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NordicTrack Freestride Trainer Fs7i

Expert Rating:5 stars!

The Freestride Trainer Fs7i by NordicTrack is On Sale!


FreeStride Training – Defining Your Own Motion and Exercise!

FreeStride Trainer FS7i

The NordicTrack FS7i is reinventing the concept of cross training with the ability of defining your own motion and excerse. 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.

MID-WEEK SALE ENDS THURSDAY: The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i is selling for $1,999 with Free Shipping. Financing is available.

NordicTrack just released the 2018 version of their FS7i for $2,499.  We recommend you save money and buy the older model.
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Should You Buy the 2018 Model of the FS7i?

Comparing the 2017 and 2018 FS7i Consoles

Comparing the 2018 (left) and 2017 (right) FS7i Consoles

NordicTrack just released the 2018 version of the FS7i at a substantial price increase.  The main difference for this machine is in the console display.  The newer model now lists a “smart HD touchscreen” which means it does not have web browsing capabilities.  In addition, the newer model is now going to require a 1-year iFit Coach subscription.  We definitely recommend you buy the older 2017 model with a web-enabled touchscreen while it lasts!

Exercise Features – FreeStride Trainer FS7i

  • FreeStride Trainer FS7iVariable Motion — The FreeStride Trainer FS7i lets you set your stride path so that it works best with your body. This is better than being locked into a set pattern.  When your exercise follows a set pattern, as is the case on an elliptical trainer or a treadmill, your body adjusts and consequently the benefits are minimized.  With the “FreeStride” motion you have “muscle confusion”, where you confuse your muscles with variation.  The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i lets you simulate exercising on a stair stepper, elliptical trainer and a treadmill.  This allows you to target various lower body muscles.
  • 38” 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 38”, so you define the length of your stride not the machine.  The  38” stride length is also advantageous for multiple users of various heights.
  • Incline Feature – To further enhance your workout you can incline the motion of the Freestrider Trainer FS7i. This gives the benefit of further targeting additional lower body muscles and cranking up your cardio burn.
  • Upper Body Workout — Like an elliptical trainer you have handlebars to simultaneously exercise your upper body.  To mix up my workout and target different muscles, we typically will alternate our resistance exercise between legs and arms.
  • iFit Live CompatibleiFit Live is a patented motivational technology, which is only found on Icon Fitness products, the parent company of NordicTrack. Another brand that carries this technology is ProForm.  There are numerous benefits and features to iFit Live, although there is an additional cost for this service. In a nutshell your NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i is able to communicate through Wi-Fi to the Internet.  Then through your personalized account you can…
    1. Create customized workout routines focused progressive and include audio coaching.
    2. Trace routes on Google Maps and the Freestrider Trainer FS7i will simulate the terrain.
    3. Upload videos of famous landscapes and cityscapes to your FreeStride Trainer.
    4. Your exercise stats are downloaded to your account where you can track your progress.

Check out a comparison article for the FreeStride Trainer FS7i and FS9i models here.

Mechanical Features

FreeStride Trainer FS7i Display7” 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.

Other Features Include

  • Water bottle holder
  • Fan
  • Speakers and MP3 input.  The sound is better than found on most fitness equipment.
  • Heart rate monitoring with wireless chest strap
  • Oversize cushioned foot pedals.
  • Lifetime frame and motor, 5-year parts and 2-year labor warranty.  Standard coverage at this price range.

Our Review – NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i

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.

Customer Review of the FreeStride Trainer FS7i

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.

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

2 thoughts on “NordicTrack Freestride Trainer Fs7i”

  1. Dale Stimac

    Do you pay additional money to use the fit account and the internet? Also does this work well when sharing with different heights? So someone who is 5’3 and the other person is 6’1


    1. administrator Post author

      Hi Dale,
      IFIT Live does have an additional cost. No problem with varying height individuals using the Freestrider.


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