Trying to compare the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer
to the Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer?
If you’re looking for something more than a traditional elliptical – something that can help you burn more calories in less time – you’ve probably come across both the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer and the Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer.
Both help you train more lower body muscle groups (in different ways) so you can burn more calories in less time.
And they both give you a lot of great entertainment options as well like iFit LIVE compatibility, iPod docks, tablet holders above the console and more.
But they are two very different machines. So which is the best choice for you? Here are a few things you should know:
(Note: For a full review of the new Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer see this article)
Nordictrack Freestride Trainer vs Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer
The Freestrider starts a bit higher with the most popular model – the FS7i coming around $1999 with Free Shipping here and ranging up to $2999 for the FS9i model.
#2 Type of Motion
The type of motion on these two machines is very different. The Freestride Trainer technically gives you a lot more options. You get up to a 38 inch variable stride, which is amazing.
You can choose your own stride within these parameters and do short, stair-stepping strides, longer jogging strides or even longer hurdling strides.
You can also pedal forward or back. This gives you a lot of motion options to choose from. It also guarantees that your body never gets used to one set motion (and decreases your calories burned as it grows more efficient). So in theory you can burn more calories on a Freestride Trainer because you’re always changing up your motion.
However the Cardio HIIT Trainer is no slouch either.
It is a hybrid elliptical-stair stepper motion, kind of like a vertical elliptical motion or a climbing motion. This also helps use more lower body muscle groups (vs a standard elliptical) which in turn will automatically burn more calories than a regular elliptical.
Both machines use upper body moving arm bars as well to help you tone the upper body muscles.
The higher end Freestride Trainers also give you another way to crosstrain that you don’t get with the Cardio HIIT Trainer – incline.
Incline (and on the FS9i model decline as well) changes the slope of your elliptical path, helping you to work different sets of muscles and add more challenge to your workout.
This really depends on individual models. For example the Proform HIIT Trainer comes with the dual-color console with no web browser.
This is similar to the Freestride Trainer FS5i Model.
But the HIIT Trainer PRO comes with the full color console and web browser – similar to what you get with the FS7i and FS9i models (FS9i seen here).
So they both have the option for upgraded consoles depending on which model you choose.
#4 Snap Assembly
The Nordictrack Freestride Trainers now come with an easier assembly process – snap assembly they call it. This means it’s almost already assembled when you get it – you only have to do a few small hookups to get it going.
The Proform HIIT Trainer doesn’t have this.
Nordictrack Freestride Trainer vs Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer – Bottom Line:
So those are some of the main differences between the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer vs Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer.
It really comes down to what you’re looking to do and what kind of motion you want.
The Freestride Trainer gives you a lot more motion options and feels more like a standard elliptical path. It also gives you incline and would be great for multiple-user families since everyone can choose the stride that feels right for them.
The Cardio HIIT Trainer is more of a stair stepping or climbing motion – and you only have that one set motion. You do however get specialized HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts in iFit LIVE with the HIIT Trainer.
And it will definitely challenge you to use more lower body muscle groups and burn more calories.
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