If you’re considering a Nordictrack treadmill, you may have heard a lot about iFit already.
Not surprising – iFit is a game changer in the fitness equipment world.
And it’s far more advanced than what you find on other treadmill brands (at least for right now).
However Nordictrack, in their rush to get iFit out there, have not been great at the iFit messaging. There’s a lot of confusion.
One of the top questions people have is:
Do Nordictrack Treadmills Require iFit?
First some history: When iFit came out years ago, it was an add-on option. Nordictrack treadmills did NOT require iFit.
Then there was a period back in 2017 where you did need to buy an iFit subscription when you purchased specific Nordictrack treadmills like the Commercial 1750 or the incline trainers.
However that idea was quickly sidelined and Nordictrack came out with a better idea.
As of this writing, if you get a Nordictrack treadmill direct from the Manufacturer here, you can get a 1 year membership to iFit Coach included with your treadmill.
So you can try iFit on your treadmill at no charge to see if you like it for the full year. That’s a pretty great deal – and one you won’t find with other manufacturers.
You can run all over the world, take fitness classes from your treadmill, track your results and even get personalized workouts tailored to you with iFit.
Please note however that this can change at any time. I could see them offering a shorter 1-month subscription once iFit gets to be more popular.
But let’s say that you did get the 1-year iFit Subscription included with your treadmill – but decided not to renew after 1 year.
This leads to the next question:
Will the Nordictrack Treadmill Work Without iFit?
The short answer? Yes it will.
The treadmill will work in manual mode without iFit.
Of course, you won’t get all the fancy tracking tools and video workouts of iFit.
But the treadmill will still incline and decline, speed up, slow down etc – just like a standard treadmill. You’ll still be able to see your workout stats on the console like a normal treadmill.
I’d heard this already from treadmill users. However, just to be sure, I went straight to the source and talked to the official Nordictrack manufacturer (I’m only a third party review site – I am not Nordictrack. So I wanted to get it straight from them).
They confirmed that yes, the treadmill – any Nordictrack treadmill – will still work fine in manual mode without iFit:
“None of the treadmills basic functionality is compromised. Users are able to run workouts control all treadmill functions. They will not however, have any ability to use any of the Videos or Map content.”
In non-tech speak, that means that yes, you can use the treadmill as a regular treadmill without iFit.
I also checked out the official Nordictrack Manufacturer iFit FAQ’s which confirmed this:
If you don’t renew your subscription you will have access to a limited number of iFit workouts. You can always use your treadmill, elliptical, bike, fusion or rower in manual mode. The iFit subscription is required for the advertised coach-controlled interactive personal training experience but not mandatory to purchase. (emphasis mine)
**Please Note – June 2020 Update: Nordictrack recently upgraded the iFit software. Some people were having issues using their treadmills in manual mode with this update. I have spoken to the official Nordictrack manufacturer about this. (Again – I do not work for Nordictrack so I have to go to the official manufacturer in order to get the most accurate information for you).
They told me that if you’re not seeing the updated iFit screen where you can select Manual Workout Mode, you’ll need to power cycle your machine to refresh the page and you will see the Manual Mode screen. You should be able to use the treadmill in Manual mode from there.
(By the way, many people don’t realize that there are free and paid iFit accounts. You can have a free iFit account with access to a few iFit workouts. So you don’t just have to use your treadmill in manual mode – you could also use your treadmill with the free iFit version).
So there you have it: You can use your treadmill without the iFit subscription in manual mode and still see all of your stats, change the treadmill speed, incline etc.
An iFit subscription is not required to use your treadmill.
This makes sense.
Nordictrack would be shooting themselves in the foot if they only made treadmills that run with iFit since not everyone wants it.
Of course, they certainly want you to renew the subscription if you think the value is there. But you don’t have to.
If you want to see which treadmills give you a 1-year iFit membership included, check out the link below.
Now, if you’ve just started your treadmill buying research, you may be wondering:
What Exactly Makes iFit So Great?
Well that’s a whole other post. But in a nutshell, iFit takes a dull, boring treadmill and turns it into your own personal fitness studio.
You get workouts personalized to you based on the goals that YOU set for yourself. And you can run trails all over the world – from Santorini, Greece to the ancient temples of Thailand.
There are literally thousands of iFit videos to watch. And the treadmill will incline and decline to match the actual terrain – giving you a very virtual reality training experience. So it’s pretty cool.
Just to give you an idea of what you get, here’s a video showing you some of the iFit Coach workouts you can choose from:
So do Nordictrack treadmills require iFit? As of this writing, NO they do not. And this comes directly from the official Nordictrack company.
Just to show you how cool iFit is, Nordictrack is currently offering you a 1 year membership to iFit included on some of their treadmills. You can use the link below to get it included.
I don’t know how long they’re going to continue this promotion. However as of right now, it’s a pretty sweet deal if you can get it.