A Guide to iFit for Treadmills

A Guide to iFit for Treadmills
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It’s time to upgrade your treadmill experience for the 21st century. iFit Coach lets you bypass the boring routines of fitness and this guide wi

It’s time to upgrade your treadmill experience for the 21st century. iFit Coach lets you bypass the boring routines of fitness and this guide will help you understand why. Read on to learn about iFit Coach workout creation, stats tracking, and the iFit online community.

iFit Guide

Note: iFit Coach is the latest version of iFit or iFit Live. If you purchased an old iFit treadmill before iFit Coach was released, your machine is already an iFit Coach treadmill! Older units might not support all iFit Coach features, but the update is worth it..

Table of Contents

Read the iFit guide straight through or skip around:

Part 1: iFit Coach Workout Programs and Challenges

  • Google Maps workouts
  • Video workouts
  • Time and distance workouts
  • Challenges

Part 2: Stats Tracking

  • Your Fit Score
  • Log workouts
  • Log nutrition
  • Log weight and sleep

Part 3: Building Community

  • Add your biography
  • Add other users to your iFit Coach account

Besides reading our iFit Coach guide, curious readers might want to try a 30-day free iFit membership. Even without access to an iFit-friendly fitness machine, you can use a trial membership to explore the app on your computer, mobile device, or television. You can create workouts, use message boards, and log health activity such as calories-consumed, distance walked, and bike rides taken.

Your free iFit Coach trial can be for standard or Premium membership. A standard membership includes unlimited Google Maps workouts, activity tracking, virtual coaching and more.

 

Introduction

iFit Coach is an all-in-one fitness app. Its vibrant Google Street View workouts stand out in treadmill ads, but the app also provides workout programs in traditional formats and is an easy-to-use health tracker. A true virtual coach, iFit Coach uses data about your sleep time, diet, and exercise to make fitness suggestions.

Key attributes of the iFit Coach app:

  • The app syncs with iFit treadmills and other iFit cardio machines to log workout data automatically.
  • iFit Coach logs fitness activity that takes place away from your cardio machine (at home, outdoors or with other gym equipment).
  • You can access iFit coaching many ways. iFit Coach apps work with fitness machines, Bluetooth mobile devices, desktop computers, and TVs.

Which fitness machines work with iFit Coach? Four fitness equipment brands build iFit-friendly machines: ProForm, NordicTrack, FreeMotion, and Reebok (These brands share the same parent company: Icon Health and Fitness). iFit Coach works with many of their treadmills, elliptical trainers, and exercise bikes.

Part 1: iFit Workout Programs and Challenges

With iFit Coach there’s always a path less traveled. Whenever you train, you can choose from a near infinite variety of workouts. These include programs that you create yourself and programs posted by others (iFit staff and members).

The main categories of iFit Coach workouts are Google Maps workouts, video workouts, and time/distance workouts. User-designed workouts can also be turned into competitions or challenges.

Bonus: iFit Coach Plus is a premium service that helps save time. With iFit Coach Plus, the app automatically downloads a custom-tailored menu of top-notch workouts every day. These workouts use scenic HD video from Google Maps routes. They reflect your preferences for elevation change, distance, time and calorie burn.

Google Maps Workouts with Google Street View

iFit and Google Maps

Hike the Himalayas, run the Boston Marathon, or enjoy the Pacific coastline without leaving your treadmill with iFit Google Maps workouts. With an iFit incline treadmill, you can virtually experience the rise and fall of any mappable Google route. With any iFit treadmill, it’s easy to choose routes via Street View for a sense of escape.

Two basics of Google Maps workouts:

  1. Incline: iFit Coach treadmills with incline can automatically adjust to mimic topography. Entry-level treadmills tilt up to 10 percent. Top-of-the-line treadmills with iFit Coach have generous incline ranges of -6 to 20 percent.
  2. Video: Enjoy the view! As you walk or run, an interactive Google Street View will appear on your screen. Roads with Street View available are highlighted during iFit workout setup.

Some treadmills with iFit Coach, such as the Boston Marathon 3.0 Treadmill, have race routes preloaded into their consoles. On most iFit treadmills, you’ll download a program before workout time. (This is one way iFit Coach Plus saves time.) When downloading you can draw your own route or choose from premium content.

Draw a Google Maps Route

Train virtually with real-life views of scenic coastlines, busy cities, national parks and more! Choose “Create” and then “Map Based Workout” to get started…

Create a map based workout

Set up an interactive training route by using the “Search Location” box to zoom in on a region. Then click on map points. In the screenshot below, we’ve created a run through scenic Barcelona. We can choose “Close Loop” to let iFit finish drawing a route.

Create a map based workout Barcelona

As you draw, helpful data is displayed such as the route’s total distance, elevation changes, and a calorie burn estimate . Note that your weight must be logged for the calorie function to work best.

Choose a Premium iFit Coach Workout

Setting up Google Map workouts is fun, but you can save time by choosing an iFit Premium workout. Access to these workouts costs a bit more per month than the usual iFit Coach membership. To find them, choose “Library” from the main menu. Some program titles are “Backpack Europe,” “Famous 5Ks” and “Calorie Burn 4 Week Training Program.”

Here’s a sample view of the ever-growing selection:

iFit Programs

You can filter iFit Coach Premium workouts by difficulty levels 1 – 5.

iFit Video Workouts

iFit Coach members can use an ever-growing library of workout videos for training away from the treadmill. These HD videos feature celebrity personal trainers such as Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Jillian Michaels. Some examples of iFit video series are “Kickboxing” and “Fit Mommies.” Here are some program graphics:

iFit Video Workouts

Each iFit video series has many workouts to help make exercise a regular activity.

Customized Time and Distance Workouts

iFit Coach also lets you easily build workouts with specific speeds, inclines, and distances. iFit provides a template and then you move the speed and incline lines to change settings.

In the image below, the pink line shows speed being set for different segments of a workout. The default is one mph.

iFit Walk Overview

To adjust incline, click the square “Incline” button. A yellow line for incline will appear. You can overlap speed and incline settings to see a program’s overall demand:

iFit Builder

In addition to pushing yourself, you can also challenge other iFit Coach members to beat your workout time. Read on for an overview of iFit challenges.

Challenges

Bring out your competitive side with iFit challenges! Challenges are workouts designed and shared by iFit Coach members to help push each other toward goals. Create your own competition or accept another’s challenge.

How to Create a Challenge

Creating a challenge is much like creating a personal workout based on a map, time or distance. You can post a previously created workout as a challenge or design something new. Either way, here are the steps.

Choose “Create” from your toolbar. Then select “Challenge”:

Create a challenge in iFit

iFit Coach will prompt you to set up the activity. In this screenshot we’re choosing dates for the competition:

Create a challenge 2

We draw a map-based challenge, and here is our finished route through a redwood forest:

Create a challenge 4

Next, during setup iFit Coach asks for your invitation list. Then it shows a summary of the challenge. Your final step is launching the challenge by pressing the blue “Create” button.

How to Join a Challenge

You can join challenges that were posted by iFit staff or your friends and followers. Find challenges through the main menu “Challenge” button.

Join an iFit challenge

Check the tabs to see challenges categorized as Public, Created (by you) and Invited (by friends/followers). Accept a challenge and you can schedule it on your iFit workout calendar.

iFit public challenges

After a competition you can see your overall ranking on the “Completed” tab. You can click the badge icon to see your ranking based on age, gender, treadmill type and other data.

Part 2: Stats Tracking

Keeping track of treadmill exercise and other health activities is easier with an app like iFit Coach. The more you pay attention to your health stats, the more likely you are to make smart health decisions. iFit Coach can help track your calories, track your activity, chart your sleep and chart your weight. See how everything fits together!

To access the tracking section of iFit Coach, click “Stats”:

iFit tracking stats

First you’ll see your Fit Score. This number is from 0 to 100. It reflects your fitness activity (exercise and nutrition) in relation to your goals over the past seven days. You’ll start at zero…

iFit stats clean slate

… and get motivated as your Fit Score climbs!

iFit stats week 1 example

Track your stats by clicking “Log.” You can add information about workouts, weight, nutrition, and sleep:

iFit logging activity

Logging Workouts

The exercise logging features are easy to use. Simply fill in the blanks! iFit Coach will calculate the distance and elevation for your outdoor running or cycling routes (plus the app will automatically calculate your calorie burn). Your recently logged workouts are displayed beneath your Fit Score as follows:

Recent workouts

You can repeat workouts on your history list anytime.

Logging Nutrition

The iFit Coach nutrition log can simplify calorie tracking with its database of thousands of foods and beverages. Easily find a nutritional description of your intake, then click to add the info to your log.

Here’s a search for an afternoon snack of almonds:

iFit nutrition logging

 

iFit Coach lets you review items before adding them to your journal. Here we have approved the almonds and a cup of raspberries:

iFit nutrition logging 2

Logging Weight & Sleep

Tracking your weight and sleep is easy with iFit Coach. By logging these items you’ll help build a helpful overview of your health. See how sleep, diet, and exercise work together as you pursue your fitness goals. You can see charts of your data by choosing “Menu” and then “Stats.”

Note: Logging your weight is especially important. Otherwise your iFit treadmill will estimate calorie burn data for its default of a 185-pound user.

iFit logging sleep and weight

Part 3: Building Community

Socializing within iFit Coach can help motivate your training. One benefit mentioned above is the option to experience challenges with friends and followers. You can follow posts from the whole iFit Coach community or just inner your circle. iFit members can follow one another just like members in other social media platforms.

This image was taken from a message board post. It suggests a training route, and viewers have the option to share the post or schedule the workout.  

Cape Town route

Set Up Your ProfileSet up your profile

An iFit Coach profile includes room for a brief bio that all members can see. Attract like-minded community members by posting info about your fitness interests. You can control who views your content.

To set up your bio, choose “Profile” from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the iFit screen. Then choose “Edit.”

Members can click “Follow” to send a request:

 

Following on iFit

Add Users to Your Membership

Share the wealth! With a premium iFit Coach membership you can add up to three users to your iFit account. Add friends and family to your fitness community and exchange workouts, challenges and motivational messages.

To add users, click on “Settings” or “Profile” beneath your username in the upper right corner. Then click “Secondary Users.” Enter email addresses or existing iFit Coach usernames.

 

Add secondary users in iFit

More iFit Coach Info

This free iFit guide from TreadmillReviews.net covers workout setup, stats tracking, and a few other key features of iFit Coach. We only covered the basics. There’s so much more in iFit to explore, so for more detailed information visit iFit.com. With a free iFit Coach account, you can access the manufacturer’s online database with guides for iFit installation and answers for frequently asked questions.

43 Comments

  • satina Cooper March 5, 2019 at 6:14 am from Australia
    Hi is iFit available on an individual basis, without paying for a yearly subscription. Like paying month at a time. I'm in Australia. Thankks Satina
    • Amy T March 5, 2019 at 3:39 pm
      Hi Satina, It looks like you have to pay for a year at a time, but they can charge you monthly, and you get the first year free (with purchase of a fitness machine)
      • Vinay April 2, 2019 at 1:22 am from Brisbane
        Where can I purchase a machine that offers a free year membership?
        • Amanda B. April 3, 2019 at 12:47 pm
          Hi Vinay, most machines are equipped with programs that offer free trial periods but usually one month or one week. If you are looking for a machine that does not cost additional fees you may be best to go with a more standard model such as the SOLE series that has preset programs rather than iFit.
  • Frances Hernandez March 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm from 79915
    do I have to purchase coach assist to use the treadmill? I dont want to use the coach assist. Im 65 yrs old and cant do anything like hike or run a marathon. I have arthritis. If I have to purchase the coach assist then I will have to return it. Hard part is its very heavy and we already assembled it.
    • Amanda B. March 12, 2019 at 10:11 am
      Hi Frances. The treadmill will have your basic functions and program workouts that are included with the machine. You do not have to purchase the coach app if you do not want to! Hitting manual on the treadmill will allow you to adjust your level of incline and speed at your own leisure. The coach app is an additional option that allows for more variety in workout programs but is not mandatory.
      • Karen June 29, 2019 at 10:16 pm from NC
        Just to clarify-once my 1 year free membership for IFit Coach expires, I do not need to buy any membership to use my treadmill? I am also in my 60’s-I only use it to walk on an incline. I really wish I researched this more before buying this model. I wanted one that could do “hills”, or programs that changed inclines/speeds. This seems way too complicated and possibly expensive.
        • Amanda B July 10, 2019 at 11:48 am
          Hi Karen, you do not need to purchase an iFit membership to use your treadmill. As mentioned, you can always use the manual feature of your treadmill to change incline and speed. Here's our favorite options for inexpensive treadmills: https://www.treadmillreviews.net/best-treadmill/#cheap
  • Adam March 9, 2019 at 9:48 pm from MI
    If I buy a Golds Gym Machine with iFit on it, am I forced to subscribe to iFit to use the basic console(calorie tracking, distance tracking ect)?
    • Amanda B. March 12, 2019 at 10:05 am
      Hi Adam. IFit allows you to use some of the basic workouts including the ones that come with the machine. The subscription to the app unlocks more workouts and options. You can try out the ones that come with it first and if you find you want to try more then you can subscribe!
  • Sean March 18, 2019 at 9:46 pm
    When will the treadmills allow for access to smart TV programs such as Netflix and Hulu? Thanks. Sea.
    • Amanda B. March 20, 2019 at 1:19 pm
      Hi Sean. This is a great question and you are not alone in asking. As companies are constantly looking to improve their fitness machine technologies we expect some may be planning to incorporate this in the future. For now, a great option would be purchasing a tablet you can place on the deck of your machine to watch your favourite shows while working out.
  • Mike March 26, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    Can I stream iFit to a laptop? I want to connect my laptop to my “45 inch TV via HDMI to have a bigger display for iFit?
    • Amanda B. March 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm
      Hi Mike, I am not positive if you can run ifit on a laptop but certainly on a tablet. I don't believe Ifit is compatible with a laptop at this time.
  • KL March 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm from Kansas
    So, if I buy the membership and I didn't like the Ifit program can I get a full refund before the next month starts.?
    • Amanda B. March 29, 2019 at 2:02 pm
      Hi KL, the Ifit will allow you to do a week trial but not a full month. You are best to do the shortest term of usage to ensure you can get any refunds if possible. I would recommend doing a week and then cancelling from there if you prefer.
  • Julia March 31, 2019 at 8:02 pm from El Paso TX
    How can I change the start of the week fromMonday to Sunday?
    • Amanda B. April 1, 2019 at 9:57 am
      Hi Julia. This link will direct you to Ifit support who can better help you with your questions about the app: https://ifit.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
  • Jane April 5, 2019 at 4:32 pm from Nairn
    I had ifit but just changed my router and ifit say I need he new module. Can you confirm it works with nordictrak t8 ? I have just paid for 2 years and now need an uograde
    • Amanda B. April 8, 2019 at 4:50 pm
      Hi Jane, are you just having trouble connecting it on the network? Your membership should be compatible amongst multiple devices.
  • RW April 6, 2019 at 7:17 pm from California
    I have a Ifit membership that I use with my exercise bike is there a way to use Ifit with my treadmill that is not Ifit compatible?
    • Amanda B. April 8, 2019 at 4:34 pm
      Hi RW, if your treadmill is not ifit compatible you may not be able to operate the membership with it. You can still track your progress through the program.
  • Connie Maxfield April 7, 2019 at 8:19 am
    I just purchased the nordictrack treadmill and when I went to active it, it wanted me to do a year free subscription. Before the year is up if I dont like it how do I cancel and can I still use the machine?
    • Amanda B. April 8, 2019 at 4:31 pm
      Hi Connie, if you are referring to the ifit program this is from their website directly: MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE REFUNDABLE ONLY IF CANCELED WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE OR TRIAL DATE, AS PROVIDED HEREIN. TO CANCEL YOUR ACCOUNT DURING SUCH THIRTY (30)-DAY PERIOD, CALL (866) 608-1798 DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS. Let us know if this is what you were referring to, thanks!
  • pauline April 7, 2019 at 10:15 pm from australia
    i have a proform 1250 treadmill how do i get the video displsy of destination. ive tried hooking phone n tablets not successful.
    • Amanda B. April 8, 2019 at 3:58 pm
      Hi Pauline, have you already connected through wifi? The ifit must be connected to wifi to access the videos. You can register your name and choose the options you would like to purchase unless just trying the initial free videos.
  • Nadia Fontana April 18, 2019 at 1:07 pm from OR
    Hi I love Maps but My music app wont work with it simultaneously if I use my Iphone trough lighting cable to connect to my TV set so its pretty much useless scene I have to walk maps with no music and it gets boring.
    • Amanda B. April 24, 2019 at 9:14 am
      Hi Nadia, you could always try muting the audio on the maps when using it, see if this allows you to simultaneously play music.
  • Patricia Beaty May 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm
    I have a ProForm 725FP. I need a manual for it. Any ideas where to obtain this? Thank you.
    • Amanda B May 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm
      Hi Patricia, you can find the manual on ProForm's website: https://support.proform.com/parts-manuals/. Best of luck!
  • Robert french June 17, 2019 at 10:00 pm from Ruston , La
    Does the IFIT app support chromecast?
    • Amanda B June 18, 2019 at 11:40 am
      Hi Robert, iFit is not on the list of apps supported by chromecast.
  • Steve Bank July 9, 2019 at 3:39 am from Australia
    The ifit website says, "What is the HDMI port on my console used for? That is so you can connect your console to a television or computer monitor to mirror your console onto another display." Can you please confirm which treadmills have a HDMI port? I am unable to download all the user manuals from all the treadmill manufacturers to confirm which have a HDMI port, so i am hopeful you have a list you could send me?
    • Amanda B July 10, 2019 at 3:21 pm
      Hi Steve, the only treadmill that we can confirm has an HDMI port is the Landice L7: https://www.treadmillreviews.net/landice-l7-ltd/
  • Debbie Hardy July 18, 2019 at 7:21 pm
    I have a promo card for 1st year free. Still wants me to enter credit card. Is there a way around it?i don’t want to use my credit card when I should have a free year. Pro form treadmill.
    • Amanda B August 1, 2019 at 11:16 am
      Hi Debbie, unfortunately there is no way around this. If you choose to avail of the 1 year free, you just have to make sure you cancel your subscription before the year ends so that you do not get charged.
  • Kristin R August 6, 2019 at 1:06 pm
    Is the option to schedule a workout going to be added to the app anytime soon? I ran the first of a series this morning that I enjoyed, and really, really don't want to have to scroll every day to find the next exercise. It seems odd that the ability to manage workouts isn't integrated in the UI for the app.
    • Amanda B August 7, 2019 at 11:08 am
      Hi Kristin, unfortunately we do not know when iFit plans on changing their app. You can try contacting iFit support directly.
  • JAMES A SMITH September 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm from NH
    There's an incredible variety of workouts, but almost all of them are aimed at the beginner to casual trainer. Hard to find many runs over 30 minutes long, or faster than about 9:00 min/mile. Surely there are people that can handle an hour run at 8:00 min/mile pace who buy these.
  • Leslie October 5, 2019 at 10:26 pm
    If I buy a used Nordictrack C2950, (2015 model) can I use my iFit membership with it?
    • Amanda B October 9, 2019 at 4:34 pm
      Hi Leslie, you should be able to use iFit with the 2015 model. However, there may be limited functionality. You can check iFit FAQ for more information on using iFit with consoles pre-2017: https://ifit.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/360003619492-Touchscreen-Console-Pre-2017
  • Susan B. November 20, 2019 at 9:17 am from California
    Hi! We have a Microsoft Surface Book 1 and I just learned that iFit is not compatible with Windows 10. Is there a way to use an iPad Pro and projecting it onto a TV? Thanks!
    • Amanda B December 5, 2019 at 11:28 am
      Hi Susan, you can definitely use the iFit app on an iPad and connect the iPad to your TV via Apple TV or through HDMI. There's more info on the iFit website about how to set it up.

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