Do you ever refer to the treadmill as the “dreadmill” or “hamster wheel” and proclaim that you’d rather run in extreme heat, a torrential downpour, etc. rather than be bored out of your mind running indoors? I used to be the same way. However, treadmills have come a long way in the last several years, with brands like NordicTrack, Peloton and ProForm coming out with Bluetooth-enabled “smart treadmills” featuring larger interactive touch screens where you can access a library of built-in workout programs.
I attended a media trip a couple of years ago that was sponsored in part by NordicTrack and iFit, a virtual training platform where users can access live and on-demand running classes, as well as strength training, yoga, cycling, and other cross-training workouts. During this trip, I had the opportunity to test out several pieces of NordicTrack’s equipment, including a handful of its treadmills that were equipped with iFit programming. I loved how smooth and cushioned the running deck felt, as well as having the ability to follow a trainer-led course with music. I was also particularly intrigued by the treadmill’s declining capability for downhill training, which is actually a rarity among most treadmills on the market. Even just testing it for a couple of minutes, I found downhill running to be really fun.