NordicTrack C12.9 Front Drive Elliptical Review 

NordicTrack C12.9 Elliptical

December 4, 2019

Are you looking for a budget exercise machine that will take your workout regimen to the next level? Perhaps the NordicTrack elliptical is the product you need for a complete body workout.

An elliptical is a stationary exercise machine that simulates the motion of walking upstairs, running or brisk walking. The advantage of an elliptical machine is that it tones and strengthens your muscles without excessive pressure on the joints.

NordicTrack is a well-known manufacturer famous for their high-quality treadmills, but now you’re able to purchase elliptical applications from the same brand. The C12.9 is the latest premium design from NordicTrack with all the functions and adjustments you need for the ultimate workout.

To find out more about how the NordicTrack C12.9 can benefit you, read this short review about the elliptical. You may find that the NordicTrack C12.9 has all the functions you’re looking for in a premium exercise machine.

Why Do People Buy Elliptical Machines?

Some people may prefer elliptical machines because they offer low impact workouts. These machines are suitable for people that suffer from joint ailments because the machine puts less strain on your legs. This is because the application uses elliptical motion to help you with your exercises.

Elliptical machines help you burn more calories in less time and it optimizes your energy expenditure. It reduces exercise fatigue but still strengthens your lower and upper body.

Another advantage of elliptical machines is they have built-in display screens with integrated workout challenges you can follow.

About NordicTrack

NordicTrack is a company that manufactures a variety of exercise machines for strength training, low impact applications and incline trainers. The company is owned by Icon Health and Fitness which is a brand that is a subsidiary for other fitness brands such as JumpKing.

C12.9 Elliptical

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The NordicTrack C12.9 elliptical is an award-winning front drive trainer that’s a lot tougher and more stable than older models. It's well designed 30lb flywheel gives the machine more stability and you’re able to adjust its incline for a more challenging workout.

NordicTrack C12.9 Features

The NordicTrack has a full color 7" HD display screen that’s also a touch-activated console that allows you to connect to the NordicTrack iFIT app anywhere in the world. With the display screen, you’re able to keep track of your workout stats and view exercise challenges on the iFIT app.

NordicTrack’s C12.9 elliptical has ergonomically designed adjustable foot pedals for a comfortable feel. The handles have a loop design for a firmer grip and easier handling capabilities.

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For music lovers, the NordicTrack C12.9 elliptical has an integrated iPod dock so you can listen to your favorite tunes while you exercise. It also has a tablet holder so you can watch videos, movies or TV series during your workout.

This elliptical has a front-wheel design with a 30lb flywheel for more stability compared to lower-end models.

Stride Length of NordicTrack C12.9

The NordicTrack C12.9 has an adjustable 18" to 20" stride length that will change according to the incline setting you’ve selected.

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Workout Programs and Adjustments

NordicTrack C12.9 comes with an iFIT coach that allows you to watch HD videos from trainers or you can simply run through simulations of well-known trails around the world. The display screen gives you a visual of the landmarks you’re running through so you can have a virtual reality experience while you exercise.

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You can slow the pace down by taking a walking tour through Italy or perform interval training in Thailand.

The NordicTrack C12.9 elliptical allows you to change your incline up to 20° for a more challenging workout. It will change the slope of your elliptical to help you work on different muscle groups. You can do this with the touch of a button on your display screen.

This elliptical comes with an additional 26 resistance levels so you can improve your fitness.

About iFIT

iFIT is an online fitness program that allows you to log in with your unique details to take part in any exercise activity of your choice. The iFIT program is compatible with SmartPhones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers as well as on your C12.9 elliptical display screen.

The iFIT app has a user-friendly interface so you can find your preferred workout quickly. It also stores all your workout progress so you can refer to your stats whenever you log in to the app. iFIT app also offers personalized training from coaches all around the world.

How much is iFIT After the First Year?

If you purchase the NordicTrack C12.9, the first year of iFIT will be free. You will have the choice of a paid subscription fee thereafter. Please check iFIT website for latest plans.

Workout Fan

Working out builds up a sweat so to keep you cool the NordicTrack has an integrated 5-speed fan. The fan will also simulate the experience of running outside.


The dimension of the NordicTrack C12.9 is 64.5" x 26" x 80.25".

Assembly and Storage

Assembling the NordicTrack C12.9 elliptical is effortless as the parts are big. It will take you about an hour to put all the parts together.

The C12.9 elliptical isn’t a folding application but it can be stored easily as it has a streamlined design.


NordicTrack C12.9 has a 10-year warranty on the frame, 2 years on the parts and 1 year on the labor.

  • Easy to assemble
  • Wireless heart rate monitor
  • iFIT has music streaming capabilities
  • HD color display
  • Easy workout adjustments
  • Wheel produces squeaking noises
  • Poor customer service


What is the recommended ceiling height?

The recommended ceiling height would be 8ft since the pedals are 28" from the ground.

Does it have a USB charging port?

Yes, the NordicTrack C12.9 has a USB charging port for your SmartPhone or tablet.

Can it be used in reverse motion?

The NordicTrack C12.9 offers a reverse stride motion.

Final Thoughts

NordicTrack C12.9 is a premium elliptical machine that’s a complete upgrade from the C9.5 model. It has more resistance adjustments for a challenging workout and it comes with a stable flywheel.

This is an impressive machine that will challenge you and take your fitness regimen to a whole new level. Now you can enjoy low impact training in the comfort of your own home, with more features for a premium price.

About the author 

Kevin Lee

Health and fitness have always been a passion for me; whether its being in the weight room, going for a run before work or even participating in a half iron man triathlon. ShapeJunkie was created to share to knowledge and love of fitness with others.

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