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NordicTrack FS7i Review

Quick Summary

The NordicTrack FS7i may look like a standard elliptical trainer , but just wait until you see it move! This low-impact exercise machine is called a FreeStride Trainer because it supports any stride length up to 38”. Whether you take short, regular, or long steps during cardio workouts, you’ll feel like you’re  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. Adding to the variety, the FS7i has multiple incline settings and 24 resistance levels. This elliptical is a great way for people of all skill levels to get cardiovascular exercise with light to moderate strength training.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack FS7i
Rating

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94.5%
List Price

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

$2,699
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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.

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).

0" - 38"
Pedals

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

Cushioned & 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: 94.5%

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Supports 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 workouts.
  • 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.
  • Built in 2” speakers.
  • Durable design and long parts warranty.
  • Transport wheels.

Cons:

  • Has lighter maximum resistance compared to 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.

Full Review

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. A versatile machine that offers an impressive array of programs and features.

Workout Programs

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. Programs are organized according to fitness goals such as calorie burn and endurance.

With iFit Coach, exercise will never feel “routine.” With membership, you can can download a new workout anytime. For example, each day you could try a new Google Maps workout, and with different routes you will 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.

iFit Coach includes three kinds of workout programs: 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.

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 keeps the machine’s footprint small.

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

The control center is a 7″ touch screen with full color. It shows 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.

Conclusion

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers are unlike any other elliptical machines because it offers so many combinations of stride length, incline, and flywheel resistance. They are also 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). For most shoppersm 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.

Rating: 94.5/100

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