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At rest the NordicTrack FS7i looks like a standard elliptical, but see it move! This low-impact exercise machine is called a FreeStride Trainer because it supports any stride length up to 38”: Take short, regular or long steps for cardio workouts with a “floating on air” sensation. Resistance and incline are adjustable too, so you can train for strength and definition. An iFit Coach-enabled console tops the trainer, letting you access the web and unlimited treadmill workout programs. A full FS7i review is below.
|Stride Length||0" - 38"|
|Pedals||Cushioned & Oversized|
|User Profiles||1 User|
|Heart Rate||Wireless Chest Strap Included|
|Display||7" Web-Enabled Color Touchscreen|
|Max. Weight||375 lbs|
|Dimensions||68.4" x 28.5" x 62"|
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Year
Rating: 94.5/100. Smooth move, NordicTrack! The NordicTrack FS7i is among the most flexible ellipticals on the planet. When its pedal stride extends to 38 inches, this elliptical trainer works as a low-impact treadmill. When its stride shortens, it works like a stepper. And adding to the variety, the FS7i has multiple incline settings and 24 resistance levels.
Overall this elliptical can be a great way for people at all skill levels to get cardiovascular exercise with light to moderate strength training.
Here are lists of pros and cons about the new FS7i for 2018.
- Allows very low-impact exercise
- Center drive design makes it easy to stay balanced
- 38″ adjustable stride for three workout styles
- Moving handlebars for total-body exercise
- 10 degree power incline for extra calorie burn and toning
- Silent Magnetic Resistance with 24 settings
- Enabled for iFit Coach unlimited downloads and data tracking
- 35 on-board workout apps
- 7″ touch screen
- Web browser
- Music friendly with 2” speakers for your MP3s
- Durable design and long parts warranty
- Transport wheels
- Has lighter maximum resistance compared with standard NordicTrack ellipticals
- Large hand grips aren’t comfortable for everyone according to customer reviews
- Switching stride length isn’t easy during workouts, so it’s best to choose one workout style per session
The NordicTrack FreeStride FS7i is a flexible fitness machine for low-impact cross training. It delivers the effects of exercising with a treadmill, a stairclimber and a standard elliptical with light to moderate resistance. You can take long flat strides, short steep stair-steps, or anything in between. Below are details about the FS7i workout programs, features, standard warranty and guarantee.
You can use this cross trainer in manual mode, but for efficient personal training the FreeStride Trainer FS7i is loaded with 35 workout apps and works with iFit Coach for unlimited personalized training. Just press “Start” to get customized exercise sessions! Programs are organized according to fitness goals such as calorie burn and endurance.
With iFit Coach, exercise never needs to feel “routine.” With membership you can can download a new workout anytime. Each day you can try a new Google Maps workout, for example, and with different routes you can gradually increase your challenge in terms of distance, calorie burn or elevation. iFit Coach makes it easy to set a map route that’s scenic and supports your fitness goals. Choose from experts’ suggestions or create your own program.
With iFit Coach three kinds of workout programs are included: Google Maps workouts with views and incline settings to copy terrain; high definition video workouts featuring celebrity personal trainers; and programs built with graphs for speed and incline.
As for the 35 on-board workouts, these were designed by a certified personal trainer to maximize your workout time for different goals. Choose from routines optimized for calorie burn, intensity and performance with different durations and difficulty levels.
Freestride Trainer Features
The NordicTrack FS7i has a center drive elliptical design. Compared with a typical front drive elliptical, this style helps promote your balance and also helps keep the machine’s footprint small.
The key feature is power-adjustable stride with a maximum setting of 38″. This 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 7″ touch screen with full color. It can show iFit Coach high definition video workouts and interactive Google Maps workouts. It also has an Android web browser.
For audio the NordicTrack FS7i is compatible with iPod and has a plug-in connection for playing music through 2” speakers by Intermix Acoustics.
For accurate heart rate monitoring a wireless chest strap is included.
A water bottle holder is integrated with the trainer.
Warranty & Guarantee
NordicTrack FS7i warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years
NordicTrack gives a 30-day money back guarantee on all home fitness machines.
NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers are unlike any other elliptical machines in terms of allowing many combinations of stride length, incline and flywheel resistance. They can also be fun treadmill alternatives for runners and walkers interested in cross training, although at 38” the exercise is more glider-like than treadmill-like in terms of motion supported. For most shoppers the FS7i is the best value in the FreeStride lineup. 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.