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iFit Live Review | Your Virtual Personal Trainer


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iFit Live Costs

Some of the new machines released by companies now require a 1-year subscription of iFit Coach Plus at $468 or 2-years for $360 per year.  After the first year, you can purchase a yearly subscription for $252 or downgrade to regular iFit Coach at a reduced price.  Pricing does vary depending on the machine’s display, so be sure to check on your particular machine. Read more about iFit Coach Plus here.

A regular iFit Coach subscription costs $144/yr billed annually ($12/month).  Or, you can pay $15/month for a month-to-month subscription. When you first join, you are given the first month free to try out the system.  If you don’t like it, you can get a refund.

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There are a few categories of iFit Live treadmills: iFit Enabled, iFit Compatible, iFit Bluetooth Enabled, and iFit Coach Ready.  It can be a little bit confusing, but the main point is that some of these machines have Internet connectivity built into the machine and some require a separate Wi-Fi module.  This module is a one-time cost of around $100.

If you’re not sure which type of iFit Machine would be best for you, check out this article.

How to Set Up iFit Live

If you have a treadmill with built-in Internet connectivity, you can ignore the initial steps below.  Otherwise, you will need to purchase the module and follow the these instructions.

Programming the iFit Live Module:

  1. Plug the module into your computer and go to ifit.com/install.  Follow the instructions to register your membership.  While here, you can also input some of your profile information like how many pounds you want to use.
  2. Next, you unplug your treadmill and insert the module into the slot on the top of the console.  Once you turn the treadmill on it may take some time for the module to initially program and connect to your ifit.com account.

NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer with iFit Live.

Setting up iFit Live Without a Module:

  1. Get your treadmill to communicate with iFit.com.  You’ll simply need to enter your home Wi-Fi password to link your machine to the web and start setting up your profile.
  2. Once your account is active, spend some time defining your fitness goals.
  3. Lastly, you can set up your customized workouts and start finding routes to run on Google Maps.

Once your treadmill is communicating with iFit Live you can start setting up workouts or challenges.  There are basically three options…

  • Customized Training Programs
  • Draw a Map with Google Maps or Access Popular Routes
  • Competitions with other iFit users across the globe.

How to Use Customized iFit Live Training Programs

There four training options. 

ifit-live-jillianOption 1:  Workouts designed by Jillian Michaels of the Biggest Loser fame.   Each workout includes audio coaching by Jillian. You have four choices of customized workouts based on fitness goals.  They include…

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Power Walking
  3. Get Fit
  4. Performance

Option 2:  Workouts designed by Elisabeth Hasselback that also include audio coaching.  You choices are…

  1. Getting Started
  2. 30 Day Body Makeover
  3. Train for a 10K

With each workout, it defines the recommended frequency of your exercises, speed, treadmill incline, workout duration and total number of workouts.  The workouts are generally progressive.  For each workout you can define the intensity level from 1-10.  Of course, you can adjust the level as you are working out on the treadmill.  Once you determine which workout is best for your fitness goals and the level of intensity you send to “My Schedule”.

As mentioned, as you set up your account you are asked what your weight loss goals are.    After each workout your specs are downloaded  and they show your progress in reaching those goals.  I’m not sure about how exact the calculations are, but you can see your progress towards your goals in terms of calories burned and distance covered.

Option 3:  Race Training Workouts.  They include…

  1. 5K Training
  2. 10K Training
  3. Half Marathon Training
  4. Full Marathon Training
  5. Ragnar Relay Training (You have a drop down menu that lets you choose one of the race locations around the country. The treadmill will simulate the terrain.)

Option 4:  Draw a Map with Google Maps

pro1000_consoleIn iFit Live, you can trace a route on Google Maps.  This can be on existing roadways or general terrain.  For example, you could trace a route on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, or the trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  With any route you trace the treadmill will simulate the terrain with the incline.

There are several NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills that also decline, so the treadmill will simulate going up and down hills and mountains.  With the treadmills you will max out at 15%, however if you are using one of the NordicTrack Incline trainers you can max out to 40% incline, which will give you a more realistic experience going up steep mountainous inclines.

Viewing Your Route

To get the full impact of using the “Draw a Map” feature you need some kind of Internet browser display.  NordicTrack and ProForm have several treadmill models that are equipped with Google Android browsers.  They typically start at $1,500 and allow you to not only access the Internet, but also your iFit Live account.

For those treadmill that have LCD displays you  need a tablet or smartphone to visualize your progress on Google Maps. Many of the machines now have an integrated tablet holder built onto the console for easier viewing (see above).

You have your choice of a satellite, map or earth view.  If you mapped a road and Google has a street scene of that road, you can actually see the scenery as you run or walk.  If you are running a trail or a road with no street view you have the option of the earth view, which gives you an animated depiction of the terrain.  Once again, the treadmill will simulate the terrain with the incline option.

Our team member, Fred Waters, traced a route on a local street in his hilly neighborhood.  Once he defined the route iFit Live told him the total distance, the maximum incline, and the total amount of time it will take to walk at 1 mph and the total calories burned.

In addition to drawing map you can choose from an library of existing routes.  They include the Chicago Lake Front, Central Park, Avalanche Peak , Delicate Arch, Death Canyon, Shriner Peak and Marble Canyon.  With the Chicago Lake Front and Central Park you can get street views, but with the others you have to rely on satellite or earth views. 

Note: You have to click on a Icon on the upper right corner of the browser screen to get the Google Maps view.

Competitions

iFit Live sponsors races where you can compete with others who have iFit Live compatible machines.  As of the writing of the review there was a 5k and 10K race scheduled through West Cornwall in Connecticut.   The races take place over a week’s time.  You can see how you rate in comparison to the fastest time and the average time.

With all these various programs you need to place them in a queue in the schedule section.  From there you can click the buttons on the console to access your My Training, My Maps, World Tour, Event Training and Competition.

Our Review — iFit Live

iFit Live is not for everyone.  There are countless people who will just jump on a treadmill and sweat away the calories without motivational programming.  They are content to listen to music or watch TV.  However, most people fail at achieving their fitness goals because they don’t have the motivation or the structure to reach those goals.  iFit Live offers both.

With “My Training” you can set goals and get progressive workouts that help you achieve those goals.  The audio coaching helps to further motive you.

Another reason people do not achieve their fitness goals is because they are just plain bored running or walking in place.  The Google Maps and the Competition feature help to alleviate that boredom.  Google Maps can give you the feeling of exercising outdoors, while the “Competition” feature gives you the thrill of competing with others.

iFit Live may just result in a lot fewer treadmills ending up as clothes hangers.

iFit Live is compatible with treadmills and elliptical trainers priced as low as $799 with shipping.  Below are a list of reviews of the current models that have iFit Live.

If you do not currently own a NordicTrack iFit Live treadmill, you can go to www.NordicTrack.com to view all of their fitness equipment.