The Nordictrack C 990 treadmill is a new 2015 treadmill coming in at a great price – under $1000. The 990 actually replaces the very popular Nordictrack 970 model which is slowly being phased out.
It adds a few new upgrades (like a sleeker console and tablet holder). Plus it keeps some of the most popular goodies that the 970 had – like the strong motor, iFit LIVE option, iPod dock and adjustable cushioning.
Is the Nordictrack c990 treadmill a good buy for you? Here’s a rundown of what you need to know.
Pro #1 Great Basics
The C990 has some excellent basics that you need in a motorized treadmill like a super strong 3.0 HP motor, extra long 60 inch belt and 2.5 inch rollers.
The larger rollers help to extend the life of your treadmill and reduce static on the belt. The powerful motor can keep up easily with intense or longer workouts.
And the 60 inch belt gives you more room to stretch out without feeling like you’re on the edge of the treadmill.
Pro #2 Backlit Console
While it’s not the largest console window Nordictrack makes, the console is a decent size and it’s backlit, making it easy to read your workout stats.
There’s also a handy scrolling message board which instructs you on how to start programs, what to do next, etc.
You’ll also find one-touch speed and incline buttons running up and down the sides of the console. These are great for quick, on-the-fly changes (you don’t have to endlessly scroll through the speed or incline buttons to make a large change).
Pro #3 iFit LIVE Compatible
The C990 treadmill – like many of the newer Nordictrack models – comes with the ability to connect online to iFit.
From there you can download new workouts (including some from Jillian Michaels where she coaches you through your workout through the console speakers).
You can also see your workouts online and watch how far you’ve come. And the best part is that you can run famous trails (or map out your own) all over the world!
Pro #4 Added Tablet Holder
Nordictrack added a sturdy bracket above the console on this treadmill to hold your tablet. So you can surf the net or watch your favorite movies as you walk.
Plus, if you get iFit LIVE, you can use your tablet with iFit and watch the actual scenery in the tablet screen in full color as you walk or run.
Those are some pros – are there any cons?
Well, you should know that if you want to try iFit (the treadmill does work just fine without it), you will need an online subscription which is about $99 a year.
Plus, while the 990 is a great treadmill at this price point, it doesn’t come with some of the extras that the higher end Nordictrack models carry (like full-color web browser, built-in TV or decline).
But overall, if you’re looking for a stable, sturdy, well-built treadmill under $1000 with some amazing entertainment options, the Nordictrack C 990 is definitely worth checking out.
Regardless of what you choose, to do, remember to go at your own pace when starting out and consult your doctor before starting any fitness or exercise program. Good luck!