High-Tech Fitness System Review: NordicTrack Vault

None of this is to say that workouts on the safe won’t make your heart beat – I constantly sweat at the end of strength workouts.

Equipment requirements

You can buy either the safe: full or stand-alone. This is a difference of approximately $ 1,000 between the two versions; both options include free delivery and installation.

The Vault: Complete includes the following:

  • 30-day iFIT Family Membership (More details on membership below.)
  • An exercise mat
  • 2 yoga blocks
  • 3 mini resistance bands in light, medium and heavy weight
  • 3 larger loop resistance bands in light, medium and heavy weight
  • Dumbbells from 5 to 30 pounds
  • 20 and 30 pound kettlebells
  • Shelves
  • A cleaning towel for the mirror

The Vault: Standalone only includes the 30-day subscription, shelving, and cleaning towel.

If you are able, go for the full version. All the equipment fits perfectly into the shelving. Your own gear will likely fit in the mirror storage, but that’s a risk. (Something to note: The exercise mat would not fit in my safe due to the way the delivery team set up the shelves. I was not very careful as I was working during installation . The team were extremely friendly so It would have been super easy to ask them to rearrange the shelves to fit the carpet. If you are not happy with the shelves you can also adjust them yourself! )

The best part about having all the equipment in one place was that I could adjust my weights as much as I needed. During breaks, if I felt my muscles might be getting heavier (or desperately needed to switch to lighter weights), I could open the safe while the instructor continued to talk, grab what I needed and be ready for the next tour on time. For most workouts, my training zone would be littered with three different sets of dumbbells, kettlebells, and resistance bands.

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Regular software updates

I haven’t noticed any system upgrades, but I’ve been told that Vault updates focus on protecting data, improving security, fixing bugs, and improving program performance. Updates are usually performed automatically after one hour of inactivity.


The NordicTrack Vault doesn’t come cheap whether or not you get it with gear. With the equipment, the entire system costs $ 2,999; for the safe alone, it’s $ 1,999. Delivery and assembly are included in both.

Your purchase comes with a 30-day trial of the iFIT Family Membership, but you may need to pay for an actual membership to access their workouts. A monthly family plan costs $ 39; but paying for an annual family plan at $ 369 up front will save you $ 99 – so it’s definitely the smartest decision if you’re willing to commit. IFIT Family Plans allow you and four additional people to access the iFIT database under one subscription. So you can use the safe, your mom can use the NordicTrack treadmill, and your friend can use the app in a gym. Each person can create their own profile so that no one’s workouts interfere with others. The annual individual plan is $ 144 (and only allows one account).

Other things to keep in mind


The app opens the door to the iFIT workout database for all NordicTrack products. You can access workouts for specific machines (treadmill, bicycle, rower, elliptical trainer) and participate in challenges with other users. There are other types of workouts like racing in scenic locations around the world that are great to watch and really break up the monotony of miles driven on a treadmill. The Vault offers a dozen out-of-studio workouts such as yoga in Bermuda, a weight lifting routine in Portugal, and a HIIT workout in front of Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland.


When you start a workout, a bar appears at the top of the screen showing the estimated total calories burned, the time remaining in training (or the actual time of day), and the estimated calories burned per hour. An algorithm, along with user metrics (age, height, weight, etc.) are used to estimate calories burned taking into account each exercise, duration of movement, and estimated heart rate throughout some movement. My only gripe is how calorie-focused these metrics are. I prefer to focus on the movements and keep the pulse of what my body is feeling during workouts. So for most of the workouts I hide this whole bar from view by swiping upwards.

Music and volume

Workouts are not timed to specific songs on a playlist. Instead, a “radio” station with defined songs starts playing as soon as practice begins. It’s more like background music; it is not organized by trainers. You can select different types of music (pop, R&B, country, etc.), but again, neither you nor the coach have real control over what is played. If you’re someone who likes to push yourself for 30 seconds on a specific song, you won’t find it here.

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