A small, open parachute attached to the back of a runner. The chute billows out behind a runner during a workout, increasing the resistance against which to run. The manufacturers claim that they improve speed endurance and provide an alternative form of resistance training. There has been little research to test the effectiveness of the chutes. However, studies of sprinters suggest that chute users improve at the same rate as those doing similar training with no chutes. The chutes conferred no special benefits, but they may add variety and fun to resistance training.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.