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NordicTrack C 970 Pro Review

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Discount priced at $999 (MSRP $1999), the NordicTrack C 970 Pro is among the best treadmills under $1000.

Highlights include a 3.25 CHP motor, a spacious running area, 32 preset workouts and an iFit-enabled console.

Is it the best option for your home gym? Read on for our full review of the NordicTrack C 970 Pro with pros, cons and all the important specs.


Model NordicTrack C970 Pro

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Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0 - 12 mph

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 15%

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

3.0 CHP

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 60"

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

FlexSelect Cushioning

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


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

Max. Weight

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

350 lbs
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.

Pulse Grips
Wireless Chest Strap

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

82" x 36" x 58"
Rollers: 2.5"

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

Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

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


Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

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 a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 80.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 80.1/100. The C 970 Pro is a member of NordicTrack’s most affordable home treadmill collection. Even so, it isn’t light on features. Highlights include a long track, a powerful motor, ample built-in workout programs and potentially limitless workout variety via iFit. Also on board are iFit-compatible speakers and a secure holder for your tablet computer. Here are pro and con lists of its qualities.


  • Long track (20″ x 60”)
  • Top speed 12 mph
  • Automated incline (Maximum 15%)
  • Customizable FlexSelect cushioning (On/off)
  • Music friendly (iPod-compatible jack, 2” speakers)
  • 32 built-in workout apps
  • 7″ backlit display
  • iFit-enabled for unlimited workouts (Viewable on your own mobile device)
  • Grip heart rate monitor
  • Tablet computer holder at eye level
  • Two workout fans
  • Accessory tray
  • Lifetime guarantee on frame, deck and motor
  • SpaceSaver design (Foldable)


  • No wireless heart rate monitoring
  • Is foldable but has a large footprint when in use (83” x 35.5”)
  • Slow customer service from NordicTrack is mentioned in many customer reviews


A best buy treadmill at $999, the NordicTrack C 970 Pro Treadmill is sized and powered to support power walkers and serious runners. It also has creature comforts ranging from large workout fans to a tablet computer holder and iPod compatibility. A big selling point is its iFit-enabled console. With an iFit membership you can download an unlimited number of treadmill workouts. Progress can be shown on the 7” console screen, but iFit is best viewed in full color and with high definition video — so the C 970 Pro is designed to work with your tablet computer or mobile phone.

This treadmill has a 3.25 CHP motor and a 20″ x 60” running surface. These traits help make it a good fit for walkers and runners of almost any height and weight.

The NordicTrack C 970 Pro has a fantastic parts warranty for a $999 treadmill: Customers get three years of free parts replacement. Overall this fitness machine is highly recommended for most walkers, joggers and runners seeking feature-rich treadmills under $1000.

Workout Programs

Once upon a time, treadmills were limited to manual mode. Today NordicTrack treadmills stand out for offering plenty of preset workout routines. Additionally the C 970 Pro Treadmill is iFit-enabled. With an iFit membership literally infinite workout routines are made available!

Included with purchase of this treadmill are 32 workout programs. These were expertly designed by a certified personal trainer and fall into four categories: calorie burn, heart rate control, interval training and speed training. Each program can adjust the treadmill track’s speed and incline.

And now, the infinity variety! With an iFit membership ($99/year) you can access unlimited workout programs. Three main workout types are available. 1) With iFit you can download a personalized treadmill workout every day. 2) You can access high definition video workouts featuring celebrity personal trainers. 3) You can design and download an unlimited number of Google Maps workouts. Google Maps workouts simulate training along real-life routes. As the NordicTrack C 970 Pro adjusts its incline to simulate real topography, a streaming Google Street View is shown on your computer or smartphone.

Treadmill Features

NordicTrack engineers integrate impressive tech to enhance your treadmill workouts…

Get motivated by your favorite tunes. The C 970 Pro treadmill has an iPod-compatible port and 2” speakers.

The NordicTrack C 970 Pro also has a shelf for your tablet computer. Use it to view iFit at its best or access other apps for entertainment and multitasking.

Two large AutoBreeze fans help keep you comfortable. These can be manually adjusted or set to automatically adjust to your workout intensity.

FlexSelect™ cushioning on the treadmill track can be activated for joint support or disabled to approximate street training.

To free up your floor space after treadmill workouts, you can fold the treadmill’s deck upward.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack C 970 Pro Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts & Electronics: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 year

NordicTrack also provides a 30-day money back guarantee on all of their treadmills and other cardio trainers.


With many pros and just a few potential drawbacks, the NordicTrack C 970 Pro Treadmill is a best buy under $1000. It’s a great treadmill for the money and perfect for a entry to mid-level user.


  • Lirdes November 27, 2020 at 8:33 pm from Fl
    Looking for a fitbit
    • FitRated December 9, 2020 at 3:44 pm
      Hi Lirdes, you can check out our Fitbit reviews here:

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