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NordicTrack Incline Trainer Review

The NordicTrack Incline Trainer Treadmill is a popular new piece of exercise equipment that claims to help you burn more calories just by walking. Here’s our review.

What is the NordicTrack Incline Trainer Treadmill?

The NordicTrack Incline Trainer Treadmill is a lineup of exercise equipment offered by an American fitness company named NordicTrack.

NordicTrack is best known for releasing its lineup of cross-country ski racing simulators during the 1980s. these NordicTrack skiers helped skiers stay in shape during the offseason.

In recent years, NordicTrack has branched out into new areas of personal fitness technology. Incline Trainers are some of its most popular products.

The company currently offers four different types of incline trainers, including:

— X7i Incline Trainer
— X9i Incline Trainer
— X11i Incline Trainer
— X15i Incline Trainer

Each of these treadmills works in a similar way: instead of jogging or running like you would on a traditional treadmill, the Incline Trainer is specifically designed to let you walk uphill.

The inclines can be set anywhere from -3% to 40% incline. The higher your incline, the more calories you burn.

The workout promises to be lower impact than a traditional run. Just by walking on an incline, you can burn 5 times the calories as you normally would.

The incline trailers can also be set to higher speeds for times when you want to sprint or walk a little faster. You’re not restricted to just walking. You never even have to use the incline feature if you don’t want to.

How Many Calories Can You Burn With the NordicTrack Incline Trainer Treadmill?

In testing, NordicTrack claims that its treadmills can burn 5 times the calories that you normally would by walking.

NordicTrack specifically gives you the following calorie burning numbers for different inclines:

— 6% Decline: 63 Calories per 20 minutes

— 0% Incline: 87 Calories
— 10% Incline: 157 Calories
— 20% Incline: 232 Calories
— 30% Incline: 321 Calories
— 40% Incline: 381 Calories

The numbers above are for those walking at a relatively slow pace of 2mph during a 20 minute workout. They also assume the user’s weight is 200 pounds.

The “5 times the calorie burn” number comes from comparing the lab tests when walking at the machine’s lowest incline rate versus the machine’s highest incline rate.

Types of NordicTrack Incline Trainer Treadmills

There are four different products available through NordicTrack, including all of the following:

X7i Incline Trainer ($1599 USD)

— -3% to 40% Incline
— iFit Enabled
— 10” Backlit Display
— 2.75CHP Motor

X9i Incline Trainer ($1999)

— -6% to 40% Incline
— iFit Enabled
— 10” Web-Enabled Touchscreen
— 3.0CHP Motor

X11i Incline Trainer ($2499)

— -6% to 40% Incline
— iFit Enabled
— 10” Web-Enabled Touchscreen
— 4.25CHP Motor

X15i Incline Trainer ($2699)

— -6% to 40% Incline
— 10” Web-Enabled Touchscreen
— 4.5 CHP Motor
— 15” Integrated HDTV

As you can see, the treadmills get progressively more advanced the more you spend. By the time you get to the priciest model, you’ve got a touchscreen monitor, a high-powered motor, and a 15” HDTV (yes, you have both a touchscreen monitor and an HD display).

All purchases come with free shipping. There’s also a 30 day money back guarantee applied to all purchases – if you’re unhappy with your NordicTrack equipment anytime within 30 days, you can call the company at (866) 896-9777 for a full refund.

What is iFit?

iFit is a trademarked NordicTrack technology that lets you track your exercise progress over time. It runs over the screen that’s included on all of the above Incline Trainer models.

Using that screen, you can (virtually) take your workout all over the world. In one promotional image, NordicTrack shows someone running under the Eiffel Tower.

With iFit, you can plan your workouts, choose a jogging spot, and become part of the iFit community. You can access your iFit account over your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

iFit isn’t actually included with any of the above purchases. You need to pay an extra $100 USD per year for the subscription (prices change depending on promotional sales and your location).

About NordicTrack

NordicTrack is an American fitness equipment manufacturer that was first launched in the 1970s in Minnesota. The company initially created NordicTrack ski simulation machines and dominated that market.

In more recent years, the company has expanded into other pieces of fitness equipment, including ellipticals, incline trainers, exercise bikes, rowers, and even wearables.

You can read a surprisingly in-depth history at this Nordic Track website here. Seriously, that writer basically created a novel about this company.

You can contact NordicTrack by phone at 1-888-308-9616. Or, visit their online store at


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