NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i Review

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i ReviewOverview:

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i is the premium power-house model of the FreeStride Trainer series, for which there are also the less expensive models, the FreeStride Trainers FS7i and FS5i. This model features a center-drive design and three training modalities in total: Combine the benefits of a stepper, a treadmill, and an elliptical trainer in just one, compact machine. The FreeStride Trainer series also utilizes an innovative floating suspension system, which uses belts to virtually eliminate all impact and give you one of the smoothest rides available. The FS9i has a larger stride than the FS5i at 38-inches and a larger range of resistance than the FS7i with 26 levels in total.

What makes the FreeStride Trainer FS9i a premium purchase over the other models in the series is the auto-adjustable 10 percent incline and decline, the larger 10-inch web enabled touchscreen, NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9ithe additional resistance levels, and the built-in workouts apps. The biggest appeal for most will be the addition of the 10 percent decline, which will expand the kinds of muscle groups you can tone and add a new dimension to your fitness. In addition to its versatility as three machines in one with adjustable incline and decline, the FreeStride Trainer FS9i has a small footprint, is easy to assemble (unlike many at-home treadmills), and has transport wheels attached for quick storage after workouts.

The FreeStride Trainer FS9i comes with a lifetime warranty for the frame, a 5-year warranty for the parts, and a 2-year warranty for labor, which is slightly higher than some of the other series NordicTrack sells. Overall, the FreeStride Trainer FS9i is a top-notch choice from one of the most popular series from NordicTrack that will allow a trainee of virtually any fitness level to improve their fitness.

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NordicTrack FreeStride TrainerTechnical Info:


  • Height: 62”
  • Width: 28.5”
  • Length: 68.4”
  • Item weight: Not Available
  • Max user weight: 350 lbs

Computer Features:

  • 10” web-enabled touchscreen in full color gives you access to the web so you can read email, check your social media or the news, or surf the web as you normally would during your workout
  • 38 built-in workout apps allow you to keep your training programs varied and effective and include calorie burning, intensity, and NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i Displayperformance apps designed by certified personal trainers
  • 38” auto-adjustable stride combines the benefits of a treadmill, elliptical, and stepper into one using an innovative floating suspension design
  • Complimentary wireless chest strap allows you to monitor your heart rate while you workout
  • 10% power-adjustable incline and decline adds a new dimension to your training to simulate real-world terrain
  • iFit Coach compatibility allows you to infinitely expand your workout options with additional trainers and the ability to train using Google Maps (with a subscription)
  • 26 digital resistance levels are easy and convenient to adjust using OneTouchtM controls
  • AutoBreezeTM oversized fan auto-adjusts to your speed, keeping you cool throughout your workout
  • OneTouchTM digital controls let you quickly adjust your workout without having to pause

FreeStride Trainer FS9iWarranty:

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Parts: 5 years
  • Labor: 2 years
  • NordicTrack also provides a 30-day money back guarantee

Shipping and Assembly:

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  • The FreeStride Trainer FS9i can easily be assembled at home using the provided instructions and snap assembly.

What We Love About the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i:

Power-Adjustable DeclineNordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i Decline Incline

The innovative floating suspension system in the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer series gives you the benefits of a stepper, elliptical, and treadmill, but the FreeStride Trainer FS9i comes with the added ability to incline or decline up to 10% in either direction. This is a very unique feature of an at-home gym that gives you loads of versatility in your workouts, as well as the ability to train and tone certain muscle groups that cannot be trained with the FreeStride Trainers FS7i or FS5i, thanks to the decline feature.

NordicTrack FreeStrideEntertainment Console

The FreeStride Trainer FS9i comes with the most oversized touchscreen in the series at 10 inches. If the size of the screen is important to you, this feature will help you decide if you’re choosing between the FS9i and FS7i trainers.

Other considerations:


The FreeStride Trainer FS9i comes with a 20-pound flywheel, or anchor, which is on the lighter end of the spectrum when it comes to elite trainers. Heavy flywheels are a hallmark of smooth workout experiences, however, because the FreeStride FS9i Trainer has center-drive design and the center of gravity is a bit more balanced, it should still be able to give you a smooth ride.


The FreeStride Trainer FS9i is the premium purchase of the series, but the Trainer FS7i is also a premium buy that has a lot of the same features at a much more reasonable price. If you’re looking to buy a luxury trainer that has all of the bells and whistles, but you have a smaller budget, you may want to take a look at the FreeStride Trainer FS97i before making your purchase, as it is the most popular model of the series.

Final Word on the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i:

The FreeStride Trainer FS9i is a unique, innovative and versatile premium purchase among the series of FreeStride Trainers from NordicTrack. The FS9i combines the benefits of three machines—the stepper, elliptical, and treadmill—into one with its floating suspension system, low-impact workouts, and power-adjustable incline and decline of 10 degrees. For those looking for a luxury trainer with all the bells and whistles, and the added versatility of a power-adjustable decline, the FreeStride Trainer FS9i is a solid, and popular choice. Rated 94/100.