NordicTrack C 12.9 Elliptical Review 4

NordicTrack C 12.9 Elliptical Rating

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Pros Like other models in this series, the C 12.9 is designed to be customizable. From a customizable power adjustable incline to a power adjustable stride, it's really easy to make this trainer work for you. The console is also a pro, coming with a 7” web-enabled touchscreen display that provides great program variety and iFit compatibility so you don't even have to worry about how you will reach your fitness goals; just follow one designed by a personal trainer!
Cons While there are many adjustable features on the C 12.9, it is missing adjustable foot pedals. On an elliptical trainer, sometimes this is a deal breaker because a very common complaint of elliptical trainers is that your toes or feet fall asleep or get tingly in the pedals. Other cons to mention are the lack of warranty coverage on the motor, and the price to features ratio.
Summary Impressive with its customizable options, the C 12.9 can help you to achieve your fitness goals with a smart web-enabled console, access to the iFit program, and over 30 built-in pre-loaded workout programs. You might not find every feature is adjustable, but there are many. And when it comes to price, it's a bit pricy at $1299 considering it's lacking in some areas that models at lower price points are not.

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NordicTrack C 12.9 Elliptical Detailed Overview

As a mid-range model in this front-drive series by NordicTrack, the C 12.9 is equipped with a heavy 32 pound flywheel, designed with Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR), and can withstand user weights of up to 350 pounds. All of this means that the C 12.9 is durable, smooth, and almost noiseless (a major consideration for indoor workout equipment!).

If you tend to find elliptical trainers hard to get comfortable on, the C 12.9 might be a great option as it provides an adjustable stride ranging from 18” to 20”. If you enjoy a longer stride, you can adjust to fit or if you prefer to use the trainer with a shorter stride, using it more like a stair climber, you have that option too. The 0 to 20 degree power adjustable incline also gives you more options on how you can use this trainer. If you set the incline to its max, you’ll work on cardiovascular endurance and muscle toning at the same time, especially if you use the Softtouch upper-body grips and get your arms involved. There are two sets of handlebars: stationary and moving. The stationary handlebars can be used for stability or to track your heart rate using the dual-grip EKG sensors, but you can also use the wireless chest strap (included with this model) to monitor your heart rate hands-free. If you want to focus on upping the intensity of your workouts, you can set your trainer to a challenging resistance level. This model offers 26 levels which can be changed via the console or Quicktouch handle controls (incline can also be changed using these in-handle controls).

A 7” web-enabled touchscreen display provides you with essential workout data like your heart rate, calories burned, and time elapsed. You can use the one-touch controls for choosing your workout program, or for adjusting the intensity of your workouts. If you have a subscription to the iFit program, this is also where you can access your personal iFit account for advanced fitness tracking, interactive routes, and much more. Even if you don’t have iFit, the C 12.9 comes with 35 built-in workout apps, an audio system, and an adjustable tablet holder to keep you busy. The console also features an auto-adjustable cooling fan, single water bottle holder, and two 2” speakers.

NordicTrack offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, 3 years coverage on parts, and 2 years coverage on labor.

Our Favorite Features

  • Multiple customizable features make it easy to tailor this trainer to your comfort needs and fitness goals
  • Extra heavy flywheel, which means a powerful drive system that is smooth, quiet, and reliable
  • Adjustable stride length ranges from 18” to 20” to make this trainer very versatile for multiple users of the same household
  • Power adjustable incline of 0 to 20 degrees allows you to target specific muscle groups like the glutes or hamstrings
  • Attractive, full-color touchscreen display is vibrant and large with a 7″ display screen
  • Web-enabled browser allows you to browse your favorite social media apps, stream music, or access the iFit program if you have a subscription; you can also sync workout data to other fitness apps
  • Adjustable tablet holder keeps your device safely in place while working out
  • Advanced heart rate monitoring options with both built-in sensors and wireless monitoring (with the chest strap included)
  • Top program variety with 35 workout apps ranging from fat loss focused programs to programs to help you build endurance
  • Easy assembly with very few easy to follow steps that don’t require hours of set up

Our Least Favorite Features

  • No USB Charging port so you can’t charge and use your devices at the same time
  • Non-adjustable pedals, which can be uncomfortable if you can’t get your feet in just right
  • Pricey when you consider other options in the series
  • Cramped console area is not as spacious as other brands with just one water bottle holder and limited storage space
  • iFit subscription is sold separately, which will cost you $99/year
  • Limited Warranty covers lifetime of the frame, but not the motor

NordicTrack C 12.9 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0 - 20 Degrees
Stride Length:18 - 20"
Flywheel:32 LBS
Programs:35 Workout Apps
Fan:Autobreeze Workout Fan
Weight Capacity:350 LBS
Dimensions:64.5" L x 26" W x 80.25" H

The Bottom Line

The NordicTrack C 12.9 is an elliptical trainer that would be ideal for multi-family households because of the many customizable options available. It’s also an ideal fit for anyone who might get easily bored on other indoor workout equipment since it provides a web-enabled console with an adjustable tablet holder, as well as audio features. The price isn’t too bad at just under $1500, but the C 9.5 retails for $300 less, and other than a weaker drive system, there are few difference between the two. So, if you are looking to save some money, you may want to consider the C 9.5, but you can’t go wrong with the C 12.9.

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