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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.

NordicTrack Incline Trainers

NordicTrack released their Incline Trainers several years ago. Ever since, they have been their top sellers.  In fact, when we were last at the NordicTrack headquarters, their product manager said the Incline Trainers were the cardio machine of choice with the employees.

The concept of the Incline Trainer is to train at a steep incline rather than at a high speed.  The advantage is you still get the same cardio intensity of running without the stress and impact to your joints.  The Incline Trainers can incline up to 40%, and if you have ever hiked a steep hill or mountain, you know what a workout that can be. This gives a very efficient workout in less time.

In addition, the Incline Trainers decline to 6% so you can simulate going up and down mountains.  Unlike the BowFlex Treadclimbers, you can also lower the 60” deck and use it as a running treadmill.  Finally, these are heavy machines that are as heavy as commercial treadmills if not heavier.  They are rock solid.

See NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer Review ($1,599)

See NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer Review ($2,099)

See NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer Review ($2,999)

NordicTrack C Series

NordicTrack C 1650

NordicTrack Commercial 1650 with a 10″ Web Enabled Touchscreen – Read our full review here.

The NordicTrack C Series treadmill are their budget to moderate price residential models.  They range from $799 – $1,299.  What makes these models so appealing is not only the price, but also the value you are getting.  When you compare the specs to other comparably priced models of other brands you find that you are typically getting bigger motors, longer decks and generally more features.  In addition, each of these treadmills come with the optional iFit Coach (See Below), which is the most innovative motivational technology found on any cardio machine.

For example, the NordicTrack C990 comes with 3.0 CHP Motor, 7” Web Enabled Color Touchscreen, 20″ x 60″ Walking Belt, Flex Select Cushioning and more.  With the C Series it all about getting the most for the least.

See NordicTrack C700 Review ($799)

See NordicTrack C990 Review ($999)

See NordicTrack C1650 Review ($1,299)

NordicTrack Commercial Series

Although the NordicTrack Commercial Series treadmills are typically very heavy-duty machines, I feel the name “Commercial” can be a bit misleading.  These machines may withstand a lite commercial setting, like a fitness room at a hotel or club, but they are not quite the industrial strength quality of a Precor or Life Fitness treadmill.  However, with those machines you pay thousands more. 

That said the NordicTrack Commercial Series are treadmills designed to take a beating.  In addition, they have industrial strength motors, long and wide decks and an array of features that NordicTrack is known for. Each treadmill comes with a full color Smart HD Touchscreen display.  If you are looking for a treadmill that can take a beating while providing state-of-the-art technology, then the Commercial Series machines should be a serious consideration.

Unique NordicTrack Features…

NordicTrack Commercial 2950 with a 22" HD Smart Touchscreen

NordicTrack Commercial 2950 with a 22″ HD Smart Touchscreen – Read our full review here.

Full color touchscreen displays available on most of their treadmills.  On the C-series treadmills, when you subscribe to iFit Coach, you can actually access the Internet on the treadmill as you workout.

iFit Coach & iFit Coach Plus are motivational and inspirational technologies that are designed to assist you in reaching your fitness goals.  There are too many features to mention here, but here is a short run down:

Create Customized Workouts –  With iFit Coach you have the ability to create daily customized workouts based on your fitness goals.  These workouts can be progressive and increase with intensity as you improve. The workouts include verbal coaching.

Get daily livecast fitness classes – Follow your favorite professional trainers as they lead you through intense cross-training exercises.

Included is a iFit wearable for on-the-go tracking that can be used on and off the incline trainer. This allows you to track all your physical activity throughout the day.

You have access to an extensive library of virtual workouts that you can view on the full color display. For example, you can walk the beaches of Hawaii, or hike the mountains of Switzerland, and in the process you get audio coaching.   What makes iFit virtual training so impressive is that your incline trainer will mimic the terrain of the video.

Custom Meal Recommendations – Provides recommendations for custom meals based on your calorie burn

Get expert advice for better sleep

Track your workouts and your progress with helpful charts and stats. Studies show that individuals that track their workouts are more likely to achieve their fitness goals.

Note: iFit Coach Plus on the Commercial Series and Incline Trainers requires a 1-year paid subscription with checkout.  The C-Series has iFit Coach Plus as a paid option.  Learn more here.

NordicTrack Treadmill Canada Sales – How to Buy!

NordicTrack Commercial 2450

NordicTrack Commercial 2450 – See our full review here.

It really is quite simple.  After you have checked out our reviews, you will find convenient links to the Canada version of the NordicTrack.  From there, you can go to the product page and shop online.  Note that NordicTrack offers Free Shipping on all their models, but that can be often to the curb.  Sometimes they may drop it off in the driveway.  You may want to consider upgrading to indoor delivery because the machines are very heavy.

Regardless of which elliptical trainer model or design you buy, know that NordicTrack is the leading fitness equipment manufacturer in the world, in addition to being the most innovative.  If you are considering an elliptical trainer, NordicTrack should be a consideration.  And with their strong presence in Canada, you’ll have access to their Canadian sales and service network.

Learn more and shop models available in Canada at

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.

Recently, NordicTrack has revealed some new iFit Coach Plus features on their treadmill line up.

Here’s what we like about the new iFit Coach Plus platform:

  • Unlimited Access to HD Videos – A trainer will guide you through your workouts from around the world.
  • Daily LiveCast classes – These are led by world-renowned personal trainers and include a variety of on demand intense cross-training classes.
  • Syncing with GoogleMaps – Choose from a library of workouts or create your own custom street view of routes in your own neighborhood.  Or, if you want to run a famous course, like the Boston marathon, you can run it from your own home!
  • Customized Workout Plans – Input your goals and iFit will help you find a customized plan that will work for you.
  • Personalized nutrition, sleep analysis, and even a free iFit wearable device ($149 value)
  • Space for 4 Different User Profiles on the machine.

What we don’t like about the new iFit Coach Plus platform:

iFit Coach Plus on the NordicTrack Commercial 2950

iFit Coach Plus on the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 – Read our full review here.

In the past, iFit was always an option on NordicTrack machines.  If you weren’t interested in the features,  you always had the ability to skip paying for the subscription and then enjoy your NordicTrack machine on its own.

NordicTrack recently announced that they are now requiring the purchase of a 1-year iFit Live Coach Plus subscription for some of their higher end treadmills.  This will cost around $468 (at the time of this posting) for the first year.  Then, each additional year will cost $252.

After the first required year, you will have the option to either downgrade to a regular iFit Coach subscription ($144) or cancel the iFit Live membership all together.

Now, we’re certainly not saying that the iFit Live isn’t worth it.  It’s a GREAT program with a lot of value.  We just prefer that buyers are given an option on whether or not they want to spend the money.

Remember that NordicTrack treadmills offer some of the very best value overall on their machines.  Often you are able to purchase much higher spec machines than you would from other brands for the same price.

NordicTrack Treadmills that require an iFit Live Coach 1-year subscription:

Commercial 1750 – reg price $1,599 with 7″ Smart HD Touchscreen

Commercial 2450 – reg price $1,799 with 10″ Smart HD Touchscreen

Commercial 2950 – reg price $2,499 with 22″ Smart HD Touchscreen

x9i Incline Trainer – reg price $1,999 with 7″ Smart HD Touchscreen

x11i Incline Trainer – reg price $2,299 with 10″ Smart HD Touchscreen

x22i Incline Trainer – reg price $2,999 with 22″ Smart HD Touchscreen

Note:  Smart HD Touchscreens cannot access the Internet.

NordicTrack Treadmills that do not currently require iFit Live Coach 1-year subscription:

NordicTrack C 1650

NordicTrack Commercial 1650 with a 10″ Web Enabled Touchscreen – Read our full review here.

C700 – reg price $799 with LED display

C990 – reg price $999 with 20×60″ belt and 7″ Web Enabled Touchscreen

C1650 – reg price $1,299 with 10″ Web Enabled Touchscreen

More Resources on iFit Live and NordicTrack Treadmills

NordicTrack Brand Review  |  A Best Value Brand

NordicTrack Treadmill Comparison Chart

iFit Live | Your Virtual Trainer

iFit Live | How Does iFit Live Work

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.

There are Three Advantages with the NordicTrack x11i and x22i Incline Trainers:

  1. Low Impact:  You are typically walking on these machines which means there is less impact to your joints and your lower back in comparison to running.

  2. Burn More Calories with a Steep Incline:  If you have walked up a steep mountain or hill you experienced a heart pounding cardio workout. This is what you get on an incline trainer.  Exercising at a steep incline can burn more calories in less time.  These machines incline at an intense 40%.  Now the company claims that you can get 5x the workout and that is an over statement, but there is no question that at 40% your heart rate will soar.  In fact, most users will only be able to workout at that steep of an incline for a short duration.
  3. Target More Leg Muscles with Decline:  With both the x11i and the x22i you can also decline the deck up to 6%. This allows you to simulate going up and down mountains and hills, and lets you target different lower body muscles. If you have ever hiked a mountain you have experienced the strain on different muscles going up and down.

The NordicTrack x11i and x22i Incline Trainer Design and Features

There are many similarities between the two machines, which includes the following…

  • 22” x 60” walking surface – The x11i and the x22i has a walking surface that gives you extra space where you don’t feel confined like many smaller surfaces you find on treadmills. The deck will accommodate your wide strides without feeling like you are about to walk off the back end.  And the extra 2” width gives you more comfort and less chances of stepping off the side.
  • 25 Continuous Duty Motor – The motor is commercial grade and is designed to handle any abuse you want to dish out. Steep inclines, high speeds, multiple users, and heavy users is no problem for this motor.  These motors seldom have any service issues, that is why they come with a lifetime guarantee.
  • Full Color Touch Screen Displays –  Both the x11i and the x22i come with full color touch screen displays. The size of the displays varies depending on the model. These displays allow you to also access the Internet so you can view your favorite sites as you are working out.
  • Commercial Grade Heavy – Both the X11i and the x22i are extremely heavy. They don’t provide the actual weight on the stats, but having been on these machines, you’ll find that these machines are rock solid.  In fact, it is highly recommended that you get the inside delivery service, because the standard service is to the curb, and you’ll need the Green Bay Packers front line to help you move it inside.

  • Generous Warranty – The warranty includes lifetime frame, motor, and deck, 6-Year parts and electronics, and a 3-year labor, which is overall generous coverage.  Read about why the warranty matters.

iFit Features on the Incline Trainers

One of the standout features is that both the x11i and the x22i are iFit Enabled. iFit technology is one of the main reasons that NordicTrack is undisputed as the leader in leading edge fitness technology.  There is an additional cost for iFit on your incline trainer, but for the cost you get an array of interactive fitness technology.  It also takes the boredom out of exercising indoors.  iFit is a total fitness management technology that includes…

  • Customized Workouts –  The ability to create daily customized workouts based on your fitness goals.  These workouts can be progressive and increase with intensity as you improve.
  • Includes an iFit wearable for on-the-go tracking that can be used on and off the incline trainer. This allows you to track all your physical activity throughout the day.
  • Gives you access to an extensive library of virtual workouts that you can view on the full color display. For example, you can walk the beaches of Hawaii, or hike the mountains of Switzerland, and in the process you get audio coaching.   What makes iFit virtual training so impressive is that your incline trainer will mimic the terrain of the video.
  • Custom Meal Recommendations – Provides recommendations for custom meals based on your calorie burn
  • Offers expert advice for better sleep
  • You are able to track your workouts and your progress with helpful charts and stats. Studies show that individuals that track their workouts are more likely to achieve their fitness goals.

The NordicTrack x11i vs. x22i – Which is Better?

NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer console

NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer Console – For $700 more over the x11i, the main advantage is this large 22″ console display.

So you have done your research and you’ve decided that the incline trainer is your cardio machine of choice, but which one should you choose?  If you are like most people you have narrowed down your choice to the NordicTrack x11i vs x22i because of the extended warranty, bigger motor and larger touch screen display.

Now typically the NordicTrack X11i cost $2,199 with free shipping and the NordicTrack X22i is $2,899 with free shipping (Remember to upgrade to inside shipping).

So exactly what do you get for the extra $700 on the x22i? Actually, not a whole lot.  If you check out the specs the only real difference is a 22” display on the x22i in comparison to a 10” display found on the x11i.  Unless you are obsessed with a larger display the extra $700 does not justify the cost.  You can use that $700 to purchase a large HD flatscreen TV.

My recommendation is go with the NordicTrack x11i, it is the best value of all three of the incline trainers.

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

7 Ways to Use Active Recovery in Your Home

Every serious athlete knows that it’s important to take rest days when you’re training for a big race.  These recovery days let your mind and body recuperate, heal, and recharge before your next hard session.

There are two main types of recovery.  ‘Passive’ recovery is when you take a day off completely from exercise.  Another type of recovery is called ‘active recovery.’

Image Credit: By Roger Mommaerts - Flickr: Austin Marathon Relay 2009 116, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Foam rollers are a great form of active recovery that help promote blood flow to your muscles. Image Credit: By Roger Mommaerts – Flickr

Active recovery is any easy to moderate exercise that can help get your blood flowing to your muscles to help them recover.  You can choose to do a light run with a shorter distance and lower intensity or you can choose from a number of other active recovery strategies.

The idea with active recovery is that it will help your body recover better than just rest alone. The amount of exercise that is considered a ‘light workout’ needs to be appropriate for your particular fitness level.

If you are a couch-to-5K warrior who is just starting your training, a brisk walk or hike would be perfectly adequate to get your blood flowing and help your body recharge.  On the other hand, a regular marathon runner, might jog an easy 2-3 miles on their active recovery day.

Overall, you should feel better after your workout than you did beforehand.  If you feel worse, than you likely pushed too hard. Continue reading

How to Find the Right Shoes & Recognize Common Foot Ailments

Plantar Fasciitis (Image Credit)

Plantar Fasciitis (Image Credit)

Painful feet are impossible to ignore when you’re working out on a treadmill.  With each step, your feet strike the ground with a force equal to 3-5 times your body weight.  That means a 150 lb person will experience 450-750 lbs of force per leg per step.  It’s no wonder we can experience painful side effects!

How the Right Running Shoes Can Protect Your Feet

One of the best things you can do to minimize pain or injury is make sure that you’re in the right type of shoe.  People often make the mistake of using time as an indicator of when it’s time to get new sneakers.  Really, you should use distance as your indicator.

If a pair of shoes is older than 400-600 miles, then chances are, you’re ready for a new pair.  Be on the lookout for sharply defined creases in the outside foam of your sneaker.  Also, be aware of any ‘off-feelings’ like unusual pains in your knees or hips.  These could be signs that you need new sneakers. Continue reading