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Odyssey has been off ering treadmill classes since 2018

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Odyssey Knebworth

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readmill training has definitely become more popular as an increasing number of members discovered running during lockdown,” says Ian Riches, club director of Odyssey Knebworth. “The ability to connect to Strava on the treadmills, replicate outdoor runs, and use scenic videos means the treadmill is a far more versatile tool for both trainers and members.” Odyssey has been offering treadmill training classes since 2018: “Our coaches can design these sessions and pre-set them on the pedestals,” he says. “Each individual is able to control the pace and gradient in order to ensure the class is suitable for all abilities.” The other class, a Skillrun bootcamp, uses swift pad technology enabling instant

speed and incline changes and also a power training feature allowing up to 160kg of resistance on the sled. These classes also include work off the treadmill. The parachute attachments are sometimes used for pure speed work. Odyssey also offers a run clinic where coaches perform video analysis and utilise the biofeedback metrics in order to assess running technique. “This tool gives a great insight into power, cadence and flight time, enabling assessment for areas of progression,” says Riches. “The classes appeal to the more active, sport-specific members. Those members that enjoy HIIT training enjoy the Bootcamp classes, as these help take the tedium out of treadmill training,” he says. The club also has a weekly outdoor run club which gives members the opportunity to practice skills they learned on the treadmills. Ian Riches

Each individual is able to control the pace and gradient in order to ensure the class is suitable for all abilities

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