NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical Review

NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical Review
NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical Quick Recap
  • Size and Design - 90
  • Comfort & Ergonomics - 90
  • Safety - 90
  • Advanced Features - 80
  • Console - 80
  • Warranty & Maintenance - 90


Unique by design and superior in performance, the NordicTrack A.C.T. is a serious machine for serious fitness folks.

NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical

When I first heard the selling premise of the NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical- ‘more stability and smoothness in half the length’, I was immediately tempted to place an order for this machine. If you’ve read any NordicTrack elliptical reviews in the past, you’d be aware of the fact that this International Fitness Brand offers three different categories- Front Drive, Rear Drive and the Mid Mech Series. This piece of home gym elliptical obviously belongs to the Mid Mech Series, and boasts of providing you with commercial-grade features at a home price-level. All the more, its compact structure makes it way more suitable for home use than any bulky, commercial elliptical with similar features!

NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical Features and Specifications

  • 24 Variable Digital Resistance Levels with Ultra-Smooth Magnetic Technology
  • Built-in iFit Module with 32 Workout Apps
  • Dual CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitors with touch-sensors in both soft-touch handlebars, and optional wireless chest straps
  • Easily Adjustable Stride from 18 to 22 inches
  • 20-Pound Inertia Enhanced Flywheel
  • Equipped with front transport wheels; supports max user weight up to 350 pounds
  • Warranty Offered- Lifetime for Frame, 3 Years for Parts and 1 Year for Labor

Size and Design – 9/10

The compact design and portability of the NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical, is what makes it stand apart from its counterparts. Its dimensions are 50 x 35 x 60 inches approximately, and unlike other traditional front-drive and rear-drive models, this has a unique center-drive design (which implies that the flywheel and motor are located at the center) thereby saving you a lot of space! I’d also like to talk about the front wheels that make it incredibly easy to move this elliptical around when required. Stability-wise, the build and design are pretty impressive, which is expected from a fitness brand as reputed as NordicTrack. Only thing unremarkable here is that it weighs close to 250 pounds, which is as heavy as any regular home elliptical trainer!

Comfort and Ergonomics – 9/10

Be it the easy step-on height, the self-adjusting cushioned pedals or the extra-stable handrails, there’s absolutely no doubt about the fact that this NordicTrack machine happens to be one of the most comfortable elliptical trainers in the market today. Although the stride adjustment is not power-based unlike many of its counterparts, the manual stride knob is quite easy to adjust. In fact, the elliptical path (termed as home-friendly footprint by the manufacturer!) is square, relatively small and just makes much more sense when you’re of short or medium-build and have to work out in a limited space. Not to forget, the one-touch resistance control that you can seamlessly vary to 24 different levels.

Safety – 9/10

Hazing read a bunch of NordicTrack elliptical reviews before I could even purchase this home gym equipment, I was pretty much aware of the various safety nuances offered by NordicTrack. While I’ve already spoken about most of the safety features under comfort and ergonomics, I’d like to tell you about the perfect heart rate tracking mechanism, with sensors located in the handlebar as well as an optional wireless chest strap. It really prevents heart patients from going overboard, whilst burning maximum calories! The very essence of its center-drive design is that your body tunes up to fluid, low-impact motions in minimal space with maximum balance and stability! The heel-to-toe angle of the comfort pedals and meticulous traction control, are absolutely unique to this machine.

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Advanced Features and Personalization – 8/10

Take your pick, because the NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical comes pre-loaded with 26 different workout apps created by certified fitness professionals. Now 13 of these are centered on specific calorie-burning goals, while the remaining 13 are performance-oriented apps. You’ll also be glad to note that there’s an in-built AutoBreeze Workout Fan, along with speakers, an integrated tab holder and a water-bottle holder. If we talk about its hi-tech offerings, this elliptical’s iPod compatibility and the fact that it’s iFit enabled, are what make it all the more alluring. But you need to be ready to pay for that much-coveted iFit subscription separately!

Console – 8/10

Did I tell you that this NordicTrack elliptical has a great 5-inch backlit display, which makes it incredibly easy (for an ageing person like me!) to take note of all the vital stats in one glance. Distance, time, pulse, resistance, calories burned, you name it and it’s there! My teenage daughter was particularly excited when she got to know that this elliptical is iFit Compatible, which includes some fabulous options like replicating real-life terrains and runs with Google Maps, get live-trained from the best fitness pros in the world and personalize your workout exactly conforming to your goals. But the biggest bummer here, is that you need to purchase the iFit subscription separately. (I’m nevertheless happy that I got it!)

Warranty and Maintenance – 9/10

I think it’s pretty impressive that NordicTrack is offering a lifetime frame warranty, 3 years parts warranty and 1 year labor-pertaining coverage, for an equipment of this price range. And as far as any maintenance issue with my 14-month old NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical is concerned, I’ll be truthful to tell you that the pedals were creaking during when my daughter first assembled and started using it. But turns out, there was a manufacturing error and the NordicTrack Customer Service Team sent a technician to have the pedals replaced immediately!

Final Verdict – 8.7/10

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical blends modern fitness technology with scrupulous biomechanical research to yield an elliptical trainer that caters to a family’s diverse fitness requirements. Teamed with iFit, this machine is bound to motivate you with highly entertaining and target-specific workouts every single day, with no chances of monotony creeping in!

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