NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer
FS9i Review

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i is the flagship model in this unique range of exercise machines. It adds a larger (10") web enabled touch screen, extra programs, extra resistance levels and a decline facility over the less expensive FS7i model.

Just like the other models in this range this trainer combines the functions of three different exercise machines in one piece of equipment. In essence this single machine is able to emulate the functionality of a stepper, a treadmill and an elliptical.

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, incline / decline, 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 38 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 10-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 26 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 FS9i is covered by a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5 years parts and 2 years labor.


  • 38 Workout Programs
  • 26 Digital Resistance Levels
  • Center Drive Design
  • Floating Suspension System
  • 10" Web Enabled Touch Screen
  • iFIT Enabled
  • Auto Adjustable Stride Length
  • Power Adjustable Incline
  • Power Adjustable Decline
  • 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%
  • Decline: 0 to -10%
  • Stride Length: up to 38"
  • Flywheel: 20 lbs
  • Max User Weight: 400 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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I am so happy with my FreeStride Trainer!

I was a little leary at first, since its new & I was not sure what to expect. Now, I look forward to the workout of the day with the ifit program!

It really gives you a great workout, I start sweating about 5 minutes into a workout. It's really easy to use, I am still learning it. I am very pleased.

My partner tells me that he can see a difference in my body since I have been using the FreeStrider, he said I look toned. Yah!!

I was using my Nordic Track Incline trainer, but the Freestride trainer is working and toning where I lacked it. Love it!

The best piece of exercise equipment I have ever used.

A GREAT Customer Service Group and Fantastic Technical Support.

I love this machine, it is a great addition to my incline trainer, that I mostly use as a treadmill.

The FreeStride Trainer gives a great workout with much lower impact then the treadmill, which is essential for us older people.

I just love it and find myself wanting to get on it even on rest days, very hard to take the rest day now.

What makes it even better is the iFit feature, I've used that for over 3 years and just love it, takes indoor workouts to a new level, which is not the ho hum boring workout that indoor machines use to be.

Love it, love it, love it

Sturdy, smooth, challenging!!!

Love the "trips" I take and the progress I can see!

I love this machine! I have travelled all over the world on this machine with the large screen and GoogleMaps(TM).

I haven't had it long enough to see results yet, but I am enjoying the time I spend freestriding around Spain, Hawaii, Ireland, etc. so I know I will keep on striding for a long time.

Like running thru water. My knees love it.