Quinnen Williams had done it.
In 4.87 seconds—the time it took him to run his first 40-Yard Dash at the 2019 NFL Combine—he'd solidified himself as a top-five draft pick. He'd joined the exclusive club of 300-plus pounders to break 4.9 and proven the explosive athleticism he put on tape during an All-American redshirt sophomore season at the University of Alabama was no fluke. His agent told him not to even bother with a second run—he'd already done what he needed to do.
But Williams felt good—really good. Little did we know, he had a secret weapon inside his cleats. Brushing off his agent's advice, Williams went out and clocked a jaw-dropping 4.83 in his second attempt. The internet went berserk, and Williams was quickly being praised as one of the best defensive linemen prospects in decades.
Thousands of hours of blood, sweat and tears led to that run. But Williams also had a slight edge with him that day that quite literally put an extra spring in his step—VKTRY Performance Insoles. In fact, more than 100 athletes at the 2019 NFL Combine wore VKTRY Insoles, including:
- Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf (4.33 40-Yard Dash, 40.5-inch Vertical and 11-foot-2 Broad Jump)
- Tight end Noah Fant (4.50 40-Yard Dash, 39.5-Inch Vertical and 10-foot-7 Broad Jump)
- Linebacker Devin Bush (4.43 40-Yard Dash and 40.5-inch Vertical)
All four (Williams, Metcalf, Fant and Bush) were named to NFL.com's All-Combine Team. The fact these elite prospects are willing to trust these insoles during the most important workout of their lives—and the incredible results they're achieving with them—speaks volumes.
"I feel like the shoe changed into a more dominant shoe," Williams said of his experience with VKTRY Insoles. "Just because of the insoles, I felt more powerful."
How do they work?
While normal sports insoles are made from foam and plastic and provide virtually no energy return, VKTRY Insoles, which were originally invented for use by the USA Olympic Bobsled Team, are made with a full-length carbon-fiber base and feature a patented curved design.
When a VKTRY Insole bends, tremendously higher amounts of energy are stored than would be with a standard insole. That additional energy results in significantly higher ground forces and rate of force development, directly translating to faster sprinting and more explosive jumps.
Using an athlete's weight, foot size and sport, the company's algorithm determines the exact flexibility level best suited to them. Third-party testing has found VKTRY Insoles help athletes gain an average of 1.6 inches in their vertical jump and 4.0 inches in their broad jump while shaving an average of .12 seconds off their 40-Yard Dash time.
If that wasn't intriguing enough, VKTRY Insoles have also been found to protect against injury thanks to the added support, stability and shock absorption. Top D1 football programs have reported 41% fewer foot/toe injuries and 22% fewer lower leg injuries when using VKTRY Insoles.
Find out why athletes from over 200 pro and college teams are now wearing VKTRY Insoles during training and competition at VKTRYGear.com.
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