Looking for a Freestride Trainer in the UK?
The Freestride Trainer was introduced in the US a few years ago (click here for our US model review) – but it hasn’t been as quick to come to the UK.
Right now the Nordictrack UK manufacturer only has 1 model – vs the 3 that are available on the US site.
However the good news is that this model is the most popular model (and in my opinion the best option) on the market. It’s also the most popular and best selling model – the Freestride Trainer FS7i.
What’s the big deal about the Freestride Trainer? Is it really better than a crosstrainer?
And is it right for you?
Here’s a review of how it works and what you need to know to see if it’s right for you.
Price: 1499 + Free Shipping
Resistance Levels: 24
Stride: up to 38 inches
iFit? Yes – Built In
iPod Dock? Yes
Weight Capacity: 135 KG
Footprint: 196 L x 97 W x 191 H cm
Warranty: 5-Year Frame, 2-Year Parts & Labour Warranty
Nordictrack Freestride Trainer UK Review – The Pros:
#1 Adaptable Stride up to 38 Inches
Stride length is the furthest distance between the pedals when you’re running.
Cheaper crosstrainers usually give you a 14 – 16 inch stride length. Higher end machines usually range about 18 to 20 inches. Most people feel comfortable with a longer 18 – 20 inch stride.
The problem however is that you have a set stride with a regular crosstrainer.
The Freestride Trainer turns this concept completely upside down and gives you an adaptable stride (you can choose your own stride length) of up to 38 inches.
This opens up a world of possibilities as the machine adjusts to your natural stride – and not the other way around.
So you can use this trainer as a stepper with short up and down strides, an elliptical with jogging natural stride – or even a treadmill with running/sprinting extra long strides.
This stops your body from adapting to one set motion (because you’re always changing things up). So it can’t get efficient (and burn less calories as a result). This means that you’re actually getting a more optimum workout and keeping the calorie burning on high with this machine which will give you faster, better results.
The adaptable stride also feels more natural for people with less strain on the hips and joints since it’s more ergonomically correct.
#2 Ultra Low Impact
Unlike a standard crosstrainer, the footpedals on the FS7i ride on belts, rather than the rails attached to a crank. This gives you more of a feeling of “running on air” and is smooth with nearly zero impact.
So this ultra low impact workout is ideal if you struggle with back pain or even shin splints.
#3 Takes up Less Space
The Freestride Trainer FS7i is more compact than a traditional elliptical with a footprint of 196 cm x 97 cm . It’s technically a center drive machine (center drive elliptical are more compact than a rear or front-drive trainers) so it’s more of a square footprint than a long rectangle.
This is handy if you have a smaller workout area like a condo or apartment.
#4 Full Color Console
You can see your workout stats in full color with the touch-screen console on this trainer. Plus Nordictrack has installed a built-in web browser as well.
So you can go online as you workout, catch up on business news or watch YouTube videos. This makes your workout time a lot more fun and productive.
#5 iFit LIVE Built In
You may have heard if iFit LIVE. It’s a very cool online tracking option you can subscribe to if you choose.
With iFit you can track your workouts over time online or download unlimited new workouts from celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels where she coaches you through your workout through the console speakers.
You can also choose to run famous trails throughout the world and see the actual landmarks pass you by in the console screen for some virtual reality fun. Visit Paris or run along the shores of Hawaii while on the Freestride Trainer.
Plus because it comes built-in, you don’t have to buy the extra iFit LIVE module and install it on the console as you do with other trainers. It’s much easier to set up.
#6 Up to 10 Degree Incline
Incline changes the slope of your elliptical path and can help add some crosstraining to your workout. The FS7i gives you power inclines up to 10 degrees. This is a fantastic way to vary the motion and add more challenge to your workout.
#7 Handlebar Controls
There are also resistance and incline controls on the moving arm bars of this crosstrainer. This is handy since you don’t have to continually reach up to the console (and interrupt your workout) to do it.
Nordictrack Freestride Trainer UK Review – The Cons:
#1 iFit Subscription
While you don’t need iFit to use this elliptical, if you want to check out the iFit programs, you’ll need to buy an iFit LIVE subscription online from the Manufacturer.
#2 Motion Is Different Than A Standard Elliptical
A lot of people don’t understand that you actually set the stride yourself on this machine by how hard and which direction you push your legs. So it’s not the same as a regular elliptical – and may take a bit of getting used to.
If you want something beyond a traditional elliptical with the ability to set your own pace and stride, you’ll probably love the Freestride Trainer Fs7i.
You’ll never “adapt” to one set motion and can constantly change things up (and burn more calories) with this machine.
It’s also a great choice for multiple user families as everyone can choose their own stride and motion. Plus the entertainment options are endless on this machine (iFit LIVE, HD workouts, iPod dock, built-in workouts, web browser…). You’ll never run out of things to do as you’re working out!
Where To Buy and Save
You can get the Freestride Trainer UK direct from the UK Manufacturer here. You can also get Free Shipping for a short time as well, which will save you about $150.