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NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer Review

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“Best Buy” For Innovation & Intense Cardio Burn

x11i_2017modelThe NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer is their #1 selling treadmill. NordicTrack first started selling Incline Trainers six years ago.  Since then, they have continually grown in popularity. Incline Trainers are very effective in helping people burn calories, lose weight, and get in shape.

For those not familiar with the Incline Trainer, it is basically a treadmill that inclines to extreme levels of up to 40%.  These machines are generally used for walking because of the extreme incline, although they can also handle running.

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x9i_console_2017The advantages to this unique treadmill concept are: 

  1. You can get the same intense cardio workout from running while walking.  It is similar to hiking up and down a steep mountain.
  2. Since you’re walking and not running, there is less stress on your joints and back.

However, many individuals still use the Incline Trainers for running.  With the X9i you can either walk at steep inclines, or run at a more level incline.  Of course, if you are a fanatic you can run at steep inclines, but probably not for long.

NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer Features

7″ Smart HD Touch Display with Android Browser —The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer has a really nice 7″ full screen touch display with an Android Browser.  In addition to a colorful display showing features and programs, you can also access the Internet using a wireless connection.  While you are sweating off the calories, you can read your email, listen to online music, watch YouTube videos and catch up on your favorite web sites.

40% Incline and -6% Decline — Being able to incline the deck to 40% allows you to get one of the most intense workouts you will find on any cardio machine.  The ability to incline the NordicTrack X9i so steeply means you can burn calories efficiently without the stress and strain that comes with running.  In fact, the company claims you will burn five times the calories  in comparison to using a normal treadmill.

In addition to inclining the machine, you can also decline the X9i  to -6%, which allows you to simulate hiking down hills. This allows you to target different lower body muscles.

22″ x 60″ Treadbelt — The long treadbelt makes the X9i more practical for running.  The extra width gives you a more comfortable walking surface.

iFit Live Compatible — With iFit Live, you can combine the incline and decline features with Google Maps and experience hiking trails virtually around the world.  You can view your progress on the color display by selecting a predefined route, or mapping out your own route.  The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer will simulate the ups and downs while providing you with either a satellite, Earth, or street view.   We’ve mapped out streets in local neighborhoods and were impressed with how accurately it simulates going up and down hills.  How do they do that? 

In addition, you can define your fitness goals at and receive an 8-week personalized training routine designed by Jillian Michaels.  She provides audio coaching as you workout.  A new workout is sent through WiFi and automatically downloaded to your Incline Trainer X9i. The results are recorded in real time to your account, allowing you to track your progress.

Included with iFit Live are HD videos of world famous terrains. You can run though stunning mountain or oceanfront scenes.  Like with Google Maps, the treadmill will simulate the terrain as you run.

The only downside to the iFit Live program is the additional subscription fee required to access the features.  Some of the competitors have fitness tracking programs available at no cost.

x9i_comparison3.0 Continuous Duty HP Motor — The motor has ample power to run effortlessly at higher inclines and speeds.  It comes with a lifetime warranty, which means it virtually never has problems.

Heart Rate Monitor with Wireless Chest Strap — For those who want to optimize their workout, the NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer allows you to control the level of your exercise with your heart rate.  This is a technique that is popular with professional athletes.

44 Workout Programs — Included are 24 workouts that target calorie-burning, incline or intensity goals. In addition there are 20 preset iFit Live™ Workouts , which include training with Jillian Michaels, workouts Powered by Google Maps™, event training and a goal-setting center.

Heavy Unit Weight — The NordicTrack X9i weighs approximately 350 lbs., giving it a very solid and stable feel. You will definitely want to get the inside delivery option.

Speakers with MP3 Input — The treadmill has two 3″ speakers that have better clarity than you will find on most fitness equipment sound systems.

Warranty — This machine comes with ample coverage, which suggests this is a very durable machine.  The warranty provides lifetime frame, deck and motor, 5-year parts and electronics, and 2-year labor coverage.

NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer Review

x9i_2_2017The Incline Trainers have been out for several years and NordicTrack keeps improving on the concept.  The X9i takes the basic idea of walking at extreme inclines and adds…

  • 22″ x 60″ length Treadbelt, allowing you to also run,
  • -6% Decline, which targets additional muscles and lets you simulate going up and down mountains,
  • Full Color Touch Screen Display with Android Browser, which allows you to experience the full impact of iFit Live, in addition to being able to browse the Internet.

During a conversation with one of our contacts at the company he mentioned that the majority of the employees who bought a product through the company selected an Incline Trainer.

So the question is – do you want to spend $2,000 on the premium NordicTrack Incline Trainer, or get a heavy duty treadmill for the same price?  That really depends if you are sold on the concept of extreme incline training.  As mentioned, you can get an intense and efficient cardio workout while walking.  This reduces the impact that comes from running.

We’re sold on the concept and would seriously consider an Incline Trainer for a future cardio equipment purchase.  This is especially attractive as age sets in along with its aches and pains during exercising.

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15 thoughts on “NordicTrack x9i Incline Trainer”

  1. Marion

    Hello. I am wondering if this treadmill runs quietly since I am in an apartment. Also, will someone set it up when it arrives? Third, (sorry that I don’t know) but is it plugged in? Run on a battery? Would it need to be replaced? Four, are there any extra items that I would need to purchase for upkeep? Can it be placed on a carpet..or will it damage it? Can it be rolled from one spot to another? It would be great if you could provide me with a phone number to call. Thanks very much. Marion


  2. administrator Post author

    Hi Marion,
    Thanks for your questions. You may want to opt for the assembly option at check out with NordicTrack. Your machine will plug in to a normal 110 Volt electrical outlet in your apartment. As far as upkeep, you may want to add in the extended warranty . It’s probably okay to have on carpet as the machine weight is 350 lbs and very stable. You can always add a machine mat to increase stability if needed. For additional questions, call NordicTrack directly at 1-877-456-5460. Let me know if you have additional questions.



  3. Tamara Shaw

    I would like a coupon sent to me so I can afford to by the Nordic Track X9i even if on sale I know it can be sold cheaper.

    Thanks, Tamara


  4. administrator Post author

    Hi Tamara,

    Thanks for your request regarding a coupon. NordicTrack is having their pre-black Friday sale right now so you can purchase the X9i and not have to worry about it being sold at a cheaper price. NordicTrack has a 30 day pricing match guarantee in place so if you see it advertised for the next 30 days for a less expensive price, all you have to do is contact customer service and they will refund you the difference.

    NordicTrack did that last year and it worked very well. As far as coupons, NordicTrack doesn’t have a coupon program but the prices they advertise now are the lowest we’ve seen in a long time.


  5. sue williams

    Would this Nordic Track be a good purchase for a 60-63 year old to workout on. Is it too intense for this age person?


  6. administrator Post author

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for your question. With the NordicTrack X9i Incline trainer, you will definitely “feel the burn”. It’s like any other piece of fitness equipment, you can push yourself to whatever limit is comfortable for you. Since the incline goes from virtually flat up to 40%, you should be able to set it to your desired comfort level.

    Of course, we aren’t physician’s nor do we know anything about your health so you should always speak with your doctor to come up with a plan that works for you.


    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Kelly,
      The NordicTrack X9i does have a 60″ deck length. When Fred and I were at Icon Fitness in Logan Utah (the manufacturer of NordicTrack), we did a video on the X11i. It has the same deck as the X9i so you may want to scroll to the bottom of this page URL and take a quick peak at the X11i video. The only other difference is slightly larger console on the X11i and larger motor.

      Let me know if you have additional questions!


  7. Kelley

    I’m 6′ tall and would place this in a room with 8′ ceilings. Do you know how those factors will affect my ability to utilize the incline capability?


    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Kelley,
      For the height of the machine, you will need to add 15″ for the tallest user… if you are 72″ tall, you will need a ceiling height of 87″ for proper clearance during use.

      Let me know if you have additional questions.



  8. Gustavo

    Does anybody have the dimensions of the x9i? LooKing to place in one location and want to make sure it will fit also does it fold up when not in use?


    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Gustavo,
      Thanks for your question regarding the dimensions of the NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer. The dimensions are 70.2″ L x 39.6″ W x 69.7″ H. It’s a “beast of a machine” and weighs 350 lbs and is non-folding. It does have wheels so it can be rolled around but due to the weight, it’s difficult to move. Keep in mind as far as set up if you aren’t selecting the assembly option, you may need some help moving the box around for assembly.


  9. Brenda Vazquez-Rogers

    OMG!! Love this machine!! I am 53 years old, so the joints are what they are, this machine is ever so soft on my knees! Love it. Easy set up, idiot proof, just need two people. Best investment!


  10. Steven

    I really want to get a machine for just walking. I’m a big guy and really want to get in shape, I hate going to gym. I’m really torn between the freestrider and the standard c2450. Now you throw the incline trainer in the mix.. The incline looks like a nice sweet spot in between, but the weight limit concerns me a bit. At 6’1 350 I’m worried about pushing the max weightt limit a bit. The Freestrider I’m within the limit, but on the Commercial series and the Incline I’m over. I won’t be jumping up and down or running anytime soon. What do you think? I love the NT brand so I’m kind of set on it.


    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Steven,
      Thanks for your question and comments regarding the maximum user weight on NordicTrack Machines. Currently, NordicTrack doesn’t offer a treadmill or incline trainer with a user weight rating higher than 300 lbs. Unfortunately, if you weigh over 300lbs and use the machine it does void the warranty.

      However, the FS7i Free stride trainer as you mentioned is rated at 375 lbs and one model even goes up to 400 lbs. Either of those would be your best choice from a user weight perspective in using NordicTrack machines.


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