Wondering about this iFit coach thing you see with your Proform treadmill? Not sure what it is – or if it’s right for you?
We’re going to break it down a bit in this post for you.
I personally found iFit a bit confusing when it came out (it was called iFit LIVE then). Mainly because there is just so much you can do with it that it can be overwhelming.
But when you look into it, it’s actually pretty cool – and a lot of people really love it.
So here’s a few things you should know about iFit, how it works and what you get:
#1 iFit Coach is Available on Most New Proform Treadmills
You don’t have to worry about telling Proform you want it – it’s an option that already comes built in with the treadmill.
#2 You have 2 Types of Options with iFit
There are basically 2 types of Proform Treadmills with iFit:
The first are treadmills that have a dual-color or simpler console like the Proform Performance 995 (see pics below).
On these treadmills – if you want to try iFit you’ll need to connect with your tablet and attach it above the console using the built-in tablet holder that comes with the treadmill.
This takes a little more work as you have to sync your tablet with iFit – but it can be done quite easily:
The other type of Proform treadmills are the ones that have a full-color, HD touch-screen console like the Pro 9000, Pro 5000, 1295i etc. (see pic below).
With these treadmills you can connect to iFit easily through the console with the push of a button:
So you don’t need a tablet to connect to iFit with these treadmills (although you can still connect to iFit that way as well if you want).
#3 What Can iFit Do For You?
iFit is basically a cool new streaming workout technology that can take your treadmill workout to a whole new level.
With iFit you can do all kinds of fun things. For example, you can run trails all over the world – from the shores of Hawaii to the streets of Paris – and watch the scenery pass you by in your console – or tablet – screen. This lends some virtual reality fun to your workouts.
The treadmill will even incline (and decline if possible) to match the actual terrain you’re running for a more immersive workout experience!
You can choose to walk or run alone – or take a guided workout tour where a coach motivates you and points out interesting landmarks along the way.
Another thing you can do with iFit?
Take a streaming fitness class directly from your console!
No need to go to the gym – there are thousands of on-demand, high-energy studio workouts you can take from home!
There are walking and running workouts as well as other workouts like stretching, HIIT and yoga. You’ll never run out of things to do with the these streaming studio workouts. You can download a new one every day for a new challenge.
Another thing iFit can do is track your workouts over time and show you how far you’ve come for some fitness motivation.
It can even help you achieve your weight loss or fitness goals by sending you recipe and workout recommendations.
So as you can see, there’s a lot to do with this technology. You can take your training to a whole new level and have more challenging, immersive and fun workouts!
#4 What Do iFit Workouts Look Like?
By now you may be curious as to what iFit Coach on a Proform treadmill looks like. Here’s a brief video of how iFit looks as you’re using it.
Best Proform Treadmills with iFit Coach?
Here’s a list of some of the top-rated Proform Treadmills that also come with iFit Coach (including the 1 Year Membership).
The Proform 9000 has an extra-large console that Proform makes – a full 10 inches across. This helps to make the iFit scenery really enjoyable. Plus the Proform 9000 also inclines and declines for a more immersive experience.
The Proform 5000 is the next model down from the Proform 9000. It has a slightly smaller 7-inch console – but it’s also a bit more affordable than the Proform 9000 Treadmill.
The Proform Performance 800 treadmill has an even larger screen console than the Proform 9000 treadmill – 14 inches across. This really makes the iFit scenery fun to watch.
However the motor isn’t as strong as the other treadmills above – and you get less of an incline/decline.