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What Types of Machines are Available at Sears?

sears nordictrack treadmillsNordicTrack treadmills are known for having some of the best value in the industry.  That is because their machines often have very high specs and advanced features without an outrageous price tag.  The parent company, Icon Fitness, is also responsible for creating popular ProForm treadmills.  If you are in the market for a new home treadmill, both of these brands are great options.

It can be exciting to see their machines in person at your local store.  Places like Sears, Dick’s, Costco, Sam’s Club, and Home Depot will often stock a few models of NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills for users to buy.

But if you do buy an in-store model, you will be making a huge compromise in quality.

In Store NordicTrack Treadmills Often Have Out-Dated iFit Tech

Let’s look at one particular example in New Jersey.  A local Sears carries the NordicTrack 6.7S for around $599.

For that price, you will be getting a machine that is very similar to the online model NordicTrack C700.

Here’s a comparison:

 6.7S ($599)C700 ($799)
Running Surface20×55”20×55”
Motor2.6 CHP2.75 CHP (quieter)
Programming20 options20 options
DisplayBacklit DisplayBacklit Display
iFitiFit CompatibleiFit Coach


Everything look pretty similar until you get to the very last row of information.  Machines that are sold at Sears and other in-store locations will not always have the latest technology available from NordicTrack.

iFit Coach Plus

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

For instance, this NordicTrack 6.7S has an older “iFit Compatible” format that requires you to purchase an additional iFit Module in order to get access to the iFit features on your machine.  Newer machines have the wireless internet build right into the machine, but this older model requires an extra purchase.  It will cost you around $100 to purchase the module.

Then, once you buy the module, your iFit experience will still not be as sophisticated as on the C700.

The Latest Version of iFit (Called iFit Coach) Available on the NordicTrack C700 Has:

World Class Trainers – Choose from an impressive line-up of top fitness trainers who can provide motivating workouts and use dynamic training styles.  They appear on your linked smart device’s screen and talk to you as if you are working out together one-on-one.

GlobeTrek Workouts – Exercise in exciting locations all over the world with your trainer right there to cheer you on.  They will run “beside you” whether you are on a Thailand beach or the streets of Paris.

LiveCast Workouts – Participate in high-energy studio workouts that get your heart pumping and your muscles burning.  You’ll feel the excitement of working out with a class full of other people.

Mobile Fitness – Use the iFit Coach app on your smart device to create custom workout schedules and personalized meal plans.  Set your goals and track your progress.  It’s long been known that people who track their fitness make much better progress towards their goals.

The NordicTrack 6.7S will not be able to access all of these above features!  To add insult to injury – you will still be required to pay the same yearly membership fee for iFit.

It’s like one person getting restaurant quality filet mignon and another getting cafeteria steak but they both have to pay the exact same price!

NordicTrack Treadmill True Price Comparison: Online vs. In-Store

NordicTrack C 700

The NordicTrack C700 has the latest version of iFit Coach programming – Read our full review here.

So, here is the true cost of having iFit on both machines:

  • The NordicTrack 6.7S will cost: $599 + $396 (1-year iFit) + $100 (iFit module) = $1095
  • The NordicTrack C700 will cost: $799 + 396 (1-year iFit) = $1195

You will only be paying about $100 more for the C700 for immensely better features on the iFit Coach programming.

Plus, you’ll be getting a machine with a stronger and quieter motor to boot!

Where is the Best Place to Buy Your NordicTrack Treadmill?

After weighing the pros and cons, we feel any user interested in using the latest iFit features should buy their machine online instead of in the store.

Shipping is always free and NordicTrack provides a 30-day money back guarantee on all of their treadmills.

This way you are getting the latest and greatest that NordicTrack has to offer.  If you check on our site frequently, you can also take advantage of the great sales and deals that this company offers on a regular basis.

You’ll be getting a better value for your dollar AND more functionality from your machine!


Find more information below:

Read our Full NordicTrack Brand Review

Read our Full ProForm Brand Review

Check out our reviews of these top NordicTrack Treadmills

NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer

       NordicTrack Commercial 1750

NordicTrack Commercial 2450

NordicTrack Commercial 2950

NordicTrack C700

NordicTrack C990

NordicTrack C1650

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