FreeStride Training – Defining Your Own Motion and Exercise!
The NordicTrack FS7i is reinventing the concept of cross training with the ability of defining your own motion and exercise. NordicTrack has been pushing this model heavily so we were happy to have the opportunity to review the NordicTrack Freestride Trainer FS7i when we visited their headquarters.
The combination of the promotions and the word of mouth have made this machine one of NordicTrack’s hottest sellers. The concept behind the FreeStride Trainer FS7i is that you have both a free style and variable motion, which offers numerous advantages over your typical elliptical trainer. Similar models are the FreeStride Trainer FS9i and FS5i.
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32” Stride Length — With an elliptical trainer you are typically locked into a 20” stride length, and once again your body adjusts. With the FS7i you have the ability to stretch your stride to a lengthy 32”, so you define the length of your stride not the machine. The 32” stride length is also advantageous for multiple users of various heights.
Note: At the time of this posting, the FS7i comes with a FREE 1-year iFit Membership with your initial purchase. This is a great value!
7” Smart HD Touchscreen – This display provides brilliant feedback on your stats and full color interaction with iFit Live. This does not include web browsing capability.
20 Lb. Flywheel — The heavy weight of the flywheel gives the motion a smooth and natural feel.
Center Drive — Because the mechanics are located in the center of the machine and not the front or rear, it is more compact. The FreeStride Trainer FS7i has a length of 68”, in comparison to, for example, the Sole E95 elliptical trainer which is 83”. Read more about the differences between front, rear, and center drive machines here.
Incline and Resistance Controls in Moving Handelbars – We particularly like this feature. You can change up the resistance and incline without having to release the handlebars, which means you don’t have to break your stride to make adjustments.
Easy Assembly — The company states that their “Snap Assembly” design will cut the assembly time in half. We have not assembled a FreeStride Trainer, so we cannot confirm this, but anything that makes assembly fitness equipment easier is a blessing.
See a complete comparison chart of all NordicTrack Ellipticals here.
There are several commercial fitness equipment companies that are offering a similar type of variable, free stride machine in health clubs. Typically, when a user first gets on one they find them awkward, but before long they are addicted and the machine becomes their fitness equipment of choice.
The company told me the feedback has been very positive, and as mentioned, the FS7i FreeStride Trainer is one of NordicTrack’s biggest sellers. We like the ability to define your stride length and motion to your preference, but when you combine those features with the full color web enabled monitor and motivational, you have a winning formula for achieving your fitness goals. You may also wish to check out the NordicTrack FS5i and FS9i.
I have had an elliptical in the past, we were in the market for a treadmill after checking out what Nordic track had To offer this was the best of both. I love that you can change the motion and direction of your step or stride on the fly. It makes for a better work out without over doing any particular muscles. Keeps the workout fun! Don’t take long to work up a sweat and know you are getting your money’s worth.
Go to www.NordicTrack.com and learn more!
The video below was short recently at NordicTrack Headquarters by our Team