“Do I Need iFit With the Nordictrack Elliptical?”


One of the questions I get alot on this blog is:


Do I Need to Buy iFit with the Nordictrack Elliptical?


This makes sense really.

Nordictrack updated iFit a couple of years ago and – over Christmas – made buying an iFit yearly subscription mandatory with certain Nordictrack elliptical trainers.


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This was confusing for people and did not go over well (understandably).

People didn’t like being forced to buy this new thing called iFit that they’d never heard of – even if it sounded cool. They wanted to have the choice.

Nordictrack has since come to their senses and made a much better offer to buyers.

As of this writing, if you’re wondering “Do I Need iFit with the Nordictrack Elliptical?”, the answer is:


No – you don’t need iFit. But you CAN get it Included.


Yes, you heard that right. With certain elliptical trainers, you can get a 1-year membership to iFit included when you buy direct from the Manufacturer here.

So you can try it out for the full year to see if you like it – which is a fantastic deal.


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Nordictrack ACT 10 Console with iFit


Then the next year you can decide to renew it – or not. If you don’t want it, you just go into your online iFit account and choose not to renew before the 1 year is up so you won’t be charged.

Then you just use the elliptical as usual in manual mode. You don’t need iFit Coach to use Nordictrack elliptical trainers. It’s not required – it’s just an add-on option.

What are some ellipticals that give you a 1-year membership to iFit Coach included?


Nordictrack Ellipticals with iFit Coach:


Nordictrack FS9i Freestrider (Extra-Large 10 Inch Console with Adjustable Stride)

Nordictrack FS7i Freestrider (7-inch HD Console with Adjustable Stride)

Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 (Extra-Large 10 Inch Console, Front Drive Trainer)

Nordictrack 12.9   (7-inch Console, Front Drive Trainer)

Nordictrack SE9i Spacesaver (Premium Folding Treadmill, Rear-Drive Model)


Nordictrack FS9i Console with iFit Coach


Note – I do not work for Nordictrack and this offer is only valid as of this writing – I don’t know how long they will continue to do this.


What Exactly Do You Get with iFit?

Great question – after all, this might affect which elliptical you decide to get. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you can do with iFit:


  • Track your workouts over time – so you can see how far you’ve come and set new goals to achieve (very motivating!)
  • Run famous trails all over the world – from Paris to Hawaii – and watch real life landmarks pass you by in the console screen (very virtual reality)
  • Run with well-known personal trainers as they lead you through workouts in exotic locations like India or Santorini, Greece
  • Take a walking tour of famous world landmarks
  • Take a streaming fitness class with others from the comfort of your own home – everything from yoga to stretching to HIIT Training workouts


nordictrack elliptical trainer with iFit coach
iFit on Nordictrack Elliptical


Basically there’s a LOT you can do with iFit. If you want to read more about it, I did a full article on iFit Coach which you can read here.

Want to know what the workouts look like? Of course you do – I know I would.

Here’s a great little video I found showing you a small sampling of the iFit personal-trainer led workouts.



So as you can see the workouts look pretty cool.


Bottom Line?

You don’t have to buy iFit with any Nordictrack elliptical (as of this writing). However if you know where to buy, you CAN get a full 1-year membership included with your machine. And at over a $300 value, that’s a pretty sweet deal.


Click Here to See All Ellipticals with iFit Included


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