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FreeStride Trainer FS9i

NordicTrack Freestride Trainer FS9i – Read our full review here.

The award-winning NordicTrack Elliptical Trainers are conveniently for sale online and include Free Shipping. You can shop their user-friendly web site and select the model right for you. However, they have a variety of models and designs that can make the buying process confusing.  Our experts are here to assist our Canadian friends in buying the right model for your body and budget.

Elliptical trainers typically come in front or rear models.  But NordicTrack also has a center drive design.  In addition, they offer the innovative FreeStride Trainers.  Below is a description of each design.

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Scroll down for a complete list of features on all of the latest NordicTrack Ellipticals including:

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers and ACT Center Drive Ellipticals – Comparison Chart

NordicTrack SpaceSaver Rear Drive Ellipticals – Comparison Chart

NordicTrack C-Series and Commercial Front Drive Ellipticals – Comparison Chart

To learn more about the pros and cons of this brand, check out our full profile of NordicTrack.

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers and ACT Center Drive Ellipticals

Models & Links to ReviewsFreeStride Trainer FS9i
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FreeStride Trainer FS7i
*Best Buy
FreeStride Trainer FS5iACT Commercial 10ACT Commercial
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Drive SystemCenterCenterCenterCenterCenter
Incline-10% to 10%0 to 10%NoneNoneNone
Stride32″ Auto Adjustable32″ Auto Adjustable32″ Auto Adjustable18-22″ Adjustable18-22″
Flywheel20 lb20 lb16 lb25 lb23 lb
Display10″ Smart HD Touchscreen7″ Smart HD Touchscreen7″ Backlit, Tablet Holder10″ Smart HD Integrated Touchscreen, Tablet Holder5″ Backlit iFit Display, Tablet Holder
Resistance Type26 Levels24 Levels22 LevelsSMR 24 LevelsSMR 24 Levels
Suggested Weight Limit375375350350350
Heart Rate ControlWireless Chest Strap IncludedWireless Chest Strap IncludedEKG Pulse Grips
Wireless chest strap included
EKG Grip Pulse
TechnologyIncludes 1-year iFit membership, Integrated Handle Controls, Two 2″ Speakers Auxillary Music PortIncludes 1-year iFit membership, Integrated Handle Controls,Two 2″ Speakers Auxillary Music PortiFit Membership Ready, Two 2″ Speakers Auxillary Music PortiFit Ready
Includes 1-year iFit membership,Two 2″ Speakers Auxillary Music Port
iFit Ready, Two 2″ Speakers Auxillary Music Port
PedalsOversized, CushionedOversized, CushionedOversized, CushionedAdjustable, Oversized, CushionedAdjustable, Oversized, Cushioned

Lifetime Frame, 5yr Parts, 2 yr Labor

Lifetime Frame, 5yr Parts, 2 yr Labor

Lifetime Frame, 5 yr Parts, 2 yr Labor

Lifetime Frame, 5 yr Parts, 2 yr Labor

Lifetime Frame, 3 yr Parts, 1 yr Labor

NordicTrack SpaceSaver Rear Drive Ellipticals

Models & Links to ReviewsSpace Saver SE9iSpaceSaver SE7i
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Drive SystemRearRear
Flywheel18 lbs18 lb
Display7″ Smart HD Touchscreen5″ Backlit, Integrated Tablet Holder
Resistance TypeSMR 24 LevelsSMR 22 Levels
Suggested Weight Limit325325
Heart Rate ControlEKG Pulse Grips, Wireless Chest Strap IncludedEKG Pulse Grips
TechnologyiFit Coach Ready, Integrated Tablet Holder, Includes 1-year iFit Membership, Two 2″ Speakers Auxillary Music PortiFit Coach Ready, Two 2″ Speakers Auxillary Music Port
PedalsAdjustable, Oversized, CushionedAdjustable, Oversized, Cushioned
WarrantyLIfetime Frame, 5 yr Parts, 2 yr LaborLifetime Frame, 2 yr Parts, 1 yr Labor

NordicTrack C-Series and Commercial Front Drive Ellipticals

Models & Links to ReviewsCommercial 14.9C12.9C9.5C7.5
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Drive SystemFrontFrontFrontFront
Stride19″ power adjustable20″ power adjustable19″ power adjustable19″ power adjustable
Flywheel32 lb32 lb25 lb20 lb
Display10″ Smart HD Touchscreen, Integrated Pivoting Tablet7″ Smart HD Touchscreen, Tablet Holder7″ Smart HD Touchscreen, Integrated Tablet Holder5″ Backlit, Tablet Holder
Resistance TypeSMR 26 LevelsSMR 26 LevelsSMR 24 Levels22 Levels
Suggested Weight Limit350375350325
Heart Rate ControlEKG Pulse Grips Wireless Chest Strap IncludedEKG Pulse Grip, Wireless Chest Strap IncludedDual CardioGripEKG Pulse Grips
TechnologyiFit Coach Ready, Includes 1-year iFit MembershipiFit Enabled, Quick Touch Handle Controls, Includes 1-year iFit MembershipiFit Enabled, Includes 1-year iFit MembershipiFit Ready, Bluetooth Enabled
Speakers(2)2″, Auxiliary Music Port(2)2″, Auxiliary Music Port(2)2″, Auxiliary Music Port(2)2″, Auxiliary Music Port
PedalsAdjustable, Oversized, CushionedAdjustable, Oversized, CushionedAdjustable, Oversized, CushionedOversized, Cushioned

Lifetime Frame, 6 yr Parts, 3 yr Labor

Lifetime Frame, 5yr Parts, 2 yr Labor

Lifetime Frame, 3 yr Parts, 1 yr Labor

Lifetime Frame, 2 yr Parts, 1 yr Labor

Comparing Two Very Popular Brands |  Written By Fred Waters

I constantly get asked which is better – NordicTrack elliptical trainers vs Sole elliptical trainers.  Or, I get asked if a specific NordicTrack elliptical is better than a particular Sole elliptical.  The answer is not so cut and dry. 

It should be mentioned that NordicTrack and Sole are the two leading manufacturers of elliptical trainers in the U.S.A.  Besides selling huge numbers on the Internet you will find NordicTrack ellipticals in Sears and Sole ellipticals in Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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An Alternative Motion Elliptical that Combines 3 Machines into One!

freestridertrainerfs9i-modelNordicTrack’s Freestride Trainer series is a hot seller in the exercise equipment industry.  Customers like the ability to combine the motions from three distinct machines into one package.  With the Freestride Trainers, you are getting the benefits of an elliptical, stair-stepper, and treadmill.

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of this machine to see if it is right for you:

PRO:  Variable motion up to 38-inches.

The Freestride Trainer allows the user to adjust their stride from short ‘stair-climbing’ steps all the way up to a ground covering 38” stride.  This is a huge increase over the stride length of only 20”

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A Great Deal That Won’t Last Long!

NordicTrack_elite-10-7If you’re interested in purchasing a NordicTrack machine but on a tight budget, the Elite 10.7 is a great option to consider.  This front drive elliptical has a moderate 28 lb flywheel, generous selection of 32 workout programs, and is iFit compatible.  This particular model is on close out so this deal won’t last very long. Check it out!

If you find that you are too late, you may also consider some machines from ProForm fitness. They are manufactured by the same company that makes NordicTrack so the quality will be similar, but the ProForm are often priced slightly lower than NordicTrack.


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NordicTrack Elite 10.7 Elliptical Trainer Features…

NordicTrack_Elite_10-7_consoleiFit Live Compatible— The Elite 10.7 elliptical is able to integrate with the iFit Live program from NordicTrack.  iFit allows you to create an online profile, set goals, and track your progress.  You can also create custom workouts that integrate with Google Maps to simulate working out on real-life terrain around the world.  The machine is able to upload your workout stats with the aid of an additional module.  This module costs about $100 and is sold separately.  If you are intent on using iFit, you may consider checking out the NordicTrack C9.5 at $999 instead.  The C 9.5 machine will give you built in iFit capability with the addition of a 7″ color screen.

Power Incline —  The Elite 10.7 has power adjustable incline that goes up to 20 degrees. This feature is nice because it allows you to switch up your workout to target more muscles in your legs.

Front Drive Design —  Front drive ellipticals are usually more compact that rear-drive varieties.  In addition, they are easier to mount and dismount, which can be an advantage if you have mobility issues.  Finally, the pedals are closer together so you will have reduced stress on your hip joints and back during the workout.

28 Lb. Flywheel —  This is a decently heavy flywheel and is especially impressive given the low price of this machine.  A heavier flywheel contributes to a smoother more fluid-like motion on your elliptical.

Adjustable Cushioned Pedals —  The pedals on the Elite 10.7 elliptical are adjustable so you can reduce heel lift and toe numbness.  Extra cushioning helps reduce impact on your joints.

Wireless Chest Strap Included – These wireless straps help you monitor your heart rate during the workout.  This will help you stay in a prime exertion range to maximize your results.  This is about a $50 value for FREE!

6″ Backlit Display – This display is not fancy but it gets the job done!  It will display your stats for speed, time, distance, pulse, calories burned, and progress around a quarter-mile track.

Warranty — Lifetime frame, 3-Year parts, and 1-Year labor coverage.  Pretty good especially at this price range!

32 Installed Exercise Programs — This is a great selection of pre-programmed workouts for you to add variety to your daily routine.

Cooling Fan — The fan automatically adjusts to match the intensity of your workout.

Our Review — NordicTrack Elite 10.7 Elliptical

The NordicTrack 10.7 Elliptical is a great deal at only $899, but this deal won’t last.  Once the models are sold out, you will not be able to purchase this machine.  I would caution you that this particular model needs a module to fully work with the iFit Live programming. Since this requires an additional $100 purchase, those interested in iFit may prefer the NordicTrack C 9.5 for $999.  If iFit is not such a priority, then you might as well enjoy the $100 in savings and snatch up one of the last models of the Elite 10.7.

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A Solid $999 Buy with a 7″ Touchscreen Display


The NordicTrack C 9.5 is a definite value buy at $999.  It is a front drive elliptical, which means that it is more compact and easier to mount.  What makes this machine a stand-out is the 7″ Smart HD Touchscreen display, optional iFit technology, a 25 lb flywheel and a generous selection of 32 workout programs.

You are not going to find any $999 elliptical, except for the rear drive NordicTrack rear drive SE7i, with as many upgrades and leading edge technology. This is not your typical elliptical trainer, it is also a motivational fitness machine.

  WEEKEND SALE ENDS MONDAY: The NordicTrack C 9.5 is priced at $999 with Free Shipping. No interest financing available

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NordicTrack C 9.5 Elliptical Features

  • Nordictrack_C9-5_consoleiFit Coach ReadyiFit technology along with a web enabled touchscreen is a great combination. The iFit program allows you to create your own custom workout programs using audio coaching from certified trainers. The workouts increase in difficulty over an extended period to help you gain real results.  An online profile allows you to set your goals and track your progress.  In addition, the machine can sync with Google Maps to let you simulate working out on your favorite real-life routes. Also included is an iFit wearable for on-the-go tracking that can be used on and off the incline trainer. This allows you to track all your physical activity throughout the day. In addition, there is an extensive library of virtual workouts that you can view on the full color display. For example, you can walk the beaches of Hawaii, or hike the mountains of Switzerland, and in the process you get audio coaching.   What makes iFit virtual training so impressive is that your elliptical will mimic the terrain of the video by increasing the intensity of your workout. And there is more.  You get Custom Meal Recommendations based on your calorie burn and You are able to track your workouts and your progress with helpful charts and stats. Studies show that individuals that track their workouts are more likely to achieve their fitness goals.

Note: At the time of this posting, a FREE 1-year iFit Membership comes with this machine.  After that initial year, there is an addition subscription charge to use the features.

  • 7″ Smart HD Touchscreen – This is a fantastic feature that you won’t truly appreciate until you have it in front of you.  Use this screen to access your account with the touch of a finger.
  • Integrated Tablet Holder – If the touchscreen isn’t enough to keep your attention, the tablet holder will provide a safe place for you to display your additional smart device.
  • 0-20 Degree Power Incline – This machine will adjust with quick select buttons.  Increasing the incline helps you target different muscle groups for a more effective workout.  If you also want a decline feature, you’ll need to buy the more expensive NordicTrack C 12.9 elliptical.
  • 25 lb. flywheel – This is a mid-weight flywheel for Nordictrack. They have a few machines that have 28 or 32 lb flywheels, but many that have lighter wheels as well.  This will allow for a smooth and natural elliptical motion.
  • SoftTouch Upper Body Grips – These grips are easy to hold for people of various heights. Switching your arm position will also help you activate different arm muscles.
  • 32 Workout Programs – The C 9.5 comes with a generous selection of 32 installed workout programs
  • Lifetime Frame, 1 year Labor and 3 year Parts Warranty  – For comparison, the NordicTrack C 7.5 only allows for a 2 year warranty on parts.

Read an article comparing the NordicTrack C 9.5 to the Sole E25 and NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i here.

Our Review: NordicTrack C 9.5 Elliptical

The NordicTrack C 9.5 Elliptical Trainer is a budget machine at $999, which means it is best for low to moderate weight users. Still, it’s a great value in this price range with its web enabled touchscreen and iFit technology!  The 25 lb flywheel is a mid-weight wheel from NordicTrack.  They offer a few machines that have 28 or 32 lb, but many that are also 20 or 18 lbs.  A heavier flywheel helps create a smooth and natural elliptical motion.  We really like this compact little machine.  Check out a comparison chart of all NordicTrack Ellipticals here.

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The AudioStrider 990 Pro take Crosstraining to a New Level!

nordictrack-audiostrider990proThe NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 Pro has been a “Best Buy” with popular consumer magazines for the last four years in a row.  It provides fantastic incline training that adjusts from 15 degrees to a heart-pounding, cadi 40 degrees with the touch of a button.  This allows you to target lower body muscles without straining your joints.  This machine comes with a high-tech console that has 24 digital resistance levels and 30 workout apps.

It is another impressive product from a company that is known for providing more for less money.  NordicTrack is part of the world’s largest fitness equipment manufacturer, Icon Fitness. Their economy of scale gives them an edge in the very competitive fitness equipment industry.


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NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 Pro Features

nordictrack-audiostrider990pro-console24 Resistance Levels and 30 Workout Apps – This is an impressive offering of features to help you vary your workout.

15-40 Degree Power Incline Ramp – Adjusting the incline will modify the shape and size of your stride and target different lower body muscles. The stride can vary from 20-23″.  We like that this machine allows you to vary your workout so greatly.

Upper  Body Grips with In Handle Controls – Upper body grips help you target your entire body.  We like that you can put more focus on your arms if desired.  You can change the resistance and ramp incline easily using built in controls.

26 lb Flywheel – A heavier flywheel allows a smoother and more natural stride.

Adjustable Foot Pedals – Choose between three options so you have a comfortable heel-to-toe angle.  This feature helps prevent “toe numbness” common on many ellipticals.

Other Features –

  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Wireless Chest Strap included
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Transport Wheels
  • Warranty – Lifetime frame, 3 year parts, 1 year labor

Our Review – NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 Pro

The NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 Pro provides a smooth and comfortable workout.  We were impressed by its 30 workout apps, wide range of incline, and adjustable foot pedals.  They all work together to create a smooth and effective workout.  NordicTrack is known for creating machines that provide more benefit for less money.

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A New Concept in CrossTraining – Define Your Own Motion and Exercise!

FreeStride Trainer FS7i

Freestride Trainer FS5i is the entry model of the FreeStride Trainers, a technological and ergonomic breakthrough in cross training.  This unique machine design allows for free style and variable motion, which allows for several advantages over the typical elliptical.

The FS5i acts like a combination of stair stepper, elliptical trainer, and treadmill so you can work various low body muscles. This motion provides “muscle confusion” resulting in a much more effective workout.

We like this model, but feel your money would be better spent on the FS7i or FS9i models that include a longer stride length, heavier flywheels, the ability to adjust incline and more impressive interactive full color display consoles. However, if your budget is limited the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i is still impressive.

 WEEKEND SALE ENDS MONDAY: NordicTrack reduced the price on the FreeStride Trainer FS5i to $999 with Free Shipping and 30-day money back guarantee. This is the lowest they have sold this model. No interest financing available.
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Changes for the 2019 FS5i model…

NordicTrack has made the following changes on the FS5i for the 2019 season.  It now has a smaller 5″ backlit display and a 3-year parts warranty. Other than that, things are staying pretty much the same.  We definitely recommend you take advantage of the lower pricing on the older machine while it lasts!

Exercise Features – FreeStride Trainer FS5i

FreeStride Trainer FS7iVariable Motion —The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i allows you to define an ergonomic stride path of your own rather than being confined to a set pattern.  This prevents your body from adjusting to the exercise so you can cause “muscle confusion.”  The motion combines the benefits of a stair stepper, treadmill, and elliptical, working a variety of lower body muscles.  The stride length on this machine is 32″ compared to 38″ on the FS7i and FS9i models.

Upper Body Workout —Like on an elliptical, handlebars allow you to exercise your upper body.  The FS5i has integrated handle controls for ramp and resistance built into the handle bars so you can adjust your workout without breaking stride.

iFit Coach Ready— iFit Coach and iFit Coach Plus is an innovative technology only available from NordicTrack and its sister companies.  A paid subscription is required for this service.

Features include…

  • Customized Workouts –  With iFit Coach you have the ability to create daily customized workouts based on your fitness goals.  These workouts can be progressive and increase with intensity as you improve. The workouts include verbal coaching.
  • Get daily livecast fitness classes. Follow your favorite professional trainers as they lead you through intense cross-training exercises.
  • Included is a iFit wearable for on-the-go tracking that can be used on and off the incline trainer. This allows you to track all your physical activity throughout the day.
  • You have access to an extensive library of virtual workouts that you can view on the full color display. For example, you can walk the beaches of Hawaii, or hike the mountains of Switzerland, and in the process you get audio coaching.   What makes iFit virtual training so impressive is that your resistance on the FS5i will mimic the terrain of the video.
  • Custom Meal Recommendations – Provides recommendations for custom meals based on your calorie burn
  • Get expert advice for better sleep
  • Track your workouts and your progress with helpful charts and stats. Studies show that individuals that track their workouts are more likely to achieve their fitness goals.

Mechanical Features

nordictrack fs5iOversized Cushion Pedals – Extra long and extra wide pedals with grooved cushioning are great for a relaxed and stable foot grip.

OneTouch Console Controls – The console is well designed and allows you to switch between 22 resistance programs.

5″ Backlit Display – This is nothing too exciting but it works fine.  If you are interested in a web enabled color touchscreen, you’ll need to spend more money on the FS7i or the FS9i machines.

16 Lb. Flywheel — A heavier flywheel gives the motion a smooth and natural feel.  This is one of the areas where the FS5i and FS7i differ.  The FS7i has a 20 lb flywheel.

Center Drive — This design reduces the frame size to half the size of a typical elliptical.  It also creates greater stability.  The FreeStride Trainer FS5i is 68″ compared to a machine like the Sole E95 elliptical that is 83″.

Incline – The FS5i does not have any incline feature.  If you want to incline from 0 to 10%, check out the FS7i.  Or incline AND decline -10% to 10% with the FS9i model.

Other Features Include…

  • Water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels
  • Lifetime frame, 3-year parts and 2-year labor warranty.
FreeStride Trainer FS7i - Read our full review here.

FreeStride Trainer FS7i – Read our full review here.

Our Review – NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i

There’s no doubt that the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer series have some fantastic benefits over typical ellipticals.  The unique motion targets more muscles in the lower body providing an effective workout.  Plus, the smaller footprint takes up less space in your home and the iFit technology provides great motivation and fitness tracking.

While this is a great machine, it might be worthwhile to spend around $500 more for the FS7i.  You will be getting an incline feature, heavier 20 lb flywheel, and 7″ Web-Enabled Color Touchscreen.  Plus, the stride on the FS7i machine extends 6″ farther for a 38″ length.

 As for which specific model is better … you should definitely take a look at the FreeStride Trainer FS7i and FreeStride Trainer FS9i.  They each offer slightly different features at various prices.  Depending on the current sales that are going on, you can even find one of these higher models listed at a lower price!

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The video below was short recently at NordicTrack Headquarters by our Team