FreeMotion Fitness ellipticals were originally part of a commercial gym product line made by Ground Zero. The brand has now been acquired by the manufacturing giant ICON Health and Fitness. It’s one of ICON’s pricer lines of residential and commercial trainers, but it also offers much better quality than the company’s ultra-cheap Weslo brand.
When it’s discounted, the residential FreeMotion 5.6 Strider can be an especially good deal. As for the company’s two commercial models, both are good quality but seem overpriced. One includes a TV that’s compatible with Cardio Theater® & BroadcastVision®.
Features of FreeMotion Elliptical Trainers
- Excellent strides – Look to FreeMotion’s 5.6 Strider for an adjustable stride of up to 35”. With each step, the user sets a short stride to target calves, a medium stride for the quads, or a long stride to work hamstrings and tone the glutes.
- Preset programs + iFit – On the 5.6, sixteen built-in programs are complemented with iFit workouts to provide highly effective personalized training. The commercial models — the FreeMotion Elliptical Basic and the Elliptical with Workout TV — have eight preset programs but not iFit.
- Good resistance – The commercial ellipticals have 20 levels of resistance. The residential 5.6 Strider has 12 resistance levels.
- Heart rate monitors – All FreeMotion ellipticals have contact sensors on the handlebars and Polar® compatible wireless telemetry.
- Upper body exercise – Movable handlebars help users define the arms, shoulders, back, and torso.
- Saves energy – Fitness clubs can save on energy by using the FreeMotion Elliptical Basic. It’s powered entirely by users’ energy. However, the brand’s commercial Elliptical Trainer with Workout TV requires a power cable, as does the 5.6.
- Warranties – Residential owners of the FreeMotion Strider 5.6 get a pretty generous warranty package: a lifetime frame warranty, a 7-year parts warranty, and a 1-year labor warranty. Meanwhile, the commercial ellipticals include a lifetime frame warranty, 2 years of parts coverage, and a year of labor. This seems skimpy considering the cost of these machines and the possibility of the electronics on the workout TV becoming faulty with lots of professional gym use.
Overall Rating for FreeMotion Elliptical Trainers
The FreeMotion s5.6 elliptical is a top-notch body sculptor for home use. Its unusually versatile stride makes it stand out from the competition. However, when this model isn’t on sale, customers who are especially budget-conscious might prefer a NordicTrack. NordicTracks are also made by ICON and include some lower-priced ellipticals.
As for the commercial FreeMotion ellipticals, they fail to stand out from the competition and thus seem overpriced. The Landice E9 is a good commercial alternative with a 5-year parts warranty.