A Review of the Nordictrack Freestrider Machine:
Nordictrack has recently come out with a new twist on the elliptical trainer – the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer.
Instead of you adapting to the machine (and the machine’s stride length), the machine adapts to you – and whatever stride length you want to use.
So you can use it as 3 machines in one – a stepper, an elliptical or a treadmill.
Is it right for you? Here’s a few things you should know:
#1 Up to 38 Inch Stride
Stride length on an elliptical is the furthest distance between the pedals. Normal elliptical trainers give you a stride of 18 – 20 inches. But with the Freestride trainer, you can go up to 38 inch strides.
So you can do take short up-and-down steps, smooth elliptical-like strides, or stretch out into a wide running gait.
This is a great feature that gives you the flexibility to do your workout your way.
It also makes this a great machine for multiple-user households as everyone can choose a stride the feels comfortable for them.
#2 Floating On Air
The pedals on the Freestrider ride on belts, rather than the traditional rails attached to the crank as you find in a standard elliptical. This gives you a sensation of floating on air while you workout.
This design also gives you almost zero impact on your joints – which makes it a great option for those prone to injury or shin splints.
#3 Center Drive Design
The center drive design means that the Freestirder is about half the length of traditional ellipticals – a great option for smaller workout areas.
It also adds more stability to the machine so you can really pick up your pace without shaking or wobbling.
#4 iFit LIVE
The Nordictrack Freestrider also comes with iFit LIVE. With iFit you can connect your machine to the Internet and map out new trails to run all over the world.
Using Googlemaps and Streetview you can run anywhere in the world and watch landmarks pass you by in the full color console.
#4 Web Browser
This machine also carries a full-color, touch screen web browser. So you can catch up on the latest news, read emails or even Youtube videos while you workout!
Want to target a certain area? No problem, the incline or decline feature on some models will change the slope of your path so you can focus more on your glutes, thighs or abs.
#6 Two Different Models
Nordictrack currently offers two different models – the FS7i (seen here).
Or the FS9i (seen here)
The main differences between them are that the FS9i has a bit more “bells and whistles” and is a bit more rugged in design.
Bottom Line on the Freestride Trainer?
If you’re looking for an upgrade on a traditional elliptical – and want a more ergonomic, comfortable workout where you can step, run or sprint, the Freestride trainer is a smart choice.
It’s low impact, adapts to your unique stride and offers a ton of entertainment options.