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6 Exercise Machines Olympians Use to Train That You’ve Never Seen Before

Self Logo By Amy Schlinger of Self | Slide 1 of 6: Athletes can just run like normal on this massive treadmill, or they can throw on roller skis, grab their poles, and ski on it to practice cardio and endurance without having to schlep to a mountain. “Cross-country and Nordic combined [a discipline that combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing] skiers need to get in 15 to 20 hours of endurance or cardio training a week, so we will set them up on the treadmills to test their endurance and VO2 levels [which measure how efficiently your body uses oxygen], and to let them train,” Tschana Schiller, senior strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams, tells SELF.The oxygen tanks along the sides help athletes train to compete at a specific elevation. “We can add oxygen or take it away so that they can train at sea level or altitude, depending on what they’re training for,” says Schiller.

Oversized Treadmill

Athletes can just run like normal on this massive treadmill, or they can throw on roller skis, grab their poles, and ski on it to practice cardio and endurance without having to schlep to a mountain. “Cross-country and Nordic combined [a discipline that combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing] skiers need to get in 15 to 20 hours of endurance or cardio training a week, so we will set them up on the treadmills to test their endurance and VO2 levels [which measure how efficiently your body uses oxygen], and to let them train,” Tschana Schiller, senior strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams, tells SELF.

The oxygen tanks along the sides help athletes train to compete at a specific elevation. “We can add oxygen or take it away so that they can train at sea level or altitude, depending on what they’re training for,” says Schiller.

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