TECHNOGYM – SKILLMILL
Traditional motorised treadmills are a staple of every gym. Effective for replicating the long, continuous training of outdoor running as well as interval and hill training functions, they are the quintessential staminabuilding machine. But when it comes to speed training, they can be found somewhat lacking because speed is not just simply speed. It’s an all-encompassing term for a group of sub-qualities including acceleration, reaction, speed endurance (repeat efforts), max velocity and agility and training. These elements on a motorised treadmill are either impossible or extremely dangerous to train.
Enter the SkillMill. A non-motorised piece of equipment, the speed of the SkillMill is responsive to and dictated by the user. This means the machine changes speed at the same rate the user does, allowing acceleration and deceleration to be trained effectively. Equipped with a Power Lever to adjust resistance and a Dual Handle Bar to train high and low pushes, users can train lower-body speed and power separately or simultaneously. With the speed under the user’s control, dynamic and multi-directional movement patterns (think running backwards and sidestepping) all become trainable in a way only field-based training previously permitted.
WHO IS USING IT?
In addition to the NRL’s Cronulla Sharks, dozens of Olympic athletes and premier sports teams in the world, from Chelsea FC to AC Milan or Sydney FC, all train with the SkillMill. Other names include football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Olympians Kelly Holmes and Sanya Richards-Ross, tennis champion Rafa Nadal and Italian international rugby legend Martin Castrogiovanni.
RRP from $10,200 excluding GST and delivery. Visit the website www.technogym.com/au to find out more.