- Heavy flywheel for challenging workouts
- 35 preset programs for added variety
- 7” touchscreen
- iFit connectivity
- No Bluetooth and USB charging
The C 12.9 manages to provide a solid enough performance to satisfy even some advanced users. It features two heart rate monitoring options. The first one comes with the built-in pulse sensors. The second heart rate monitoring system comes in the form of a chest strap which wirelessly transmits data to the screen. The LCD display has a diagonal of 7” and comes with color display on touchscreen capabilities. It can show time spent on the elliptical, the burnt calories and the heart rate.
In terms of performance the C 12.9 comes with and adjustable incline which can vary from a flat 0 up to 20 degrees. This makes for a different approach to every workout and a reduced pressure on joints. The stride length is adjustable. You can set it between 18” and 20” which means you`ll have a custom options for the smoothness of the workouts.
Adjustable strides may become popular with manufacturers but for the moment they seem aimed at the intermediate and advanced user. The program variety is very good. You have 35 different programs to choose from and can even connect to the iFit app, but you do need to pay a subscription fee for it. The elliptical comes with a storage space for your tablet. If only it had USB charging capabilities to give your tablet more independence.
The design of the machine is focused on a complete variation of full body cardio training. There are multiple handlebars to choose from. You can go with a fixed handle and open the possibility of heart rate monitoring through the built-in sensors or you can choose the movable handlebars for a complete upper body workout. The frame is solidly built and comes with lifetime warranty.
The NordicTrack C 12.9 Elliptical Machine has some advanced features but lacks in other departments such as Bluetooth and USB charging. It also requires a subscription fee for iFit connectivity. However, with the 35 preset programs you`ll be well able to perform various workouts for a long time. The elliptical is designed for the intermediate and advanced user. If you`re looking for a good option with plenty of preset programs and don`t mind the lack of USB charging and Bluetooth connectivity you could consider the C 12.9 among the top choices.