SOURCE: ICON Health & Fitness

ICON Health & Fitness

June 28, 2012 14:23 ET

iFit® Introduces the Official iFit® Outside App, the World's First App to Replicate Your Outside Workout Inside

Best All-Around Fitness App Ideal for Tracking Runs, Rides and Hikes in Low-Signal GPS Environments; Allows Simultaneous Play of iFit® CadenceMeter With a Runner's Music; Available Now at The App Store

LOGAN, UT--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2012) - iFit®, the award-winning fitness technology, introduces iFit® Outside, the world's first fitness app to provide seamless outdoor-to-indoor training for running, cycling or hiking. The iFit® app replicates the distance, elevation changes and Street View of your outdoor workouts on a wide range of iFit®-enabled, "smart" home fitness equipment.

Launch the iFit® app before your run, ride or hike. When finished, name your route and it's immediately sent to your iFit®-compatible product equipped with built-in wireless internet.

As you do the indoor version of your route on your iFit®-enabled equipment, you'll train at the route's exact distance and elevation. Patented iFit® technology automatically adjusts the incline on treadmills, Incline Trainers, ellipticals and bikes. Watch Google Street View of the route on your iPhone or tablet to complete the seamless outdoor-to-indoor experience.

The iFit® technology is integrated into the ProForm Tour de France bike, the official treadmill of the Boston Marathon and nearly 60 additional fitness products from NordicTrack, FreeMotion, ProForm, Epic, and more. For a complete list, click here.

The iFit® team optimized GPS performance to maintain tracking even when the signal is lost in low-signal GPS environments where runners, cyclists and hikers train.

"Participation in trail running, mountain biking and other off-road fitness pursuits has increased dramatically the past five years," said Chase Watterson, iFit® Marketing Manager. "We developed our new iFit® Outside app specifically to provide these athletes with the best of both worlds. It's the best GPS tracking app and has the unique ability to duplicate the outside run, ride or hike indoors, using iFit®-enabled equipment."

The iFit® app is among the best running apps because it allows simultaneous play of a runner's music with the iFit® CadenceMeter and supports Bluetooth 4.0 heart rate training. 

As the number of new runners has swelled in recent years, cadence training has taken on new importance to improve running efficiency. Most running coaches agree that regardless of a runner's stride length, height or weight, the ideal running pace is 180 steps per minute. Runners can hear the steady beat of the iFit® CadenceMeter in the background "behind" their personal music or listen only to the iFit® CadenceMeter. The pace defaults to 180 beats per minute and can be adjusted from 160 to 200 beats.

Heart rate training has surged in the last five years as exercisers of all levels seek to optimize their workouts. Heart rate training with the iFit® app* syncs your iPhone 4S with a Bluetooth 4.0 heart rate strap, eliminating running with a cumbersome dongle hanging from your iPhone needed by other heart rate apps. The SmartBeat™ Bluetooth 4.0 heart rate strap transmitter is available for purchase in app and at iFit®.com for $69.95. 

Audio prompts on the iFit® app adjust in minutes or miles: 1/2, 1 or 5 miles and 5, 10 or 15 minutes. The prompts are also available any time by simply tapping the screen during a workout.

The iFit® app lets you consolidate a range of fitness tracking into a single app. Track all your workout history, including distance, time, speed, elevation changes, heart rate and calories burned. Log your daily food intake and weight, and based on your activity level, iFit® automatically adjusts your daily allotted calories to help you reach your goal. You can listen to your favorite playlist without leaving the app and quickly share your workout to Facebook and Twitter.

Designed by athletes for athletes, the app is easy to read outdoors in bright sunlight and easy to adjust controls while running, cycling or hiking.

All of your workout data is stored at iFit.com and can be accessed from any internet-enabled device.

COMPATIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: The iFit® app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S running iOS 4.3 or later.

*Requires Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Strap and iPhone 4S
Compatible strap is available to purchase through the app.

About iFit®
Award-winning iFit® technology is designed to provide both active consumers and elite athletes the tracking, coaching, training and community to achieve their goals. iFit® technology is available on a range of fitness equipment, including treadmills, Incline Trainer, ellipticals and bikes from leading brands such as NordicTrack, ProForm, FreeMotion, Epic and others.

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