Trying to decide between the Nordictrack Freestrider vs Treadclimber?
These are both very popular fitness machines that can help you burn more calories than a standard elliptical or treadmill.
They’re also both very low impact and easy on your joints – which makes them great if you’re prone to shin splints or lower body injuries.
But they’re very different from each other. So which is best for you?
This post will review some of the main differences between them to help you find your best option.
Freestrider vs Treadclimber: Price
We all know that budget is important to most people. And in this category the Freestrider comes out ahead, being a little more affordable than the Treadclimber.
For example, there are 3 different Freestrider models – the FS5i, FS7i and the FS9i. They start around $1599 with Free Shipping here and range up to $2799 for the premium model.
There are currently 2 different Treadclimber models – the TC100 and the TC200. The TC100 model starts around $1999 with Free Shipping here – and goes up to about $2999 for the premium model.
Freestrider vs Treadclimber: Running vs Walking
This is the biggest difference between the two. The Freestrider (seen below) is a hybrid elliptical trainer where you can choose and change your stride.
The motion (like all elliptical trainer motions) is similar to running. You can also pedal backwards on this machine for extra crosstraining.
The Treadclimber (seen below) is more of a hybrid treadmill where you walk on two moving treadbelts. The treadlelts rise to meet your feet which gives you more of a walking uphill feel. But it’s still a walking motion – not a running motion.
In fact you cannot run on the Treadclimber (which a lot of people don’t realize before they buy). It has top speeds of about 4.0 or 4.5 MPH. And the moving treadbelts make it a bit too awkward (or even dangerous) to run on it.
Freestrider vs Treadclimber: Calories Burned
Most people buy a piece of fitness equipment in order to either lose weight or stay in shape (by burning extra calories). So one of the top things people look for is what machine is going to burn the most calories in the least amount of time.
The Treadclimber has a leg up here (although it’s probably not what you think – read on). This is mainly because Bowflex has actually measured and tested how many calories (vs a treadmill) that the Treadclimber can burn.
So they can officially claim that you can burn up to 2.5 times the calories on a Treadclimber vs a regular treadmill:
Nordictrack has not yet done the type of testing on the Freestrider that Bowflex has done on the Treadclimber (or at least they’re not advertising it – yet). However it would make sense that you can actually burn more calories on a Freestride trainer than on a regular elliptical.
Because you can change up your stride (or even make it longer). A longer stride uses more lower body muscles, so ultimately you will burn more calories. (It’s the same reason high incline walking on the Treadclimber burns more calories – you’re using more lower body muscles).
Plus by constantly changing up your workout motion on the Freestride Trainer, your body doesn’t get a chance to adapt to the motion (and get more efficient at burning calories). So you’re always keeping your body burning calories on high since you’re always challenging it in new ways.
Freestrider vs Treadclimber: Console/Entertainment
Bowflex has recently updated their Treadclimbers to have better consoles – backlit with built-in workouts now (see below). There’s also an online interactivity function that helps you track your progress over time.
However the Freestrider consoles still come out ahead. For example the FS7i and FS9i models have full color consoles with touch-screens with iFit Coach compatibility. You can stream iFit studio workouts through them or run trails all over the world – from the streets of Paris to the shores of Hawaii.
This adds a lot of fun things to do. And they’re always adding new workouts to try in the iFit library.
The Treadclimber did recently introduce Bluetooth and tracking capability with a Free Bowflex App – so you do now get some tracking capability on the Treadclimber machines.
So you can have a bit of fun on these machines as well. Right now though, the Freestriders offer better entertainment and tracking options.
Both the Treadclimber and the Freestriders are popular for a reason: they can both help you burn more calories than a standard treadmill or elliptical. They are both cool looking machines that are also very low impact on your joints.
The Treadclimber is really more for walkers – as you can’t run on it. And the Freestrider would be a better choice for people who want more of a running motion (with an upper body workout option as well).
So it really depends on what type of exercise you want to do, your budget and workout preferences.
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