A New Concept in CrossTraining – Define Your Own Motion and Exercise!
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.
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!
Variable 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.
Oversized 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″.
Other Features Include…
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!
Go to www.NordicTrack.com and learn more!
The video below was short recently at NordicTrack Headquarters by our Team