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A Cardio Workout That’s Hard to Beat!

When it comes to a fantastic cardio workout that’s low impact, it’s hard to beat the NordicTrack Incline Trainers. With more models being added to the NordicTrack Commercial Incline Trainer line-up, you’re sure to find the model that is perfect for you. One such example is the x15i Incline Trainer, which is a new release for 2019.

With the quality and durability that we have come to expect from NordicTrack, the x15i will provide you with the performance and comfort to make your in-home workout experience a pleasure. You’ll get all of this, plus peace of mind knowing that you have experience on your side. NordicTrack is part of Icon Fitness, which is the largest producer of fitness equipment out there (including ProForm Treadmills.) So you know you’re making a fantastic purchase with their machines.

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NordicTrack X15i Commercial Incline Trainer Features and Technology

4.0 DurX Commercial Plus Motor – The motors on the Incline Trainers models are huge to ensure that you can utilize the incline on these machines without having to worry. At 4.0 CHP, you can rest assured that your machine is always going to be able to keep up, no matter what your workout includes. The self-cooling motor also reduces vibration for a comfortable ride.

Next-Gen Sled Push – With this latest version of the incline trainers, NordicTrack has added a sled push feature.  Work your entire body by gripping the sled push bar and turning the treadbelt with the power of your legs.  It’s a great workout and will have you sweating in no time!

Reflex Cushioning – Even though you can get a fantastic workout by simply walking on the x15i Incline Trainer, it is still important to consider your walking surface. The Reflex Cushioning is a great feature that allows you to adjust the firmness of the running/walking surface. You can switch between a firmer, real road feel and a softer surface to reduce any impact. This is great for anyone with joint pain or those that have suffered an injury.

2.5” Precision and Balanced Non-Flex Rollers – This is a larger roller than we see on many machines, which is something that bodes well for you and your machine. Larger rollers mean less wear and tear on the machine, allowing for a longer life and less maintenance for you.

300 lb. User Weight – The high recommended user weight on these machines speaks to the quality construction and materials of the x15i Incline Trainer. These factors combine to create a machine able to withstand larger users, allowing for a wider range of individuals to take advantage of a great in-home workout.

40% Incline – This is where the name comes from, it’s all about this massive incline. This is the feature on these machines that allows you to get a killer cardio workout and train and tone such a wide variety of muscles by simply walking.

-6% Decline – In addition to the huge incline on the NordicTrack X15i Commercial Incline Trainer, the -6% decline lets you broaden your workout regimen even farther. Walking or jogging downhill works an entirely different group of muscles and contributes to a truly full-body experience.

22” x 60” Treadbelt – This large treadbelt is another feature that we love to see on the Commercial x15i Incline Trainer. The 60” length makes this an accessible machine for taller users or anyone with a longer stride. Plus, the 22” width will keep you from feeling cramped when you’re focusing on your workout.  The lower priced Commercial x11i Commercial Incline trainer has a 20×60″ treadbelt.

14” Smart HD Touchscreen – The touchscreens on the Commercial x22i and x32i are so enormous that this 14” screen on the x15i feels small.  But remember, it’s still a very large touchscreen!  And it does exactly the things that you need. This is the feature on any machine that allows you to tailor your price a little bit. Larger screens mean higher price tags, but the size of the screen doesn’t dictate what you can do on it. The 14” display on the x15i Incline Trainer still gives you access to all of the amazing features that come with an iFit subscription.

Your purchase of an x15i Incline Trainer comes with a 1-year subscription to iFit, but remember, after that it is a paid service that you will need to sign up for.

iFit allows you to really get the most out of your machine with workouts, motivation and stat tracking to keep you on the path to your fittest you. You can join a live interactive training session with one of NordicTrack’s world-renowned trainers that will keep you moving from start to finish. The trainer controls your machine and will automatically adjust the speed and incline to make sure you’re getting the best workout possible.

If you like to keep things at your own pace a little bit more, you can take advantage of the on-demand video library, filled with workouts to use both on and off your machine. Switch things up with a weight training workout or a yoga routine when you want a little variety in your life.

Just because you are working out in your home, doesn’t mean you need to get cabin fever. You can choose routes from around the globe with iFit’s extensive library of video routes. Beat the winter chill with a workout along the beach of a tropical island. The machine will adjust the speed and incline to create an immersive experience. Or create your own route with the help of Google Maps. Again, the machine will adjust incline and speed to create a real-life feel no matter where you choose to be.

Warranty – Lifetime frame & motor, 5-year parts & electronics and 2-year labor.

Other Features – OneTouch controls allow you to easily make changes during your workout without losing your focus, while the dual AutoBreeze fans will keep you cool. The x15i Incline Trainer also has Bluetooth audio capability and your favorite tunes will sound great coming from the dual 3” digitally amplified speakers.

Our Review – NordicTrack X15i Commercial Incline Trainer

We have come to expect great things from the Incline Trainer series from NordicTrack, and the x15i doesn’t change that in the least. It has the quality, performance and durability that we have come to expect.  It’s just a downright snazzy machine!

The 4.0 CHP motor is exactly what we’d expect on this machine and it is able to handle the intense 40% incline without losing a beat. You’ll never have to worry that your demanding workout regimen is too much for your machine. And don’t forget that -6% decline. Adding that downhill to your workout will have you finding muscle groups you didn’t even realize you should be working.

The 12mph max speed is also in line with what we’d expect on this machine. The speed allows you to incorporate your HIIT workouts and speed training when you are ready to up your game.

We have talked about all of the awesome features associated with iFit, but it’s nice to see the extensive on-board workout library that comes on the x15i Incline Trainer. Not everyone wants to pay for a subscription service and that’s fine, but it also doesn’t mean you should have to miss out. With 50 pre-programmed workouts, you will be able to find a targeted workout for every one of your goals.

The 14” Smart HD Touchscreen isn’t going to be the largest display on the market, but it’s also why you can get the x15i Incline Trainer for a great price. Technology, specifically display size, is what we see driving prices up across the board for fitness equipment. If you want the giant screen, you will be paying for it. However, you can get all of the same technology on a 14” screen and save yourself some serious cash.

All in all, the x15i Incline Trainer upholds the quality and performance standards that make these machines a fantastic option for anyone looking to crush their fitness goals at home. The x15i Incline Trainer will not disappoint, ensuring a durable machine and comfortable experience every time you step onboard.

You may also be interested in the NordicTrack x22i Commercial Incline Trainer or other NordicTrack Incline Trainers.

See a comparison chart with all of the NordicTrack Commercial Incline Trainer models here.

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A Side-by-Side Comparison of the NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer and Commercial 2950

The NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer and NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Treadmill are both fantastic machines that can help you reach your fitness goals. But which one is right for you?

Features Face-off

Size and Folding Capability

Both of these machines will take up about the same amount of space in your home when in use. The footprint of the two machines is nearly identical in width, but the Commercial 2950 is 79” in length compared to 70.2” with the x22i Incline Trainer.

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UPDATE:  Since this article was first published, NordicTrack has decided to revert to their original requirements.  As of this update, both the x9i and Commercial 1750 DO require a 1-year iFit subscription with purchase. 

The 1-Year iFit Subscription is No Longer a Requirement With Purchase

NordicTrack x9i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack x9i Incline Trainer – Read our complete review here.

At the start of 2018, we were disappointed to learn that NordicTrack was changing the requirements for their very popular iFit Coach programming.  For some higher end models, buyers were no longer given the option of purchasing a machine without an iFit membership.

Instead, they would be required to pay $396 for a 12 month iFit Coach Plus subscription or $180 for regular iFit Coach.  A monthly rate of $33/month for 1 year was also available for the iFit Coach Plus option. (Prices may have changed since we posted this article, so check for most current rates.)

The newest version of iFit Live includes some excellent features, but overall, we’re in favor of more freedom of choice in your buying experience.  So, we were curious how consumers would view these new requirements.

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x22iIt can be hard at times to look past all of the fancy advertising and hype to decide if a treadmill model is truly a good fit.  We’re going to take an up close look at the features on NordicTrack Incline Trainers to see if these machines are right for you.

NordicTrack recently released the x22i Incline Trainer, their latest model in a popular line-up of Incline Trainers.  These machines have some unique features that you may find attractive over a regular treadmill.  Let’s take a look at some of the top benefits available.
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Used on TV Show “The Biggest Loser”

The NordicTrack X7i was the entry model of their popular incline trainer series.  This model has since been permanently discontinued.  You may want to check out the popular x22i Incline Trainer instead.  The incline trainers have received notoriety from their exposure on the realty TV show “The Biggest Loser”.  Excessively overweight individuals use them to burn calories under the instructions of Jillian Michaels.

I consider the incline trainer to be primarily a walking machine.  It can be used for running, hospital but the positioning of the console and the limited length of the belt makes it better for walking.  Now you might think that jogging or running is a more efficient method for losing weight.  However, with the NordicTrack X7i you can crank the incline up to 40%, and if you have ever hiked a steep hill or mountain you know how strenuous that can be.

The NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer is permanently out of stock. It is replaced by the x9i Incline Trainer.

Below are stats that show the benefits of incline training when walking at 2 mph for 20 minutes at various degrees.

Incline Extra Calories Burned
0 degrees 74 Cals
10 degrees 155 Cals
20 degrees 236 Cals
30 degrees 317 Cals
40 degrees 398 Cals

In addition to providing an intense workout, the incline trainer is less stressful to your joints since you are walking and not running.  When you run you apply as much as 2.5 times you body weight during the impact of your foot hitting the surface.  That is abusive to your joints.  With walking there is less impact, and with the incline trainer the deck is angled to meet your step and further reduce stress.

NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer Features

x7i_oldnewmodelcomparison40% Incline — I’m a runner, but whenever I am on a treadmill I like to crank up the incline, walk and sweat bullets.  Treadmills max out at 15%. The NordicTrack X7i lets you increase the incline to 40%.  Most of you won’t be able to sustain your workout at 40%, but even at 20% or 25% you’ll feel like you are hiking up the Himalayans.

3% Decline — You can simulate going up and down hills.  The advantage is you work different lower muscles when you stride up and down inclines and declines.

22″ x 60″ Treadbelt — You get a long 60″ length that can accommodate long strides. The 22″ width provides an extra wide comfort zone when walking on the Incline Trainer.

iFit Live Compatible — At an additional cost you can make the X7i interactive with and Google Maps.  Through you define your profile and set your fitness goals and iFit live will download personal workout that control the speed and incline of the machine.  You also will get audio coaching from fitness professionals like Jillian Michaels. There are a number of additional interactive program through that can assist you in reaching your fitness goals.

nordictrack-x7i-trainer-2In addition to customized workouts iFit Live can interact with Google Maps.  You can defines routes on Google Maps and the NordicTrack X7i will simulate the terrain by increasing or decreasing the incline.  I have no idea how they do that, but it is a cool concept.  You can visual the route through Google Maps either by a map, street or satellite view through the use of a laptop or tablet.

Speakers and MP3 Input — If all you want to do is exercise to your favorite tunes, the Xi incline trainer has built-in speakers and the ability to plug-in your iPod or MP3 player.  The sound is not bad considering.

“Snap Assembly” —NordicTrack claims that the X7i requires half the time to assemble. I cannot confirm that, but typically it takes up to 2 hours to put together a treadmill, so any simplification will be appreciated.

2.75″ Rollers — The larger the rollers the better. Large rollers can decrease the noise level, and reduces wear and tear to the belt, motor and bearings.

Our Review – NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer

I’ve been on the NordicTrack Incline Trainers and they offer a number of benefits…

  • They are solid and stable machines.
  • They provide an intense workout.
  • They lessen the impact to your joints.

Overall, the design is a winning concept, and that is why their various models are so popular.  Of course, their exposure on “The Biggest Loser” helps.

The additional features found on the X7i include the 3% decline, iFit Live compatibility, extra wide treadbelt and the snap assembly.  These are the features that justify the premium cost.  Is it worth it? If you feel these add-ons will further motivate you to attain your fitness goals, then it is worth every penny.

The NordicTrack X7i incline trainer offers a low impact and efficient way to burn calories and get in shape. In addition, it has some of the most intriguing motivational features found on any fitness equipment. This treadmill is one of my personal favorites.

Treadmill Reviews by Industry Experts

Congratulations!  You just decided to purchase a treadmill to improve your health and overall fitness.  The next challenge is choosing the right machine for your body and budget.

Treadmills vary in price from $500 to $6,000 with quality ranging from outstanding to near pathetic.  This site will help you navigate the many options with video reviews, feature explanations, and behind-the-scene impressions gained during our factory visits.  Our team includes industry experts who have personally tested the treadmills, visited the companies, and can help you avoid a costly bad decision.

Burn the Calories and Simulate Hiking Up Extreme Inclines

NordicTrack X15i Incline TrainerThe NordicTrack X15i Incline Trainer is designed to burn five times the calories with “no running necessary.” These machines were even featured on TV’s The Biggest Loser where they helped overweight contestants drop some serious pounds. The NordicTrack X15i is the top model with leading edge interactive technology and a 15” HDTV attached to the unit.

One of our team members personally tried out the Incline Trainer series at Icon Fitness in Logan Utah. He shared, “It was 10 degrees outside, but inside I was sweating bullets!” This machine is no joke and will certainly give you an effective and low impact workout

These machines are a favorite with hikers because they allow you to simulate walking up steep mountainous terrain. The NordicTrack X15i Incline Trainer has the ability to go up to a 40% incline and 6% decline on a large 22 x 60” treadbelt. Workout stats and training program options are clearly displayed on the 10” color touchscreen. The machine is iFit enabled so you can take advantage of coaching, virtual courses, and custom tailored workouts designed to help you meet your goals.

The main difference between the NordicTrack X15i and X11i is the addition of the 15” Integrated HDTV and a more powerful motor for an additional $500. Although these are a nice features, they are not worth the additional cost. You would be better off purchasing the X11i and using an existing TV in your home. If that is not an option, perhaps the X15i is the perfect model for you!

This model is no longer for sale by NordicTrack.  Instead, we recommend you check out the NordicTrack x11i Incline Trainer.
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Features on the NordicTrack X15i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack X15i Incline Trainer console4.5 Continuous Duty HP Motor This motor is equivalent to what you would find on a commercial treadmill. It’s a beast! You will not have any issues with this and it should be able to run at the steepest incline effortlessly.

22” x 60” Treadbelt The treadbelt on this machine is nice and spacious. The length of 60” will work well for your long climbing stride and the extra wide 22” belt will give you some added comfort when you walk or run.

Ability to Incline and Decline The NordicTrack X15i Incline Trainer inclines to 40% and declines to 6% so you get the feel of walking up and down a mountain trail. You will find that few machines actually offer a decline feature. This will allow you to target a wider range of muscles in your legs and glutes. Get ready to feel the burn!

10” Full Color Touch Screen Android Browser Until you try this, you’ll never fully appreciate how nice it is to have a touchscreen on your treadmill. This 10” screen with an Android browser is only available on Icon Fitness treadmills and ellipticals. You’ll have brilliant feedback on your workout stats and full access to the Internet. It’s like having a computer in front of you while you work out!

NordicTrack X15i Incline Trainer HDTV15” Integrated HDTV This is the main feature that sets the X15i apart from the X11i Incline Trainer. For an additional $500, you can enjoy the latest TV, sports, and news directly in front of your eyes. The screen is elevated above the touchscreen so that it does not interview with your workout.

iFit Live Compatible The iFit Live is only available from Icon Fitness and allows you to interact via WiFi to communicate with the web. This allows you to create custom workout routines, track your goals, trace real life routes on GoogleMaps, and access virtual courses through famous landscapes. This feature does require an ongoing paid subscription to use.

44 Installed Workouts The NordicTrack X15i comes with a wide selection of programs that focus on calorie burn, interval training, speed work, and intensity goals.

Reflex Cushioning Cushioning is present along the entire length of the deck to provide protection for your joints. Two isolators are also present to help reduce the impact from every step.

Warranty Not too shabby! In fact, this is as good as you’ll see in the industry and speaks well of the durability of this machine.

Lifetime motor, frame, and deck

6 years parts and electronics

3 years labor

Other Features Speakers, MP3 input, table holder, fan, grip and wireless heart rate monitor, and large 2.5” rollers.

Our Review NordicTrack x15i Incline Trainer

Our team was thoroughly impressed with the NordicTrack Incline Trainers in general. We liked that this machine comes with interactive features to provide motivation and the steep incline provides an intense workout. During our visit, we were also pleased to learn that the Incline Trainers are the favorite choice of employees who workout at Icon Fitness. They have numerous options, but this is their favorite. That speaks volumes!

It should be noted that the NordicTrack X15i Incline Trainer is almost identical to the NordicTrack x11i in every major feature except two.  The motor size is bumped from 4.25 to 4.5 CHP.  Also, the X15i has a 15” Integrated HDTV for an additional $500. These features don’t seem worth the additional expense and we would recommend you purchase the X11i and use an existing TV in your home.

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NordicTrack Incline Trainers are extremely popular due to their effectiveness as serious cardio burning machines,their low impact workout,and their exposure on the “Biggest Loser”.  The NordicTrack Incline Trainers were used by fitness pro Jillian Michaels to slim down the contestants.

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Benefits of an Incline Trainer over a Treadmill…

  1. More efficient exercise for getting in shape and losing weight. The steep uphill workout guarantees you will burn more calories in less time.
  2. Works and trims more lower body muscles. The Incline Trainers allow you to simulate both going up and down hills, thus targeting more lower body muscles.
  3. Less impact in comparison to running. Since you primarily walk on an incline trainer, you are not suffering from the stress to your joints that comes with running. However, you can run on the deck.

Currently NordicTrack offers four incline trainers.   Below are a list of features and prices as of 7/8/15:


NordicTrack X7iNordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer NordicTrack X9i
NordicTrack X11i
NordicTrack X15i
NordicTrack X15i Incline Trainer
See X7i Review See X9i Review See X11i Review See X15i Review
Incline 40% 40% 40% 40%
Decline -3% -6% -6% -6%
Motor 2.75 CHP 3.0 CHP 4.25 CHP 4.5 CHP
iFit Live Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display 7″ LCD Display 10″ Google Android Internet Browser 10″ Google Android Internet Browser 10″ Google Android Browser + 15″ Integrated HDTV
Belt 22″x60″ 22″x60″ 22″x60″ 22″x60″
Sound System Yes – iPod & MP3 Compatible Yes – iPod & MP3 Compatible Yes – iPod & MP3 Compatible Yes – iPod & MP3 Compatible
Fan Yes 2 Fans 2 Fans 2 Fans
Programs 24 Workout Apps 38 Workout Apps 44 Workout Apps 44 Workout Apps
Warranty Lifetime Motor
5-year Parts
2-Year Labor
Lifetime Motor
5-year Parts
2-year Labor
Lifetime Motor
6-year Parts
3-year Labor
Lifetime Motor
6-year Parts
3-year Labor
Price $1,599 $1,999 $2,499 $2,999


All NordicTrack Incline trainers are iFit Live Compatible. This allows you to get customized workout routines with audio coaching based on your fitness goals. Your results are downloaded onto your account, allowing you to track your progress. In addition, you can trace routes on Google Maps and your NordicTrack Incline Trainer will simulate the terrain with the incline and decline feature. There are also videos of famous landscapes where your incline trainer also simulates the terrain and syncs the speed with the progress of the video.

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“Best Buy” For Innovation & Intense Cardio Burn


The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer is their #1 selling treadmill. NordicTrack first started selling Incline Trainers six years ago.  Since then, they have continually grown in popularity. Incline Trainers are very effective in helping people burn calories, lose weight,and get in shape.

For those not familiar with the Incline Trainer, it is basically a treadmill that inclines to extreme levels of up to 40%.  These machines are generally used for walking because of the extreme incline, although they can also handle running.

WEEKEND SALE ENDS MONDAY:  The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer is currently OUT OF STOCK.  Instead, check out the NordicTrack x11i.

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x9i_console_2017Top Features on this Unique Treadmill: 

  1. You can get the same intense cardio workout from running while walking.  It is similar to hiking up and down a steep mountain.
  2. Since you’re walking and not running, there is less stress on your joints and back.

However, many individuals still use the Incline Trainers for running.  With the X9i you can either walk at steep inclines, or run at a more level incline.  Of course, if you are a fanatic you can run at steep inclines, but probably not for long.

NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer Features

7″ Smart HD Touchscreen —The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer has a really nice 7″ full screen touch display.  The colorful display shows features and programs along with your iFit stats and virtual course views.

40% Incline and -6% Decline — Being able to incline the deck to 40% allows you to get one of the most intense workouts you will find on any cardio machine.  The ability to incline the NordicTrack X9i so steeply means you can burn calories efficiently without the stress and strain that comes with running.  In fact, the company claims you will burn five times the calories  in comparison to using a normal treadmill.

In addition to inclining the machine, you can also decline the X9i  to -6%, which allows you to simulate hiking down hills. This allows you to target different lower body muscles.

22″ x 60″ Treadbelt — The long treadbelt makes the X9i more practical for running.  The extra width gives you a more comfortable walking surface.

iFit Live Coach Ready— With iFit Live, you can combine the incline and decline features with Google Maps and experience hiking trails virtually around the world.  You can view your progress on the color display by selecting a predefined route, or mapping out your own route.  The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer will simulate the ups and downs while providing you with either a satellite, Earth, or street view.   We’ve mapped out streets in local neighborhoods and were impressed with how accurately it simulates going up and down hills.  How do they do that? 

In addition, you can define your fitness goals at and receive an 8-week personalized training routine designed by Jillian Michaels.  She provides audio coaching as you workout.  A new workout is sent through WiFi and automatically downloaded to your Incline Trainer X9i. The results are recorded in real time to your account, allowing you to track your progress.

Included with iFit Live are HD videos of world famous terrains. You can run though stunning mountain or oceanfront scenes.  Like with Google Maps, the treadmill will simulate the terrain as you run.

An additional subscription fee is required to access the features.  This model does come with 1-year FREE iFit membership, but you need to pay after the first year. Some of the competitors have fitness tracking programs available at no cost.

Check out a comparison chart with all of the NordicTrack Incline Trainer models here.

Also, take a look at the NordicTrack x22i with a 22″ Smart HD Touchscreen or the NordicTrack x11i with a 10″ Smart Touchscreen and 4.25 CHP motor.

3.0 Continuous Duty HP Motor — The motor has ample power to run effortlessly at higher inclines and speeds.  It comes with a lifetime warranty, which means it virtually never has problems.

Heart Rate Monitor with Wireless Chest Strap — For those who want to optimize their workout, the NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer allows you to control the level of your exercise with your heart rate.  This is a technique that is popular with professional athletes.

44 Workout Programs — Included are 24 workouts that target calorie-burning, incline or intensity goals. In addition there are 20 preset iFit Live™ Workouts , which include training with Jillian Michaels, workouts Powered by Google Maps™, event training and a goal-setting center.

Heavy Unit Weight — The NordicTrack X9i weighs approximately 350 lbs., giving it a very solid and stable feel. You will definitely want to get the inside delivery option.

Speakers with MP3 Input — The treadmill has two 3″ speakers that have better clarity than you will find on most fitness equipment sound systems.

Warranty — This machine comes with ample coverage, which suggests this is a very durable machine.  The warranty provides lifetime frame, deck and motor, 5-year parts and electronics, and 2-year labor coverage.

NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer Review

x9i_2_2017The Incline Trainers have been out for several years and NordicTrack keeps improving on the concept.  The X9i takes the basic idea of walking at extreme inclines and adds…

  • 22″ x 60″ length Treadbelt, allowing you to also run,
  • -6% Decline, which targets additional muscles and lets you simulate going up and down mountains,
  • Full Color 7″ Touch Screen Display with Android Browser, which allows you to experience the full impact of iFit Live, in addition to being able to browse the Internet.

During a conversation with one of our contacts at the company he mentioned that the majority of the employees who bought a product through the company selected an Incline Trainer.

So the question is – do you want to spend $2,000 on the premium NordicTrack Incline Trainer, or get a heavy duty treadmill for the same price?  That really depends if you are sold on the concept of extreme incline training.  As mentioned, you can get an intense and efficient cardio workout while walking.  This reduces the impact that comes from running.

We’re sold on the concept and would seriously consider an Incline Trainer for a future cardio equipment purchase.  This is especially attractive as age sets in along with its aches and pains during exercising.

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A question from a reader on the durability of the NordicTrack X9i  Incline Trainer and NordicTrack customer service.

The following is a note from one of our readers:

Thank you for all of the great information on your website. I like what you have to say about the Nordic Track x9i Incline Trainer. I tried one at Sears and I did like it.

1.  First, my question has to do with its reliability and level of service from Nordic Track and/or Sears. Do you think this is an issue to be concerned with and possible a reason to not buy one? Or do you think reliability and service should be fine?It seems like the reviews from the Sears site are about 50-50, with most complaints being about the reliability of the trainer and service from Sears. I have read the same about dealing directly with NordicTrack.

2.  Another question is “head room clearance”. Do you have any insight on how much extra room is needed for the NordicTrack x9i Incline Trainer? I checked with NordicTrack and they said add about 20 inches to your height. But at the Sears store the deck of incline trainer was at 27 inches when at 40 degrees. I realize I will not be standing “straight up” while walking or running at 40 degrees!  This would have to go in my basement and I have just 18 inches above my head to the exposed joist above. I could place the training “between” two joists and be careful !!!!! Continue reading

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Our Experts Testing the Commercial Incline Treadmill Series at NordicTrack Headquarters

NordicTrack’s focus with their line of Commercial Incline Treadmills was to release machines that combine commercial quality equipment with leading interactive technology, to burn major calories and motivate you to reach your fitness goals. The most recent treadmill to join the series is the NordicTrack x14i Commercial Incline Treadmill. The other machines in this series are the popular NordicTrack x22i and x32i treadmills.

NordicTrack is owned by a parent company known as Icon Fitness. Icon is the largest manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world. Recently, we visited the Icon Fitness Corporate Headquarters in Logan, Utah. Our team had an opportunity to test first hand the Commercial Incline Series of Treadmills from NordicTrack. These machines are no joke – and definitely made some of our team members break out in a sweat!

The NordicTrack Commercial Incline Treadmills are very popular among outdoor hikers, and these machines are typically used for primarily walking. The reason for this is that these machines offer such steep inclines and declines, that will allow you to feel like you are going up and down hills.

 The NordicTrack X14i treadmill is priced at $2,199 plus $199 threshold delivery fee. Financing is available.
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NordicTrack X14i Commercial Incline Treadmill Features and Technology

3.75 CHP DurX™ Commercial Plus Motor – This is a really strong motor, and should be able to handle most speeds very well. Built with their SMART-Response Drive System, this motor will remain quiet and self-cooling to allow you to workout even longer.

Next-Gen Sled Push – This is a newer feature from NordicTrack. The X14i comes with built in sled grips and a push bar. The premise behind this is to set your treadmill at 1 MPH, and push! This feature gives you another option to tone muscles and burn MAJOR calories. 

22″ x 60″ Treadbelt – The standard size treadbelt that we see is 20″ x 55″. Not only are you getting an extra 5″ in length, but the additional 2″ in width will make a big difference. Most users will find this treadbelt very roomy.

Ability to Incline and Decline – The X14i Commercial Incline Treadmill inclines to 40 degrees and declines to -6 degrees, giving you the sensation of hiking up and down mountains. This will allow you to target more muscles groups during your workout.

Upgraded 14″ Interactive HD Touchscreen – The older model of the x14i treadmill had a 10″ touchscreen, which is now upgraded to the 14″. This interactive touch screen will allow you to enjoy all the benefits that NordicTrack’s iFit technology has to offer.

iFit iFit is another Icon Fitness exclusive, only found on NordicTrack and ProForm machines. This feature allows you to get interactive training to help you reach your fitness goals. At the time of this review, the X14i comes with a 1-year iFit family membership included in the price. If you decide after your free year trial you want to continue the service, it is a $39/month fee. When using iFit, you can take advantage of perks like…

  • Create Custom Workout Routines – Work with your trainer to create routines focused on your specific fitness goals and choose from 17,000+ On-Demand Workouts. These workouts cover several weeks, are progressive, and include audio coaching. Your stats are uploaded to your iFit account where you can track your progress.
  • Use Live Interactive Training – Your personal iFit trainer will control your speed and incline so you can get top-knotch results. New workouts are available every single day.
  • Exercise Anywhere on Google Maps – The NordicTrack x14i will simulate the terrain you choose with the incline and decline feature. Then, watch your progress on Google Maps!
  • NEW: iFit Mobile App – Download the new iFit mobile app on your phone or tablet and access the perks of your iFit account from anywhere.

Warranty – The warranty on the X14i is pretty standard with what we see from NordicTrack, 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor. 

Other FeaturesTwo 3” Digitally-Amplified Speakers, NEW Bluetooth Headphone Connectivity, 2.5” Precision and Balanced Non-Flex Rollers, Dual AutoBreeze™ Workout Fans, Reflex™ Cushioning.

Note: This machine has a 300 lb. user weight limit and a 70” L x 39” W x 72.5” H Footprint. 

Our Review – NordicTrack Commercial x14i Incline Treadmill

When we tested the Commmercial Incline Treadmill Series in Utah, we were extremely impressed. These machines are built very solid, and have innovative features. The Next Gen Sled Push and Incline/Decline options on these machines really step up their game to give users more variety while using their treadmill.

The treadmills in the Commercial Incline series range anywhere from $2,300-almost $4,000. The Commercial x14i is the “entry level” Commercial Incline Trainer, but we feel it is a great option for most people. It is a heavy-duty machine with impressive specs that most people will be happy with. However, if you are looking for a bigger screen or a stronger motor, you may be interested in upgrading to the the NordicTrack x22i or the NordicTrack x32i

See a comparison chart with all of the NordicTrack Incline Trainer models here.

Video of our experts testing the NordicTrack x11i Commercial Incline Trainer at corporate headquarters. The x11i has since been discontinued and replaced with the x14i, but they are very similar machines.