Nordictrack Fusion CST vs. Bowflex HVT+

Nordictrack Fusion CST vs. Bowflex HVT+

Should I Buy a NordicTrack Fusion CST or Bowflex HVT?

There are 5 areas where the Fusion CST kicks it over the Bowflex HVT+. Design,  Workouts, Flexibility, Motivation, Pricing.  Go to COMPARISON CHART if you're short on time.


DESIGN

To be fair, putting aesthetics aside, you can still get a good workout on the Bowflex HVT+ but we give the design edge to Nordictrack’s Fusion CST. The  Fusion design is a thing of beauty. Sleek, hi-tech, compact, cool looking. "It's designed, kinda like a piece of artwork" with a small footprint that will easily fit in most spaces and most importantly performs just as good as it looks.

Using silent magnetic resistance, the Fusion CST allows you to work out without disturbing others. It has an easy to read Watts display so you can see the power generated on every pull along with your heart rate. The Bowflex HVT+ offers a similar cardio and strength workout but has a larger footprint, is taller, and a little clunky. We have to say it – it is just not as well designed. The side bars combined with the platform are restricting plus the elevated platform is not so well thought-out, users complain they have to use duct tape or other adhesives to keep the platform surface from sliding around. It also uses a fan resistance approach which we found to be louder when in use. Bowflex should consider making the platform area longer. At only 5'10 when I did lunge type movements there was a tendency to step on to the edge which was distracting. Bottom line the design seems to restrict the ease, range and flow of movements you can perform when compared with the Fusion CST.

A Final Design Note – we really enjoyed the option to place the included 10 inch tablet on either the Fusion's base or use the adjustable freestanding holder that comes with it – so you do not have to keep looking backward during parts of a session.


WORKOUTS

Nordictrack wins big here too. The iFit Coach technology streams Fusion on-demand studio classes that keep you moving and motivated while at the same time provide proper form, flow and timing. The iFit training team's style keep workouts quick, challenging and varied, while the unique personality of individual trainers shines through in each class. Your trainer can adjust your resistance while coaching you through body-changing workouts, yet they keep it Super Fun!
Of course you can use the Fusion by yourself without the class and make your own up your own flows, movements with your preferred Resistance adjustments.

Workouts from Bowflex are presented in a more systematic, methodical, straight-forward fashion via short demos on their app or the included guidebook. For more class-style Bowflex HVT videos you can go YouTube. The Bowflex unit does come pre-loaded with 3 routines and instructs you when to begin, rest and counts downs the last 5 seconds. You get a workout, but with way less motivation, fun factor and variety.  NordicTrack wins this category primarily because iFit Coach engages you and your body to get more out of your investment in time and money.  Meet some of the iFit trainersClick the short video below.


THE FUSION CST INCLUDES  1 YEAR OF iFIT COACH WITH FUSION STUDIO CLASSES TO FOLLOW . YOU GET THE POWER OF GROUP ENERGY WITH THE FEEL OF A STUDIO CLASS

THE FUSION CST INCLUDES 1 YEAR OF iFIT COACH WITH FUSION STUDIO CLASSES TO FOLLOW . YOU GET THE POWER OF GROUP ENERGY WITH THE FEEL OF A STUDIO CLASS


FLEXIBILITY

Because the Fusion CST does not have any side bars or platform, the range of moves is a lot more expansive and visibly less restrictive. Trainers really use this freedom to add in some great jumping, lunges and floor exercises to amp up the cardio. This adds more power to the workout and engages more muscle groups. The added space allows for a wider range of movement than the Bowflex HVT+ so the workouts include side to side and floor options. The Fusion also comes with lower cables for exercises with the included ankle straps. The workout options seem limitless. The Bowflex HVT+ is limited with its side bars and elevated platform – you still can get a good Cardio and Strength workout, but you don’t have as many choices as the Fusion CST offers. We found iFit trainers are especially creative with the moves they include in their workouts to take advantage of everything you can do with the Fusion CST. This flexibility will keep your body interested and you from getting bored. This category is another win for the NordicTrack Fusion.

WITHOUT SIDE BARS OR A PLATFORM THE   FUSION CST     OFFERS AN AMAZING NUMBER OF MOVES FOR WORKOUTS THAT DELIVER RESULTS AND DOES NOT GET OLD

WITHOUT SIDE BARS OR A PLATFORM THE FUSION CST OFFERS AN AMAZING NUMBER OF MOVES FOR WORKOUTS THAT DELIVER RESULTS AND DOES NOT GET OLD

AWKWARD BALANCING ON THE PLATFORM WHILE TRYING TO FOCUS ON YOUR WORKOUT.   THE BOWFLEX HVT+   RESTRICTS MOVEMENT WITH SIDE BARS AND ELEVATED PLATFORM

AWKWARD BALANCING ON THE PLATFORM WHILE TRYING TO FOCUS ON YOUR WORKOUT. THE BOWFLEX HVT+ RESTRICTS MOVEMENT WITH SIDE BARS AND ELEVATED PLATFORM

THE FUSION CST ABOVE SHOWS THE USE OF THE INCLUDED ANKLE STRAPS FOR CROSS-FIT/CORE EXERCISE OPTIONS.

MOTIVATION

Both the Bowflex HVT+ and the Nordictrack Fusion CST provide Cardio and Strength combined workouts. This is a great combination to get results in a shorter period of time. The integration of iFit tech with the Fusion allows trainers to control and adjust resistance automatically to match the class so it is keeps you challenged. You also get the power of the group motivation with the studio class workouts. These workouts were specifically designed for the Fusion CST owners – it is like you are at the gym motivated by everyone in the class but you are enjoying the convenience of a live session at home. The range of Fusion CST moves provide a higher level of motivation to stick with it – it's fun! and you will see results. A recent study conducted by NordicTrack showed Fusion CST users could lose on average 15 lbs in 12 weeks, when combined with a healthy diet. More importantly, participants loved the Fusion CST workouts – Checkout  the quick video below.

iFIT TRAINER S DELIVER MOTIVATING, CHALLENGING WORKOUTS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE UNLIMITED MOVES POSSIBLE ON THE  FUSION CST

iFIT TRAINERS DELIVER MOTIVATING, CHALLENGING WORKOUTS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE UNLIMITED MOVES POSSIBLE ON THE FUSION CST

REMOVABLE 10 INCH TABLET CAN BE MOUNTED ON THE BASE OR DETACHED & PLACED ON A FREESTANDING ADJUSTABLE HOLDER.  YOU CAN USE IT TO HOLD A SMART PHONE AS WELL

REMOVABLE 10 INCH TABLET CAN BE MOUNTED ON THE BASE OR DETACHED & PLACED ON A FREESTANDING ADJUSTABLE HOLDER. YOU CAN USE IT TO HOLD A SMART PHONE AS WELL

FOR THE  BLOWFLEX HVT  YOU CAN FOLLOW THE GUIDE BOOK - BUT NO STUDIO CLASSES

FOR THE BLOWFLEX HVT YOU CAN FOLLOW THE GUIDE BOOK - BUT NO STUDIO CLASSES

THE BOWFLEX HVT+  DOES COME WITH A FREE APP SO YOU CAN VIEW HOW TO COMPLETE MOVES & RECOMMENDED SEQUENCES, & TRACK YOUR PROGRESS. SAME AS WITH THE FUSION YOU CAN ADD UP TO 4 USERS ON THE APP

THE BOWFLEX HVT+ DOES COME WITH A FREE APP SO YOU CAN VIEW HOW TO COMPLETE MOVES & RECOMMENDED SEQUENCES, & TRACK YOUR PROGRESS. SAME AS WITH THE FUSION YOU CAN ADD UP TO 4 USERS ON THE APP

PRICING

The Bowflex HVT+ is $2,299 with an 9.6” Samsung Tablet, the Fusion CST from Nordictrack is $1,999 with a 10” detachable touch tablet and a one year membership to iFit Coach. (a $396 Value) We would recommend the Fusion CST for people looking to add a Cardio + Strength workouts to their fitness schedule – the iFit trainers and studio classes make it more challenging yet keep it fun and interesting which helps you come back for more. The streamed classes are particularity useful For those individuals who never worked out before, or do not feel confident they know how to workout, iFit Coach provides a ton of useful class selections and lets you set your own goals. For those advanced individuals there are plenty of classes that will challenge even the best.  You can use your Fusion without a class to follow – it's totally up to you.

 

Which to buy? – the Fusion CST or the Bowflex HVT+

If you are deciding between the Bowflex HVT+ or the Nordictrack Fusion CST it is a hard decision as the two seem to offer the same type of workout. However, the Fusion CST has a superior design and offers over 100 different moves. The Studio Classes led by professional iFit trainers specifically designed workouts to challenge, motivate and get the most results out of your investment. These advantages makes the decision a little clearer for those that like a coach to guide them through a workout. If you can generate your own motivation and like to design your own workouts the Bowflex HVT+ will meet your needs as well.


FUSION CST VS. BOWFLEX HVT
Feature Comparison Chart

FUSION CST BOWFLEX
WORKOUTS Streamed Studio Classes generic demonstrations
TRAINING TYPE Cardio & Strength Hybrid Velocity
EXERCISE MOVES 100+ 50
DIMENSIONS 41.5" L x 59.4" W x 74" H 65.6" L x 46" W x 83" H
VISUAL WORKOUT AID Integrated App automatically adjusts resistance, Studio Classes app to view 3 workouts & exercises. Full training guide-book
RESISTANCE LEVELS 20 16
TABLET INCLUDED 10 inch 9.6 inch
HEART RATE MONITOR Yes Yes
ANKLE STRAPS Yes No
MAGNETIC RESISTANCE Silent Yes
MECHANICS enhanced inertia flywheel progressive fan
WARRANTY Lifetime Frame, 1-year Parts & Labor 2 years parts & 90 days labor
PULLIES 4 (low, mid, and high levels + squats) 3 (mid, high + squats)
DISPLAY Watts, Heart Rate LED Display score, resistance duration time, calories, power
PRICE $1,799 - includes 1yr. of iFit $2,299
SHIPPING Free Free

SO IN THE END ── Final thoughts

At the end, you have to use your own judgment as to which one is best for you. If you want to add more cardio to your strength moves, you like group classes, and  the idea of a coach to guide you through a workout, the Fusion CST is a better choice. If you don’t want to move around as much, and focus on strength, the Bowflex HVT+ will work.  With the Fusion CST you do get also get a freestanding adjustable stand to hold the tablet away from the base or optionally you can place it on the base unit. Additionally you get an extra pair lower cables with detachable ankle straps. And you do get a 10 inch smart tablet plus a great WATTS Display - which all said, makes us lean more towards the Fusion CST.

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A SOLID WORKOUT BUT THE PLATFORM IS LIMITING & CAN BECOME AWKWARD WITH SOME EXERCISE MOVES

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THE FUSION CST DESIGN OFFERS MORE CARDIO, MORE MOVEMENT


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