One of the hottest topics in the fitness equipment industry right now is how digital technology can be used to help keep users engaged and motivated during workouts.
Hard on the heels of their superb bike, NOHrD have done it again. An eagerly awaited
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have appointed Technogym as the official fitness equipment supplier.
The Commonwealth Games involve 70 countries, 6,600 athletes competing in 23 sport disciplines over an 11 day sporting event. The global audience for the games should be 1.5 billion. The contract effectively means that Technogym will supply equipment to the athlete’s village gym, performance centres and four smaller fitness
Technogym launched SKILLMILL at the Rio games this summer but will now be showing the product off at Medica, an important trade show for the medical community.
The SKILLMILL, a curved looking treadmill, allows athletes to work on their power, speed, stamina and agility In fact the SKILLMILL offers a huge variety of workouts on the one piece of equipment. It is powered from the movement of the user whose performance can be tracked via the console.
The multidrive technology (patent pending) is also of interest as it allows users to select different levels of reactive resistance from zero to max. All you do is shift gear and you go from a resistance free programme to an all-out resistance workout. But what has interested the medical world are the rehabilitation opportunities offered by SKILLMILL.
SKILLMILL not only helps fully able athletes to develop their skills, but can help those people recovering their mobility after surgery, illness or trauma. The multi drive technology we mentioned earlier allows those rehabilitating to achieve the following benefits:
Anybody with hip or back problems will find a large range of exercises for them and users can progress from programmes suitable for those starting their rehabilitation and then progress to harder programmes as their body recovers.
SKILLMILL is also not just about rehabilitation but also can be a preventative tool. In older people too SKILLMILL can improve mobility, reduce muscle weakness, and improve strength, power and cardiovascular ability.
The console not only provides really useful data on performance but also offers guidance when a user is working the equipment away from medical help. A perfect tool for the medical community.
Founded in 1983, Technogym is the world’s leading international supplier of technology and design driven fitness and wellness products. Over 2,200 employees and 14 branches
Technogym have been involved in the Olympic movement for many years working with athletes in the Sydney, Athens, Beijing, Turin and London games. But for Rio the company has gone further than before.
In essence, the ‘let’s move for Rio’ campaign has involved athletes and other users logging onto the Mywellness cloud, Technogym’s digital platform, and for each 75,000 MOVES (the unit of measurement used by Technogym on the equipment) the company will donate 1 piece of equipment to a gym in Rio, in a disadvantaged
Chosen to provide a world class gym at the European Centre for Space Applications, they will kit the gym out to handle workouts for the 80+ employees and travelling
Gym development & in addition to new flooring and a general overhaul of décor, there are new CV and strength equipment being installed. These include
The UK country manager for SportsArt, Roger Eldergill, says “self-powered bikes and steppers have been around for a long time, but it’s the advent of self-powered treadmills that’s really exciting”. With NOHrD, Primal Strength and Woodway now launching self-powered treadmills it seems this piece of equipment will continue to increase in popularity.
Technogym and Matrix do not only have the desire to be environmentally friendly but are both heavily interested in the sports performance capabilities, something that is clearly evident from the marketing of their new products. The users of this equipment can combine the four aspects of power, speed, stamina and agility training, at the same time.
The SkillMill treadmill is being positioned as the ideal piece of equi
Treadmills were among the first indoor cardio machines, and remain enduringly popular to this day. One reason treadmills have remained so popular is their versatility.
There maybe are clear advantages to buying used gym equipment with the most obvious one, of course, is price. While buying anything second hand has its risk, the fewer moving parts any used gym equipment has, the less the risk. Thus items like free weights and benches are the simplest types of used gym equipment to shop for, strength training machines would come somewhere in the middle and cardio machines need the most thought.
Whatever type of used gym equipment you are buying, there are certain things you need to take into account.
These are by no means exhaustive, but designed to get you thinking.
Measure the space you have available, and make sure that anything you consider fits comfortably. When buying used you might not have the same level of information (e.g. specs) as with new equipment, so be sure you know what you are getting.
Because many people buy exercise equipment in a rush of enthusiasm, then quit, and similarly, many commercial facilities go out of business, there are always lots of choices, at lots of prices. Whatever you are buying used, the key is to know what they cost new, and how much use they have had.
Consider the options on the machine, especially with cardio machines. Basic models will have few accessories, while higher end models will have full digital readouts with heart rate control and dozens of programmes. What do you want and how much do you want to pay? The choice is yours!
The biggest risk – but with the greatest potential savings – comes when you buy equipment from an individual. When you buy privately the machine will have had