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NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 Review

Quick Summary

With durable components and three stride length settings, the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 can meet a whole family’s training needs.

Its new sale price of $1,199 is a customer-friendly match for its long warranty too.

Read about its highlights and a few potential drawbacks in the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 review below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack
A.C.T. Commercial 7
Rating

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89.8%
List Price

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Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

24 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Silent Magnetic
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

18-22 inches
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Oversized and Cushioned
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

no
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

25 lbs
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

35 Programs
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

1 User Profile
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

CardioGrip Sensors & Wireless Monitor
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

7" Web-Enabled Color Touch Screen
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

350 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

54" x 31.5" x 64.25"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 89.8%

Our Rating

Rating: 89.8/100. The A.C.T. Commercial 7 elliptical trainer mixes good mechanics with advanced electronics. When sale priced it’s one of NordicTrack’s best bargains for newcomers to elliptical training, plus it can challenge intermediate trainees.

The stride choices are 18″, 20″ and 22″ and each user can save a preferred setting.

The A.C.T. Commercial 7 console invites you aboard with electronics perks. These include plenty of built-in training programs, an Internet browser and unlimited iFit workouts at your fingertips — all accessed with a full color 7″ touch screen.
It all sounds pretty good, yet this isn’t the best elliptical for everyone. Here are points to consider before choosing the A.C.T. Commercial 7.

Pros:

  • Small footprint (50.5″ x 34.5″)
  • High weight capacity (375 pounds)
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR™)
  • 18″, 20″ and 22″ stride settings
  • Moving arm bars for a full-body workout
  • Quick control (No scrolling to change resistance)
  • 35 built-in workouts
  • iFit-enabled
  • Full color 7″ touch screen for workouts and the web
  • Android browser
  • iPod-compatible (Audio port and 2″ speakers)
  • Heart rate monitors (Touch sensors and wireless chest strap included)
  • Water bottle holder
  • Long warranties on parts and labor

Cons:

  • No incline
  • Not a SpaceSaver although it has transport wheels (Footprint is 80.25″ L x 25.75″ W)
  • Sometimes the more advanced A.C.T. Commercial 10 costs less
  • NordicTrack’s customer service draws negative reviews

Alternative

This elliptical trainer is a great choice for the typical home gym. However, advanced athletes with long strides would be better served by NordicTrack’s A.C.T. Commercial 10 or Elite 12.9. Those alternatives are higher level models but sometimes are sale priced lower than the trainer in this review.

Introduction

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 earns an overall positive review. Sale priced at $1,199 it offers a competitive combination of three stride lengths, pretty good resistance and advanced electronics.

Some key points are a 23-pound flywheel with quiet magnetic resistance, stride options from 18″ to 22″, a touch screen control panel leading to plenty of workout programs, and an Android web browser.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 arrives with 35 workout apps. Each was designed by a certified personal trainer and controls the elliptical machine’s resistance.

For infinite workout variety the A.C.T. Commercial 7 is iFit-enabled. Using the 7″ touch screen you can use iFit’s high definition video workouts featuring celebrity personal trainers, download a new and custom-tailored workout every day, and use interactive Google Maps™ workouts.

With Google Maps workouts, the full color screen can show a Google Street View for any route you select. Note though that A.C.T ellipticals don’t have inclines or declines. With some other NordicTrack ellipticals the iFit workouts are enhanced as the pedal slope adjusts to copy terrain.

A.C.T. Commercial 7 Features

This NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical is distinguished from others by its stride choices. With options of 18″, 20″ and 22″ it can accommodate a wide range of trainees.

The display for workouts and surfing the web is a 7″ touch screen. This is one of the industry’s top options for tracking your stats, downloading new workouts and staying connected to the world with the web.

Besides getting music motivation online, you can add your iPod. The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 is compatible with MP3 players; it has an iPod-compatible port and Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.

To help you stay in your target heart rate zone, the A.C.T. Commercial 7 is compatible with a wireless chest strap (included). It also has contact heart rate sensors on the handlebars.

The flywheel for this trainer weighs 23 pounds. It’s precision weighted to support a smooth ride. That said, it isn’t the heaviest drive that NordicTrack offers. For more challenging workout sessions (and heavier trainees) other NordicTracks are better choices.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 elliptical warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years

That’s generous at the $1,199 price point. It’s average for the full price of $2,499. NordicTrack also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 is a great fit for many households. It offers a comfortable stride length for most trainees and is loaded with training guidance, a web browser and other perks.

Sometimes similar (or even better) ellipticals with the bonus of an incline are sale priced for less at the NordicTrack website. If you like this elliptical trainer in general, check out the whole selection on the manufacturer’s website.