SKILLRUN shatters all expectations of what a treadmill can be.
It is the first piece of running equipment designed to meet the training requirements of elite athletes and demanding fitness enthusiasts. Thanks to its unique Multi-drive Technology™, Technogym SKILLRUN users can combine cardio and power training in a single solution.
The SKILLRUN is also faster than other treadmills, reaching up to 30kph (18.6mph) versus, Technogym says, “a maximum of 20-25km/h (15.5mph) on a majority of treadmills currently on the market.”
Seasoned runners will appreciate the wider belt of the SKILLRUN. It’s 22 inches instead of the customary 20, so you don’t feel like there’s a risk of clipping the edges.
As well as compatibility with Apple GymKit, which lets the machine share data with your Apple Watch with just a tap, you also get live biofeedback from SKILLRUN. The display tells you where you’re putting your weight, cadence, and whether your stride is even. This can help you adjust how you run to make yourself more efficient and less injury-prone and the feedback is colour coded if you please.
Key Features of Technogym SKILLRUN:
- Programmes include Cardio Fit, with fast/slow and uphill/downhill intervals, but also Speed and Agility Drill, with alternate sprints and “coordination exercises”, which sounds intriguing.
- SKILLRUN isn’t just about building endurance and losing a bit of weight, it’s heavily focussed on power training.
- There’s a simulation of parachute running, which means in practice that the SKILLRUN’s resistance increases as you get faster.
- The machine also does an impression of a sled push – with initially very strong resistance lessening as you get faster – and it can “create the feeling of sled pushing while on grass, for extra difficulty”.