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NordicTrack FS7i Review

Quick Summary

Distinguished by its 38″ stride, the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i is more than an elliptical trainer.

This unique three-in-one fitness machine is auto-adjustable to serve as three fitness machines in a single workout session: It offers the steep slope of a stair climber, the long gait of treadmill and the low-impact stride of a traditional elliptical.

In our honest review it’s a wonderfully dynamic way to train your whole body while being gentle to your joints.

Get the details from our complete review of the FS7i below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack FS7i
Rating

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93.6%
List Price

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$2,999
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$1,999
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.

Single touch incline or resistance
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).

0" - 38"
Pedals

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

Adjustable & Oversized
Incline

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

0-10 degrees
Flywheel

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

20 lbs.
Programs

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

35
User Profiles

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

1 User
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.

Wireless Chest Strap Included
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 Touchscreen
Max. Weight

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

375 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).

68.4" x 28.5" x 62"
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 Year

Rating: 93.6%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.6/100. The center drive NordicTrack FS7i is among the most dynamic elliptical trainers on the market. It not only has a 38″ maximum stride with power incline, but also has the modern tech that helps keep trainees motivated, fit and entertained. It’s engineered for remarkable smoothness (even compared with the typical well-made elliptical machine). This FreeStride Trainer carries the long warranty we’d expect on a $1,999 fitness machine too. The main potential drawback is its 20-pound drive, which isn’t powerful enough for elite athletes.

Pros:

  • Snap assembly makes set-up a breeze
  • SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • Music friendly (iPod dock, speakers)
  • 38″ adjustable stride for three-in-one effect
  • 10 degree power incline
  • Floating on air” design with belts instead of rails
  • Enabled for iFit
  • 7″ touch screen
  • Web browser
  • Center drive design feels stable
  • Transport wheels

Cons:

  • Consumers have complained about customer service
  • Not powerful enough for elite trainees
  • Costs twice as much as standard ellipticals with comparable resistance

Introduction

The NordicTrack FreeStride FS7i is expensive — but on the other hand, it’s a good value considering it’s a three-in-one fitness machine. It delivers the effects of a treadmill, a stairclimber and a standard elliptical. You can take long running strides without stressing your joints, take quick stair-steps or anything in between.

FreeStride Trainers can be great treadmill or elliptical alternatives for runners and walkers interested in cross training. The FS7i can push beginners and intermediate trainees to higher levels of fitness. It offers a 20-pound drive, 24 resistance levels and a 10 degree incline. This super-smooth elliptical alternative is also a great way for anyone to get cardio training with a lower risk of injury.

Workout Programs

The FreeStride Trainer FS7i is preloaded with 35 workout apps. Each workout was designed by a certified personal trainer. The three main workout categories are calorie burn, intensity and performance.

For easy access to unlimited workout variety the FS7i is iFit-enabled. iFit members can download a new custom-tailored workout every day, use HD video workouts, set up an infinite variety of Google Maps™ workouts and more. The Google Maps™ workouts deliver interactive street views as the FreeStride Trainer adjusts its incline to mimic the actual terrain.

Freestride Trainer Features

The NordicTrack FS7i has a center drive design, which helps promote good posture and also helps keep the machine’s footprint small.

Its highlight is a 38″ stride. This power adjustable feature lets the machine deliver effects of a stairstepper, elliptical and treadmill. It operates even more smoothly than traditional ellipticals too, thanks to a “floating on air” belt system that replaces metal rails.

The control center is a great-looking 7″ touch screen with full color. It can show iFit’s high definition video and also has an Android web browser. The NordicTrack FS7i is also compatible with iPod and has Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.

For accurate data monitoring a wireless heart rate chest strap is included.

A water bottle is integrated with the trainer.

Warranty & Guarantee

NordicTrack FS7i warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 5 Years

– Labor: 2 Years

NordicTrack has a 30-day money back guarantee on all exercise equipment.

Conclusion

FreeStride Trainers are unlike any other ellipticals. The FS7i is an appealing alternative for shoppers with cash to spare in exchange for versatility and high-tech features.