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Hi there,

We are getting very close to completing our reaction trainer and here is the promotion flyer for your preview.

Initial testing has gone well and we are also providing a “practice mode” that allows an individual to use in a more controlled manner to perfect movements and in also to challenge base of support in a variety of body exercises.

Hotspot Response

Reaction Training For Everyone

The new reaction trainer from hotspot training is in development.

Hotspot Response

Make it Count with Hotspot Response

This picture is of the base unit that will control the reaction modes. We will be producing coloured spots to correspond with the lights on the base that will be linked uniquely to the base.
Hardware and software are in progress with two intended modes, a reaction mode and a memory speed mode.

Look for more updates and let us know your thoughts on the system.

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Who uses Hotspot??

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Stories
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Everybody is curious about new innovations and products that hit the market.  We are proud of our work to date and here is a list of those who have joined the Hotspot revolution.  This list does not include all the individual coaches and trainers that have strive daily to improve their athletes.


Chelsea Football Club

Blackburn Rovers FC

Club Brugge

1899 Hoffenheim

KSV Stuttgart

Irish FA

Reading Academy

Dukinfield Tigers JFC

Old Coulson Colts JFC

Football Development Scheme Birmingham

FAB Academy Bisham Abbey



 Lawn Tennis Association

Flemish Tennis Federation

Swiss Tennis Federation

TopSpin Tennis Germany

Vietnamese Tennis Federation

Israel Tennis Federation

Point Set Tennis Academy New York

Club Real San Sebastian, Spain

Pershore Tennis Centre

Akersberga Tennis Club Stockholm

MyTennis Academy Loughborough

Rye Racket Club New York

Charlford Tennis Centre

Staffordshire Tennis


 UK Sport

Pat Etcheberry

Vern Gambetta

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme UK

Peak Performance Cyprus


Health & Fitness

 Escape Fitness

Haven Holidays

Droitwich Spa ATC

Halewood Leisure Centre

Compres Aerobic e Fitness Spain

Olympus Sports Cyprus

Victory Fitness Slovak Republic

F1 Recreation


 Leeds Metropolitan University

Worcester University

Nottingham University

Stony Brook University

North Bromsgrove High School

Swindon College

Derby College

Salisbury High School

Winstanley Sports College

King Edwards School Aston

Haybridge School

Hodgehill School

Mill Green School

West Oxford School Sports Partnership

Northamptonshire School Sports Partnership

Bents Green School

Kings School St Ottery

Leasowes Business and Enterprise College

Chaucer Business and Enterprise College

Huxlow Science College

Kings School Worcester

St Peters School Gloucester

West Suffolk College

Hurtsmere Foundation School

Barnard Castle School

Itchen Sixth Form College

Ramsey College

Doncaster College

Felsted School

Other Sports

 English Cricket Board

Sussex County Cricket Club

GB Sitting Volleyball

England Squash & Racquet Ball


 Bishop Sports and Leisure

Liss Sports

Perform Better UK

Escape Fitness

Technology Sport Spain

TopSpin Tennis Germany

Aerobic e Fitness Spain

HartSport Australia

Innovative Training Systems Germany

Vertical Jump

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Coaching Concepts, Uncategorized
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Vertical Jump Comparisons

Hotspot Training offers a Vertical Jump Measurement system that operates using the time of flight to calculate the vertical raising of a person’s centre of mass.  The system runs of a 16bit processor allowing a certain degree of accuracy in timing and displays cm:mm.

The system works by using a dot that is configured to be sensitive enough to trigger when the athlete jumps up leaving the dot.  It is then triggered again when the athlete lands back on the dot.


There are some interesting debates about testing and testing equipment and what can be used and compared.

Firstly one must consider the “fair” test criteria probably first studied in school.  This is where testing environments, equipment and methods are repeatable each time a sample is collected.  If they are not the same or the conditions considered acceptable then data cannot be compared.

In the case of the vertical jump there are a few methods and testing units that are available for use.  Each operates in different ways and more interesting are that of the athlete and the method of data acquisition.  For example using the “chalk and wall” method or something like the “Vertec” the athlete looks up aiming for the target and there is no consideration to the landing or where they land.   This method could be considered a pure vertical jump as everything is in the correct plane.  Any shifts in landings will result in lower scores.  When a system involves a landing the athlete will potentially alter the mechanics. In addition the athlete has a host of variables also such as fatigue level, warm up etc that can hinder the tests (example of this later).

The main requirement for a vertical jump system is that it shows progression and improvement that somewhat correlates with current accepted methods.


The Hotspot vertical jump system was tested against two methods (chalk and wall and Vertec) and proven to correlate with progression and give indications within a few cm.  In reality the Hotspot is likely to be the more accurate of the methods due to resolution of measurement in the others.  Also the plane in which the athlete must execute is also likely to be more accurate using the small dot.

In initial tests the athlete was asked to jump using each method separately and the results read within 2cm of each other.

In another test two athletes were asked to use Hotspot and Vertec at the same time.  In both cases the results from Vertec and Hotspot were within approximately 2cm.  These heights were 52cm and 61.2cm

The Hotspot, when tested incrementally with Vertec showed correlation with the progression in height.  Vertec was set at known heights and incremented 10cm each jump and Hotspot results followed this pattern.

In a final test Hotspot was used as a training tool for an athlete to complete 5 jumps at 90% of maximum. This meant the athlete attempted to replicate effort level and jump approximately 52cm.  Hotspot readings for these 5 jumps were with 3cm of this number.

Other findings

In recent data comparison, a tennis player was tested using an electronic jump mat system and the score recorded was 32cm. According to an S&C coach who had worked with the player previously this value was considered low.  In using the Hotspot a week later the player recorded a 42cm jump.  This is a big difference and there is no way of confirming which reading is correct but feeling was that the 42cm jump is more appropriate.


The conclusion to be drawn from all this is that Hotspot is a valid training and testing option for vertical jump.  It can demonstrate improvement and correlates with that of other non-electronic systems.   There can really be no comparison between systems and modalities and whatever testing environment and equipment is chosen must remain consistent.  Hotspot, therefore offers an affordable and useable option for testing vertical jump.

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Welcome to the second contribution to 3D Training Concept.  This time it is with great pleasure that I can present Kelvin Giles, a world class and well renowned trainer/coach/author/presenter.  Kelvin is the top of his field and works with some serious customers in the sporting and training world.  You can access Kelvin’s work at Movement Dynamics.

Here is what Kelvin had to say…

Re: Hotspot – I have done a fair amount of brainstorming with my friend Vern Gambetta (Vern’s Site) about Hotspot and there can be no doubt that it offers a means to measure the outcome of that foundation of training – Movement Efficiency .

I have been concentrating on Movement Efficiency over the last few years and in the case of the Field & Court athlete the translation of that primary commodity to agility is a key issue. Hotspot allows you to monitor progress and challenge the complexity of movement. Getting improved movement efficiency is worthless unless you can apply it and for the Field & Court athlete multi-directional movement patters are a cornerstone.

Hotspot is certainly a very worthwhile component of this journey.

I am working hard to get coaches to ensure that the athletes have adequate movement efficiency (multi-joint, mult-plane. multi-directional) so that this can be more effectively driven into agility work. We often by-pass the foundation movement efficiency in the quest for agility. For example if an athlete cannot triple-flex / extend efficiently they cannot land efficienctly and therefore will not be able to execute or survive agility loads. You want to change direction? You have to ‘stop’ first. Can’t squat – can’t stop.


I am sure you agree that this is straight to the point and makes logical sense.  In our approach to Hotspot Training we consider the building blocks of the “agility” drill/exercise or in fact the pattern of movement (In pattern I mean the A-B nature of the drill)  of the game and we use the measurement of the drill as guidance.  In an attempt to be more clear we will consider where gains can be made in terms of the drills measurement’s from a “movement efficiency” perspective.   For example is there a lack of ability to absorb force, control Centre of mass in a change and can we utilise exercises to facilitate development.  Ultimately does this intervention impact the agility drill in a positive manner and therefore making improvements in the field/court.

I would like to thank Kelvin for his contribution and lets go and make our athletes better..and know it!

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