What is iFit?
iFit is a relatively new company which offers users the newest exercise technology, including workouts, maps, and visuals for those who are using enabled equipment.
The iFit coaching platform is available in 4 major interfaces, according to your desires, the place you’re at, and your objectives. Indoors on fitness equipment or outdoors if you like to run or walk, iFit reinvents overall physical activity by combining technology and accessibility. iFit offers a fully-fledged personal coach to keep you fit, lose weight, and prepare you for a race or sporting challenge. The possibilities are limitless.
If you are looking for a simple and effective conductive line to give the best for your body and mind over time, iFit might be the right option. We are going to thoroughly investigate what iFit truly has to offer, summarize the results and give you the final verdict! Keep reading!
1. Fitness Inside: iFit Live Platform
If you have a compatible or integrated Proform iFit fitness device, you can benefit from training programs developed by certified coaches or create your very own programs, playing on variations in time, speed and intensity.
The advanced iFit live coaching technology allows you to load ready-made programs on your fitness device from iFit.com. One of the popular programs is the “Island Paradise” program that takes you on a run through 10 of the world’s most beautiful islands, or the program “Boston Marathon” that allows you to run a real marathon from home.
Users can also compose the session of their choice with Google Maps, and can even browse the streets, paths or roads of dream locations through the Street views, directly visible on the console of the iFit device.
Proform iFit fitness equipment is compatible and intuitive. Their Proform Tour de France bike is a perfect example, this piece of equipment illustrates their technology and allows each user to train on the stages of the Tour just like in real life.
2. Fitness Outside: iFit Mobile App
If you don’t have any fitness equipment at home, iFit is able to track and follow you in your outdoor sessions thanks to the “iFit Outside” application available on Google Play or Apple Store.
The iFit Mobile App has many functions, some of them include: measuring distance traveled via GPS and your speed, listening to simultaneous music, voice tracking your workouts, storage of your sessions and sharing on social media, and more.
For users who possess a Proform home fitness device, all their outdoor sessions can be converted into fitness programs and replicated indoors on their treadmill or fitness bike. iFit is also not limited to one activity or another, all actions and efforts count.
3. Sport, Nutrition and Sleep: iFit Active Bracelet
iFit is not just a technology or a set of training programs. iFit also comes in the form of a product, such as the connected bracelet or activity tracker “iFit Active”.
The iFit Active bracelet measures the user’s steps, sleep, and diet. Users can also receive messages directly on their bracelet, sent by anyone with an iFit account on iFit.com. Beyond these essential tracking functions, synchronized on your phone and processed automatically via the iFit Track application, the iFit Active bracelet is also compatible with the fitness equipment of the 2 world leaders in home fitness: Proform and NordicTrack.
Is iFit User-Friendly?
With all the coaching technology, multiple functions, and gadgets, iFit really seems complicated. How to navigate between different applications, fitness equipment, and bracelets? It’s very simple. The real benefit of iFit is not just measuring your business, as many similar, high performing products do. Its major asset is to be interconnected.
It is the creation of an account on the official iFit website which will enable each user to backup all his data on each application, bracelet, or indoor fitness training session. One account for all the data! Users have unlimited online surfing capabilities on the site and can discover the different workout plans and fitness advice offered.
All this modern technology comes at a fairly high price. In fact, iFit is surprisingly expensive considering that there are other options available on the market today.
You can expect to pay up to $300 for iFit Life Coaching, and if you also want the iFit Active Bracelet or iFit Tracker, an additional $100 or $200 will be required. The iFit Proform Module is also quite expensive, with a price tag of $125.95. Not to mention the iFit fitness equipment which sells anywhere from $1000 to $2000.
The Science Behind iFit
Physical activity is one of the main factors in a successful weight loss process (1) (2), and iFit will certainly make your workouts easier and more entertaining. However, iFit is only targeting one major weight loss factor, which is activity, not taking into account nutrition and healthy eating (3) (4). iFit does not provide any meal plans or diets that would help users in their daily meal planning (5). The best programs will combine both a healthy diet and physical activity in order to achieve maximal results (6).
“I’ve had this band for a couple months now and everything has worked perfectly for me. The added motivation to get up out of my chair every hour, take a walk/run to hit my 10,000th step, get to bed at a reasonable time, and change those habits that I’ve fostered for years has been amazing. So far I’ve already lost a couple of pounds just from being aware of my activity levels. This item is incredible and I’d recommend it to anybody.” -Morgan Quigley
“Battery sucks as it lasts maybe 2 days if you’re not checking it a lot. The band falls off very easily, I almost lost it a few times because it fell off. It also doesn’t count your steps accurately” -Samantha Shamonsky
“I love that I can see the view as if I was really there. I can also map out my own run. I could pretend I was running around the block without ever leaving the house if I wanted to and wave to myself from my treadmill as I pretend to pass my house. I don’t actually do this, but I could if I wanted to. I’m doing the 50 state parade right now.” -Debbie Chang
If you have tried to lose weight but you’re simply lacking the motivation, if you want to try something new that will create an incredible experience and a lasting positive effect, then iFit is the right option. The iFit concept is interesting and innovative and could bring worthy results. However, if you truly decide to go with the iFit technology you will need to find a proper nutrition plan that will meet all your daily macro and micronutrient needs.
Bottom line, if you’re truly prepared for a healthy lifestyle and have some money saved up, you should definitely give iFit a try!
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Amanda is a gym instructor and a diet and nutrition fanatic that has reviewed 100s of supplements for the benefit of consumers. She struggled with obesity 7 years ago and after losing more than 30lbs, dedicates most of her time in helping others achieve similar results and transform their lives.