Why a NordicTrack treadmill with iFit is better than a gym

What treadmill to buy

I’ve jogged uphill in South Africa, through a marketplace in Germany, and around a castle in Croatia… all from my house. A NordicTrack treadmill with iFit is just about the coolest workout you can imagine – even if you despise exercise. (That would be me.)

About iFit with NordicTrack

iFit is an app – and you don’t need a NordicTrack to subscribe – that has a wide selection of workouts from fitness coaches. The treadmill has a screen, but you can also access the app from your laptop, iPad or phone. Workouts are available for treadmills, bikes, rowers, ellipticals, and strength. The combination of the iFit with the treadmill gives you a personal trainer in your home. The treadmill automatically follows the trainer so as she goes uphill, your treadmill adjusts to the incline. If she runs faster, your treadmill adjusts the speed. You can always manually select the speed or incline, too, and still follow the trainer. The coolest part? The workouts are all around the world. And the videography is FANTASTIC.

Yes, you will use it

We’ve all been there: you join a gym and show up for a few weeks. Then, you skip your first workout. Which leads to more skipped workouts. Finally, if you were to do a final analysis of your workouts on an XY axis, you’d see the decline from that point of first skip until the line reaches zero. The fear of buying a treadmill only to neglect using it is legitimate, especially if you have a checkered past when it comes to working out consistently. Here’s the thing: a NordicTrack treadmill with iFit is better than a gym. Of course, a treadmill is much more expensive than most gym memberships. If the treadmill is in your house, all of the excuses for skipping a workout become impossible to justify. You’ve just removed all of the barriers.

That’s not to say you won’t have excuses. You do have to stay committed to it.

OrangeTheory is so effective because a coach tells you what to do, you need to schedule the workouts, and every workout is different. The iFit app does the same thing.

Here’s why iFit + NordicTrack treadmill is such a great solution to working out consistently:

You don’t have to drive to the gym

Obviously, if you have a treadmill in your house, you don’t need to drive anywhere to use it. You can find ‘me time’ to work out. And 30 minutes of exercise is all you need to be healthier.

A coach motivates you

It’s like you’re running someplace extraordinary with a personal trainer who is talking to you and motivating you the entire time.

Every workout is different

The intervals keep the workouts doable and interesting. Intervals push you harder than you’d push yourself, too.

You can schedule your workouts

You can schedule workouts on the app. Just having a workout on your schedule makes you more committed to working out. Plus, the different series like running through South Africa or Croatia build on each other. One day may be running short intervals at your push pace. Another workout may focus on jogging slower for longer periods of time. A few “recovery runs” are in the mix, too.

You can also use the treadmill without the app

If you want to use the treadmill without the app, you can just walk or run in manual mode.

Running through Chefchaouen in Morocca

What treadmill to buy

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When I researched what treadmill to buy, every list included the NordicTrack 1750. I chose it based on the reviews and price point – however, none of the reviews really explained how awesome the iFit program is. I got directly from NordicTrack but it’s also available from Amazon! The first year of iFit is included. I got a promo code to extend my membership, and chose the individual plan for $130 for the year. If you are considering getting a treadmill, I highly recommend this one and the iFit app.

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