NordicTrack Fusion series
It’s official—home workouts are in. Whether you work remote from home, are a busy professional with no time for the gym, or just don’t want the hassle of monthly gym memberships, there’s no question that setting up an exercise space for yourself has never been easier. And the NordicTrack Fusion Series Trainer-Led Strength systems are leading the pack when it comes to blending high-tech options into traditional regimens. Equipped with a customized, 10-inch portal HD tablet, the commercial-grade power rack base and freestanding units are augmented with a flywheel, magnetic resistance system, coming together for an interactive experience complete with live, trainer-led workouts and instant data feedback from them regarding lifting performance. Stream high-intensity studio workouts with any one of the team’s personal trainers while adjusting your own resistance levels to suit your goals, with an iFit Bluetooth chest strap heart rate monitor attached to track cardio levels and connect your workout stats to an in-depth software tracking package. From cross-training to strength and cardio, the options are quite impressive in both scope and scale.
What really makes the NordicTrack systems stand out is the live streaming assistance of more than 130 world-class personal trainers, expansive on-demand workout library, new daily workouts, stat tracking, and heart rate monitoring. The future is definitely present and the idea that you can have your own choice of personal trainers live, controlling your machine’s resistance, from the other side of a touch-screen is amazing, even for a society which is hard to amaze anymore. In addition to the machine-side workouts, participation comes with the iFit app which allows for external use. Live workouts are available on treadmills, bikes, yoga mats, and include interactive leaderboards as well as the opportunity to talk to the trainers.
The software package also provides real-time data tracking, storage, and analysis for personal or group use. The ability to log workouts and performance over time is a real benefit when pursuing fitness goals. This component, along with the live personal trainers with whom you get to develop a relationship, is a key to maintaining consistency and self-accountability, which is often a struggle for people exercising at home. NordicTrack and the iFit community have really gone all out in terms of variety, with workouts ranging from simple strength training to HIIT, Boot Camp, Cross Training and yes, even yoga. Knowing that your progress and biofeedback are being logged gives one the freedom to explore a bit.
A special place
It’s clear these units aren’t for the woodshed. Upscale and very attractive in design, the units do require an Internet connection. A well-maintained garage with lots of space would work, but unlike barbells and iron bench presses, a little different level of care is required for these. Also, keep in mind that the purchase comes with a one-year subscription to the online services but after that’s up an annual or monthly fee will be required. The package also requires an Internet connection and with that much streaming the signal strength and data package needs to be considered.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Fusion CST Pro
A 3-in-1 system with cardio, strength and power rack options, the Fusion CST Pro is based off a commercial-grade power rack equipped with adjustable independent tablet and smartphone stand. Standing 83.9 inches in height, the unit is 48.5 inches long and 70.5 inches wide and comes with a 10-year frame warranty. Included in the package is the 10-inch Portal 10i Tablet, a one-year NordicTrack iFit membership and a watts and heart rate LED display. The machine itself features an integrated pull-up bar, six integrated ergonomic removable handles, six precision cable ends, two ankle strap accessories, two squat pulleys, and offers 95 inches cable travel. The inertia-enhanced flywheel operates off of Silent Magnetic Resistance technology with 20 digital power settings. The unit also comes with integrated charging stations for tablets and smartphones alike.
2. Fusion CST
A 2-in1 system offering both strength and cardio, the Fusion CST is a freestanding unit much like the Fusion CST Pro without the power rack. The unit features an adjustable independent tablet and smartphone stand and comes with a 10-year frame warranty. The machine itself is 73.5 inches tall, 60.5 inches wide and 41.5 inches deep. Included in the package is a 10-inch Portal 10i Tablet, a one-year NordicTrack iFit membership, watts and heart rate LED display, and iFit Bluetooth Chest Strap. Integrated ergonomic removable handles attach to six precision cable ends, two squat pulleys, two ankle strap accessories, and offer a 95-inch independent cable travel. The machine operates off an inertia-enhanced flywheel using Silent Magnetic Resistance, 20 digital power settings.
3. Fusion LT
A 2-in-1 system offering both cardio and strength, the Fusion LT is a wall-mounted unit which includes a 10-inch Portal 10i Tablet and one-year NordicTrack iFit membership, along with a watts and heart rate LED display, and iFit Bluetooth Chest Strap. The wall-mounted machine is 83.9 inches in height, 48.5 inches long, and 70.5 inches wide, and comes with a 10-year frame warranty. Operating off an inertia-enhanced flywheel and Silent Magnetic Resistance, the machine is equipped with six integrated ergonomic removable handles, six precision cable ends, two ankle strap accessories, two squat pulleys, and features a 95-inch independent cable travel. An integrated tablet and smartphone holder are also incorporated into the Fusion LT, along with charging stations.