Great program, terrible app
I love the idea of iFit and really enjoy all of the sessions so far, but this app is really not good. There are some good things about the app. The quality of the videos is good, and the controls for the machine are relatively responsive. The app does lag a bit in some areas, particularly loading and saving workouts, but no breaking bugs that I have noticed yet. However, when it comes to finding workouts to do this app is simply just a dump of every video they offer with no infrastructure in place to find the workout for you. The organization of the videos is in endless tabs arranged by series. There is no searching, filtering, or sorting of any kind. This really falls into the bare minimum of what an app like this should have. If you want to find a workout for a given intensity or skill level, your only option is to swipe through the tabs until you find something with a promising title, select one of the videos in the series, and hope that it is one of the ones with a description that includes the intensity, because not all of them do. I will adjust my rating if future updates improve the workflow but as an application developer by trade the laziness of this app is a major let down. Seeing as this app is a key component to using iFit for entry level NordicTrack users (and non-NordicTrack users), improving the user experience in the app would increase the value of iFit tremendously.
Love the workouts, but...
When I first purchased my Proform treadmill, I had zero desire to use the IFIT app. However, after one workout, I fell in love! I’ve been using the machine and following workouts on the app for 6 weeks, and I’m obsessed with several of the walking and running series available. The reason I did not give the app 5 stars is because it is missing what I think is a major component, video controls. I have been kicked out of two workouts recently (which could be a glitch itself), but when I tried to resume I found that there is no way to skip ahead to get to the place I paused, without starting the workout from scratch! As a mother of young children, it’s inevitable that I will need to pause or even temporarily stop my workout to take care of my children. I don’t have the time to restart my workout, especially when I’m already 20 minutes in. Video controls that would allow me to pick up my workout at any point would be so helpful. Or maybe some other type of save and resume function would be great. Either way, I do love the IFIT app, I just need a little more flexibility in controlling the workouts!
Fix the iFit app, PLEASE...
I have had iFit for a year now and have had constant issues with loading and buffering. ( I’ve even broken a tablet because of iFit app ). I have sent iFit messages about these issues and they seem to have the same messages back to all customers. After reading numerous other reviews and seeing the same messages over and over. Delete app and reinstall, reset app, log out then log back in. The issue is within the iFit app. Recently iFit server crashed and they keep telling their customers it’s our problem not iFits. I just got an email from iFit noting that they increased their server, but still have the same issues. Maybe take the money that I paid for this expensive app and fix the issues. I only use about a dozen of the workouts and don’t need more workouts loaded that I won’t use and that will slow down iFit’s servers. I sent my last message and it has gone unanswered. My last workout with iFit the app froze and I had to start workout again. Then on my second attempt the app froze again. It’s like going to the gym and finding out all the equipment doesn’t work. Wish there was another app I could use.
Awesome app, but needs a few major enhancements
The concept of following along the speed and incline of an actual person and place is super immersive.
Here are my major issues:
- Speed deficit or fitness level options for “follow trainer”, please. There are many videos I would love to use “follow trainer” for, however they are just a bit too fast/advanced for my current fitness level. It would be nice to have different level of fitness options (I.e.: beginner, mid, advanced, actual speed) that automatically adjust the speed and incline for you based off the level. Currently, those who can’t keep up with the trainer’s pace are forced to manually change the speeds / inclines throughout the workout in attempts to match the trainer; it’s super annoying and actually keeps me from trying more exercises. We are all paying for this feature, regardless of fitness level, so making it useable for a wider audience would be nice.
- There’s currently no way to search videos by exercise type; I still can’t believe this function doesn’t exist. I have to spend too much time searching through the browse section to find a specific exercise type. There should be a way to search all walking videos, hiking videos, etc.
- No video control. If you have to quit an exercise mid-way or the app crashes, there is no way to fast forward to where you were. This is beyond frustrating.
So much potential, so much frustration
I love the iFit “outside” workout videos - the app & the non-studio based workouts have so much potential!!! Since I love the concept, it’s so frustrating that there are so many problems with the execution (as detailed in many of the other reviews) - I hope they can fix it. Specifically, the lack of a search function is ridiculous, and if you have the (expensive!) membership you should be able to watch all the videos, both on your machine & on your personal device. (I have the Nordictrack rower, and would love to be able to watch the outdoor walking videos without having to also buy a treadmill.)
What would be even more awesome would be a totally non-machine dependent iFit membership for phones & tablets, so you could use the programs on any machine (understand it wouldn’t automatically change the machine settings for you) - my dream combination is the Concept 2 rower + iFit on an iPad.
Lacking some essential features
There are a few features that are missing from this app, features that should be essentials.
- The app should let you log in with your biometrics (fingerprint or face). Forcing me to log in before starting is difficult when the tablet is mounted on the treadmill.
- The app should also let you pre-load your login credentials from the saved passwords on my keychain. Doesn’t do it. If you select the given credentials, the login screen just stays blank.
- If your internet connection is not present at the time you finish your workout, the app throws up an error screen and deletes (or just loses) the workout information. The app should save the workout in cache or locally until an internet connection can be re-established. My treadmill is in my basement, very spotty WiFi service there.
There are lots of fun features and creative workout capabilities, but the above are simple, essential gaps.
Coronavirus quarantine cure
In the three day that I’ve had my Pro Form 505 CST, I have gone running on the beaches of Miami, hiking in the islands of Hawaii, and walking in Paris with a French Guy. I bought the Treadmill knowing I was going to be stuck at home during the coronavirus quarantine. Because the gyms we’re closed and my allergies couldn’t handle the Spring pollen, it was the best decision I’ve made. The iFit workouts allow me to go to different parts of the world while getting to workout. The iFit App motivates me to get on my treadmill every day. Instead of listening to Music and getting bored, I stay focused and do what the iFit instructor says and time flies. I am also Learning history about each place that I fit takes me. I’m loving the husband and wife team in Hawaii (Stacy). Keep up the motivation!
Not so great
By TRash Can !!!!
I use this in conjunction with a pro fit treadmill. At least once a week it will not log the workout, the app closes itself randomly, loses connection, or not display all the information to the table, it doesn't consistently speed/slow up or incline the machine in sync with the workout. I contacted customer support via email, they wanted video of it not working, I spend a considerable amount of time submitting video and they tell me they can not view them because its iCloud! Wow, so I called support after 45 min on hold they had me reinstall this app, reset my treadmill, then said to wait a week and call back if it don't eventually correct itself. Sometimes it works well but not like what's advertised. There is no option to search the workouts to suit specific needs, manually going through the workout library is not suitable for what this cost. Having recent lower back surgery I'm advised not to run, a fast walk is fine. It just don't work well for me on several levels.
Can’t easily find a workout desired
It’s okay. The primary issue is that it isn’t possible to quickly search for a workout that suites your needs. They aren’t categorized by type of equipment, activity, intensity, or length. Instead, there is a huge picture posted with each workout (limiting the number of workouts you can see at a time) listed by location. They show the length and # of estimated calories you’ll burn. The titles all are cropped, so you can’t even read them. You click the picture/link, and after it finally loads, it then gives you specifics, such as intensity. If it’s too easy or hard for for you, you back out (again, slowly) and have to click the next one.
Location is probably the least important reason to choise a workout. They should be by QUICKLY/EASILY searchable by type of equipment, type of workout, intensity, calorie count, length, and location for example.
Great if you have patience
The functionality of trainer led workouts that control your machine is wonderful and works great. Navigation and scheduling within the app is garbage. They have series of classes that build on themselves, but no way to schedule them or search for them. Plus if you have multiple machines, say a rower and a treadmill, you can only search for workouts on the last machine your device was connected to. So if I linked my phone to my rower last, and am at work trying to search for workouts for my treadmill, I just can't. The app thinks I only have a rower in that moment. The classes are awesome, but finding the one you want when you're trying to work out take a great deal of patience. Their website is actually even worse for searching and scheduling, if you can imagine such a thing.