Wondering which is best for you?
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.
They also both take up less space than a standard crosstrainer – and both offer plenty of entertainment features to make your workouts more productive and enjoyable.
But when you really look at them, these are two very different machines.
Each one has their own unique benefits. So which is the best choice for you? Here are a few things you should know to help you make a more informed decision:
Nordictrack Freestride Trainer vs Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer – Price
The Proform HIIT trainer has a slight advantage coming in around $999 with Free Shipping here. It ranges up to around $1500 for the Pro model (the premium version).
The Nordictrack Freestrider runs a bit higher with the first model starting around $1699 with Free Shipping here and ranging up to $2699 for the luxury FS9i model.
Nordictrack Freestride Trainer vs Proform HIIT Trainer – 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 with climbing motion, kind of like a vertical elliptical. 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.
I’ve tried both machines and I think personally that the HIIT Trainer climbing motion is higher vertically than the stair stepping motion on the Freestrider – so if you want more of a climbing machine then the HIIT Trainer might be a better option.
Both machines use upper body moving arm bars as well to help you tone the upper body muscles. – so there isn’t much difference there.
It all comes down to the lower body motion. The Freestride trainer gives you a lot more variety of motion – whereas the HIIT Trainer gives you a higher vertical climbing stride.
Freestride Trainer vs Proform HIIT Trainer – Motion
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.
Nordictrack Freestrider vs Proform Cardio HIIT – Console
This really depends on individual models. For example the Proform HIIT Trainer (basic model) comes with the dual-color console with no web browser as you can see below:
This is similar to the Freestride Trainer FS5i Model (dual color console with no web browser).
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 console is seen below).
So they both have the option for upgraded consoles depending on which model you choose. Both types of consoles also have built-in workouts, iPod docks with speakers and cooling fans.
Freestride Trainer vs Proform HIIT Trainer – 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.
So what’s the bottom line in the Freestride trainer vs HIIT Trainer debate?
I personally think it all comes down to the type of motion you want when working out.
The Freestride Trainer gives you a lot more motion options and feels more like a standard elliptical path (although you can still do stair-stepping-like climbing motions on it).
It also gives you incline for more crosstraining. It would also 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. However I think the climbing motion is a bit higher than you get on the Freestride trainer.
So you will definitely burn a lot of calories on this machine since climbing is a lot more labor-intensive then walking or light jogging.
Plus the HIIT Trainer is also more budget-friendly.
So it really comes down to what you’re looking for.
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