NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i Review

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i combines three fitness machines in one machine with a unique floating suspension and auto-adjustable stride.

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i is unique in having the functions of three different exercise machines in one piece of equipment. In essence it combines the benefits of a stepper, a treadmill and an elliptical into a single machine.

Featuring a floating suspension design the trainer allows strides up to 32 inches. This allows the user to take short up-and-down steps, smooth elliptical-like strides, or stretch a wide running gait.

The trainer is iFIT enabled. You can access specialized workouts, track your progress, customize your training and run anywhere in the world using Google Maps. This feature requires a subscription to iFIT which is sold separately.

Other highlights include: back-lit display, one-touch console controls, autobreeze cooling fan, over sized cushion pedals, integrated tablet holder, and in-built speakers with iPOD connectivity.

The machine is covered by a warranty which offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5 years on all parts and 2 years labor.

Here’s a list of the main features:

… workout programs

The trainer has 32 in-built workout programs. Each workout has been produced  by a certified personal trainer to help maximize the benefit from your workout session.

These workouts will assist you in achieving your fitness goals whether it be to lose weight or tone up.

… three separate functions

Offering the user tremendous variety in their workout, this trainer combines the benefits of a STEPPER, an ELLIPTICAL and a TREADMILL in a single piece of equipment.

The equipment has been designed to adapt to the way the users moves. The floating stride mechanism offers training that ranges from short up-and-down steps to long, 32-inch strides.

back-lit display

The control screen on the treadmill features a 7″ back-lit display. This display tracks the following parameters: Calories, Calories per Hour, Distance, Pulse, Resistance, RPM, Speed, Time.

Additionally there is a built-in running track display that shows your progress in a track-style format.

A “Workout Intensity Bar” on the display allows you to monitor the approximate intensity level of your current workout via graphical segmented bar on the display.

… center drive design

The trainer is based upon a center drive design. Placing the drive mechanism in the middle of the equipment allows for a greater feeling of stability when exercising.

This type design also allows for a smaller footprint than that of conventional, front or rear drive elliptical machines.

… floating suspension

The floating suspension design on this trainer rewards the user with a smooth, unconnected movement with very little impact.

This is achieved by the way in which the pedals drive the crank. Instead of the usual solid levers that transmit the users’ movement to the crank, this design uses a system of rubber belts.

This unique arrangement allows for total control of the users’ stride length and an ergonomic stride path that conforms to the users’ movement.

… digital resistance levels

This trainer makes it easier to burn calories and increase your muscle tone by allowing the user to increase or decrease the amount of resistance that is applied to the equipment’s motion.

There are a total of 22 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.

… iFIT enabled

This trainer is iFIT enabled with an iFIT module already built into the console. This feature provides the following benefits:

  • MAP: Exercise anywhere in the world with Google Maps
  • TRAIN: Download workouts to help with your fitness goals
  • TRACK: Upload your workout data to monitor your progress.
  • GOAL: Custom tailor workouts to your specific goals.
  • VIDEO: Watch high definition videos with simulated workouts.
  • WEIGHT LOSS: Download sets of weight-loss workouts.

It should be noted that this feature requires a home wireless internet connection, and membership to iFIT.COM which is sold separately.

… cooling fan

A vigorous workout can leave you leave you feeling hot and sticky, but the integrated workout cooling fan on this model can help you keep cool while exercising.

The console mounted “AutoBreeze” fan automatically adjusts it’s output to the speed of the workout so that the user receives more cooling air when it’s required.

… in-built speakers

The control console contains an audio speaker system connected to an iPOD compatible music port.

The user is able to plug in their iPOD, or any other MP3 player, into the music port and enjoy their favorite music or audio book title.

… warranty details

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS5i is covered by a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5 years parts and 2 years labor.


  • 32 Workout Programs
  • 22 Digital Resistance Levels
  • Center Drive Design
  • Floating Suspension System
  • Auto Adjustable Stride Length
  • Back-lit Display
  • iFIT Enabled
  • Soft Touch Upper Body Grips
  • Oversized Cushion Pedals
  • In-built Speakers
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan 
  • Integrated Tablet Holder
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Transport Wheels


  • Stride Length: up to 32″
  • Flywheel: 16 lbs
  • Max User Weight: 350 lbs
  • Footprint: 68.4″ L x 28.5″ W x 62.0″ H
  • Warranty: Frame (Lifetime)

                         Parts (5 yrs)

                         Labor: (2 yrs)

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