Which Treadmill is Best For You?
Both are high-end, powerful treadmill options to add to your home gym, but very different in their experience and approach. There is no question that for the dedicated super serious runner, who spends a lot of time on the treadmill, the Peloton Tread offers an amazing training experience that will make them a better, more efficient competitive runner who wants to achieve personal best times in their race ambitions.
If one or more of your goals is for weight loss, to run, walk/trek/hike your way to fitness or to increase your running technique, skills, stamina and endurance, the X32i is an equally great option. TheNordictrack X32i Incline Trainer adds thepower of the incline with its incredible zero to 40% incline ability that can help you burn multiple times the calories in the same amount of time. One feature we get asked about frequently, which does make the Nordictrack stand out is, “does Peloton automatically adjust incline resistance or speed?” — the answer is no, Peloton does not automatically adjust incline or speed to sync with a studio class or destination run.
When balancing these two treadmills in making the right choice for you we found understanding and establishing your goals are key factors to help reach the best purchase decision. We discuss and highlight key features and differences between these two awesome treadmills to help make that maybe.yes.no decision by covering: The Experience, The Equipment, Trainers, Price, Our Recommendations and provide a quick Comparison Chart.
1. THE EXPERIENCE
As on the Nordictrack X32i you can stream classes right to the Peloton Tread. Studio classes on the Tread have two options, pre-recorded on-demand and Live classes that follow Peloton’s formula similar to its Spin bike workouts. Music plays a major role in the experience and feel of each class – no two are alike as trainers select their preferred music theme and song collection for each class. There is definitely a competitive vibe with the leader-board presented on screen to allow you can see where you stand compared to the others live — or if your are taking an on-demand session, compare your performance to people who previously ran the same workout. Fellow runners will “High Five” you during live classes plus trainers call out individuals to motivate and provide encouragement which all goes to create a competitive atmosphere & energized experience.
The company celebrates milestones like your 100th workout with a commemorative t-shirt and there are badges to achieve as you amass more runs and hit different milestones. The group energy can seriously help you push harder and achieve personal bests. Dedicated Tread owners document record weight loss and report an invigorated feeling through the class energy.
Powered by a smooth, easy to use, user interlace, the Tread library has hundreds of on-demand classes to select from which can be filtered by music theme, music artist, trainer, length, (5 minute, 10 minute 20 minute, 45 minute and 60 minutes) type (interval, beginner, Challenge etc.) — live classes schedule throughout the day. Unlike the Peloton Spin bike the number of daily Treadmill classes are more sporadic and tend to be in the early evening or morning. There is also range of scenic runs to select from, but they arenot trainer led.
The Nordictrack X32i is powered by its iFit Interactive personal training platform with workout options that are best categorized into four types: Studio classes, Road Races, Google Maps and Trainer Led Destination Runs. You have loads of options to pick from and the classes vary by trainer, length and type with new classes and content constantly being added.
Studio classes are group sessions that focus on interval training. These are not music experiences, but are led by outstanding trainers and running specialists that work hard to keep you motivated and challenged. They push, inspire and maintain the conversation as you walk or run along with them. There are some classes where in segments of a class you use weights and may get off the treadmill for more total body workout exercises. You definitely sense the energy of the group, but it also feels like it is a one-on-one with a personal instructor with a cool vibe while getting a workout in at home!
The second type is very similar to a road race. You walk or run as your trainer guides you along the route that covers a road trip. There are varying hills, inclines, declines and sprints. You can select the length and difficulty. Your trainer is working alongside you as you sense like you are running outside location.
Google Maps Routes
Next a very popular option allows you to create and map routes you actually run outside or create from well known events like the New York marathon or your own local 5k. These maps can be saved building up in your own library and can be as easy or difficult as you wish. Many users in the iFit community save running routes on the iFit community board or on Facebook. No trainer is involved so this is more of a DYI on your own exercise. For the competitor in you, you can challenge other iFit members to run along or run the route when they can. Later sharing and comparing results!
Trainer Led Destination Runs
Finally the fourth type of iFit workout option are the Interactive Trainer-Led Destination walks, runs or hikes. Select workout options at beautiful locations across a wide variety of terrains and challenges that take you on travels all over the world, including the the US. Your iFit trainer leads you through inclines, intensity variations and declines while dropping interesting points about the location your’re running, walking or hiking through. It is a great aspect to your workout experience to get a serious workout in while at the same time being, challenged, motivated and entertained. There are loads of locations to choose from such as Australia, Iceland, Switzerland, Italy, Peru, Patagonia, even Antarctica. Train in the Balkins, run the Grand Canyon or along the Adriatic Sea, through India, or trek up Mount Kilmanjaro. The scenic backgrounds are stunning and keep you engaged during the workout and with your trainer. Each trainer brings their own individuality and training style to each session.