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What is iFit? What is Gamefit?

Several varieties of exercise equipment are now promoted as "iFit-compatible" or having "Gamefit." If you don’t know what these terms mean, keep reading.


iFit is a system of workout cards that are programmed so that they can be inserted into some treadmills and elliptical machines to provide a workout that can truly be considered "interactive." Interactive means that your workout changes according to the your performance during that particular workout. You control the workout, but the program reacts to your performance and instructs you accordingly. In some versions, the equipment actually voices the instructions. Your results are recorded and presented for you next time you use the machine. In that way, you can set goals and track your progress. It's like having a personal trainer next to you while you work out.

iFit is endorsed by Jillian Michaels, the personal trainer who is best known for her work on the TV show The Biggest Loser. iFit has also been seen being used on the show.

iFit cartridges ("cards") work only in iFit-compatible machines. iFit is manufactured by ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., which also manufactures many other brands of exercise equipment. The cards contain eight-week progressive workout programs designed by certified personal trainers. On treadmills, the cards automatically adjust the speed and incline of the treadmill. On ellipticals and other equipment, the resistance adjusts. Various workouts are available to match the user's objectives, for example, weight loss, specific athletic performance, or general fitness. Various levels are available, from beginner to advanced. Many different cards are available and new programs can be downloaded onto old cards.


Watch this video to see what iFit Live is all about:



A popular brand of interactive video games built in to your equipment is known as Gamefit . The goals of the game are achieved through doing the same things you are doing in your workout anyway. By combining your goals in this way, the games get easier as your cardiovascular fitness increases. The idea is that, by adding some other meaning to your workouts, you take your mind off of your workout, make progress toward your fitness goals, and have some fun at the same time.

Does it seem like the robots are replacing the personal trainers? There is no reason for the trainers to be afraid. One of the big advantages of having them standing next to you barking is that they really do make you work harder than if you wer left on your own. It seems that robots don’t really have the same effect.


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