NordicTrack C 12.9 EllipticalNordicTrack C 12.9 Elliptical

Web Price: $1,599 | Sale Price: $1,299

One of the top models in the Front Drive Series, this one has a 7″ web-enabled touch screen and 20 degrees of power incline.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 4.5 / 5.0

375 lbs.
Stride Length:
80.25″L x 26″W x 64.5″H

Overview: The NordicTrack C 12.9 in one of several front drive ellipticals redesigned for the new model year. It joins the base C 7.5, the step-up C 9.5 and top end Commercial 14.9, all improved with new special features and capabilities not present on previous models.

Let’s take a look at some of the outstanding features..

Heart Rate Monitoring

The C 12.9 gives you two ways to measure your heart rate: via the dual cardio grips or wirelessly with the free chest strap that is included. With the wireless chest strap you get more accurate readings to help you stay in your ideal zone during your entire workout.

Touch Screen With Internet

All of the new front drive models, except the base C 7.5 model, come with touch screens with internet access, so you can not only see all of your stats but also watch videos, go to your social pages or just surf the internet, all while you workout.

The C 12.9 and the C9.5 have 7″ touch screens, while the Commercial 14.9 has a 10″ touch screen.

iFit Coach Technology

One of the hallmarks of the ICON Fitness brand, the C 12.9 comes equipped with iFit Coach, which is a suite of tools including additional customized workouts on top of the 35 built in ones, tracking and goal setting capability and Google map integration…you can literally choose any location in the world and watch it unfold right on your machine or your tablet.

Other Great Features

The list of features is almost endless on the C 12.9, but here are the best ones that we haven’t mentioned yet: a heavy 32 lb. flywheel, 26 resistance levels, easy assembly, up to 20 degrees of incline, iPod music compatibility, 20″ power adjustable stride, AutoBreeze fan, oversized pedals and a very generous warranty.

NordicTrack C 12.9 Test Drive

NordicTrack has really done their part in improving their front drive models this year. All are nicely enhanced with new features and touches which are sure to satisfy most users.

The chest strap is a nice addition, and is great for those of you who like to keep your heart rate in the ideal zone. Although you can always get a reading through the hand grips, it is never as accurate as you get from a wireless chest strap.

You get plenty of workouts to choose from. As we mentioned there are a whopping 35 on the machine itself, but then with iFit, which requires a small yearly subscription, you get a ton more, so you can do a different workout every time you are on the machine. Add to that 26 different resistance levels and up to a 20 degree incline, and you can really get a full body workout that’s never the same from one workout to the next.

Speaking of iFit, in our opinion it is well worth the nominal yearly fee for what you are getting. The Google maps alone are worth that price, as you can pick a spot anywhere and it’s if you are there training. Plus you get tracking, sharing and goal setting as well as the workouts we mentioned above.

The 7″ Smart HD touch screen is bright and user friendly, and you can be online while you work out which really helps the time go by for those of you who need a little extra push to keep you on the machine longer.

The best part of the NordicTrack C 12.9 is the fact that you can set it up within minutes right out of the box. Controls are easy to use and intuitive, and transport wheels make it very easy to move around.

We enjoyed our workout on the C 12.9 immensely, as there is nothing missing on this machine.


The C 12.9 is a great choice if you are in the market for an elliptical trainer under $1,500 with plenty of features and capabilities. It has tons of workout options, heart rate monitoring, adjustable stride, lots of resistance levels, a heavy flywheel and iFit technology. That’s a lot of features for the price you are paying.

Also take a look at the C 9.5 and the Commercial 14.9 to compare the features that those models offer in case there is something else that appeals to you.

Check out more specs, information and the special sale pricing on this model here!