NordicTrack Fusion CST Review 4

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Pros The Fusion CST is a unique home gym for supporting cardio and strength exercises within a seamless workout session. It’s also rare among gyms for allowing repetitions that are gentler on the body; magnetic resistance enables lower impact strength training compared with weight stack gyms and barbells, so you’ll have less chance of injury and soreness from exercise. Four sets of adjustable-resistance pulleys are on board at different heights for total body training. To help you make the most of this machine, NordicTrack delivers it with a 10-inch tablet computer. Dock the tablet to the machine at your preferred height to catch LiveCast Fusion CST studio classes, and use the tablet to take advantage of iFit Coach Plus member privileges both on and off the machine. Other accessories shipped with this unit are a wearable iFit device and a wireless heart rate monitor.
Cons The new NordicTrack Fusion CST costs the same as a high-end elliptical trainer, but it has a shorter warranty on the parts. Also, prudent shoppers might prefer to wait until this product has been on the market awhile so they can consider customer reviews.
Summary In a class by itself, the Fusion CST is an exciting new option for low-impact exercise. It can sculpt and strengthen your limbs and tone your heart, and all the training you’ll need is available on-demand via the included tablet computer with connections to LiveCast studio classes and iFit Coach Plus. We’ll revisit the Fusion after it’s been on the market for a season or two, but in this preliminary review we conclude that it will be a popular alternative to traditional home gyms and elliptical trainers too.

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NordicTrack Fusion CST Detailed Overview

Glimpse the home gym future! The NordicTrack Fusion CST gym scores a spot on our elliptical review site by sharing key benefits with elliptical machines. Basically it lets you “fuse” low-impact strength training with cardiovascular exercise: With smooth pulleys at different heights, and 20 levels of magnetic resistance, the Fusion CST lets you accomplish all your exercise objectives within one seamless workout at any intensity. World-class personal training is included too, easily accessible on the 10-inch tablet computer bundled with the machine. This revolutionary cross training home gym is now in production and will ship by the end of March 2017.

Cross training support with the Fusion CST is top notch. A special feature is the option to catch a new Fusion CST class every day, either live or on demand, with the included tablet computer. With LiveCast Fusion CST classes you’ll be virtually transported to a motivating studio gym environment to learn from world-class fitness professionals. Following these daily workouts is an ideal way to meet your cross-training needs, and it will help you understand the potential of your fitness machine. Additionally you can always access Fusion CST videos that focus on specific muscle groups or “problem areas.”

Also sold with this gym is an iFit Coach Plus subscription. Subscribers can access a library of more than 800 workout videos in diverse categories like aerobics, dance, kickboxing and yoga — all in HD and led by world-class personal trainers. Adaptive health/fitness coaching is among the many other benefits of iFit Coach Plus; the program can integrate info about your diet, daily step count, heart rate and more to make personalized recommendations throughout the day.

Unlike traditional home gyms the NordicTrack Fusion provides workout data. It arrives with a chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring, and a Watts meter on the gym indicates your output.

The retail price for NordicTrack Fusion CST home gyms is $2699. During online sales events we’d expect discounts of $400 and more. Read on for factors to consider about this unique new offer.

Our Favorite Features

  • Mixes strength training with cardiovascular exercise for efficient workouts
  • Provides eight pulleys; the longest supports a range of motion up to 95 inches
  • Pulleys have 20 resistance settings with digital control
  • Uses magnetic resistance, which is lower impact on your frame compared with weight stacks; you can exercise with lower risk of soreness or injury
  • Operates quietly compared with weight stack gym equipment
  • Includes a 10″ tablet computer for on-board LiveCast Fusion CST classes and iFit Coach Plus
  • Includes an iFit Bluetooth chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring
  • Is compact for an all-in-one home gym; takes just 42″ x 61″ of floor space

NordicTrack Fusion CST - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:None
Stride Length:N/A
Flywheel:Inertia Enhanced
Weight Capacity:N/A
Dimensions:0" L x 42" W x 61" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Retail price is above average for a home gym
  • Parts warranty is for just one year

The Bottom Line

The Fusion CST has been highly anticipated since last autumn when NordicTrack gave the fitness world a preview. It looks like an ideal home gym for those who also gravitate toward ellipticals for the sake of low-impact cross training… and with a max pulley extension up to 95-inches, the Fusion is more versatile than ellipticals too. The combination of LiveCast classes and iFit Coach Plus integration via an included tablet help make this a top home gym recommendation for luxury shoppers.

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