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This First-of-Its Kind Treadmill Combines Cardio and Strength Training

When you think of the treadmill, you likely think of a pretty one-dimensional piece of workout equipment. Even when you're being as creative as possible with intervals (say with our 30-day treadmill challenge), you're still limited to cardio.

But not anymore, thanks to the SKILLRUN—Technogym's latest running innovation and the first treadmill that combines cardio and strength training in one piece of equipment that can meet the needs of elite runners as well as beginners, explains Michaela Raagas, master trainer and education manager for Technogym.

So what makes it so special? For starters, the treadmill boasts a sled-push simulation, "which feels intense at the start and decreases to a constant rate as users pick up speed, truly mimicking the feeling of pushing a sled on grass," to help runners boost their power and acceleration, Raagas explains. (We gave it a try and can attest!) There's also a parachute add-on feature that simulates the feeling of running outdoors with parachute wind resistance, which helps runners improve their power and speed.

Technogym has been the supplier for the Olympics since 2000, providing its innovative equipment to the training centers for athletes leading up to and during the Games. While there are no running events at the Winter Games, the resistance training capabilities of the SKILLRUN—plus the ability to run up to a top speed of 18.6 mph, hike on +25% incline or -3% decline—made it ideal for athletes across sports, like skiing and skating, to prepare for Pyeongchang's unique conditions, where high winds were a huge factor, Raagas explains. 

Even for non-Olympians prepping for their very first race, the treadmill offers a wide selection of customized routines that are designed to take the stress out of training. Especially helpful is the real-time personalized feedback that improves efficiency and reduces the risk of injury by helping you improve your form and cadence, Raagas says. SKILLRUN also syncs up to third-party apps like Strava, Runkeeper, and Fitbit, and it's Apple Watch compatible so you can keep track of your outdoor runs, too—or challenge yourself to best your performance from the previous day, week, or month leading up to race day. 

The SKILLRUN retails for a cool $14,000, but luckily it's currently being rolled out nationwide at resorts, hotels, and select Life Time Fitness and Equinox locations—so you can finally say goodbye to the dreadmill! 

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