Running on a treadmill with Google Maps™ is an incredible experience, allowing you to virtually work out anywhere in the world you choose. Simply download the map and watch the location of your choice unfold right in front of you.
You can find a treadmill with Google Maps only from iFit Fitness currently, which offers it as part of their iFit technology on select NordicTrack, ProForm and FreeMotion treadmills.
iFit can also be found currently on Matrix treadmills.
If a treadmill is iFit compatible, you can view the maps on your tablet or smart phone as you run. If it is iFit enabled, you can view the maps right on your machine touch screen display. The more expensive models are iFit enabled.
Note that there is a yearly membership fee to use the service, but many of the NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills come with free iFit for a year so you can try it out to see how you like it.
All NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills now feature iFit. With this technology, you can view routes from streets, trails, and even famous marathon courses right on your device or the machine’s console.
Launched in late 2009, this exciting and entertaining way to work out lets you download exercise programs from the internet, including those designed by pro trainer Jillian Michaels, as well as event train for 5K races or full marathons, run virtual competitions against other runners, and follow along a world tour of interesting routes.
The iFit street view is integrated with the treadmill computer. As the route changes with hills and flat terrain, the machine automatically adjusts the incline and resistance to simulate the elevation data from the Google Maps.
You can choose from many pre-drawn maps, including some of the most famous marathon courses in big cities, or map your own course route. Once the route is set, switch to Street View and start your run as you watch the scenery of a city or country trail on the screen, as if you were actually there.
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Creating a map and running in your desired location is very easy. Just follow these steps.
1. Log into your iFit account at iFit.com.
2. Hover over CREATE and choose Map Based Workout.
3. Type in a Name.
4. Choose Run (which covers every non-bike workout).
5. Enter your desired location and hit Enter.
6. Click on a road and start creating your route.
7. Once you've drawn out your route, hit Save Route and you should be good to go.
Interactive training is more popular than ever, and there is new competition popping up all the time. Although ICON Fitness' iFit was the first and arguably the most comprehensive, they now have stiff competition from Peloton, which introduced two new treadmills to join their popular bikes.
You also have the new Bowflex treadmills, called the Bowflex Treadmill 10 and Treadmill 22, that offer maps, on-demand classes and even live streaming as part of their JRNY program, something currently missing from iFit.
But iFit is the only program currently that features Google maps, so if you're looking for that feature a ProForm or NordicTrack treadmill is still the way to go.