18 / Feb / 2022NordicTrack vs Matrix: Cardio Machines with Virtual Training SoftwareVirtual training provides users with more interactive programs, classes, and even leaderboards to help keep you more motivated and combat the isolating feeling of running or cycling alone.Home gym investments have been steadily on the rise since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With people spending time at home, either due to lockdowns, isolation periods, or whichever it may be, the need to acknowledge that fitness equipment has become a must-have for many. Among the fastest-growing sectors of the fitness industry, virtual training software and online classes are also trending upwards. Virtual training provides users with more interactive programs, classes, and even leaderboards to help keep you more motivated and combat the isolating feeling of running or cycling alone. As a Canadian specialty fitness store located in Sudbury, Ontario, we’ve been serving our clients in northern Ontario, the rest of Canada, and beyond with any of their fitness needs and questions. With virtual training software being so popular, we often are asked about equipment that offers virtual training options. In this article, we take a look at two popular fitness brands that we carry, NordicTrack and Matrix, and their products that offer virtual training software. In this article:What is Virtual Training SoftwareWho is NordicTrack? NordicTrack Products We Sell Compatible Virtual Training SoftwareNordicTrack’s Virtual Training FeaturesWho is Matrix?Matrix Products We Sell Compatible Virtual Training SoftwareMatrix’s Virtual Training FeaturesReach Out to Akfit What is Virtual Training Software?Virtual fitness training is presented in a variety of different ways. Most commonly it is presented as a convenient avenue for fitness enthusiasts to access an instructed class or workout program online without the need to visit a fitness facility. Found on many high-end cardio machines, virtual training software is usually included with the use of a video console. These consoles are compatible with a range of workout programs, membership apps that feature unique programs and classes, and in some equipment, consoles can stream third-party apps.However, virtual fitness training software is not just confined to software found on fitness consoles. Many fitness and progress tracking apps are compatible with personal devices such as smartphones and tablets, and can sometimes even connect to your fitness equipment via bluetooth. In other cases, some users may engage with virtual fitness training software without the use of workout accessories, such as online yoga classes which only require a yoga mat. It’s no surprise that virtual fitness training has become one of the highest growing trends in the fitness industry. Who Is NordicTrack?NordicTrack is a fitness equipment retailer that specializes in cardio equipment and accessories. NordicTrack started their journey by selling their NordicTrack Skiers. These low-impact cardio machines were designed to provide the user with an exercise that mimicked the movement of cross-country skiing.NordicTrack went on to expand to manufacturing ellipticals, another form of low-impact cardio equipment, and later on they introduced treadmills, incline trainers, steppers, exercise bikes, and more to their inventory.At Akfit, we house an inventory of NordicTrack products which include exercise bikes and treadmills. However, NordicTrack also sells ellipticals, rowers, and strength training equipment. NordicTrack Products at Akfit Compatible with Virtual Training SoftwareAt Akfit, we sell exercise bikes and treadmills from NordicTrack that are compatible with virtual training software. These products are priced anywhere from $998 to $3798. These NordicTrack products include:NordicTrack 1750 Folding TreadmillComes with 1 year iFit membershipFeatures 10 inch smart HD touchscreenManufacturers warranties included50 on-board workout programsCost: $2,598 with financing options available NordicTrack T 6.5i Folding TreadmillComes with 1 year iFit membershipFeatures 10-inch display screenManufacturers warranties included20 on-board workout programsCost: $1,698 with financing options availableNordicTrack Commercial 2950 Folding Treadmill30-day iFit membership includedFeatures 22-inch display screenManufacturers warranties included40 on-board workout programsCost: 3,798 with financing options availableNordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro Upright BikeiFit compatible Features 5-inch backlit displayManufacturers warranties included30 on-bound workout programsCost: $998, with financing options availableNordicTrack Commercial VU 19 Upright BikeiFit compatibleFeatures 7-inch HD touchscreenManufacturers warranties included32 on-bound workout programsCost: 1,398, with financing options availableNordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent BikeiFit compatibleFeatures 5-inch backlit displayManufacturers warranties included32 on-bound workout programsCost: $998, with financing options available NordicTrack s22i Studio CycleComes with 1-year iFit membership22-inch rotating HD Smart touchscreenManufacturers warranties includedGoogle Maps workout technology Cost: $2,798, with financing options available NordicTrack’s Virtual Training FeaturesiFitAll of the NordicTrack products listed above are compatible with an iFit membership. iFit memberships come in different packages and can be purchased as such (via iFit’s website):1-year iFit membership: $190 per yeariFit family membership: $39 per month or $396 per yearA family membership allows you to enjoy all the same features as a 1-year membership, however, four additional users can enjoy this membership. These memberships can be accessed through the iFit app that is available on select workout equipment and on your personal devices. These memberships include:Personal coaching from a variety of trainersGlobal workouts filmed in destinations from around the worldHigh-intensity studio classesInteractive training sessionsGoogle Maps workoutsNutrition and cooking classesWorkout challengesWho Is Matrix?The Matrix Fitness brand is a line of fitness products owned under the parent company Johnson Health Tech. The company also runs other popular fitness brands such as Horizon Fitness, Vision Fitness, and Johnson Fitness & Wellness. Matrix Fitness was originally launched in 2001 with the goal of bringing fitness premium equipment to the marketplace for home and commercial use. Currently Matrix offers a wide variety of fitness equipment that include cardio, strength, and group training equipment for the purpose of serving homes, health clubs, luxury resorts, and team athletic facilities. Matrix Products at Akfit Compatible with Virtual Training SoftwareAt Akfit, we sell Matrix products compatible with virtual training software that include treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, spin bikes, and climbmills. These products range in price from $1,748 to $6,798. All of the listed products below are customizable with different Matrix consoles. The consoles range in price, size, and features. These products include:T75 Non-Folding Treadmill: $4,348 before consoleTF30 Folding Treadmill: $3,048 before consoleR30 Recumbent Bike: $2,048 before consoleR50 Recumbent Bike: $2,548 before consoleT50 Non-Folding Treadmill: $3,348 before consoleT30 Non-Folding Treadmill: $2,848 before consoleTF50 Folding Treadmill: $3,548 before consoleC50 Climbmill: $4,848 before consoleA30 Ascent Trainer: $3,048 before consoleA50 Ascent Trainer: $3,848 before consoleE50 Elliptical: $3,048 before consoleE30 Elliptical $2,448 before consoleU50 Upright Bike: $2,148 before consoleU30 Upright Bike: $1,748 before consoleICR50 Spin Cycle $1,798 before console Console CustomizationAll of the Matrix products listed above (not including the ICR50 Spin Cycle) are compatible with the following four consoles. Each console differs in price, size, and features. XR (Basic)8.5 inch extra wide blue LCD displayBluetooth compatible with third party apps5 on-bound workout programsUSB port for software updates onlyXER (Intermediate) 10 inch touchscreen iFit compatibleWi-Fi compatibleBluetooth compatible with third party appsUSB port can be used for My Media streaming12 on-bound workout programs15 console apps including My Media, Netflix, MyFitnessPal, Web browser, Hulu, YouTube, and moreXIR (Advanced)16 inch touchscreeniFit compatibleWi-Fi compatibleBluetooth compatible with third party appsHDMI screen mirroring13 on-bound workout programs16 console apps including My Media, Netflix, MyFitnessPal, Web browser, Hulu, YouTube, and moreXUR (Pro)22 inch touchscreeniFit compatibleWi-Fi compatibleBluetooth compatible with third party appsHDMI screen mirroring13 on-bound workout programs16 console apps including My Media, Netflix, MyFitnessPal, Web browser, Hulu, YouTube, and more The following console options for the ICR50 Spin Cycle are as follows: ICR50 IX Touchscreen 22 inch HD touchscreen displayiFit compatibleZwift compatibleBluetooth compatible with third party appsHDMI screen mirroringICR50 LCD ConsoleBacklit LCD display3 on-bound workout programs Matrix’s Virtual Training FeaturesiFitAs mentioned above in this article an iFit membership provides the user with a variety of workout programs, classes, and sessions with personal trainers. iFit and Matrix Fitness announced a partnership in 2021 to bring iFit compatibility to their video consoles. ZwiftMatrix users can also access the Zwift fitness app (membership required) on their 22 inch HD touchscreen console. The Zwift fitness app is designed specifically for cycling and running with memberships starting at $18.99 a month. With Zwift, users are able to engage in:Over 1000 structured workout sessionsAn experience that combines a video game like experience with fitnessGroup events with online participantsA library of training plans Third-Party StreamingAvailable with the XER, XIR, XUR, and ICR50 IX Matrix consoles, users have the ability to stream third-party content or access a library of apps (apps vary per console) that allow you to work out whichever is most comfortable to you. Whether you want to access a training video or program on YouTube, or just simply turn on a movie or music, you will have the ability to do so with the following consoles.Reach Out to AkfitBoth NordicTrack and Matrix products feature virtual training software, so the machine you choose is ultimately up to you and your preferences. If you are unsure of which product may be right for you then our fitness professionals are here to help. Over the last three decades, Akfit’s experts have shared their fitness expertise and product knowledge to help our clientele leave happy. We can even find you a product with the virtual software that best suits your needs and your budget. We highly encourage you to book a virtual meeting with us or to visit us in-store at our Sudbury location. If you have decided on what fitness machine you want to invest in, you can request a delivery here.