3 Benefits and 1 Drawback of Center Drive Elliptical Trainers


One of the most popular Nordictrack ellipticals is the ACT – so popular that NT actually introduced two upgraded ACT models – the Commercial 7 and Commercial 10 (as they still wanted to keep the original to under $1000).

Why is the ACT so popular? Mainly because it’s a center-drive design.

This is something you don’t usually find in an elliptical under $1000 – although the design has been in the commercial elliptical market for a few years now.

So what makes center drive elliptical trainers so popular? What benefits does it offer you? Here are the 3 main benefits:

#1 More Compact

center drive elliptical trainers baseA center drive machine is more compact and takes up less space lengthwise than a standard elliptical. It’s more of a box shape than a long rectangle.

That means if you don’t have a lot of space in your home gym, it’s ideal. It’s also great for apartments or condos too.


#2 You Stand More Upright on the Pedals

nordic track act ellipticalBecause you’re placed in a more upright position on these machines, you’ll lean less on the handrails – and some people feel that this burns more calories.

I’m not sure if this is the case – but the more upright position does feel more comfortable for many people.


#3 Pedals Closer Together

Because the pedals are closer together on these machines, this more accurately mimics your body’s true running motion.

Nordictrack ACT 10 footpedalsAnd again, this can feel more comfortable and cause less stress on your hips.

And again, if something is more comfortable, you’re more likely to stay on the machine longer – which means more calories burned.

So those are 3 of the main benefits of center drive elliptical trainers. Are there any drawbacks?

Well the main drawback is that because of the dual side flywheel design, you don’t get incline options on these ellipticals. Many people prefer incline as it changes the slope of the elliptical and challenges different muscle groups. But it’s not necessary to have to get a great workout.

You can find incline on front or rear drive trainers like the Elite 12.7 or Spacesaver SE9i.

If you don’t care about incline – and need to save space, you may really love the center drive design on the ACT. And if you want the design with a full-color web browser to make your workouts a lot more enjoyable, you’ll probably want to go with the ACT 10.




List of Nordictrack Ellipticals with iFit LIVE


nordictrack elliptical with iFit live
Looking for a Nordictrack elliptical with iFit? Well, the good news is that iFit LIVE is now basically on all new Nordictrack elliptical trainers.

However, there are slight differences – some crosstrainers are what I call iFit Live compatible – meaning you need to buy the extra module (about $99) and plug it into the trainer console.

Other ellipticals come with iFit LIVE built-in which means you don’t need to buy the module. You just plug it in, connect it to your home Wifi and go. These ellipticals are usually the trainers that also carry built-in web browsers.

ifit-ellipticalSo without further ado, here is a list of Nordictrack elliptical trainers with iFit – along with whether they are iFit LIVE compatible (module needed) or iFit LIVE built-in (no module needed).  You can get the module direct from the manufacturer here.

I’ve also listed a bit about the console. Keep in mind that you lose a bit with a dual color, smaller console in terms of the iFit options. A color console is better with iFit.


Nordictrack Elliptical with iFit Live Compatible – Module Needed:


Nordictrack elliptical with iFit compatible screenNordictrack Spacesaver SE7i ($999) – iFit LIVE compatible – module needed, 5″ Console – Dual Color – Full Review

Nordictrack E 8.7 ($799) -iFit LIVE compatible – module needed, 5″ Console – Dual Color – Full Review

Nordictrack E11.7 ($999) – iFit LIVE compatible – module needed, 6″ Console – Dual Color – Full Review

Nordictrack ACT ($999) – iFit LIVE compatible – module included, 6″ Console – Dual Color – Full Review



Nordictrack Elliptical Trainers with iFit Live Built-in (No Module Needed):


nordictrack elliptical console with iFit LiVE built-inNordictrack Elite 12.7 ($1299) – iFit LIVE Built-in, Full color 7″ Console with Web Browser – Full Review

Nordictrack ACT Commercial 7 ($1299) – iFit LIVE Built-in, Full color 7″ Console with Web Browser – Full Review

Nordictrack Spacesaver SE9i ($1499) - iFit LIVE Built-in, Full color 7″ Console with Web Browser – Full Review

Nordictrack ACT Commercial 10 ($1499) – iFit LIVE Built-in, Full color 10″ Console with Web Browser – Full Review

Nordictrack Elite 16.7 ($1699) – iFit LIVE Built-in, Full color 10″ Console with Web Browser + 15″ LCD TV - Full Review




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