Are you looking for an alternative to the treadmill? Perhaps you have considered the elliptical. These treadmill alternatives are great for people who want to exercise in a low-impact way or those who wish to save space. The NordicTrack FreeStride trainers are compact and can fit in most home gyms.
They can be used for multiple purposes. The FS14i, which is the top-spec model of the series, can be used as an elliptical or stepper. This unit is called a 3-in-1. It can be used as an elliptical, stepper, or treadmill, depending on the way the paddles are moved. There are many similarities between this model and the other models in the series. Each FS7i and FS10i have a 20-pound central drive, a 32-inch auto-adjustable stride and the same compact footprint of 58.5 by 29.5 inches.
The FS14i is different from other models due to a few things. The FS14i has a 14″ HD touchscreen that you can use for iFit (free for a year). It also includes power decline (such as the FS9i, currently out of stock). The machine has a multi-power fan that can be set to four different settings: low, medium, high and auto. Find out more about the FS14i and why we recommend it over other units from the FreeStride Series.
NORDICTRACK FREESTRIDE TRAINER FS14I TREADMILL – KEY SPECS:
- Star Rating: 4.5-stars
- Motor: n/a
- Incline: -10% – 10%
- Running Area: n/a
- Folding: No
- Top Speed: n/a
- Weight Capacity: 375 LBS
- Dimensions: 58.5″ L x 29.5″ W x 74″ H
- Built-In Programs: 35
What We Like:
- Low Impact: The FS14i treadmill is a great option for those who want to work out without putting too much strain on their knees.
- Multi-Purpose: Although it is difficult to say that FreeStride trainers can perform the same work as a treadmill, we agree that they are multi-purpose machines that let you try different workouts. The FS14i can be used as an elliptical or stairclimber, allowing you different muscle groups to work out. You can get a full-body workout with the help of the moving handlebars.
- Long Stride: The FreeStride FS14i has a 32″” adjustable stride that allows for nearly twice the stride as a traditional elliptical. It can be adjusted to accommodate different types of exercise and user heights. This means that it will require more space when placed in a home.
- Quiet: There 26 levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance that are quiet and smooth.
- Decline The FS14i offers power incline or decline. You can use the FS14i’s decline feature along with iFit outdoor workouts or Google Maps trails. The incline/decline mirrors your surroundings, making it a truly immersive workout.
- Touchscreen: The 14-inch touchscreen is perfect for immersive iFit workouts.
- Pedals: The large, cushioned pedals enable you to remain comfortable even during longer workouts.
- Built in Workouts: Although the FS14i website doesn’t mention a built-in workout program, there are 35 programs that can be used with iFit. This is great for cancelling your subscription after a year, or when your free iFit trial expires.
- iFit offers unlimited workout options, including video workouts with personal trainers, Google Maps trail, automatic statistics tracking and much more. The FS14i gives you free access for a whole year.
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth connectivity and audio for a Bluetooth heart rate monitor.
- High Weight Capacity The FS14i can support up to 375 lbs.
- Compact: The FS14i measures just 58.5′” L x 29.5’’ W x 75” H and is perfect for small home gyms.
- Warranty: This machine comes with a 10-year guarantee on the frame, 2 years on parts and 1 year labor.
What we don’t like:
- Resistance: The 20-pound flywheel makes it ideal for beginners in elliptical exercise.
- Price: Compared to NordicTrack’s other FreeStride Trainers there is a significant price difference. It is a multi-functional trainer.
- Stride: Although the stride length can be adjusted, it can be difficult to make the change when you are actually working out. It is best to stick with one style of workout per session.
The NordicTrack FS14i elliptical is a high-end model with a strong focus on interactive training via iFit. The FS14i is a great choice for those who want to do some cardio and introductory cross-training from home. Is it the best value model of the FreeStride Series or is it the most expensive? It depends. The FS14i may be the best choice if you are looking for the largest screen and decline to diversify your iFit workouts. We aren’t convinced these features are worth the additional dollars than the HTML7i, which is more than $1,000 less. To find the best value for your money, we recommend looking at both the FreeStride models as well as other treadmill options.
Frequently asked questions
What is the minimum ceiling height required for the nordictrack FS14i?
To reach its maximum levels, the ceiling must be at least 8 feet.
How much does the nordictrack FS14i weigh?
The product’s weight in-box is 287 lbs.
Is the nordictrack FS14i difficult to move?
Although the machine has transport wheels, it is a heavy unit that weighs in at 287 lbs before assembly.
Are there wheels under the frame to roll the nordictrack FS14i?
Yes, the unit can be moved around in your home.
Does the nordictrack FS14i make noises?
Although all exercise machines produce some noise, we found this unit to be a little louder than other units. This is especially important if you live in an apartment.
What are the main differences between the nordictrack fs10i and FS14i?
The screen for the FS10i has a 10″ screen, while the FS14i has a 14″ screen. The former features 24 levels of resistance, while the latter 26.