NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Elliptical

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Elliptical

NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial Elliptical Review

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NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Elliptical

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Detailed Overview

The A.C.T. Commercial elliptical is the entry-level trainer in the Mid-Merch Commercial series of center drive trainers, offered for around $1000. Unlike the other trainers in this series, this model lacks an advanced console but it does feature iFit compatibility, module included, as well as 26 built-in workout programs and 22 digital levels of resistance.  iFit is a workout app that allows users to track workouts, store data, build their own workouts and build their own journey using Google Maps, making it easy to keep workouts fun. With the 26 workout programs built in, 10 are calorie counting programs, 8 interval workouts and 8 performance-based. Combine these programs with the CardioGrip heart rate monitoring capabilities built into the stationary handlebars, or the Polar wireless heart rate monitoring system, and users can easily track and monitor workouts every time. Just like the other models, this console also features iPod compatibility and two 2 inch Intermix Acoustics speakers. When it comes to adjustable features, this model allows users to manually adjust the stride from 18 to 20 to 22 inches. The foot pedals are also cushioned and oversized, perfect for users of all shapes and sizes. And perhaps the best feature of this trainer is its flywheel weight at 20 pounds, combined with a 350 pound weight capacity, which means an incredibly smooth workout experience. Also built with Silent Magnetic Resistance technology, and a 22 inch long design with transport wheels, this trainer is ideal for smaller spaces where noise and space are issues.

Our Favorite Features

  • Impressive flywheel weight at 20 pounds, with a 350 pound weight capacity
  • Space saving design; only 50 inches long total, with transport wheels
  • iFit module included
  • Lifetime warranty on the frame/ 2 years on parts/ 2 years on labor

NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:18-22 inches
Flywheel:23 LBS
Programs:32 workout apps
Weight Capacity:350 LB
Dimensions:54" L x 31.5" W x 64.25" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • No reading rack or accessories tray
  • No incline option
  • Backlit display is small at only 5 inches
  • Manual adjustable stride (not power adjustable)
  • Warranty on electronic parts (like console) not specified

The Bottom Line

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial Elliptical trainer is a well-priced trainer when you look at the design and drive system, but it does lack when it comes to adjustable features. However, if you are looking for a trainer that is well-built, quiet, and easy to store, and still center drive designed, this trainer is your best bet in the entire series. At $1,000 cheaper than the trainer just above it, if you are not looking for too many advanced entertainment options, this trainer is a great option. It still comes with iFit but it does lack a full color touch screen. The bottom line is that this trainer is a great deal but it could use more adjustable features as a compromise to the lack of advanced entertainment features of the other trainers in the series.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How heavy is the NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical?

The NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical weighs in at 231 lbs.

How do you adjust the stride length on the NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical?

The NordictTrack A.C.T. has a knob that you turn clockwise while simultaneously pulling outward. When the arm loosens, just align the knob over the hole corresponding to your preferred stride length, and release.

Can I use the NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical without iFit?

Yes, you can still use the built-in programs and manual function without an iFit subscription.

Where do I plug in the power cord on my NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical?

The power cord connects to the NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical in the receptacle located at the bottom front left of the machine.

How do I maintain my NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical?

To get the longest life out of your NordicTrack A.C.T., there are a few things you should do. For starters, don’t place it in direct sunlight, and keep liquids away from the machine. After each use, wipe off any sweat or other residue. Periodically clean with a damp cloth with a little bit of mild soap. Once every couple of weeks, do a thorough inspection of screws and other parts, and make any necessary adjustments like tightening screws. If you plan on an extended period of not using your A.C.T., it’s good practice to cover the machine. When you notice something is mechanically wrong, it’s best to address the problem quickly. The user’s manual will walk you through common issues, and customer support can help if needed including processing a warranty claim depending on the circumstances.

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