NordicTrack AudioStrider 900 Elliptical Trainer Review

We have not yet had the opportunity to properly review the NordicTrack AudioStrider 900 Elliptical Trainer, but hope to be able to very soon.

The NordicTrack AudioStrider 900 elliptical trainer boasts an impressive amount of features at a price where you wouldn’t expect to find them.

These include a powered incline ramp up to 30o usually found only in trainers costing over £1,000. So you can literally work your butt off – plus your calves and legs by just pressing a button on the console.

The MP3 station and speakers is a nice touch so you don’t catch the headphone wires with your hands whilst training. Music is for many an important part of a workout and the sound from the built-in speakers is good.

The speakers are also used by the iFit programmes – a sort of virtual personal trainer. They control the machine to take you through a series of levels of difficulty, it will also talk to you giving you step-by-step instructions via the built-in speakers on the console.

The AudioStrides comes with 20 personal trainer programmes including two heart rate controlled programmes that help you stay in the fat-burning zone by matching the machine’s resistance to your pulse, if it slows down it increases the resistance, if it gets too high it will lower it. The combination of 15 different resistance levels and the incline function provide plenty of variation to work either on your aerobic fitness, building strength, lose weight and burn fat.

You can buy extra iFit workout cards that just slot into the front of the console, they retail for around £25, you can see examples of elliptical trainer programmes here at SweatBand.com who sell them for £17.99.

The 9kg flywheel gives a very smooth ride and the longer 18″ stride length delivers a true elliptical pattern to work your muscles whilst being kind to your joints.

Nordic claim this is a light commercial grade trainer and we have to agree that although lightweight, the steel frame has a solid feel to it. In fact, its maximum user weight is 23 stone which goes to show just how sturdy it is!

Our score : 7.5 ( out of 10 ) Still a good buy if you can get it for under £600.

Best Price

The NordicTrack AudioStrider 900 is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Review Summary - In Brief

This is a foldable trainer so if space is a little tight a folding machine can be useful as you can reduce its length and slide it away out of sight. The folding mechanism is well-designed so it was easy to operate. Moving the machine around is pretty straight forward thanks to the built-in transport wheels fitted at the front and the lightweight structure, it can be moved either folded or fully extended. Ease of portability can be a major factor in choosing a trainer because if you're not feeling too motivated to train, the thought of struggling to get your trainer into place may be enough to put you off! If it's easy you've got no excuse :0) And finally, the AudioStrider 900's extensive warranty covers the frame for life and everything else, parts and labour, for two years.

NordicTrack AudioStrider 900 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 195 (L) x 66 (w) x 195 (H) cm
  • Folded: 121 (L) x 66 (w) x 195 (H) cm folded
  • Machine weight: 115 kg
  • Max. user weight: 148 kg / 23.2 stone

NordicTrack AudioStrider 900 Elliptical Trainer - Console / Display Unit

Click here to visit Sweatband's website to see larger image. The console (see left) has a backlit high resolution LCD display and was clear and easy to read. You can see all the usual data relating to your session such as your speed, time per session, distance travelled, calories burnt, a carb gram counter and your pulse rate. From our experience of working with many clients knowing this information can help when you're getting tired. To see how many calories you've burnt and how far you've gone can inspire you to keep going to the end of your programme. The one-touch buttons to select the resistance level (there are 15), incline, or select a programme make for an easier workout as you don't have to scroll through the options as on some trainers. The console also has a built-in fan with four settings to keep you cool and is one of the few fans we've come across that is effective.

NordicTrack AudioStrider 900 Elliptical Trainer - User Reviews

The Pros

  • iFit Workout Cards, polar chip, smooth action, incline facility, iPod station, design and folding mechanism.

The Cons

  • Lately we've heard of a fault with some machines but our users have yet to report anything, discontinued model.
NordicTrack AudioStrider 900 Elliptical Trainer Reviewer Ratings

Best Price

The NordicTrack AudioStrider 900 is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Also see our Elliptical Cross Trainer Comparison Table

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