Getting the right treadmill for your body and budget!

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Tips for Treadmill Shopping & Fitness So You Can Meet Your Goals

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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How to Erase the Guilt After You Indulge in Your Favorite Holiday Coffee Drinks

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a hot frothy drink on a cold winter’s day.  It’s the perfect pick-me-up when you’re out doing some holiday gift shopping!

Coffee companies make the most of this time of year by not only releasing special holiday inspired drinks — they also roll out fancy cup designs and drink names that are bound to make you smile.

Ho Ho Mint Mocha?

Winter Wonder Land Latte?

Yes, please!

No doubt these drinks are delicious … but they’re also packed full of sugar and calories.  It’s okay though!  This is the season to indulge in your favorite treats and make the most of this festive season.

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Get Expert Reviews and Learn How to Buy NordicTrack from Canada  |  Written by Fred Waters

NordicTrack x11i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack x11i Incline Trainer – Read our full review here.

The award-winning NordicTrack Treadmills are available to Canada customers and come with Free Shipping when you order online directly from the NordicTrack Canadian site.  However, selecting the right treadmill for your budget and your body can be a challenge with all the various models at different price ranges.  In addition, they also offer their popular Incline Trainers as an alternative to your typical treadmill.  In order to assist you in the buying process, we have broken down the various categories and offer our expert advice.

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Check out the New iFit Coach Plus Features on the 2018 NordicTrack  Treadmills

iFit Coach Plus

iFit Coach Plus – Some new NordicTrack treadmills now require a 1-year subscription along with the purchase of your new treadmill.

We’ve long been a fan of the iFit Live programming available on both NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills.  It is an accepted notion that those people who track their fitness will make better progress towards their overall goals.  Plus, the  iFit Live programming helps keep each workout fresh and interesting so you’re more likely to hop on your machine day after day in a consistent routine.

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Is the NordicTrack x22i Worth an Extra $700?  |  Written by Fred Waters

With all the different models that NordicTrack offers, I often get inquiries on which is the best value.  Of course, that depends largely on your budget and how you plan to use the machine.  In addition, NordicTrack offers a variety of treadmills, incline trainers, ellipticals and FreeStriders.

I also get asked which is the best model within a category.  One of the most often asked question is what is the best choice: the NordicTrack x11i or the NordicTrack x22i incline trainers.  These are their top two models of the incline trainer line-up.  The last time I was at the NordicTrack headquarters in Utah, one of the managers told me of all the fitness equipment available to the employees at a discount, the incline trainer was the top choice.

Both the x11i and the x22i are based on a workout that focuses on a steep incline, instead of a running workout on a treadmill.  Click here if you are still trying to decide if an Incline Trainer is right for you.

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Find Out How Much Candy You Can Eat After Every Run!

The leaves are bursting into color and there is a cool ‘nip’ in the air.  It is the month for spooky movies, outrageous costume parties, and candy galore.  Halloween season is upon us!

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Sometimes, if you want to get the most out of your treadmill workout, you need to be creative.  Running at a set speed for mile after mile and day after day is only going to get you so far.  Instead, try to mix things up and use these 10 tips to give your treadmill workout a calorie-burning, muscle-building, endurance-making BOOST!

  1. Make sure your body is ready to workout.

    First things first!  If your hydration level and nutrition pre-workout aren’t up to snuff, you’re not going to reap the full benefits of your time on the machine.  We spoke with Jason Yates, a fitness trainer from New Jersey, to get his take on pre-workout nutrition.  “You need to make sure you’ve eaten enough carbohydrates before your run.  Also, be very aware of how much water you’ve had to drink throughout the day.  This will help your body run as hard as it can,” he explained.

He went on to explain that symptoms of improper nutrition and dehydration include muscle cramps, head aches, early fatigue, and a feeling of exhaustion much earlier than normal.  We recommend you drink at least half your body weight in ounces throughout the day.

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How to Do Mental Training, Prep for the Big Day, and Some Practical Tips for First Time Runners

By TRR Team Member Rachael K.

Are you thinking about running a half marathon?  Are you unsure what to expect?  Here is Part 2 of one woman’s first time experience.  If you missed it, check out Part 1:  Finding Inspiration, Making a Plan and Gaining Confidence, Smart Training and Dealing with an Injury.

Mental Training for a Half Marathon

I would be remiss if I talked about my race training without mentioning the mental portion of the endeavor.  Running is a VERY mental sport.  You can train your body to handle these longer distances, but if your mind doesn’t believe you can do it, you’ll be lucky to get half way.

Positive Affirmation Statements

On the Friday and Saturday leading up to a new long run, I would repeat my intention over and over again.  It was like a mantra.  “I am going to run 7 miles tomorrow.”  “I am going to run 8 miles tomorrow.”  This technique helped my mind truly believe that this was a solid intention and I was going to do it. Continue reading

How to Find Your Inspiration, Make a Training Plan, and Deal with Training Challenges

By TRR Team Member Rachael K.

Running a new race distance is a big deal regardless of the length.  It takes careful planning, mental toughness, and determination.  Sometimes it helps to hear about the experiences of others when you’re making the decision to start training.  Here is Part 1 of my story as a first-time half-marathon runner.

How to Find Your Inspiration

I never really planned to be a long distance runner.  In high school, I joined the cross-country team literally one day before the fall season started.  I hadn’t done a speck of summer conditioning and I just about died on the first day of practice.  I still remember the cocky senior laughing at me as I panted in exhaustion.  “This is nothing.  We usually run much farther!”  Barf. Continue reading

Create the Perfect Playlist and Improve Your Performance by 15%

Music is good for your soul, but it’s also good for your body.  It makes us move!

To illustrate music’s amazing ability to stimulate movement, imagine a Parkinson’s patient who can only shuffle along with the help of a walker.  Now imagine him setting that walker aside and dancing with a young woman in his arms.  This is possibly with the simple addition of a music track playing in the background. It’s true, see for yourself!

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, music can shift moods, help manage stress, facilitate cognitive function, and even coordinate motor movements.  This is possible because music can be directly interpreted by the motor center of the brain.

Now we can take that same principle and apply it to a runner or endurance athlete.  Quite simply, music can make you run farther, faster, and easier if you find the right type of tunes. Continue reading