How To Turn On NordicTrack Treadmill T6.5s?

NordicTrack is one of the most popular fitness brands in North America, well-known for building quality treadmills. 

If you have never used a NordicTrack treadmill before, chances are you don’t know how to operate it.

Well, the process is so easy and only takes less than a minute.  

Follow this step by step guide on how to turn on NordicTrack treadmill T6.5s and safely start using it for the first time.

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

How To Turn On NordicTrack Treadmill T6.5s? – Step by Step Guide

Nordictrack treadmill picture from my home gym set up

The first step to turn on the NordicTrack T6.5s tread is to,

1. Plug in the power cord

Before committing this step it’s worth mentioning that this product must be grounded. 

If it should malfunction or break down, grounding provides a path of least resistance for electric current, reducing the risk of electric shock.

Your NordicTrack treadmill, like other electronic equipment, can be damaged by sudden voltage changes in your home power.

To decrease the risk of damaging your treadmill, always use a surge suppressor with your treadmill.

This surge suppressor must have a UL suppressed voltage rating of 400 volts or less and a minimum surge dissipation of 450 joules.

Plug the power cord into a surge suppressor, and plug the surge suppressor into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and grounded accordingly.

2. Turn on the power button 

The next step is to turn on your NordicTrack treadmill T6.5s by pressing the power switch located on treadmill frame near the power cord. Make sure that the switch is in the reset position.

When the power is turned on, all the lights on the display will light for a short time. Then the Time and Distance windows will display Odometer readings for a short time. 

3. Attach the safety key into place

Before you can start using your tread, locate the clip attached to the safety key and and slide the clip securely onto the waistband of your clothes.

Next, make sure it is fully inserted into the safety key port as it is necessary to turn on the tread. 

The key usually has a clip that allows you to attach the key to your activewear during the workout for safety purposes. 

If the safety key is detached, the treadmill will stop immediately.

4. Start walking/running

Do not start the tread before stepping onto the running surface. Step onto it from the rear, using handrails for balance. Avoid leaning in and putting your full weight on the handrails.

Nordictrack treadmill picture from my home gym set up

Press and release the Start Button to wake the tread (if not already on) and begin the belt movement at 1MPH.

You adjust the tread to the desired speed using the Increase/Decrease buttons.

Each time you press one of those buttons, the speed setting will change by 0.1 mph. But if you hold down the button, the speed setting will change in increments of 0.5 mph.

You can also adjust the tread to the desired incline level by pressing the Incline increase and decrease buttons or one of the Incline buttons numbered 0 to 15.

Each time you press one of the buttons, the incline will gradually change until it reaches the selected incline setting.

NordicTrack Treadmill T6.5s Bluetooth Pairing

Nordictrack treadmill picture from my home gym set up

In order to connect your smart device to a NordicTrack T6.5s, do the following:

  1. Download and install the iFit app on your smart device. 

On your smart device which you want to connect to the machine, open the App Store or the Google Play store, and then install the free ifit app on your smart device. 

After you make sure that the BLUETOOTH option is enabled on your device, open the iFit app and follow the instructions to set up an iFit account and customize settings.

  1. Connect your device to the console. 

Press the Bluetooth button on your NordicTrack tread. Once the button has been pressed, it will display a 4-digit sync code that’s unique to your machine.

Follow the instructions in the iFit app to connect your smart device to the console. 

Once your devices are paired, you can use your tread to listen to music, send or receive phone calls, or use other apps on your device. 

You can also use your phone or tablet to track your progress, calories burned, and other information about your workout.

How To Use NordicTrack T6.5s Without iFit?

You do not need to purchase an iFit membership to use a NordicTrack treadmill

However, you will need a paid subscription to access iFIT’s full workout library.

With an iFit subscription, you’ll have unlimited access to all of iFit’s incredible, trainer-led content. 

Workouts include high-energy studio workouts and global workout content, so you can get the best personal training right in your home.

If you are not interested in using these features or can’t afford iFIT monthly subscription fee, you can turn off iFiT on your NordicTrack treadmill and run the machine in the manual mode.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are a number of steps to take in order to safely turn on NordicTrack T6.5s for the first time.

You just need to follow these basic rules, and in just a couple of minutes, you can start using it:

  1. Plug the power cord properly into your treadmill.
  2. Make sure you have your Safety key in place.
  3. Select your workout parameters.
  4. Walk, jog, or run at your desired pace.


Where is the power button on NordicTrack T6.5s?

NordicTrack T6.5s power switch located on the treadmill frame near the power cord.

Does NordicTrack T6.5s have a heart rate monitor?

The NordicTrack T6.5s unfortunately does not come with a heart rate monitor to track your heart rate, nor does it have grip sensors on the handlebar.

How To Bypass iFiT On NordicTrack Treadmill T6.5s?

You can bypass the iFit feature on your NordicTrack T6.5s by simply pressing and holding down the “iFit” blue button for approximately 10-15 seconds until the screen activates.

The IFIT would be disabled and the NordicTrack tread screen will be unlocked.

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