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This is about something absolutely not important…

­­­­­­Welcome snow! Welcome ice! Welcome Michigan winter! Our first winter here and we were looking forward to see the first snow. We did not get much, but we got enough to make the sidewalks and roads slippery. Enough to make it pretty dangerous to run outside. Bad weather never held me back from running, but dangerously slippery condition did. Running on ice is not fun. Or maybe it is, I just never learnt how to do it right. So my solution is running with import Chinese Air…

We have been thinking about getting a treadmill for years now. We had a very cheap one many-many years ago, that we stopped using exactly at the moment we took it home. Since then we got rid of that one and never purchased another one due to the fear of spending significant amount of money on something that is never going to be used. Another big difference: at that time I was not a runner. I did not know how much I love running and I did not know how much I can miss running have I am forced to skip it.

So now as I belong to the One Percent, we had the thought that we might afford a decent one, so we ordered one online. Merry Christmas! It should be delivered next week, so we are very excited to try it out. Especially that we ordered it with a special adapter: iFit. I read about it and thought it is a great idea. By purchasing the iFit module the first year subscription fee is waived, which should be plenty of time to figure out if come end of next year, I want to get from Santa a renewed iFit subscription or not.

Just received my new iFit module, waiting for the treadmill to arrive...

Just received my new iFit module, waiting for the treadmill to arrive…

For anyone who is not familiar with the iFit concept, the main idea is the following: you can plan any route in Google, download it through your iFit module that is going to adjust your treadmill according to the elevation details of that route. Automatically as you run. So you can simulate at home a Boston Marathon race course for example. Or a hilly path. You can run virtually on any road, without the fear of getting hit by a careless driver. Sounds great. There are also virtual races, where iFit users are running on their treadmills on the same simulated route, competing against each other. Great idea!

Still, I do not think I will give up running outside and I am 100% sure I will keep attending races, but wanted to get an alternative solution for such winter days as yesterday and today. Just to keep the adrenalin flowing, yesterday we received a box with the iFit module. I never recognized that it was going to be shipped separately from the treadmill, but I was happy to open the box. That also definitely helped to keep the Christmas excitement going. And when I opened the box it definitely gave me opportunity to over-analyze it.

Heads up: I have not used the iFit module yet. So I have absolutely zero experience with it. Also these thoughts are not more than just initial observations, wondering why. I am sure there are good reasons for everything, though…

So when I first saw the box, I thought I completely misjudged the size of the iFit module. I was expecting a much smaller piece. Just imagine when you expect something in a size of few inches by few inches by few inches and you receive a box that is 20 inches by 12 inches by 1.25 inches. Again: no big deal, not the end of the world. Definitely not the end of the world. Or maybe this was a weird sign that the end of the world is here? I did not think so.

Then came the surprise: when I opened the box, I found the relatively small iFit module inside. In the middle of the box. The size that I was expecting for the module with all its accessories (cable, bag, manual): 5 inches by 3 inches by 1.25 inches. And the rest of the box was basically air. Carton insert carefully designed to hold the iFit module right in the middle of the large box. If I do a rough calculation: 300 cubic inch space inside the box vs. 18.75 cubic inches of product. Let’s say 20% less air inside the box due to the carton inserts: 240 cubic inches. Even if I do the math: 240-18.75=221.25 and even round it down to 200 cubic inches, that still means less than 10% useful content inside the box. That is lot of Chinese Air being shipped to the United States…

Somewhere inside the box is the iFit module

Somewhere inside the box is the iFit module

Useful content  vs. packaging

Useful content vs. packaging

Here is a weird thought: if I would order hundreds of these iFit modules and opened them one by one at home, our house would be full of Chinese Air. I hope they don’t ship the smoggy air.

And more importantly: if they will package the treadmill in a similar fashion (packaging nine time larger than the treadmill), then I think we will have to have a jumbo jet landing in front of our house and we will definitely have to unpack outside.

In conclusion I am definitely looking forward to try out this new module on our new treadmill sometime next week. Especially that I am resting a bad left knee through the whole week. Not that I could go out running on the icy roads anyways…

What experience do you have with treadmills and iFit?

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