What is it?
The SKILLMILL functions a lot like the barrel roll equipment that you find in a children’s playground. If you put both in a blender, then this is what would pour out – a sleek and sinuous non-motorised treadmill that you operate by pushing with your feet.

How do I use it?
The beauty of the treadmill is two-fold – it’s incredibly simple (and fun) to use and it has a variety of resistance training options. Used as a basic treadmill, even a simple run or power walk will increase the metabolic rate of the user or you can go full out and use it with maximum resistance.

Easy for technophobes to use?
Compared to most gym equipment, the SKILLMILL is like a walk in the park. Set-up is one pain-free step: set and adjust the resistance – just a twist of the big yellow knob on the side takes you from zero to max. By shifting gear, you can switch quickly from low-resistance running to an all-out sled push.

Using it is uncomplicated too. Your speed is controlled by the resistance itself and the amount of pressure you can exert on the treadmill. To move faster, you position yourself at the front end of the treadmill where the belt curves upwards; to slow down, you move away towards the rear of the machine. Side and front handlebars are in place to help you steady yourself during certain movements.

How can I programme with it?
It’s perfect for one-to-one or small group training sessions. At the trial session I attended, the Technogym master trainer split six of us into three groups and we used the SKILLMILL as part of a HIIT circuit session alongside kettlebells and plyometric boxes.

Where do I find it?