Freestride Trainer Vs Elliptical – Which is Right For You?

A Quick Comparison of Freestrider Vs Elliptical


Freestrider vs elliptical trainer
Nordictrack FS7i Freestrider

Since the Freestrider Elliptical came out, a lot of people are left wondering if they shouldn’t step up to that machine instead of a regular elliptical. What exactly is the difference?

And which option is better for you?

It can get confusing I know, especially since there are so many elliptical options out there it can get overwhelming.

But don’t worry, here’s a quick rundown of the main differences between a standard elliptical trainer and a Freestrider like the FS7i (currently the most popular elliptical model).


#1 Stride Length

Stride is the furthest distance between the footpedals. A proper stride length ensures that you work your leg muscles fully and thus burn the maximum amount of calories.

Nordictrack Freestride Trainer FS7i
Nordictrack FS7i


Note that I said “proper” – just because it’s longer doesn’t always make it better. For example, a 5’2″ person would not be happy with a 22″ strider because they’d be straining a bit.

Most elliptical do come with a set stride from 18 – 22 inches. And some of the Nordictrack models actually have adjustable strides – which makes it great for multiple user families.

However the Freestrider does not have a set stride – YOU actually set your own stride. You can go up to 38 inches – which is a heck of a stride.

So basically the Freestrider gives you a lot more flexibility and the possibility of a longer stride.


freestrider FS7i motions


#2 Adjustable Stride

While several Nordictrack trainers do offer adjustable stride lengths, the Freestride trainer wins out here – because it gives you more choice.

You choose the stride by how much you push down on the pedals. So you have more flexibility during your workout to change your stride as many times as you want.

This can help your leg muscles from adapting (and thus burning fewer calories).



#3 Lower Impact

While the Freestride Trainer is advertised as lower impact, in truth, it’s lower impact compared to other fitness machines like the treadmill. A well-made elliptical trainer will also be lower impact as well.


#4 Space

The Freestride trainer is not a space hog – but it’s not compact either. So if you’re looking to save space, you may want to opt for a folding elliptical like the 990 or a center drive model like the ACT trainer.


freestride trainer vs elliptical - act

So those are some of the main differences between a Freestride trainer vs elliptical. Here’s a video we did to showcase some of the main differences:



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