Trying to decide between the Nordictrack Freestrider trainer vs an elliptical? How are they different? And which is the better option for you?
While the Freestrider is extremely popular – and does give you some impressive benefits over the standard elliptical, it may not be right for everyone.
Here is a rundown of the main differences between them to help you make a more informed decision:
#1. Stride Length
Stride is the furthest distance between the elliptical pedals. You want a decent stride length since a short stride (often found on cheaper ellipticals) can feel jumpy and uncomfortable.
A short stride will also not work your leg muscles fully – so you don’t burn as many calories.
While most quality ellipticals have a set stride length of 18 – 20 inches (which is fine for most people), the Freestrider gives you something better – a completely adjustable stride. In fact you choose the stride length based on how you push down on the pedals.
So you can do short stepping motions or longer running strides or even longer hurdling motions. You can get strides of up to 38 inches with the Freestride trainer – something you don’t get with an elliptical.
The Freestride trainer comes with a center drive design – which puts you in a more upright position on the trainer than most front or rear drive ellipticals. This can feel more comfortable and natural for many people.
Also, the floating suspension system on the Freestrider is different from the traditional crank-connected pedal on most crosstrainers.
It’s extremely low impact and feels almost like you’re floating on air. But you still get the challenge of resistance levels on the Freestride trainer that you are used to seeing on an elliptical.
Because it’s a center drive design, the Freestride trainer is more compact than most front or rear drive ellipticals. So if you have a smaller workout area, this is a great option.
#4. Entertainment Options
The Freestrider does come with iFit LIVE – which means you can run trails all over the world and watch real landmarks pass you by in the console screen.
However it’s fair to note that several other Nordictrack ellipticals also come with this option. Other elliptical brands may not offer iFit LiVE.
The Freestride trainer starts around $1800 and up – so it’s more of a premium machine. If you’re on a budget however, you may want to try a starter elliptical machine.
There are a lot of decent options for under $1000 on the market today to choose from.
#6. Does Not Fold
The Freestride trainer does not fold up. While most elliptical trainer don’t fold either, you can find a few models that fold up to save space.
So those are the main differences between the Freestrider and an elliptical trainer.
Which is best?
That really depends on you and what you’re looking for. The Freestrider trainers main benefit over the elliptical is that it gives you very long strides – and multiple strides.
So you’ll definitely be able to find a stride that fits best for you – and for your family members. You can also get a lot of great crosstraining by changing up the stride every so often – something you don’t get with a regular elliptical.
No matter what you choose, make sure to do your research, exercise at your own pace and have fun!