TECHNOGYM – SKILLMILL

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PER­FOR­MANCE BAR­RIER

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.

PER­FOR­MANCE SO­LU­TION

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.

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