NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer
FS7i Review

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i 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 38 inches. This allows the user to take short up-and-down steps, smooth elliptical-like strides, or stretch a wide running gait. Additionally the incline can be adjusted to allow targeting of specific muscle groups.

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 home wireless internet connection and subscription to iFIT which is sold separately.

Other highlights include: web enabled touch-screen, integrated hand controls, wireless chest strap, cooling fan, over sized cushion pedals, and a sound system 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.

It's available at a discounted  price from NordicTrack

Here's a list of the main features:

... 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, 38-inch strides.

... workout programs

The trainer has 35 inbuilt workout programs. Each workout has been produced  by a certified personal trainer to help maximize the benefit from your workout session.

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

... web enabled touch screen

The console on this trainer has a color, web enabled, touch-screen display. You are able to view your workout stats, or your favorite websites on the 7-inch full-color touch screen.

Many people like to be entertained during their workout as they realize that this will inevitably increase their time on the machine and so increase the calories that they burn.

The user is able to navigate their workout stats with a touch of a finger or go online to check email, or  participate in social networking.

... 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 24 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.

... incline control

The trainer allows the user to adjust the incline which  consequently changes the shape of the user's stride enabling different muscle groups to be engaged.

The incline can be  adjusted within the range 0 to 10 degrees using the  "OneTouch" buttons on the main control panel or the auxiliary controls situated on the handle bars.

... in-handle controls

The user is able to adjust the intensity of the workout using control buttons built into the upper body arms.

The left hand upper body grip has UP / DOWN buttons to control the incline while the right hand upper body grip has buttons to control the resistance.

... 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.

... iPOD connectivity

An iPOD compatible music port is associated with a built-in music system. The user is able to plug in their iPOD (or any other MP3 player), into the music port located on the control panel and enjoy listening to music or an audio book title.

… warranty details

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i is covered by a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5 years parts and 2 years labor.


  • 35 Workout Programs
  • 24 Digital Resistance Levels
  • Center Drive Design
  • Floating Suspension System
  • Web Enabled Touch Screen
  • iFIT Enabled
  • Auto Adjustable Stride Length
  • Power Adjustable Incline
  • Integrated Handle Controls
  • Oversized Cushion Pedals
  • Wireless Heart Rate Chest Strap
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Transport Wheels


  • Incline: 0 to 10%
  • Stride Length: up to 38"
  • Flywheel: 20 lbs
  • Max User Weight: 375 lbs
  • Footprint: 68.4" L X 28.5" W X 62" H
  • Warranty: Frame (Lifetime)

                         Parts (5 yrs)

                         Labor: (2 yrs)

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Stop searching, Stop hesitating, Stop procrastinating!! THIS IS THE MACHINE TO BUY!!

We put off our purchase for several weeks wondering what this machine could do, and how it actually works!! That was time wasted.This FreeStride Trainer FS7i is UNREAL.

I never write reviews on any purchases, however this time I will.

This will change your life in so many ways. It is the MOST versatile machine I have ever had the pleasure of using.

It only takes one or two workouts to get familiar with all the different stride variations, but once you do, its game on!!

The iFit is a MUST purchase as well. Do yourself a favor and purchase iFit!! It makes the workouts so competitive and enjoyable.

AGAIN - This machine is a MUST purchase!! We are so pleased with our decision. It is so well made and the design is ingenious!!

Easy set up and I really like the ease of use. Very versatile and easy on the joints.

You can create your own workout or use the preloaded ones.. Enough variety so you just mix and match...

This is the best thing I have ever bought, I need to lose a hundred pounds, however I am also handicapped. So due to my limitations finding something I could use has been impossible.

In the 3 weeks I have had my machine I have gone from a 15 min. Mile to 10 miles in just about an hour and half.

I have not had an issues with my back and have lost 8 pounds in 3 weeks.

I can't wait to see how I look and feel 6 months from now.

This machine is amazing!

So easy to use and the stride is so nice. Love the auto adjust stride, resistance, and incline.

Could not have asked for anything more - highly recommended.

I love my new Free Strider!

I have had knee and foot problems in the past often preventing me from using a treadmill comfortably.

This machine is smooth and simple. I love being able to workout anywhere in the world with google maps. It helps keep me encouraged to continue.

I've only had it a short while but I look forward to using it every day.

It's more like an adventure than a work out.

I have been a professional trainer for 30 years and owning a Nordic Track Freestrider is the first time in my life the fun and technology of exercising out weigh everything else.