Will a NordicTrack Treadmill Without Subscription Work?

Written by Noleen Arendse

Are you thinking about purchasing a NordicTrack treadmill but you’re hesitant due to the cost of an iFIT subscription?

While a subscription to iFIT is a great feature (and you’ll most likely not regret it), it’s not mandatory if you want to use a NordicTrack treadmill. In fact, once your free 30-day trial has ended, you’ll still have access to limited iFIT workouts on your treadmill and you’ll be able to operate it in manual mode like any other treadmill.

In this quick article, we cover all you need to know about using a NordicTrack treadmill without subscription plus what you will and won’t be able to access if you’ve not renewed your subscription.

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What is iFIT?

iFIT is a health and fitness app that provides access to thousands of at-home workouts led by professional trainers. It can be used with or without iFIT-enabled equipment such as the NordicTrack treadmills for a gym-like workout experience at home. It requires a subscription and you can choose from several options. 

The app offers a wide range of workouts and classes, including cardio, HIIT, yoga, and strength training. You can also create a personalised workout plan and use the fitness tracker to monitor your progress. 

They also have a huge library of workouts in scenic locations from around the world. You can opt for specialized workouts, walking tours, hikes, and runs or strength and BootCamp classes and fitness challenges.

Is iFIT required for NordicTrack?

No, a subscription to iFIT is not mandatory and is not needed for the treadmill to work. In fact, when iFIT was first released, it was an optional extra or add-on the treadmills worked just fine without it. 

However, as it is a great app and you get the most out of your treadmill if you have iFIT, when you first buy a treadmill, you get a free 30-day trial of the fitness app to see if it works for you. After that, you’ll need to pay for a subscription. 

If you’re looking for a treadmill that doesn’t need a subscription, take a look at our NoblePro Elite E8i review, there’s no subscription required. 

How much does an iFIT subscription cost?

There are several subscription options that you can choose once the initial 30-day trial has ended.

  • Monthly subscription: £39.99 per month
  • 6-month subscription: £29.99 per month
  • Annual subscription: £22.50 per month
  • Family subscription: £49.99 per month (up to 5 users)

Is there a free version of iFIT?

If you own a NordicTrack treadmill there will be a limited free iFIT account on the machine. You’ll be able to access limited iFIT workouts. 

If you don’t own a NordicTrack treadmill, then the only free version would be the 30-day free trial. 

iFIT vs Peloton

If you’ve been looking for live workouts that you can do on (or off) your treadmill, then you’ve most likely heard of Peloton. 

Like iFIT, Peloton offers live workouts and group training on its treadmills (and other fitness equipment) as well as off-equipment workouts like yoga, HIIT, strength training, meditation and more.

In terms of iFIT vs Peloton and which one is better, it really depends on your individual preferences and needs. Both fitness apps are very similar in what they offer.

But they are slightly different in terms of their best features. For example, if you love live running classes with a great vibe, then Peloton is a good option for you. There’s nothing quite like being in a live class with people from around the world. Peloton also has a live leaderboard that is highly motivating to its users. 

However, if you prefer instructor-led scenic classes then iFIT will be better as its scenic routes are highly immersive and one of the best in the industry. For example, you can go on a cultural walk through Ancient Egypt, stop in for a BootCamp in Bora Bora and end with a run in Thailand. You can literally see the world as you work out.

Both iFIT and Peloton are subscription-based with similar costs, so it’s best to do your research to find out which one would be best for you. 

Can you use NordicTrack treadmill without subscription?

Yes, you can use a NordicTrack treadmill without subscription and the treadmill will still work. 

What you will have access to

Without a subscription, you’ll have a limited number of iFIT workouts that comes with a free iFIT account that you have because you have a NordicTrack treadmill. 

You can also use your treadmill in manual mode. This includes the following basic features:

  • Increasing and decreasing the speed manually
  • Adjusting the incline and decline manually
  • Tracking distance, pace and calories burned
  • The built-in programs

What you won't have access to

Without a subscription, you won’t be able to access all the features that iFIT has to offer such as the personal-trainer-led sessions, auto-adjust features and more. To get the most out of your treadmill, it’s worth considering a subscription. 

What treadmills don't have subscription?

Most treadmills don’t require a subscription to a fitness or health app to function, and you should be able to use most brands in manual mode. Of course, if you’re wanting to access the interactive features and workouts, then you’ll need to consider the additional subscription cost. 


Yes, it’s possible to use a NordicTrack treadmill without subscription or membership to iFit or any other subscription-based fitness service. The NordicTrack treadmill automatically comes with a free iFIT account that has limited workouts. Users can also still use the treadmill in manual mode for workouts, such as running or walking.

iFIT is a subscription-based service and does not offer any features if you don’t have a subscription. However, if you have a NordicTrack treadmill, you have a limited free iFIT account that will allow you to access a few workouts. 

iFit also offers a 30-day free trial for new users, which allows them to try out the service and see if it is right for them before committing to a subscription.

To activate your iFIT treadmill without a subscription, simply press the start button and update your settings so that it’s in manual mode.

All new users have a 30-day free trial for iFIT. After the free trial, you’ll need to renew your subscription. If you purchase a NordicTrack treadmill, you’ll automatically get the 30-day free trial. If you don’t renew your subscription, you’ll have a free iFIT account on your treadmill with limited workouts. 


  • You can use your NordicTrack treadmill without subscription
  • If you don’t renew your iFIT subscription, you’ll have limited iFIT workouts on your free account
  • You can also use your NordicTrack treadmill in manual mode

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