The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i is the mid-range model in the series, offering a large 38" adjustable stride that enables you to use the machine as an elliptical, a treadmill or a stepper. It has all of the usual features we've come to expect from the company, at an affordable price.
The floating suspension gives you the sensation of working out mid air, which is something you don't typically experience. You get a bright, 7" color touchscreen that is web-enabled, so you can surf the web or watch videos or whatever else it is you like to do online. The machine is center drive, as opposed to front or rear, which means it takes up a lot less space...plus you're centrally located as you work out which helps with balance and stability.
Let's take a look at the FS7i specs...
The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i has received great reviews since it was first introduced a few years ago. Although the series is more expensive than some of the traditional ellipticals, the fact that you get a treadmill, a stepper and an elliptical in one compact machine really justifies the price.
How does it work exactly? With the 38" adjustable stride (which is 6" longer than the newer FS5i model) you can set it at the lower lengths to create the shorter, choppier feel of a stepper machine. At the middle lengths the motion is like a traditional elliptical trainer. At the longer lengths your stride is completely opened up, similar to how it would be if you were jogging or running on a treadmill.
So the FS7i gives you all of that capability, along with adjustable resistance and up to a 10% power incline to diversify your workouts even more.
Expert reviews tend to focus on the fact that these machines are quite sturdy, with a 375 lb weight capacity and a large number of workouts to choose from. Plus, with iFit, you have access to a host of additional trainer-created programs, tracking capability and Google map integration to run anywhere in the world. (a $99 per year membership is required...but is well worth it)
The floating suspension is another aspect that experts and users like...as the pedals ride on belts rather than rails which gives you the feeling that you are floating while you train...with almost no impact whatsoever.
The FreeStriders are fantastic machines, and the FS7i probably offers the best value of all three. If you're interested in decline as well as a bigger touch screen take a look at the top of the line FS9i model as well.
The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i is a solid choice if you're interested in a machine that goes beyond the traditional elliptical to give you other workout options to target all of the different muscle groups.
In addition to the three in one capability, you get incline, a lot of workouts, a free wireless chest strap for accurate heart rate monitoring, oversized cushion pedals and easy assembly.
This one is a nice step up from the FS5i model. If you are also interested in decline capability take a look at the up-level FS9i model as well.
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.