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Get Our Expert Advice on NordicTrack Models Available in Canada

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.

NordicTrack FreeStriders

The FreeStride Trainer basically liberates your motion.  Rather than having to follow a defined path like all elliptical trainers, you have the ability to define both the path and the length of the path.  For example, you can have short strides or very long strides, and you define your own vertical motion.

What are the benefits?  You can target more muscle groups and potentially get more definition to your body.  Due to this unique design, the FreeStride Trainer can simulate an elliptical trainer, treadmill or stepper.  Since coming on the market several years ago these machines have become some of the top sellers.  These are great machines for staying in shape during those cold Canada winters.

FreeStride Trainer Models

Space Saver SE7i - Read our full review here.

Space Saver SE7i – Read our full review here.

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Review

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i Review

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i Review

NordicTrack Rear Drive Elliptical Trainers

The first elliptical trainers on the market were rear drive and one of the advantages is they offer a very ergonomic workout that minimizes stress and strain to your joints.  Their two models, the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i and SpaceSaver SE9i, are designed after high end commercial elliptical trainers. Their elliptical motion is smooth and natural.  The machines are very stable and they are very simple to assemble right out of the box.  The only concern is the 18” stride length, which may be too short for some, but should accommodate the majority of users.

NordicTrack Front Drive Elliptical Trainers

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NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 – Read our full review here.

As of the writing of this review, NordicTrack had four rear drive models ranging from $800 – $1,500.  These are solid and durable machines that offer the benefit of easy mounting.  Each model offers a heavy flywheel that gives a very natural motion, sort of like running in the air.  They also all have a slightly longer 20” stride to accommodate taller users.  In numbers, the front drive machines are actually more popular than the rear drive machines due to the selection and various features.  They are also very simple to set-up out of the box.

Front Drive Models

NordicTrack C 7.5

NordicTrack C 9.5

NordicTrack C 12.9

NordicTrack Commercial 14.9

NordicTrack Center Drive Elliptical Trainers

NordicTrack ACT Commercial 10 console

10″ Web Enabled Touchscreen available on the NordicTrack ACT Commercial 10 – Read our full review here.

NordicTrack A.C.T Commercial ellipticals have been offering this unique center drive design for a number of years.  We do feel that the front and rear drive machines have a more natural elliptical stride.  Still, the one advantage of the center drive ellipticals is that they have variable stride lengths from 18” – 22”.  Plus, the A.C.T. Commercial ellipticals can accommodate several users of different heights.  In addition, the center design makes them extremely stable and easy to mount.

Features on NordicTrack Ellipticals

There are two note worthy features found on only NordicTrack Elliptical Trainers and FreeStride Trainers.

Full color touch screen displays on available on a number of their machines.  On some models when you subscribe to iFit Coach you can actually access the Internet on the elliptical as you workout.

iFit Coach & iFit Coach Plus is a motivation and inspiration technology that is designed to assist you in reaching your fitness goals.  There are too many features to mention here, but here is a short run down.

Create 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 incline trainer 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.

NordicTrack Elliptical Trainer Canada Sales – How to Buy!

FreeStride Trainer FS7i - Read our full review here.

FreeStride Trainer FS7i – Read our full review here.

It really is quite simple.  After you have checked out our reviews, you will find convenient links to the Canadian version of the NordicTrack.  From there, you can go to the product page and shop online.  Note that NordicTrack offers Free Shipping on all their models, but that can be often to the curb.  Sometimes they may drop it off in the driveway.  You may want to consider upgrading to indoor delivery because the machines are very heavy.

Regardless you which elliptical trainer model or design you buy, know that NordicTrack is the leading fitness equipment manufacturer in the world, in addition to being the most innovative.  If you are considering an elliptical trainer, NordicTrack should be a consideration.  And with their strong presence in Canada you’ll access to their Canadian sales and service network.


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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It’s hard to deny that exercise is good for you.  It’s so good…in fact…that studies are now showing that it can work just like medication for people with certain conditions. Adults and children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can have trouble paying attention, controlling their emotions or finishing tasks.  New studies are showing that an increase in exercise for this individuals can make a significant difference in how they manage their condition.

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Discover the Benefits of Ellipticals Compared to Treadmills

Regardless of what type of cardio machine you purchase, you are going to reap some serious rewards.  It is going to help you take control of your health, drop pounds, and improve your cardiovascular fitness. Now… the big question. Should you buy an elliptical or a treadmill?  Each machine has its benefits and drawbacks.  We decided to break down the main points to consider in this handy guide. Continue reading


The best elliptical reviews descriptions in the world won’t do you any good if you aren’t familiar with the basic machine.  That is why we’ve put together this handy guide for the most important components on an elliptical trainer. Continue reading


More Sleep Means Better Exercise; More Exercise Means Better Sleep!

If you are having trouble sleeping, then exercise might be the perfect way to finally catch some zzz’s.  A regular exercise routine has been shown to help people with chronic insomnia, sleep disorders, and those with poor sleep quality.

On the flip side, sleep is vitally important to athletes hoping for a stellar performance.  You should learn to take advantage of this free restorative service so your body and mind can be well-rested and energized for your workout.

How More Exercise Can Help You Sleep Better

First, let’s take a look at how exercise can influence your sleep…

An article in Psychology Today explained how hitting the elliptical trainer  for some solid sweating each day will help you sleep much better.  The quantity of sleep will improve, but also the quality of your sleep.  Daytime activity stimulates longer periods of slow-wave sleep that do the best job at restoring your body over the night.   Continue reading


5 Tips for Delicious and Healthy Beverages that Won’t Make Your Waistline Expand

Did you ever notice how common soda is in our daily lives?

Everywhere you go, restaurants, airlines, or vending machines proudly offer ‘Pepsi’ or ‘Coca-Cola’ products.  Even TV commercials dazzle us with sexy celebrities chugging down cold-ones.

Fountain drinks at fast-food restaurants or gas stations offer a variety of soda options with sometimes ridiculously large drink containers.

(Admit it, have you had a fizzinator before?)

Soda drinks have become a staple in our American diets.  They are the ‘go-to’ drinks for millions.  We drink them too often and too much.

It hasn’t always been this way…  Back in the 1950s, when these drinks first appeared, they were offered in small 7 ounce containers.  It was a special treat similar to a candy or ice cream cone. Continue reading


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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Find Out Which Elliptical Trainers Offer You the Most Value!

2017_topellipticalsThere are many different options when it comes to home ellipticals.  Your most immediate concern may be, “Which one can I afford?!”  We’ve decided to help you out a bit with our top recommendations for elliptical trainers that are under $1,000.  We ranked these machines based on their stability, durability, warranty, features, programming, and company reputation.

Many ellipticals that can be purchased at ‘big box’ stores (a.k.a. those huge fitness superstores) are made of very cheap components that don’t stand up to actual use.  Plus, these machines are often backed by almost non-existent warranties that do you no good when your machine breaks down.

Instead, we’d encourage you to spend at least $599 on one of the machines below.  All of these ellipticals come from reputable companies that use quality components, provide reasonable warranties, and deliver effective workouts.  We know this because (unlike most other elliptical review sites) we’ve actually visited the factories and tested these machines.

So… here you go… our 2017 list of top 10 elliptical trainers for under $1,000!

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Side-by-Side Comparison:  Which Vertical Elliptical is Best for You?

Bowflex MAX Trainer

The Bowflex MAX Trainer

Let’s take a closer look at the Bowflex Max Trainers and ProForm HIIT Trainers (formerly known as the CardioHIIT Trainers.)  Both machines use a vertical elliptical / stair-climber motion to allow the user to burn more calories in less time.  There are some significant differences between the models that might help you choose which will work best for your body and budget.

Ways They Are Similar