does nike+ work when I am running on usual cardio(treadmill) machine?

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  1. MySaturdaySelf macrumors member

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    I understand that they have new machines which can sync with the ipod itself..
    but if i just use the sensor, will it still record the miles? i don't know how it works so maybe this is a stupid question. :eek:
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    By "cardio machine," do you mean a treadmill? It seems to depend... I've tried it before, and the results were reasonably accurate -- that is, comparable in accuracy to running outside or perhaps only slightly less accurate. My ex-gf tried hers on her treadmill and it was off by nearly a factor of 2x. I've heard other people say both what I experienced and what she experienced, and I'm not sure if it's due to typical running speed, running gait or form, or....
     
  3. MySaturdaySelf thread starter macrumors member

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    yes. treadmill.. sorry for the typo.

    that's interesting to know.. but the ability to sync and see the accumulated effort i put is good... hope our apartment could have better treadmill replacement next year. :p
     
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    Personally, I don't experience any difference in accuracy between running outdoors and on the treadmill with my Nike +iPod. It seems to stay right in line with the distance measurements on the treadmill as well.
     
  5. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    I've had varying results on treadmills. While never wildly off, the readings are never as accurate as running outdoors.

    And before anyone asks, Nike+iPod doesn't work on elliptical machines.
     
  6. retroneo macrumors 6502a

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  7. retroneo macrumors 6502a

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    From the Nike+iPod site:

    "Jump on a Nike + iPod compatible treadmill, elliptical machine, stair stepper, or stationary bike."

    - http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/workout.html
     
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    Only if the equipment is designed to be compatible with the nike+ and iPod.

    In most cases at an ordinary, run of the mill gym with dated equipment there is no way the nike+ can function accurately.
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Right, this is why I asked what was meant by cardiac machine. It seems to work properly on a treadmill with the sensor (not with the compatible machine), but I don't think it would work properly on an elliptical unless it was the special ones. Actually, though, I've never tried this. I kind of hate ellipticals. :eek:
     

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