Thinking about a Nordictrack elliptical trainer?
Wondering if it’s the right choice for you?
You have a lot of great options these days – there are some impressive elliptical trainer brands out there.
So why would you want to consider a Nordictrack elliptical trainer?
Well, Nordictrack ellipticals give you several benefits you don’t usually find on other brands. And a lot of people aren’t even aware of them!
This post will go over 5 of those benefit and explain them in more detail to help you make a more informed decision:
5 Benefits of Nordictrack Elliptical Trainers
#1 Next-Level Entertainment Options
If you’re like me and you don’t exactly love exercising (but you love the results), this presents a problem.
A lot of people (myself included) get bored quickly just sitting on a fitness machine doing the same motion over and over.
One way to get around this?
Entertain yourself. A lot of people like to watch TV shows or movies. Some people absolutely can’t go anywhere without their phone or some kind of connection to the Internet.
Well, Nordictrack has got you covered. You can find Nordictrack elliptical trainers that have built-in web browsers so you can go online and surf the net as you run.
You can also catch up with Facebook friends or watch your favorite YouTube videos.
You can also find Nordictrack models with holders above the console to fit your tablet. So you can attach your tablet to your console and watch your favorite shows or movies as you run.
Another option? Listen to music.
Most Nordictrack crosstrainers also come with iPod docks and speakers built into the console. So you can plug in your mp3 device or phone and play your favorite workout tunes.
This is next level entertainment – and it’s great if you want to get more from your workouts.
#2 Travel the World With iFit Coach
You may have heard of iFit and wondered what it was. Well, that’s a whole other article. But I’ll try to summarize it here for you.
iFit connects your elliptical to the Internet using the Wifi in your home. From there you can run trails all over the world and watch as actual landmarks pass you by in the console or tablet screen.
You can also take fitness classes directly from your console – or run with your favorite personal trainers from the Swiss Alps to the shores of Greece.
iFit also tracks your workouts over time and you can then see how far you’ve come (which is very motivating) or even set new goals to reach.
Basically you’ll never run out of things to do with iFit – there’s always a new workout to try or a new trail to run.
#3 Freestride Trainers
Ok, let’s get away from the entertainment side and go on to a completely NEW type of elliptical. Nordictrack introduced the Freestride Trainer a few years back and it took off like a shot.
Because it basically gets around the main problem with elliptical trainers – a fixed stride path.
A fixed stride is great up to a point. But your body can quickly adapt to that motion (and thus you burn less calories). Also, if it’s not the perfect stride length for your body, it can cause a little more stress on the hips, knees and joints.
The Freestride trainer however fixes this – instead of you running a fixed stride path, you choose your own stride with the Freestrider.
These trainers have adaptable strides – of up to 38 inches! So you can do short stair-stepping strides, longer jogging strides or even longer hurdling strides, whatever you wish to do that day.
This keeps your body from adapting and it keeps the calorie burning on high.
Plus, because you adapt the stride to your body, you’ll get a more ergonomic stride with less stress on the hips and joints – which makes for a much more comfortable workout.
#4 Center Drive Trainers
Most elliptical trainers today are either front or rear-drive ellipticals. So the large flywheel is either out front of the pedals (in a front-drive design) or behind the pedals (in a rear-drive design).
However there is another type of design – the center drive design that has crept into the home market.
This has the advantage of keeping you more upright on the pedals (which feels more natural for many people). It also has the advantage of being more compact than the other types of elliptical trainers – which is great for smaller workout areas or apartments.
Nordictrack is one of the only elliptical manufacturers that makes solid, well-built center drive home trainers.
Their most famous center drive elliptical – the Commercial ACT trainer comes in at a great price and gives you the center drive benefits along with an adjustable stride of 18 – 22 inches and even the option to add iFit Coach!
The ACT 7 model takes it up one step further and adds a full-color web browser to the console (see above) for even more entertainment options.
#5 Folding Trainers
If you’re short on space, it can be tough to find a folding elliptical trainer (that isn’t flimsy and cheaply made). Nordictrack came out with their Spacesaver SE7i elliptical a few years back (also called the Audiostrider 990 elliptical) to solve this problem.
You get a strong stable elliptical trainer with a heavy flywheel for added stability. But it also folds up and away very easily. In fact you can even fold it up and store it vertically in a closet or corner of the room.
So if you’re looking for a folding elliptical trainer, this model is worth considering.
So those are 5 main benefits of Nordictrack elliptical trainers. There’s a reason these trainers are some of the best rated – and most popular elliptical machines on the market.
Which is best for you?
Well, everyone is different and has unique needs. Take your time, review the latest models on this site and you’re more likely to find a good match for you – an elliptical you’ll be using for years to come!
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