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NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i Review


It’s time to face the fact – if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, a good died is needed, but we cannot skip past exercise …exercise is a must. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have enough time in our day to run to the gym – we’re too busy living our normal life, following our normal routine, which may consist of tending to the children, working to pay bills, cooking and cleaning. For this reason, many of us skip out on exercise, then wonder why we aren’t able to lose weight. If this sounds like your scenario, have you ever considered creating a gym in your home? Creating a home gym isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg – you can easily do it on a budget and get equipment that is just as good as the type you would find in a gym.  There are so many different options you have to choose from, like the Schwinn 430 elliptical, Weslo Cadence g 5.9 treadmill, a Bowflex treadclimber and much more. While there are all of these options available, the one that is really standing out from the crowd is the NordicTrack Fs9i and for good reason!


About NordicTrack

Before you purchase something, it is always a good idea to learn about the company that designed the product. In this case, you’re looking at NordicTrack, which is a well known company founded by Edward and Florence Pauls back in 1975. The company started when Ed invented a NordicTrack ski machine in his garage in Minnesota.  Ed was an engineer and usually got home when it was dark, but every night, he worked a little extra to create the first machine.  A couple of the first machines they created were branded “Nordic jock.” Eventually, the product’s names transformed to NordicTrack, which sounds better.


An Introduction to NordicTrack’s FreeStride Trainer FS9i

We selected this machine as a good home gym, because it’s three fitness machines in one. It is capable of working as a low-impact treadmill, an elliptical trainer and as a stair climber, all in one single workout. This is much better than having to fit three of these machines in one room. For this reason, you can easily use this in a small home or an apartment.

With the thirty-eight inch long stride, you can take big steps, but if you want to train different muscle groups, you can take smaller steps – the muscle group you workout is all up to you.

The 10% decline through 10% incline is a big reason to choose the FS9i.  The machine arrives with a total of 38 programs preset – these will guide you through any fitness level. You can access these programs on a full color touchscreen that you can also use in order to surf the web.


Beyond this, you can use iFit with this machine in order to access an unlimited amount of programs – you need to have a subscription to iFit Coach for this, but the subscription is only $9.99 a month of $99 a year.  By using iFit Coach, you will be able to access workouts that have been designed by a certified personal trainer or create your very own exercise routes through Google Maps. The FS9i is capable of moving up and down in order to emulate the terrain you have picked to walk down. At the same time, there’s an interactive street view that will stream on the touchscreen.

Other perks of the NordicTrack Fs9i include a sound system to play your favorite MP3s and a wireless heart rate monitor.

Finishing it all off, you have a good warranty nesting behind the NordicTrack Fs9i. 


What We Like about the NordicTrack Fs9i

There is no denying the fact that the NordicTrack FreeStride FS9i Trainer is packed full of amazing elements – all elements that make it stand out from the crowd. Overall, this is a smooth-running machine that has aimed a large amount of positive feedback from thousands of users. In this section of the review, we’re going to point out some of those positive vibes …

Easy to Assemble – If you have ever put a fitness machine together, you probably know just how big of a headache it can be. Many machines can take hours just to put them together and for this reason, many people choose to pay a service fee to have the machine put together for them. With the NordicTrac FS9i, believe it or not, there is no need to pay a fee, because it really is easy to put together. In fact, you’re not going to believe this, but it will take around 10 minutes to get it fully assembled. The snap assembly makes all of this possible.


38 Workouts – There’s 38 workouts pre-programmed on this machine.  You can choose these workouts to target goals for speed, calorie burn and incline training.

iFit Enabled – This machine is iFit enabled and that is good news because through iFit Coach, you will have access to an unlimited amount of workout programs, high quality videos and much more.What we like about iFit is how you get to use Google Maps and you can easily track your fitness activity.

Three-in-One – The fact that the Fs9i is a three-in-one machine is a major bonus and a big reason why we recommend it as a home gym. With this machine, you have the work of three fitness machines, all in one. This is much better than buying a stairclimber, elliptical machine and a treadmill and trying to squeeze it all in one room. You can easily combine all of these workout types in one session, without even stepping off the machine.

Web Console – Another big hit would be the web console. This is a 7” web-enabled touchscreen that makes it convenient to browse social media, read email and even stream your favorite music, all while you’re working out on the Fs9i.

Auto Incline/Decline – The automatic incline/decline is a useful feature that makes it so that the machine simulates outdoor training. This option helps you workout different muscle groups. The pedals are capable of adjusting up and down in order to follow the preset programs or to match the iFit workouts you have chosen, this includes paths you have set in Google Maps. Exercising on an incline/decline is a great way to tone your muscles and it keeps exercise interesting, which is a major bonus. It can also help speed up your calorie burn and relieve stress on your joints.


Long Stride – With the 38 inch stride, the FS9i is great for adults of any height.


Low Impact – This machine has its pedals so that it moves over suspended belts. This gives you the feeling that you are “walking on air” and puts less stress on you.

Resistance – This machine has a 20-pound flywheel, which is pretty good. This flywheel offers its fair share of resistance for low impact cardio training, weight management and muscle toning.

Handle Controls – There’s controls built-into the handlebars, making it so that you can easily adjust programming.

Transport – When it comes to machines like this, we always look for transport wheels, because when we’re done using the machine, we like to slide it to the corner of the room. The Fs9i comes with transport wheels, so you can easily move it when you’re done.


What We Don’t Like about the NordicTrack Fs9i

When we write our product reviews, we always write them with an open mind. During this time, we take a look at the positive comments, as well as the negative comments.

Our product reviews always consider disadvantages, but in this case it’s not easy to complain. Here are factors you might not like.

The price is one of the biggest complaints we could find about the NordicTrack Fs9i. However, in all actuality, we believe the price is good because of everything you receive with this machine. With this machine, you get three-in-one – go ahead and add up the price you would pay for a top of the line treadmill, stairclimber and elliptical machine, then you’ll see that the price really isn’t that big of a deal.



If you’re looking for a good machine that is comfortable and fun to use during your workout routine, then the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i would be a good option – we highly recommend this. With this machine, you’ll get three machine in one – a treadmill, elliptical trainer and a stair climber. It requires minimal maintenance, is loaded with engaging programming and all of the parts are under warranty for up to five years.

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