iFit programming on NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills is a great tool to help with motivation and fitness goals. We described in detail, how you can use the programs to set your goals, find effective workouts, and sync to Google Maps in our iFit review found here.
With iFit, you can customize progressive workout routines from professional fitness trainers Jillian Michaels or Elisabeth Hasselback. These workouts target fitness goals like weight loss, power walking, 30 Day Body Makeover, getting fit or performance.The workouts include audio coaching by the trainers.
After each workout your results are uploaded onto ifit.com, where you can track your results. You are able to increase or decrease the intensity of your workout. In addition, through Google Maps you can trace routes and your treadmill will simulate the terrain by controlling the incline.
With several NordicTrack treadmills you can also decline the deck so you can simulate going up and down hills. With their sub $1,500 models you can watch your progress on Google maps with either a laptop or smartphone, that you can place on the console. The higher price treadmills come with a built-in full color android browser, where you can access Google Maps direct.
Finally, there are a series of programs that allow you to train for 5K, 10K, half marathons or full marathon races. After you get yourself ready to race you can run in virtual races with other iFit Treadmill owners.
Previously, NordicTrack had several different labels for their iFit machines. Some of the machines were iFit enabled, others were iFit compatible, some were Bluetooth enabled. Confusing… right? Thankfully, NordicTrack and Proform have made the switch and integrated iFit onto ALL of their treadmills. Yep, you read that right. At the time of this writing, ALL of NordicTrack and ProForm’s treadmills come with iFit on-board. Even better… at the time of this writing, most of the treadmills from these two companies come with a FREE trial membership of this awesome technology.
Before these companies offered iFit on their machines, we saw huge price jumps on machines that offered iFit vs. those that did not. Now, we see the biggest price variation when it comes to screen size. As a consumer, if you’re going to frequently be using iFit technology, it’s likely that a larger screen will be important to you, and something that you will pay more for.
So, how much do you want to spend? Do you think you’ll actually use (by subscribing with a monthly fee after the trial expires) the iFit features? Some people like the specs and running features on NordicTrack and ProForm machine, but have no interest in using the iFit. In that case, it might be better to save some money on a machine with a smaller screen size, as you can use your treadmill in manual mode after your membership expires.