How to Use iTreadmill


You can now set a goal of Distance, Step Count, Calories, or Time for your workout!
Tap on the ‘More’ tab, then ‘Goals’
Then select the type of goal and enter your desired goal in the window.  Tap the button at the bottom to select your Victory Song.
iTreadmill will alert you when you are 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 of the way toward your goal.  When you finally reach your goal, you will hear a drum roll followed by the Victory Song that you selected.
On the main treadmill screen, you will now see your goal setting as well as a progress bar and percentage showing you how far you have progressed toward your goal.

- Basic iTreadmill Instructions:
Using iTreadmill is simple!  First, start up the app by tapping on the iTreadmill icon. 

Go to the Settings screen and enter your weight by tapping on the weight value and using the keyboard that slides up.  Press the blue ‘Done’ button on the keyboard when you are done to save your setting.

In the Activity section of the Settings screen, select either ‘Run’ or ‘Walk’ depending on the activity you are going to do.

Go back to the main Treadmill screen.  Press the VCR-like PLAY (white triangle) button.  You will notice the on screen runner is now animated, which clearly shows you that you are in walking/running mode.  

Put your device in your pocket, purse, belt clip, arm band, or keep it in your hand.  If you do hold it in your hand, avoid large arm swings while walking or running, otherwise the sensor will not be able to accurately sense the up and down motion of your body.  Instead, have your arms naturally bent and to your sides with only slight arm motion like those efficient long distance runners do. 

If the distance is not correct, press the STOP (white square) button.   A pop up window will appear.  Tap the “Distance is Not Correct” button.  Enter the correct distance, and iTreadmill will calculate your exact stride.  Tap “Save New Stride” to use your calculated stride and continue your activity.

When you are done with your walk or run, press the STOP button. This will stop the timer and a pop up window will appear.  You will have the choice of Reset & Save, Reset Only, or Cancel.  Saving will record your current stats to the History screen.

If you stop walking/running at a traffic light or to talk to a neighbor or tie your shoe, iTreadmill will pause for you automatically (auto pause) once it detects 3-4 seconds of no motion.  Then, if you are auto paused, then iTreadmill will automatically resume once it detects that you have taken 3 or 4 steps. 

If you need to pause manually, press the PAUSE (white double vertical bars) button and then PLAY to resume run. When you are paused, the animated runner should pause as well, and the word "Paused" will be overlaid on the runner.

You can set your pace or speed by swiping up or down on the Pacer Dial (the vertical ribbed dial at the top right of the main screen). A "ticking" sound and flashing light will start up.  Simply step to the beat to ensure you are staying on pace/speed!  You can target either pace or speed depending on your selection in the Settings screen.

Tap on the tabs at bottom to switch between Treadmill, History, Graphs, Sounds, and the Settings screens.

Main Treadmill Screen:
This is the default screen which also can be displayed by tapping on the "Treadmill" tab at the bottom of the screen.

5 user customizable black shaded windows can display any of the following 9 parameters simply by tapping each window until the desired parameter is displayed:

              Average Pace (pace over entire walk/run
              Average Speed
              Calories burned
              Pace (current pace, pace over past 30 secs)
              Speed (current speed)
              Step Count
              Strike Rate (step rate, in steps/min)

Intuitive VCR-like interface has simple play, pause, and stop function:

          Play    - to start run
          Pause - to temporarily pause run, 
                      keeping current run data
          Stop   - end run, save to history file, 
                      reset display for a new run.


The Dial-a-Pacer allows you to "dial in" the pace or speed that you want to run and ensure that you are walking/running at your desired pace by generating a "ticking" sound and light flash at a beat that you can easily run to.

Set the pacer simply by touching the dial at the top right of the main screen and swiping it up or down. A blue "Target Pace" window will appear and the pacer will be enabled. Swipe the dial up or down to adjust the desired pace.

When you start the walk/run, you will hear the pacer "ticking" sound and see the pacer light flashing to a beat. If you step to that beat, you will be running at (or at least very close to) your desired pace. If you set one of your black windows to "Pace", you should see that your pace is very close to your setting after about 20-30 seconds of walking/running to the beat. Note that "Avg Pace" is the pace for the entire run, and may not reflect your pace setting unless you ran to the beat for the entire run.  You can also set a Target Speed instead by changing the Target Pace/Speed switch in the Settings screen.

You can set the ticking sound to high, low, or off in the sound settings screen

To disable the pacer, simply tap on the lighted pacer button so the lighted ring is off.

If you are playing music, you will also be able to hear the pacer's ticking sound. Set the Pacer Ticks sound setting to "high" if you cannot hear it over the music.

Auto Pause/Auto Resume:

Auto Pause and Auto Resume will automatically pause and restart the timer for you so that you don't have to push the buttons once you start!

iTreadmill will monitor your walk/run and will automatically pause after you stop for 3-4 seconds.  iTreadmill will even subtract back those 3-4 seconds so that your time, pace and speed number keep their accuracy!

If you are auto-paused, iTreadmill will automatically resume after you have taken 3-5 steps again, adding in the 3-5 steps once it resumes to make sure that you don’t lose any steps.

If a phone call comes in or the lock button is pressed during a run, iTreadmill will auto-pause, so that when you return to iTreadmill, you can simply continue running and it will auto-resume your run after a few steps!

          Apple currently suspends any app  when a 
          phone call comes in, and also shuts down the 
          accelerometer when you put the device in 
          lock/sleep mode, so that is why we must pause 
          the app in those situations.

The auto-pause feature is also very useful if you take iTreadmill on a run or walk outside. Simply start up iTreadmill, press Start (then lock your screen if needed) and start running/walking. Whenever you stop at a street light or to talk to a neighbor, iTreadmill will automatically pause. When you then start running/walking again, iTreadmill will automatically resume your run. You won't have to press any pause or restart buttons during your walk/run, as iTreadmill will do it for you!

Auto-pause and Auto-resume can be disabled in the Settings screen.

Screen Lock: 

The Screen Lock will disable the main screen from accepting any touch inputs, while allowing the screen to continue updating and displaying data.  Using the screen lock is very simple.
To lock the screen, simply swipe down on the padlock image at the top left of the Treadmill screen.

To unlock, swipe up on the padlock image

History Table:

The History Table displays a list of up to 500 past walks/runs, and is displayed when the "History" tab is tapped at the bottom of the screen.

Each walk/run is saved into the history table when the "stop" button is pressed on the main Treadmill screen. The run history is displayed in an easy to view, easy to compare tabular format, and also shows a summary of all the runs/walks at the bottom of the table.

Parameters shown are Date, time, distance, elapsed time, step count, average pace, average speed, strike rate and calories burned. The Strike Rate can be displayed instead of the Calories, simply by tapping on the "Calories" text in the blue heading. Similarly, tapping on ‘Distance’ will display Step Count, and tapping on ‘Pace’ will display Avg Speed.  The summary at the bottom of the table shows total distance, total elapsed time, average pace, average speed, total calories, total step count, and average strike rate of all the activities listed on the table.

Entries can be deleted individually with the "delete" button at the top right of the history screen, and following the typical iPhone/iPod delete sequence for tables.

The entire history table can be deleted and reset in the "General Settings" screen.

You can also email your history data by tapping on the ‘Email’ button on the top left of the History screen.


The Graphs Screen displays graphs of Distance, Step Count, Time, or Calories.  You can view the past week, 30, 90, or 180 days.

Tap on the “Graphs” tab bar, then select either “Distance”, “Steps”, “Calories”, or “Time.

To change time scale, tap on “Week”, “30 Days”, “90 Days” or “180 days”

Sound Settings:
All sounds on iTreadmill can be disabled or enabled using these settings, which are displayed by tapping on the "Sounds" tab at the bottom of the screen.
All sounds may be turned on or off by tapping on "On" or "Off". 

Sounds may be individually controlled in All Sounds - User mode

Pacer Tick sounds may be set louder (High) or softer (Low) or disabled (Off)

Mileage alerts may be set to chime every ¼ mile (or km), ½ mile, or 1 mile, or off

General Settings:
The General Settings screen is displayed by tapping on the "Settings" tab at the bottom of the screen.  This screen allows you to set the following:
User's Weight: tap on the entry window and a keyboard will appear allowing you to enter your weight. When you are finished, press the blue "Done" button at the bottom right of the keyboard. Weight is only used in calorie calculations.

Activity: tap on the activity which you would like to do, either “Walk”, “Run”, or “User”.  This allows you to use a different stride setting for 3 different kinds of activities. User is an extra setting which you can use for another activity that you define.

Stride: Stride is the length between the tip of the toes of one foot to the tip of the toes of the other foot when you walk or run. You can use the preset for "Run", which is 5.0 ft, or the preset for "Walk", which is 2.5 ft, or enter your own stride with the "User" mode.  For best results though, do not enter your stride here. Instead, let iTreadmill calculate your stride for you in the following way: Simply use iTreadmill as you normally would, on a path where you already know the distance.  If the distance iTreadmill calculates is not correct, then tap the stop button.  Once the pop up appears, tap “Distance is Not Correct”  and enter in the correct distance.  ITreadmill will calculate your actual stride and ask if you would like to use the new stride.  Tap “Save New Stride”, and your stride is now set for you, for this activity and all future activities.  You can set different strides for “Walk”, “Run”, and “User” modes.

Sensor: this should be set on “Auto”, as iTreadmill automatically calibrates the sensor’s sensitivity and threshold to your walking/running style.

Auto Pause/Auto Resume: this useful feature, as described earlier, can be disabled or enabled

Units: iTreadmill will work in English (feet, miles, lbs) or Metric (meters, km, kg)

Target Pace/Speed: Selects whether the Dial Pacer on the main treadmill screen will set a target pace (min/mi or min/km) or a target speed (mph or kph)

Auto Screen Blanking: uses the allows iPhone’s proximity sensor to automatically blank the screen when it is put in your pocket.  Sorry, but iPod’s don’t have a proximity sensor and so will not do auto blanking.

Reset: You can reset all of the General & Sound Settings, or reset the history table.  You will be asked to confirm your selection.

Using iTreadmill while playing music:

iTreadmill has built-in iPod music player that is very similar to the iPod music controls.  
Simply tap the “Music” tab at the bottom of the screen, and you will be taken to the music screen, where you can build your own iTreadmill playlist of music, audiobooks, or podcasts.  You can even monitor your steps and distance while you are on the music screen

Backup & Restore Data:
You can now backup and restore your settings and history from your computer!  Never lose your History again!
If you are running iOS 4 on your iPhone or iPod Touch, you can now backup your settings and history as files on your computer.  Backup as often as you want and be able to restore from any of your backup files.  All you need is your device running iOS 4.0 or later, a computer that you sync your device to,  and iTunes 10+.  Here’s how:
Make sure that you are not running iTreadmill on your device and connect it to your computer with iTunes as you normally would do to sync your device.
Once you see your device listed on the left column, click on it to reveal the device’s information on the main window.
Tap on “Apps” at the top of the window, and scroll down to the section that says “File Sharing”
You will now see an iTreadmill icon there.  Click on iTreadmill, and a list of files will appear on the right: data.plist (Settings file), iTreadHistory.plist (History file), and playlist.plist (music playlist file).  
Select any or all of the files (whatever you want to backup) and click the “Save to...” button
Select where you want it to be saved and you will have backup files at that location.

To restore from a backup file, connect your device to iTunes the same as explained above, scroll down to File Sharing, and click on iTreadmill.
To restore from a backup file, click “Add to..” and then select the file that you wish to restore onto your device.  Please note that it will replace the file currently being used by iTreadmill.
The next time you use iTreadmill, it will use the files that you have restored.

By saving backup files of your History regularly, you will be able to recover your data in the event that your device or app crashes or your device is damaged or replaced.

 (iTunes screenshot showing iTreadmill backup/restore files)


While iTreadmill would also like to have backlight timeout control and background operation, these features are not currently allowed for any motion based iPhone/iPod apps.  If and when they become available to the apps in the future, iTreadmill intends to add those features.

As with all fitness programs, please consult with your physician first if this is a new form of exercise for you.
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