Cadence (gait)

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Cadence in sports involving running is a measure of speed calculated as the total number of full cycles (of both a right and left foot strike) taken within a given period of time, often expressed in steps per minute or cycles per minute. It is used as a measure of athletic performance.

It is similar to cadence in cycling. In running and racewalking, increasing cadence can be beneficial.[1]

In sports such as weightlifting or bodybuilding, cadence can refer to the speed or time taken to complete a single lift, rather than how many repetitions of a lift are completed.

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  1. ^ Berg, Jared (22 July 2004). "Running with a Higher Cadence". Archived from the original on 28 February 2008.