This month in our blog we’re all about Fitness Tech and design and in particular, Technogym, one of the leading providers of high quality fitness equipment to homes, health clubs and Olympians around the globe. A few years ago it was the Kinesis machine that had fit tongues wagging, the £11,000+ gold plated all-body training system that doubled up as a piece of tech-art.
This year, something a little less flashy but just as impressive – hot off the press, or straight from the factory – Technogym’s new Skillmillwas launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (If you’d like to check out some of the cool gadgets showcased there, have a look at this: www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/10-cutting-edge-gadgets-from-the-2016-consumer-electronics-show/.
Yes, yes, we know – ‘Skillmill’ might sound like some kind of clever sewing robot, but hear us out. This is the first non-motorised treadmill ever. In some ways it’s old fashioned, which is ironic because Technogym are industry leaders when it comes to the design and ‘look’ of their products.
What the Skillmill does is take the engine out of the equation whilst using the latest technological developments at the same time. How? The user has to power the treadmill entirely with their legs, though they can adjust the resistance they are working against, so training on a Skillmill is akin to running in sand or pushing a heavy trolley as fast as you can so better for interval training than endurance. This works all the muscles in the legs and feet as well as the abdominals. You can also go sideways to work the inner and outer thighs. As you might imagine this isn’t cheap – Technogym are renowned for producing luxury fitness equipment including The Kinesis.
You can see the Skill Mill in action here: https://vimeo.com/153512454
Or find out more here: www.technogym.com/int/products/functional-flexibility/skillmill.html