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NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial Review

Quick Summary

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial is a compact center drive elliptical trainer with a commercial steel frame.

For under $1,000 it’s designed to get a whole family started with elliptical training: The stride adjusts from 18″ to 22″ and the resistance is up to 23 pounds.

Read on for pros and cons in the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial review below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack
A.C.T. Commercial
Rating

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86.8%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,499
Best Price

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$999
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.

23 lbs
Programs

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

32 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
Display

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

5" Backlit iFit Display
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: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 86.8%

Our Rating

Rating: 86.8/100. The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial is a sturdy elliptical trainer for home use. It’s sized to fit just about any teen or adult, and it has a tablet computer holder to help make exercise sessions more enjoyable. The latest version (updated for the 2014 model year) has a 5″ backlit display that’s enabled to show iFit workout downloads. It can also integrate with your own tablet computer to show high definition iFit video workouts, interactive Google Maps workouts and other iFit features.

When sale priced the A.C.T. Commercial is one of NordicTrack’s best bargains for newcomers to elliptical training, plus it can challenge many intermediate trainees. (The more you weigh, the more you’ll want a higher model number.) In addition to having an iFit-enabled console, this elliptical has 32 training programs grouped into three goal categories.

Here are pros and potential cons to consider about choosing the A.C.T. Commercial.

Pros:

  • Small footprint (54″ x 31.5″)
  • High weight capacity (350 pounds)
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR™)
  • 24 resistance levels
  • 18″ to 22″ stride settings in quarter-inch increments
  • Moving arm bars for a full-body workout
  • Quick control (No scrolling to change resistance)
  • 32 built-in workouts
  • iPod-compatible (Dock and 2″ speakers)
  • Heart rate monitor (Touch sensors)
  • Water bottle holder
  • Three-year parts warranty

Cons:

  • No incline
  • Sometimes the more advanced A.C.T. Commercial 7 has a similar price
  • Customer service could be slow

Alternatives

Advanced athletes with long strides would be better served by NordicTrack’s A.C.T. Commercial 7, the NordicTrack C 12.9 or another higher level model. Sometimes these have low sale prices.

Introduction

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial earns enthusiastic reviews from relative newcomers to the world of elliptical training. Sale priced at $999 it can be a good buy for a family gym, ready to physically fit just about everyone and offer customized training programs. It operates quietly and doesn’t demand a lot of floor space.

Some key points are a quiet 23-pound resistance system, stride options from 18″ to 22″, and cushioned pedals. Additionally this elliptical is iPod-compatible, can be used with iFit and has 32 preset workout programs.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial arrives with 32 workout apps. Each was designed by a certified personal trainer to automatically adjust the machine’s resistance to your force. The program categories are calorie, intensity and performance..

For infinite workout variety the A.C.T. Commercial is iFit-enabled. Using the 5″ backlit screen you can get unlimited personal trainer workouts. You can also connect your tablet computer to use iFit’s high definition video workouts, interactive Google Maps™ workouts and other iFit membership benefits.

A.C.T. Commercial Features

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial is distinguished from others by its stride choices. With options of 18″ to 22″ in ¼-inch increments, it can comfortable accommodate a wide range of trainees.

The display for workouts is a 5″ screen with backlighting. It can show iFit workouts or built-in workouts and gives the following stats: speed, time, distance, calories and pulse.

Besides getting music motivation through your tablet computer, you can connect your iPod for high fidelity sound. The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 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 has heart rate sensors on the handlebars.

The flywheel for this trainer weighs 23 pounds. It’s respectable for an entry level elliptical. For more challenging workout sessions (and heavier trainees) other NordicTrack ellipticals are better choices.

Warranty & Guarantee

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

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 Year

That’s competitive at the below $1,000 price point. NordicTrack also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial is an ideal fit for many households. It offers a comfortable elliptical path for most trainees and is loaded with training guidance and other extras. Our only hesitation is that sometimes more advanced ellipticals in this series are similarly priced.