Looking for a Nordictrack treadmill without iFit?
While iFit Coach is a cool new training and coaching program that many people love – others just want a quality treadmill without the iFit Coach.
Unfortunately, as of this writing, you really can’t find a Nordictrack treadmill without iFit (This may change in the future – and if so, I will update this post. Nordictrack IS aware that some people don’t want iFit).
The good news?
There are some excellent alternative treadmills (from different brands) that do not have iFit. But they still give you similar quality construction, features and entertainment options that Nordictrack treadmills give you.
This post will give you 3 options to consider – along with a brief rundown of each and where you can find out more.
Keep in mind that you can always buy any Nordictrack treadmill with iFit and enjoy the included 1-year membership. Then just choose not to renew your membership.
You’ll still be able to use the treadmill – including some built-in workouts (just not the iFit scenery and tracking options).
According to the official manufacturer’s website, you can still easily use the treadmill in manual mode without iFit:
“Simply push the Start button on your machine to begin a manual workout. You’ll be able to manually adjust your settings and your screen will display an oval racetrack as you workout.”
If you want to learn more about bypassing iFit, you can also go directly to the Manufacturer’s site and select the treadmill you want. Scroll all the way down and click on “iFit FAQs” to find out more on how to bypass iFit for that treadmill.
You’ll also see how to cancel your iFit subscription so you don’t get billed for it after the 1-year complementary membership is up.
Nordictrack Treadmill Alternatives Without iFit
Bowflex is more known for their Max Trainers or Treadclimbers. But most people don’t know that they’ve been quietly making high-quality home treadmills for the past 5 years.
The BXT216 is a beast of a machine with a strong 4.0 HP motor, extra spacious 22 x 60-inch deck and up to 15% incline.
It also folds up with shock-assist to save you space.
While the console is not as fancy as Nordictrack’s touch-screen consoles, it is multi-color, bright and easy to read.
There’s also a media shelf to holder your tablet. So you can store your tablet on the shelf and watch Netflix or Hulu shows on your tablet as you walk.
Plus there’s also a handy USB charging port in the console – so you can charge your devices while working out.
Bowflex also has a similar online tracking subscription service called JRNY. It’s not as advanced as iFit Coach. But like iFit, it’s a monthly optional subscription service that can give you personalized coaching, workout tracking over time and goal setting.
However you don’t have to get the JRNY subscription at all when you buy the treadmill. You have to choose to get a free trial at checkout – or not.
Another thing I like about this treadmill that you don’t find on Nordictrack models are the side handrail controls. You can change your incline or speed from the side handrails instead of reaching up to the console to do it – which is convenient especially if you’re running.
While it’s kind of a hidden gem right now, if you want a heavy-duty, runner-friendly treadmill without iFit (and you don’t care about the Nordictrack name), this one is a fantastic option.
Horizon mainly specializes in making starter treadmills. However they’ve recently branched out into higher-quality, runner-friendly treadmills.
And the most awarded model? The Horizon 7.8 AT treadmill which took home a “Best Buy” from Runner’s World this year.
It gives you excellent construction with a 4.0 HP motor, up to 15% incline and extra-long 60-inch running deck.
Plus the RapicSync motor responds to incline and speed changes faster than other treadmills, making it great for HIIT Training.
This treadmill also has a multi-color console with 2 different places to store your tablet:
The console on this treadmill was designed specifically for streaming cardio classes through your tablet. Using the Bluetooth connectivity and media shelf you can connect your tablet with various streaming fitness apps like Studio.live and take fitness classes through your treadmill that way.
The downside of course is if you do it this way – you have to make the incline and speed changes yourself to keep up with the class. (With iFit Coach on the Nordictrack treadmills, the program makes the changes for you – which is a lot more convenient.)
But overall if you’re looking for a quality treadmill that’s similar in quality to a Nordictrack treadmill – with a few fun options thrown in, the Horizon 7.8 AT is worth checking out.
The Proform 1295i treadmill is similar to a Nordictrack starter treadmill in that it’s made by the same company – ICON Health and Fitness. It is iFit Compatible and does come with a 1-year of iFit Coach.
However because the console screen on this treadmill is not the full-color, touch-screen that are on most other Nordictrack and Proform treadmills, you don’t actually have to activate iFit at all.
You can just hop on your treadmill and go – and never even worry about iFit.
The Proform 1295i is not as tough as the treadmills above – it’s more of a premium starter treadmill coming in around $1200. But it does have all the essentials that you need including a 3.5 HP motor, extra long 60 inch deck and up to 12% incline.
There’s also a dual-speed fan in the console to keep you cool and an iPod dock with speakers to play your favorite music.
Another thing people really like?
You also get an adjustable tablet holder above the console. So you can attach your tablet and stream Hulu or Netflix videos, surf the net and more.
If you’re looking for an affordable, Nordictrack-like treadmill (made by the same company) without iFit, then you’ll probably like the Proform 1295i Treadmill.
Bonus Option #4 Search for Older Models in Stores
If you really want a Nordictrack treadmill without iFit, you may still be able to find a few older models kicking around in stores. They will still be “iFit compatible” – but will not come with the Free 1 year subscription to iFit.
Look for a dual-color console like the one pictured below:
One drawback with this is that you’ll be paying full price for an older, fairly out-of-date treadmill. But if you really don’t like the iFit-included option then it’s definitely something to consider.
So those are currently some options for a Nordictrack treadmill alternative without iFit.
I’ve spoken to a contact at Nordictrack and they are aware that not everyone wants the included subscription to iFit treadmills. So my guess is that they will probably be coming out with some non-iFit treadmills pretty soon. (However, that’s just my guess. Since I don’t work for Nordictrack, I can’t say for sure).
However I’ll be monitoring the situation and if any new, non-iFit treadmills come out, I’ll try to list these models on this page for you.
If you want to find out more about bypassing iFit and using your treadmill without iFit, go to the Manufacturer’s site and scroll down to the “iFit FAQs”