmin uses SPM
Why does it matter?
Cadence can be monitored for consistency throughout a run and may decrease with the onset of fatigue. The optimal cadence will differ by the individual due to physical characteristics (leg length, weight, etc.) and features of running form (foot strike, arm swing, etc.). It is best monitored for individual-specific trends over time to gain insight into how a runner's training may be impacting their running mechanics.