Treadmill with iFIT

Peloton may have the hype, but iFIT is so much more fun and motivating
Why a NordicTrack treadmill with iFit is better than a gym

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.) I’ll break it down, in case you’re thinking about getting a treadmill this year –

About iFit for 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.

iFIT vs Peloton

I strongly considered a Peloton and tried one. The workouts were effective- and I did like them – but kind of boring, because the videos are all filmed in a studio. I really love that iFIT trainers are outside, in cool places, with gorgeous videos, while I’m trotting along at home in SC. Plus, Peloton is SO much for expensive – the app is pricier, the equipment costs more. I have been so happy with my decision.

iFit membership Cost

NordicTrack included a free year of the family plan when I purchased the treadmill. Then, I got a deal to resubscribe when it ran out. I paid about $130 for an individual plan for the year. Currently, the pricing on the website is: “There are three options: a Yearly Family Plan for $396/yr, a Monthly Family Plan for $39/mo, and a Yearly Individual Plan for $180/yr.”

SmartAdjust on the iFit app tailors workouts to your speed

The newest feature added to the iFit app is AMAZING and makes me love the treadmill even more. You can always manually adjust the speed. However, now the iFit app tracks your adjustments and optimizes each of your workouts according to your own speeds. For example, when you start a workout and the iFit trainer goes too fast or at a sharp incline, you manually adjust the speed down. (Not everyone can run at a 10 at a 12 incline, lol.)Then, the app banks that info and adjusts the rest of your workout – and future workouts – to your level. So cool, right? You simply follow the iFit trainer while the treadmill automatically adjusts. The intervals – and the cool scenery – make the workouts interactive and enjoyable.

Yes, you will use your iFit treadmill

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 1750 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.

4 reasons how iFit for your treadmill will encourage you to work out more

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 for NordicTrack treadmill is such a great solution to working out consistently:

  1. 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.

2. An iFit trainer 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. Plus, your speed is being adjusted throughout the workout to follow the trainer – push pace, recovery speed, uphill, downhill.

3. Every workout is different.

The intervals keep the workouts doable and interesting. Intervals push you harder than you’d push yourself, too. And the SmartAdjust feature ensures your workouts are at your own comfortable speed level.

4. 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.

5. You can also use the treadmill without the iFit app.

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

IFIT on the treadmill
Running through Chefchaouen in Morocca

What iFIT 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!

iFit Subscription

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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