One of the biggest questions I get about the Freestride elliptical is “What is the ceiling height needed for the Nordictrack Freestrider?”
For some reason people see this machine as somehow built higher than a standard elliptical trainer (I never get questions about ceiling heights on regular ellipticals).
So to answer your question I went straight to the Nordictrack Manufacturer.
This is a direct quote:
“The footprint of the Freestride elliptical is 68.4″ L X 28.5″ W X 62″ H and the pedals are about 12 inches from the ground.”
So since 12 inches is 1 foot, if you have an average 8 foot ceiling height, unless you’re 6′ 4 inches to 7 feet, you should be ok (I’m giving about half a foot or so for the movement up and down).
If you’re around 6 foot 2 with an 8 foot ceiling, you might feel like you’re cutting it close (but that’s being very conservative and giving you a lot of extra height at the top).
If you have a 9 foot ceiling you should be fine no matter if you’re 6 feet or above with lots of room.
Some people have asked me about a 7 foot ceiling and if you’re pushing 6 feet or higher, then that might be a problem – for the Freestride elliptical or any elliptical for that matter. If that’s the case, you may want to go with something else like a recumbent bike or a rowing machine.