Great Lakes Self Defense Association Product Review: Herman Digital Trainer
“Let me do it again”. That is the common response of people using the Herman Digital Trainer. The HDT is an electronic device that uses accelerometers to measure the force of a strike. Each sensor contains 2 accelerometers, which is the same device used in motor vehicles to trigger air bags. The HDT uses two accelerometers per sensor, which allows the device to measure the impact of a strike on all 3 axes. Sensors measure the power of an impact in g forces. The HDT doubles the g force to calculate a score. The sensors communicate the data to the HDT by a cable or wireless connection. The HDT can also be used to measure response time and number of strikes.
The genius of this product is two fold. The HDT is a small, portable device that operates on two AA batteries and can be used with any striking target. The sensors are attached by Velcro and can be easy transferred from one piece of gear to another. Earlier attempts at similar products developed by other companies were built directly into a single piece of equipment like a shield or heavy bag, which greatly reduced the versatility of training.
The second innovation is the use of software programs that allow the HDT to run a single user or group through various exercises.These software programs were very well designed and can be used to develop a number of different attributes and skills. The programs also track performance and can be used in conjunction with a laptop to keep records. You can download preexisting programs anytime from the product website or request a custom program.
The HDT is extremely valuable because it motivates students to perform better. Training can be very taxing, both mentally and physically. Even the best of students can lose their edge overtime. The HDT gives feedback in the form of tangible scores, which drives users to achieve more. This can change the attitude from “I’m glad that exercise is over” to “Let me do it again”, which is the universal response that I have witnessed. This shift in mental focus alone is more than worth the price. It transforms training from work to fun and increases ability, which can help to save lives.
It should be noted that the HDT is not a load cell, which measures pressure per scare inch. The HDT measures the effect of your strike by measuring the movement of the target when it is hit.
The HDT website also offers a two DVD set titled “Fit To Defend”, which provides four one-hour self-defence lessons. The production quality is excellent and the price is extremely reasonable. The lessons present a conventional approach to self-defence and training.
If you are a looking for an affordable product that really improves training, the Herman Digital Trainer is it. The
company is very professional and the device is a lot of fun to use.
“Wonderful and versatile product. Herman is very fun and easy to use and really helps out with training. Even better is the customer service. I have never spoken with anyone more friendly and helpful.”
“It is a great product for members that are interested in physical contact type exercise.”
CAPTAIN LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT
“This is by far the best piece of training equipment I have ever used. This thing is a Godsend. You guys rock, keep up the great work! ”
“Any fighter in the world & any non-fighter would love to know how hard they hit.”
SAM, Australian Boxer on ESPN’s The CONTENDER
“Thanks for such a much needed product.”
“We really love Herman. Great product, man.”
“Herman works great! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Nothing quite like this!”
“Herman is a very good product so you will certainly see a new order from me.”
FRANK, The Netherlands
“You guys are great and I love the product. Thank you and keep up the great work!”
“My Tae Kwon Do Instructor recently purchased a Herman Digital Trainer to use at our studio. Everyone who uses it really loves it. We challenge each other during classes and motivate each other to perfect our form.”
“I am enjoying the Herman.”
“The students really like it.”
“I have just received my Herman Trainer and am impressed how we can use it in our martial art school.”
“I bought a Herman for my School ( Love it !!)”
“It is an excellent piece of equipment that will get a lot of use.”
NEIL. United Kingdom
“GREAT PRODUCT I love it and so do my students.
And WOW great customer service!”
“We use the trainer f0r boxing. it is great.”
“My students are having a lot of fun with it.”
JOHN , California
“Thank you for the(custom) program… I’ve loaded it up and it works great.
Thanks again for building a great product.”
“I love your product”
“Herman has proven to be an excellent tool and we would recommend it to anyone who cares to improve on their striking skills.”
“It was awesome doing it to time vs. number of reps. It actually made me do more reps than usual”
“I appreciate the customer service. We would like to buy more units!”
“I love this machine. My wife told me I spend more time with it than her.”
“Having fun with Herman..students love it. Your service is excellent, thank you”
“Thank you for making a great machine,Since as a kid I have been very much been interested in various machines of measuring punching power and speed and Herman Digital Trainer is clearly the best. I have never seen such a quality velocity and force measuring machine in such a cost effective price class. Engineers and scientist use same technology and you can get it for your own use, that is a really big WOW!”
“Dude this little thing Rocks! It does waaaaay more than what you could hope for in a machine 3 times its size. You really thought of everything!”
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