The NordicTrack C 12.9 is another new elliptical trainer introduced a short while ago along with the C 9.5 and Commercial 14.9. At around $1299 on sale, this one has a lot of great features and capabilities, as most of the company's ellipticals do.
The C 12.9 has a 7" web-enabled touchscreen, so in addition to checking all of your workout stats such as distance, calories, time and incline you can watch videos, chat with your friends or check your social networking pages.
Let's take a look at the specs...
NordicTrack introduces new models very often, and discontinues others that were recently introduced. So it can get a little confusing after a while as often you'll see an elliptical for sale one day, and the next day it is no longer available.
Still, the company does try to give you as much as possible without charging a lot, so we can forgive them for making it difficult for us to keep track of the current lineup. :)
In addition to the web-enabled touch screen, updated for 2018, you get an 18-20 inch power adjustable stride, 26 different resistance levels, up to 20 degrees of incline and 35 built in workout apps. That's a lot of capability that you simply don't get elsewhere.
One of the most popular features is something called iFit Coach, which is an ICON Fitness exclusive that gives you even more professionally designed workouts, personal training, tracking/sharing capability and Google map integration to simulate working out anywhere in the world.
The latest version of iFit Coach gives you GlobeTrek workouts, which are point of view immersive training at various locations worldwide led by top trainers and LiveCast studio, which puts you right in the gym with fellow iFit users, training hard to reach your fitness goals.
Other companies have come out with similar interactive programs, but iFit remains the most comprehensive and entertaining.
The NordicTrack C 12.9 is also the only elliptical besides the up level Commercial 14.9 to feature a free wireless chest strap for more accurate heart rate readings. This is a nice touch usually reserved for more expensive machines, and something that really helps keep you in your ideal zone. It also has a heavy 32 pound flywheel, an upgrade from 25 on the C 9.5.
Other nice features mentioned in most reviews include music compatibility with good sound coming out of the dual 2 inch speakers, an AutoBreeze workout fan that syncs to the intensity of your workout, easy one-touch adjustments and an adjustable tablet holder.
The C 12.9 looks like a nice addition to the front drive elliptical series, with some great features and capabilities to keep you excited about your workouts.
You get incline, a lot of workouts, plenty of resistance levels plus iFit Coach to take your workouts to the next level. You'd be hard pressed to find all of that for under $1500 elsewhere.
Also consider the C 9.5 for a few hundred less, but the 12.9 has it beat in many areas. You can also look at the top of the line Commercial 14.9, but besides a larger touch screen it doesn't have that much more to offer.
The NordicTrack C 12.9 elliptical offers a lot of value...it remains to be seen whether it will becomes one of our Best Buy choices.