Saturday, September 21, 2019

iFit NordicTrack Street View Review

If you've ever used Google Streetview you now how it's the next best thing to driving or running down a street in real life.  Nearly ever street in the US and many countries has been painstakingly photographed in 360 degrees.

NordicTrack has merged this with a treadmill to give you a virtual jog anywhere Google has created a street view.

These Google street view workouts are not to be confused with iFit Coach's many full video recordings with iFit trainers running or hiking along many excellent trails worldwide.  They are in addition to those.

NordicTrack's use of Street view allows you create your own new custom street view jogs and save them.  Or you can use one of iFit's hundreds of pre-done treks.

The Good.  For example, there is a two mile trail I used to run in my teen and college years near my home.  I was able to recreate it in a matter of a minute or two.  And it even tries to get the uphill and downhill right be adjusting your treadmill as you go.

I say, "tries" because Google's altitude info is not always spot on.  For instance, I find I often have to add a bit more decline or incline to truly recreate the run I remember.  But that's easy to do with a quick press of the incline/decline buttons. But overall, it's really cool...when it works.

Street View is Sometimes Anything But.  I've found that the more remote and less touristy Street View runs are best.  Why?  You may recall that Google lets anyone post their tourist photos on Google maps.  If you go to a certain place, like the Brooklyn Bridge, in Google maps and zoom in you can see these.
 In NordicTrack, if a cheesy selfie happens to have been placed right on the street by someone you jump out of the street view and into that photo!  And many are simply awful.
In normal street view browsing on your computer or mobile device they are ignored and you continue moving down a street as you click on the arrow.  But in NordicTrack use if a cheesy selfie happens to have been placed right on the street by someone you jump out of the street view and into that photo!  And many are simply awful!

Nordic Track Spoils the Illusion Sometimes.  So, you're crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and you're really looking forward to what it would look like and be like to really be in New York doing this.  Just as you get to the good part, there are tons of tourist snapshots that take over.  Any faint illusion of being there is totally trashed and you are treated to photos such as these (actual photos from iFit):

Suddenly you're in a random restaurant

Next your eyeball is in a chain link fence

Next you are under the bridge running on water

Next you are....who knows where

Next it's night are you are hovering 200 feet up

Next you are in a tunnel somewhere

Now you are looking at a blank wall sideways

And here's another wall shot. Sometimes there are dozens!

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