Nordictrack Fusion CST Review (Home Gym Comparison)

When it comes to looking after your body, working out is one of the most beneficial ways to not only increase your body’s strength but overall fitness. Whether you work out from home or a commercial gym, your body will thank you for it.  

The NordicTrack Fusion CST Home Gym is an excellent investment that merges strength training with cardiovascular workouts.  

This NordicTrack Fusion CST review is a detailed guide for buying this high-quality product that has been carefully designed for those of you looking for studio-level training in your home.  

norditrack cst with rower
  • Fusion CST 
    The NordicTrack Fusion CST is a unique machine that bridges the gap between strength training and cardiovascular workouts. It does so with a host of pulley systems and trainer lead workouts delivered via a NordicTrack tablet connected to iFit training.
  • Fusion CST With Rower 
    As with the above, the NordicTrack Fusion CST Rower works with the Fusion CST frame. This addition increases the functional movements and workouts that can be performed on the Fusion CST machine. It’ll not only get you fitter but will keep your sessions fresh.
  • Fusion CST Pro 
    If you want versatility, the NordicTrack Fusion CST Pro is on another level. It builds on the Fusion CST by adding a built-in power rack with a pull-up bar. You’ll now be able to perform barbell exercises along with the NordicTrack Fusion cables. 

Pros & Cons Of The NordicTrack Fusion CST Range 

What We Like 

  • Great trainer lead exercise classes
  • Free 10” NordicTrack tablet included
  • Bluetooth chest strap heart monitor
  • It has 20 resistance levels 
  • Small floor footprint and looks excellent in a home gym

What We Don’t Like 

  • Resistance levels don’t correlate to weight
  • Relatively short 1-year warranty
  • The cables aren’t height adjustable

Unique Features Of The NordicTrack Fusion CST Home Gym  

Home gyms like the NordicTrack Fusion CST are an excellent investment for those of you looking to keep fit and healthy. Having a gym at home is not only convenient, but it’s cost-effective too. Your whole family will be able to use the equipment, saving you from paying out hundreds of dollars a month for expensive gym memberships.  

Designed For Cardio and Strength 

When it comes to training the body, you want to work it from every angle you can. This is why the NordicTrack Fusion CST is designed to do it all, both cardio and strength training.  

Strength training is a brilliant way to strengthen your muscles and build a great-looking body. However, cardio training will complement your strength training by increasing your body’s overall fitness and lung & heart health.  

The American College Of Sports Medicine has stated that a combination of cardio and strength is the best way to keep yourself in peak condition. By allowing you to train both cardio and strength, the NordicTrack Fusion CST will take your training to the next level without you needing to leave your home.  

Wide Range of Resistance 

The NordicTrack Fusion CST resistance range is outstanding and will cover those of you who’re beginners to more advanced users. With over 20 different resistance levels, you’ll be able to progress and regress any exercise you want, allowing you to use the progressive overload principle to grow your muscles and increase overall strength.  

Each resistance level can be easily adjusted digitally using the plus and minus buttons below the Nordic CST screen. This comes in extremely useful when you’re mid-workout and your arms are a little bit shaky.  

The magnetic resistance is also a lot less impactful on the body’s joints, making it ideal if your joints need to take less of a beating during your daily workouts.  

Designed for Quietness 

The magnetic resistance flywheel is designed to provide minimal noise while you’re working out, making it perfect for working out at home, and will ensure that you don’t annoy your neighbors with the slamming down of heavy metal plates. You’ll also stay in your family’s good books by not waking them up each morning with the sound of your workouts.  

The super-smooth feel of the Fusion CST mechanism makes using the machine extremely comfortable. The cables glide with minimal sound without any bumps or grinds. Even as you increase the resistance, the machine doesn’t become any louder, unlike some NordicTrack Fusion CST competitors. 

If you want a discreet way to work out, then the NordicTrack Fusion CST is an excellent option for your home gym. 

Tech Compatible 

When it comes to the NordicTrack Fusion CST’s compatibility with tech, it’s pretty versatile. If you opt for the iFit subscription, you can link your tablet or phone to iFit and stream workout classes directly to your machine.  

The Fusion CST comes with a Bluetooth chest strap monitor that can measure your heart rate and workout intensity, giving you all the necessary data you’ll need to track your progression.  

As the Fusion CST links up to your devices, it has WiFi capability, so if you opt not to use iFit, you can follow your plan or stream music on your device.  

norditrack technology lcd monitor

Live & On-Demand Interactive Training Options 

The iFit app is in a class of its own; not only does it offer live workouts each day, but it comes with a vast collection of on-demand interactive training programs and classes.  

The classes range from beginner, HIIT training, Bootcamp, cross-training, and studio sessions, to name a few.  

While having a collection of on-demand workouts might be what you’re looking for, it could be a bit much for the average person. The beginner workout would probably be an excellent place to start, but even the beginner class will be challenging depending on your current fitness levels.  

If you’re new to working out, check out our tips for beginners. 

ifit app on nordictrack home gym

10” Tablet Included For Workouts 

The fact that NordicTrack gives you a 10” tablet for free with your Fusion CST is pretty awesome if you ask me.  

Not only will you be able to use the 10” device to stream your workouts, but you’ll be able to keep all of the feedback data from your exercise trackers on there, making it the ultimate addition to your workouts.  

The tablet is entirely independent of the Fusion CST machine, so you can use it as you would with any other device. 

Heart Rate Monitoring & Other Tracking 

If getting a 10” tablet for free excited you, then you’ll love this. The NordicTrack Fusion CST machine comes with a Bluetooth heart monitoring device that will help you track each workout and send feedback directly to your tablet.  

Chest straps are incredibly accurate when measuring your heart rate, which will help you calculate the calories you’ve burnt during a sweaty session.  


NordicTrack Fusion CST Home Gym Reviewed

Specifications

Dimensions (L*W*H)

41.5”x 59.4”x 73.7”

Weight 

378 lbs 

Footprint 

3.5’ x 5’ feet 

Total Resistance 

20 Resistance Levels 

Warranty 

Yes (1 Year) 

If you’ve been looking at investing in NordicTrack home gym equipment, then you can’t go far wrong with the Fusion CST.  

When it comes to build quality, the NordicTrack Fusion CST is a sturdy and relatively robust piece of gym kit. Its steel frame is powder-coated and will look impressive in any home gym.  

The NordicTrack Fusion CST assembly is simple, as the main body of the machine is pre-assembled, ready to be placed in your gym. I found that the NordicTrack Fusion CST manual did a great job explaining how to adjust the machine for use. 

During the NordicTrack Fusion CST workouts, the resistance is easily adjusted using the buttons or the iFit app. If you’re relatively new to working out, you will find that the NordicTrack Fusion CST resistance weight range is brilliant; you can start at level 1 and work up to level 20.  

However, the resistance isn’t going to be suitable for everybody and could be too light for those who are used to lifting heavy weight for low reps.  

The NordicTrack Fusion CST trainer lead exercise classes are up there with the best and are fully interactive (for the live classes), so you can ask the trainer questions in real-time, all through the NordicTrack Fusion CST app (iFit). 

One of my favorite features of the NordicTrack Fusion CST is the multiple functions. Not only can you work your upper body, such as your chest, shoulders, biceps, and triceps, but you can also work your lower body by using the lower set of cables. Heck, you’ll even be able to put your abs through their paces.  

It’s not often that you find a machine that can work all areas of the body one go, making it a great addition to a home or garage gym, especially for the machine’s price, which is around $2000.  

man using a norditrack cst home gym

If you’ve got a bit more to spend on your home gym, you could add the NordicTrack Fusion CST rower attachment, which will expand your exercise capability even further. Or, if you want to push the boat out, you could upgrade and get the NordicTrack Fusion CST Pro which comes with a power rack, pull up frame, and built-in Ski Erg.  

Whichever version of the NordicTrack Fusion CST you decide to buy, I believe you’ll be happy with your purchase.  


NordicTrack Fusion CST Vs CST Pro – Which Is Best?  

The NordicTrack Fusion CST Pro is a much more robust and versatile machine when compared to the Fusion CST. The CST Pro weighs around 638 lbs which is almost double, but that will be down to the additional power rack built into the machine.  

The CST Pro also has an integrated pull-up frame and a built-in Ski Erg, which is an excellent addition to have.  

However, the Fusion CST might not have these additional features, but it’s almost half the weight and is a lot cheaper than the CST Pro. So if you’re on a budget or are a beginner, then the Fusion CST will be a great place to start.  

When comparing the two machines, you should ask yourself if you really need the additional features on the CST Pro. If the answer is no, then you’d be best off investing in the Fusion CST. 


Comparisons With Other Home Gyms Brands 

Tonal Vs NordicTrack Fusion CST 

The Tonal machine is a highly slick design. It’s wall-mounted and takes up very little space compared to the NordicTrack Fusion CST.  

Like the Fusion CST, the Tonal comes with a built-in display that adds to the machine’s aesthetic; it looks fantastic.  

However, I feel the Tonal comes in at around $3000 and will set you back another $500 or so for the smart accessories such as the bench, bar, etc. While these aren’t 100% necessary, the Tonal feels like an expensive pulley system compared to the cheaper Fusion CST.  

You’ll get a great workout from both machines, but if you want a device that will offer performance over aesthetics, then the Fusion CST is the one for you. Plus, you get some excellent free features like a free tablet and heart monitor.  

NordicTrack Fusion Vs Bowflex Models 

Bowflex Revolution Home Gym (Discontinued)
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  • SpiraFlex technology works independently of...
  • Independently moving arms with 10 positions...
  • Work with up to 600 lb. of resistance with...

As with any good product in life, there will always be a competitor. Bowflex has several multifunctional all-in-one machines that are similar to the NordicTrack Fusion CST. 

All three machines offer a multitude of workout options. However, the Bowflex is more versatile, in my opinion. Bowflex falls short on the lack of integration of a screen such as a tablet.  

When it comes to resistance, the Bowflex Revolution takes the mantle. It’s designed more for somebody who wants to lift weights, whereas the Fusion CST is designed with a lighter resistance for a mix of cardio and strength.  

The Bowflex Revolution is almost $1000 more than the Fusion CST. But, at the end of the day, it comes down to your budget and what you're looking to accomplish from your workout. 


Assembling Instructions & General Maintenance Information

Before we start, I feel it needs to be said that the NordicTrack Fusion CST shipping weight is around 400 lbs. While you might be able to build it on your own, the Fusion CST manual states that the assembly requires two to three people. So it could be a good idea to have a friend or family member stand by to give you a hand.  

In preparation to build the machine, the user manual recommends placing a mat down to protect your floor or carpet during the construction. You’ll also need an adjustable wrench; all other tools are provided in the box (avoid using power tools as they could damage the equipment).  

Follow these brief instructions to set up the NordicTrack Fusion CST machine; please refer to the user manual for further instructions:  

  1. 1
    Stand up the tower (the body) of the Fusion CST and attach the top cover.  
  2. 2
    Attach both legs of the machine using the tools provided. 
  3. 3
    With the help of a partner, open the right-hand arm and secure it in place, then repeat for the left arm.  
  4. 4
    Attach the handles to all of the ropes.  
  5. 5
    Next, fix both the front and back covers to the machine and plug in the power adapter.  
  6. 6
    Lastly, head over to the NordicTrack website to register your new product. 

After a while, you might wish to clean and maintain your machine to keep it in tip-top condition. To do so, you should refer to the user manual or sign up for one of the NordicTrack maintenance service plans, which can be found on page 4 of the manual. 

With most workout machinery, it’s recommended that you perform maintenance once a year, but personally, I’ve found that it comes down to how often the machine has been used.  


NordicTrack Fusion CST Smart Connections 

iFit Connection 

The iFit app can be downloaded to your devices (including the tablet that comes with the NordicTrack). From there, you’ll be able to access any of the iFit workouts that are compatible with your NordicTrack Fusion CST.  

Having an easy-to-use app will make working out in your home less stressful as you now have a plan of action that you can progress with each week as you become fitter. 

WiFi Connection 

The NordicTrack Fusion CST comes with a tablet that you can connect to your WiFi connection to access the iFit workouts. To connect to your WiFi, open up the connection settings and connect to your WiFi. Once your connection is established, you’ll be able to access iFit and other apps with ease.  

Bluetooth Connection 

Having a Bluetooth connection is super helpful, especially for connecting the NordicTrack heart rate monitor strap that’s included with the Fusion CST.  

It’s a great additional feature that will help you track your work rate during your workouts and is the best way to estimate your calorie burn.  

To connect it, pair your Bluetooth device to the Fusion CST, and you’re good to go.  


People Also Ask (FAQs)

Can I move the NordicTrack Fusion CST? 

Yes, you can move the NordicTrack Fusion CST. However, it might be challenging to do on your own as the NordicTrack Fusion CST weight is 378 lbs. It’s designed to be this heavy to prevent the machine from tipping over while it’s in use during a workout.  

Does NordicTrack Fusion CST have variable resistance? 

The NordicTrack Fusion CST resistance weight can be adjusted using the machine’s display. It has multiple resistance levels ranging from 1-20, so it will suit most levels from beginner to advanced. The overall resistance weight is hard to judge, but it is roughly 100 lbs; while this is great for high rep intense exercise, it’s not suitable for everybody. 

How can you adjust the reed switch of NordicTrack Fusion CST? 

If you find that the NordicTrack Fusion CST console doesn’t display the correct feedback, you’ll need to adjust the reed switch. 

To do so, unplug the power adapter, and follow the steps in the maintenance and troubleshooting (page 23) section of the NordicTrack Fusion CST manual. The steps are pretty simple but require some essential tools and a few minutes of your time. 

How do I tighten the ropes of NordicTrack Fusion CST? 

Over time the NordicTrack Fusion CST ropes will stretch and will require tightening. You can tell if they need tightening as there will be slack in the ropes before any resistance is felt.  

Again, if this is the case, head to the maintenance and troubleshooting (page 24) of your user’s manual and follow the instructions. You’ll need basic tools and will be required to remove the machine’s coverings.  

Does NordicTrack Fusion CST work with the Apple watch? 

Unfortunately, the NordicTrack Fusion CST fitness software iFit won’t directly feed information to your Apple watch. This is mainly due to the restrictive nature of Apple products.  

The NordicTrack tablet and heart rate strap should give you more than enough information, so you shouldn’t need your Apple watch. 

However, if you feel you need to connect to your Apple Watch, there are external apps that you can get that will bypass the restrictions. One app is the Echo Heart Rate app. I haven’t tested this claim, so don’t take my word as gospel.  

How much is a NordicTrack Fusion CST? 

As it stands, the NordicTrack Fusion CST is available on the NordicTrack website for approximately $2000-$2400, depending on whether you opt for 30 days of iFit membership or a whole year.  

You can pay this upfront in a lump sum payment, or there is an option to pay around $52-$62 a month over 39 months with 0% APR.  

Another place to check out is to look for the NordicTrack Fusion CST on Amazon; you might find a bargain.  


Conclusion

NordicTrack Fusion CST Includes 1-Year iFit...
  • Bring Home Interactive Personal Training...
  • 10” HD Portal 10i Tablet Included; Stream...
  • Automatic Trainer Control; Your iFit Trainers...
  • 6 Smooth Cable Stations; Each station...

Overall, the NordicTrack Fusion CST is an outstanding piece of equipment that would complement any home gym setup. Its versatile, compact, and has excellent features such as the iFit compatibility and the Bluetooth chest strap.  

While it isn’t for everybody, the Fusion CST is perfect for those of you who’re looking to build strength and improve cardiovascular fitness.  

Whether you choose the Fusion CST, the Fusion CST rower, or even the Fusion CST pro, you’re in good hands with NordicTrack.