NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Elliptical Review

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NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Elliptical Rating

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NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Elliptical Detailed Overview

The new FS7i (sale priced at $1,999 and boasting a 7” HD touchscreen for iFit Coach) is the second of three NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers to hit the market. It falls between the FS5i (which has older screen technology) and the FS9i (which has a larger monitor). All three models are center drive ellipticals with uniquely long stride options. These new FreeStride Trainers all offer stride settings from zero to 38 inches and feature 20-pound flywheels for resistance. Pretty strong machines overall and the FS7i might be the most balanced of them all.

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer

On the FS7i you can add up to 10 percent incline for extra calorie burn and muscle toning. The variety of stride lengths and slopes allows this machine to excel both as a stepper and as a standard elliptical. Oh and  since you can also make adjustments to take longer steps, the FS7i can function as a treadmill alternative. That’s like purchasing three exercise machine in one.

Better than a treadmill in some respects, the FS7i allows low impact exercise at any intensity. As a resistance trainer, the machine offers two dozen choices for intensity. Throw in moving handlebars, and you get a machine that will exercise more areas of your body than any treadmill could ever dream of.

Other features include a wireless heart rate monitor, an iPhone-compatible audio port with built-in stereo speakers, a tablet holder, a bottle holder, and an AutoBreeze workout fan. Any FS7i purchase includes a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame, as well five years on parts and two years on labor.

Our Favorite Features

  • 38 inch adjustable stride combined with power incline that allows the machine to support many workout styles.
  • 7” color touchscreen offing an attractive workout display with a built in web browser.
  • iFit Coach enabled to access hundreds of pro-designed workouts, virtual exercise with on-screen personal trainers, and unlimited Google Maps workout routes with interactive scenery.
  • Wireless heart rate monitor with Bluetooth chest strap to keep track of your ticker.
  • Pedals move through belts instead of gliding along rails, allowing ultra-smooth motion.
  • Center drive design that supports your balance while keeping the machine size smal.l

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:5-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0 - 10% Power-Adjustable
Stride Length:38 inches
Flywheel:20 LB
Programs:35 Workout Apps
Fan:Yes
Weight Capacity:375 LB
Dimensions:68.4" L x 28.5" W x 62" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • The standard handgrips don’t allow variance in upper-body exercise.
  • The maximum resistance of 20 pounds is fairly light for this price point.

The Bottom Line

The FS7i is a strong option in it’s price class for anyone seeking a machine that offers a variety of lower body workout styles. A good machine for low-impact cardio exercise with light to moderate strength training. Also ideal for anyone planning to take advantage of the digital training options available. Not for luddites or anyone who focuses on upper body training.

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8 Comments

  • Romana May 20, 2019 at 11:11 am
    Hi, what ceiling heigth do I need for the FS7i, if the tallest Person that will use it is 6 feet? Thanks
    • EllipticalReviews May 21, 2019 at 6:46 pm
      Hi Romana, the pedals on the FS7i are about a foot off the ground. To use the elliptical safely, an 8 foot ceiling would be ideal for someone who is 6feet tall.
  • Corey April 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm
    Lately, I started to notice that I was gaining weight, and I just wasn’t very motivated to exercise, so I kept packing on the pounds. At that point, I decided that it was time to do something about my sedentary lifestyle, so I started looking into elliptical machines that would fit in my home. When I came across the NordicTrack FS7i, I was immediately drawn to the fact that you can use this one machine as a stepper, elliptical, and treadmill. But the real test would come once I got it home and gave it a try. I’m happy to report that I really enjoy this machine, and that its performance so far hasn’t been disappointing. The strides are smooth, it provides a fantastic cardio workout, and the iFit app is a wonderful way to make exercise fun.
    • Elliptical Reviews Pros April 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm
      Hi Corey, thank you so much for sharing this. We are so happy to hear that you are embracing this new lifestyle and enjoying the NordicTrack F27i. Keep up the great work!
  • Travis April 16, 2019 at 10:25 pm
    When I started shopping around for an elliptical, I knew it wouldn’t be easy to find a product that would be high quality at an affordable price. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I found this NordicTrack product and read all of the specs and positive reviews on it. I have to admit that, when it comes to running on an elliptical, I’m a novice. I am used to going out for jogs in the great outdoors, but wanted to have a machine at home that would allow me to get every workout in, regardless of the weather outside. This elliptical gives me the support that I need, especially on my joints, thanks to the range of stride lengths. And the iFit feature really does help keep things fun and interesting when I’d otherwise be pretty bored staring at the wall while running on the machine. Thanks to this single product, I’ve been able to stay on my workout schedule, without having to resort to using a gym. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it!
    • Elliptical Reviews Pros April 18, 2019 at 2:36 pm
      Hi Travis, thank you so much for sharing this with us. We are always happy to hear that customers have been able to embrace a new lifestyle with their machines. Keep up the amazing work!
  • K April 11, 2019 at 7:06 am
    How much room does the machine need at the back and front of the machine at a full stride before it hit anything during an exercise session? I have limited space to put this machine. Hence, the question.
    • Beth May 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm
      They told me 92 inches at full stride

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