How to Use the iFit Videos with My NordicTrack Treadmill

The iFit system is a series of multimedia workout programs that allows users to experience customized workout routines and fitness instruction by connecting a multimedia device such as a VCR, CD player, DVD player or MP3 player to an iFit-compatible treadmill and accessing an iFit program using the connected device. The iFit program then communicates with the treadmill through the media player to provide the customized workout. Certain models of NordicTrack treadmills support iFit software by connecting to your media player to allow playback of files containing iFit programs. If you have a NordicTrack treadmill that is iFit-compatible, you can set up any iFit video, CD, DVD or MP3 and be on your way toward reaping the benefits of this innovative workout system in just a few short steps.

  1. Turn off the power to your treadmill and unplug it from its power outlet.

  2. Connect your treadmill to your VCR, CD player, DVD player or MP3 player. Plug the 1/8-inch end of a 1/8-inch-to-RCA audio cable into the input jack on your treadmill’s console. Plug the RCA end of the cable into an “audio out” jack of your media player. You can identify the 1/8-inch end of the cable by the metal ring around the base of the connector; the RCA end of the cable has no metal ring around the connector. You can buy a 1/8-inch-to-RCA cable at major retailers of electronics supplies.

  3. Plug your treadmill and your media player into power outlets and turn them on.

  4. Select the iFit mode on your treadmill by pressing the iFit.com button on your treadmill’s console.

  5. Insert the iFit videocassette, CD or DVD that contains the iFit program you want to use into the media player and press the Play button. If you are using an MP3 file, select the file from your MP3 player's file menu and press Play.

  6. Begin exercising. The iFit personal trainer will guide you through the workout and the treadmill will beep or chirp before each speed or incline change.

  7. Alter the speed or incline of the program to your comfort level by pressing the Speed Up, Speed Down, Incline Up or Incline Down buttons as necessary; you can do this at any time during a program. Because iFit programs are divided into timed segments, the speed and incline will automatically adjust to the pre-programmed settings at the beginning of each segment of the workout.

  8. Press the Stop button to terminate the program at any time during the workout or wait for the belt to stop after completing the program. You can restart a program by pressing the Start or the Speed Up button.

  9. Remove the treadmill key from the console and remove the iFit video, CD or DVD from your media player after you have finished exercising. If you use an iFit file in MP3 format, simply turn the MP3 player off.

Things Needed

  • 1/8-inch-to-RCA audio cable

About the Author

Mike Andrew has written business and legal articles for "850 Magazine" since 2008 and covers college football for several websites. Andrew is a freelance writer, attorney and music producer based in Florida. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University.