Nordictrack Freestride Trainer

A Review of the Nordictrack Freestrider Machine:


Nordictrack Freestride Trainer FS7i
Nordictrack Freestride Trainer

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.


freestrider FS7i motions

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.


Nordictrack Freestride Trainer FS7i 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!


#5 Incline/Decline

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.

Click here for more on the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer


Nordictrack Freestride Trainer Review
Nordictrack Freestride Trainer

3 thoughts on “Nordictrack Freestride Trainer

  • at 4:03 am

    Do you know of a center-drive eliptical that has all the workout features of the FS7i and is as high quality, but does not have the big screen and without the fancy features such as iFit or other bells and whistles unnecessary to getting a good workout?

    If not center drive, then any rear-drive or front-drive that would meet these criteria? Thank you.

    • at 2:44 pm

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your question. You have a couple of options to consider.

      The Freestrider FS5i is not as fancy and is about $500 less than the FS7i. It still has the same basic advantages of the FS7i (i.e. adaptable stride, center drive design), but the console isn’t as nice. It’s not as well-constructed as the FS7i but it still is pretty decent and should be fine for low to medium frequency use.

      Another option would be the Nordictrack C12.9 front drive trainer. It does have some fancier bells and whistles (sorry) but it is strong, well-constructed stable. I also like that it has the dual roller track design (not the single roller track design), which means the rollers are less likely to come off the track and break with a lot of usage – something that tends to happen with cheaper front drive trainers. It’s also fairly affordable at around $1299.

      You could also look at the Nordictrack ACT 10. This is a center drive design and very well built. However it does have some fancy bells and whistles too. But it’s just a bit more stable than the regular ACT model with a heavier flywheel, which is why I brought it up. You can read the reviews of the different ellipticals below:

      Freestrider FS5i:

      Nordictrack C12.9:

      Nordictrack ACT 10:

      Hope that helps!

      • at 3:28 pm

        Thank you very much – that was really helpful! I am primarily looking for stability, durability and performance of the exercise aspects. I’m not against bells and whistles, but I don’t think they are important for my purposes.

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