Thinking about the Nordictrack ACT elliptical? Wondering if it’s a good buy for you?
The ACT trainer has been a popular elliptical for over 4 years now – and Nordictrack usually updates it every few years.
The main advantage of the Nordictrack ACT is that it’s what’s known as a “center drive” elliptical. This means that instead of 1 large flywheel either out front or in back of the footpedals, you get two smaller flywheels on either side of the footpedals.
This has several benefits:
#1. You Stand More Upright On the Pedals
This more upright position tends to feel more comfortable for most people. And because you’re not leaning as much on the handrails, you may also end up burning more calories (the machine is not shouldering as much of your weight).
#2. Closer Footpedals
The pedals tend to be placed closer together with this design – which lessens the strain on your hips. This position tends to more closely mimic the natural running motion of your legs – and it feels more comfortable.
You may notice this especially if you plan on doing long workouts – which can put more of a strain on the hips.
#3. More Compact
The Nordictrack ACT takes up less space than a front or rear-drive elliptical. It’s more of a box footprint and less of a long rectangle. So if you have a smaller workout area in your home this might be a good option for you.
#4. Lower Step-On Height
Again, because of the design, these ellipticals have a lower step on height which is more comfortable for people who may not have the best footing or coordination.
The ACT trainer also has some advantages beyond the center drive design as well including:
#1. Adjustable Footpedals
You can choose from 3 different toe-heel angles to find the right fit for you (or anyone else in your home).
#2. Adjustable Stride
You can choose from 3 different stride lengths – 18, 20 and 22 inches. Again, this is a great way to customize the feel of your workout since you can choose the most comfortable fit for you.
#3. Bright Backlit Console
The console on the ACT is bright and backlit with a scrolling message board that leads you through your workout.
You also get a bracket above the console to fit your tablet. So you can watch your favourite shows or go online as you workout.
So those are some of the main benefits of the ACT elliptical. You should know that there are currently 3 different models on the market – the ACT, ACT 7 and ACT 10.
Each one has the same basic design. But the ACT 7 and the ACT 10 have a few more upgraded entertainment options. The ACT elliptical however comes in (usually) under $1000 – which makes it very popular with buyers on a budget.
So it really depends on what you’re looking for.
No matter what you decide to do, remember to take your time, listen to your body and only do what you can while working out. Good luck!