Feel like you’re floating!
Distinguished by maximum 38″ strides that are very low impact, NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers are gentle on your body yet deliver powerful workouts.
Each FreeStride Trainer can serve as three types of fitness machines: an elliptical trainer, a treadmill and a stair climber.
The FS5i in this review is the lowest-priced option and an excellent value.
Get the details from our complete review of the NordicTrack FS5i below.
Rating: 90.0/100. The NordicTrack FS5i is a center drive elliptical trainer and more. This dynamic fitness machine lets you control its stride length for a perfect fit and a wide variety of workout possibilities. Keep the stride short for a stair climbing effect, go a bit longer for a more traditional elliptical workout, or stretch out with your longest stride to use the FS5i as a treadmill. Excellent ergonomics ensure that each workout is gentle on your joints, so you can exercise for longer sessions and avoid the risk of impact-related injury. The digital perks are appealing too; for one, the FS5i is enabled for iFit.
This FreeStride Trainer carries a fantastic warranty considering the $1299 sale price: parts are covered for five years and the service agreement is for two years. Any potential drawbacks? Check out these lists with many pros and a few cons…
- Assembly is quick and easy
- 38″ adjustable stride for three-in-one effect
- “Floating on air” design with belts instead of rails
- Virtually silent operation
- Audio system (iPod-compatible port, speakers)
- 32 workouts
- Enabled for iFit
- 7″ backlit screen
- Center drive design helps trainees feel stable
- Transport wheels
- Lighter flywheel (16 pounds)
- Does not have an incline for extra resistance
FreeStride Trainer Alternatives
The NordicTrack FreeStride FS5i is a top elliptical alternative for lighter duty training. Engineered for comfortable exercise, it supports very low impact motion and lets anyone take very smooth and natural-feeling strides. Use it as an elliptical, a stair stepper or a treadmill! The maximum stride is 38″ whereas most elliptical machines top out at 18″ to 22″.
Important specs include a 16-pound flywheel and 22 resistance levels. Data are shown on a large backlit screen. Workout programming includes 32 preloaded apps and the option to download unlimited courses with an iFit membership.
The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i is loaded with 32 workout programs. Each program was designed by a certified personal trainer to help you lose weight, improve your athletic performance and build endurance. Using these preset workouts is a great way to familiarize yourself with the FS5i’s fantastic potential, and the programs take the guesswork out of planning efficient workout routines.
For unlimited workout variety the FS5i is iFit-enabled. This means that your own tablet computer can serve as an iFit monitor. Set your tablet on the trainer’s secure eye-level holder and take your fitness machine online and around the world! As an iFit member you can download a customized personal training workout every day, choose from hundreds of HD video workouts, download an infinite variety of Google Maps™ workouts and more. Google Maps™ workouts are the most interactive. They can simulate any real-world route: As you train your tablet computer will show an interactive Google Street View.
FreeStride Trainer Features
FreeStride trainers use a center drive elliptical design. This makes it easy to stay balanced, promotes good posture and also helps keep the machine’s footprint small.
The highlight of course is the 38″ maximum stride. The wide range of possible stride lengths lets the machine serve as a stairstepper, an elliptical and a treadmill — all in one workout! The FS5i operates remarkably smoothly too; a “floating on air” sensation results from NordicTrack’s use of belts in place of the metal rails used on most elliptical trainers.
The control center is a 7″ LED with backlighting. The FS5i console also has a workout fan and an iPod-compatible port and speakers.
Warranty & Guarantee
NordicTrack FS5i warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years
NordicTrack has a 30-day money back guarantee on all exercise equipment.
FreeStride Trainers outperform other ellipticals by acting as three fitness machines in one. The FS5i is a good option for people who don’t carry much weight and seek lighter duty training.
Other shoppers would prefer the more expensive FreeStride Trainers — the FS7i and FS9i — because they have web-enabled touch screens and offer more resistance thanks to inclines and heavier flywheels.