A Review of the Nordictrack Freestrider Machine:


Nordictrack has recently come out with a new twist on the elliptical trainer – the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer.

Instead of you adapting to the machine (and the machine’s stride length), the machine adapts to you – and whatever stride length you want to use.

So you can use it as 3 machines in one – a stepper, an elliptical or a treadmill.

Is it right for you? Here’s a few things you should know:


#1 Up to 38 Inch Stride

Stride length on an elliptical is the furthest distance between the pedals. Normal elliptical trainers give you a stride of 18 – 20 inches. But with the Freestride trainer, you can go up to 38 inch strides.


freestrider FS7i motions

So you can do take short up-and-down steps, smooth elliptical-like strides, or stretch out into a wide running gait.

This is a great feature that gives you the flexibility to do your workout your way.

It also makes this a great machine for multiple-user households as everyone can choose a stride the feels comfortable for them.


#2 Floating On Air

The pedals on the Freestrider ride on belts, rather than the traditional rails attached to the crank as you find in a standard elliptical. This gives you a sensation of floating on air while you workout.

This design also gives you almost zero impact on your joints – which makes it a great option for those prone to injury or shin splints.




#3 Center Drive Design

The center drive design means that the Freestirder is about half the length of traditional ellipticals – a great option for smaller workout areas.

It also adds more stability to the machine so you can really pick up your pace without shaking or wobbling.


#4 iFit LIVE

The Nordictrack Freestrider also comes with iFit LIVE. With iFit you can connect your machine to the Internet and map out new trails to run all over the world.

Using Googlemaps and Streetview you can run anywhere in the world and watch landmarks pass you by in the full color console.


Nordictrack Freestride Trainer FS7i Console


#4 Web Browser

This machine also carries a full-color, touch screen web browser. So you can catch up on the latest news, read emails or even Youtube videos while you workout!


#5 Incline/Decline

Want to target a certain area? No problem, the incline or decline feature on some models will change the slope of your path so you can focus more on your glutes, thighs or abs.




#6 Two Different Models

Nordictrack currently offers two different models – the FS7i (seen here).


Or the FS9i (seen here)




The main differences between them are that the FS9i has a bit more “bells and whistles” and is a bit more rugged in design.


Bottom Line on the Freestride Trainer?

If you’re looking for an upgrade on a traditional elliptical – and want a more ergonomic, comfortable workout where you can step, run or sprint, the Freestride trainer is a smart choice.

It’s low impact, adapts to your unique stride and offers a ton of entertainment options.

Click here for more on the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer



Nordictrack Vs Proform Elliptical Trainers


Trying to decide between a Nordictrack Elliptical or a Proform? The good news is that you’re not alone. These are two of the most well-known fitness equipment brands in the world.

Proform Elliptical

Proform Elliptical

NordicTrack vs Proform elliptical

Nordictrack Elliptical









This post will dissect a few of the differences – although I will make the disclaimer the ultimately it really comes down to the models you’re comparing.

But overall which brand makes a better crosstrainer? Here’s a few things you need to know.

First of all the main thing you need to know is that these two brands are owned and manufactured by the same company: ICON Health and Fitness. ICON is a big dog in the fitness equipment industry – they have the money, engineering facilities and talent to make a better elliptical for less.

While this may change in the future, for now Nordictrack is really seen as their higher end brand. Proform is their more “affordable” brand.

That’s just my opinion from years of reviewing and rating different fitness equipment. And it’s the impression that many buyers have had – and will continue to have – for years. So I can’t seen ICON changing this anytime soon.

What does this mean for you? Well, it means a couple of things.

First of all, Nordictrack tends to carry more high end features – like web browsers and built-in TVs (although eventually things may filter down to Proform crosstrainers too). So if you’re looking for the best in entertainment and design options, you may want to go with a Nordictrack.

nordictrack elite 16.7 console

Nordictrack Elite 16.7 Elliptical With Built-in TV and Web Browser


Nordictrack models also tend to have better overall construction and design – for example the Elite series of front drive crosstrainers like the Elite 12.7 or the 16.7 with monster-heavy flywheels, power incline and longer 20 inch strides.

Nordictrack also has the center-drive ellipticals like the ACT and ACT 10 that Proform does not have. Some people prefer the center drive design because it feels more natural when running.

Proform Elliptical

Proform Elliptical

On the flip side however, because Proform is seen as more of a starter brand, they may have more cheap elliptical options (under $1000) at any one time.

For example, as of this writing, Nordictrack has 4 ellipticals under $1000 – The ACT, Audiostrider 990 (now called the SE7i), the E11.7 and the E8.7.

The Proform manufacturer has about 7 elliptical under $1000 at their main website. So if you’re on a budget and want more options you may want to check them out.

So those are the main pros and cons of each brand. The good news is that they do have some of the same features – like some models that fold up and iFit LIVE compatibility to give you a new challenge.

Overall it does come down to comparing model to model – but those are some of the general differences between Nordictrack vs Proform elliptical trainers.

For more information visit:

Nordictrack Elliptical Trainers

Proform Elliptical Trainers




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