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NordicTrack C 12.9 Review

Quick Summary

New for 2016, the NordicTrack C 12.9 shows off modern tech and solid mechanics.

It’s very similar to the C Series leader but costs just $1,299.

Highlights include an 18″ to 20″ stride, a 32-pound drive, a built-in web browser, an iFit-enabled touch screen and lots of built-in workout programs.

Learn more from our full NordicTrack C 12.9 review below.


Model NordicTrack C 12.9

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Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

26 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Silent Magnetic Resistance
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

18" - 20"

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Adjustable & Oversized

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

0-20 degrees

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

32 lbs.

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

1 User
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.


Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

7" Web-Enabled Color Touchscreen
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

350 lbs

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

72" x 30" x 80"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.


Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).


The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 91%

Our Rating

Rating: 91/100. Another winner from NordicTrack, the C 12.9 makes it easy to get customized workouts and follow through on your workout plans. A full color 7″ touchscreen serves as control center for your workouts, your MP3 player and browsing the web. This elliptical trainer mixes NordicTrack’s modern electronics with high quality components for durability and smooth, quiet performance.

Who would benefit from this elliptical? The C 12.9 can deliver comfortable and personalized training sessions to novices and elite trainees time and again; its 32-pound drive and 20 degree power ramp leave little opportunity for reaching fitness plateaus! It’s a good size for most teens and adults too; the stride length can power-adjust between 18″ and 20″.

You can easily adjust this elliptical’s resistance, stride length and incline during workouts. These features can also be controlled by 35 preset workouts or an infinite number of downloaded iFit workouts.

Here are pros and cons about the NordicTrack C 12.9.


  • Very easy to assemble
  • Full color 7″ touch screen
  • Web browser
  • Tablet computer holder
  • 32-pound flywheel
  • 26 resistance levels
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR™)
  • Power-adjustable stride (18″ to 20″)
  • Power incline of 0 degrees to 20 degrees
  • Resistance and incline controls on handlebars
  • Soft grips on moving arm bars
  • 35 built-in workouts
  • iFit-enabled
  • iPod-compatible (2″ speakers)
  • Wireless heart rate monitor (Chest strap included)
  • Water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels
  • Five-year parts warranty
  • Two-year labor warranty


  • Slow customer service is reported in this brand’s elliptical reviews
  • Not a SpaceSaver (Does not fold for storage)


A best buy elliptical, the NordicTrack C 12.9 has the dimensions and power to be anyone’s go-to cross trainer. It has an adjustable stride length to fit trainees of different sizes and offers a wide range of resistance to meet virtually any skill level and body weight. These high quality features are enhanced with an attractive full-color 7″ touch screen, lots of built-in workouts, iFit connectivity, iPod speakers, an integrated web browser and more. The web sale price of just $1,299 includes delivery and a five-year warranty on parts.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack C 12.9 has built-in workouts and lets you use unlimited workout programs from iFit.

As for the 35 built-in workout programs, each was designed by a certified personal trainer to control the 12.9’s resistance and incline. The programs fall into four goal categories: Incline, Calorie, Speed and Heart Rate Control. The Heart Rate Control workouts receive heart rate data from a wireless chest strap (included) and adjust accordingly, helping you get an efficient workout in your target heart rate zone.

With an iFit subscription you can use the elliptical trainer’s 7″ color touch screen or your own device to access new training sessions. (A tablet computer holder is integrated with the machine.)

You can download a customized personal training workout everyday, exercise along to high definition video workouts featuring famous personal trainers, and virtually tour the globe with interactive Google Maps™ workouts. You can also use iFit for advanced tracking of your fitness data and get the stats on your smartphone, tablet computer or desktop computer.

NordicTrack C 12.9 Features

The NordicTrack C 12.9 elliptical has a power-adjustable 18″ to 20″ stride. The elliptical path is ideally sized for most trainees.

The flywheel weighs 32 pounds and offers 26 resistance levels. The force ranges from very light to very powerful.

For a boost in calorie burn you can use the power incline, which targets different muscles depending on how steep you slope. The maximum angle is a dramatic 20 degrees.

The elliptical control center is a full color 7″ touch screen. From here it’s easy to choose from 35 preset workouts and any iFit downloads. The touch screen also has an Android web browser.

This elliptical has a secure holder for your tablet computer. It has an adjustable angle to help you get a great view.

For pulse monitoring the C 12.9 includes a wireless chest strap. It also has CardioGrip™ heart rate sensors on the handlebars.

The NordicTrack C 12.9 is iPod-compatible. It has a dock and 2″ speakers from Intermix Acoustics.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack C 12.9 elliptical warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years

NordicTrack also includes a 30-day money back guarantee.


On sale the C 12.9 is easily a best buy in its price class. For just $1,299 this elliptical goes above and beyond the expectations of trainees at any fitness level. Expect a comfortable fit, just-right training programs and smooth performance. The long warranty seals the deal.