NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill Review


The NordicTrack C 990 treadmill is a mid priced folding model which benefits from a spacious (20" x 60") running surface and incorporates the "FlexSelect" adjustable cushioning system.

Powered by a 3.0 CHP Commercial DurX motor, this is a space saver or (folding) treadmill which means that after use it can be folded up to an upright position where it takes up less storage space.

The control console has a touch screen display with web browser. This allows the user to check their email, surf the web or keep up with their social networking activities. The touch screen interface lets the user navigate menus with a swipe of a finger.

The treadmill has a total of 32 workout programs which automatically adjust the incline and speed of the treadmill. The workouts have been designed by a certified personal trainer and target either calorie-burning, incline, speed or intensity goals.

This model is iFIT enabled with the iFIT module already built in. You can download additional workouts, track your fitness online, and customize your fitness program. This particular feature requires a subscription to which is sold separately.

The product is underwritten by a strong warranty that includes a lifetime guarantee on the motor and frame, with 3 years of parts and 1 year labor.

It's available at a discounted price from NordicTrack

These are the main features:

... workout programs

Having a good variety of workout programs will help keep you motivated and make it easier to achieve your fitness goals. To this end this treadmill has been built with a total of 32 pre-programmed training workouts.

Each workout program has been designed by a certified personal trainer and will automatically adjust the incline and speed of your treadmill during the course of your workout. Each workout program focuses on an aerobic, weight loss or performance goal.

... iFIT enabled

This treadmill is iFIT enabled with the iFIT module already built in. In essence this is a wireless internet connection to the treadmill that adds extra functionality, and engages your interest by opening up a whole new set of workout experiences.

One of the benefits of iFIT is that new workouts are automatically downloaded to the treadmill every day during a set program. These workouts take control of the treadmill, automatically adjusting the speed and incline to provide new challenges to keep you motivated.

Other features include the ability to track your nutrition and other activities, train for a race, lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle with the online food and activity log available at

It should be noted that this particular feature requires a home wireless internet connection, and subscription to

… drive motor

A 3.0 CHP DurX commercial motor is used to drive the unit. The motor itself uses preventative engineering in order to keep you safer. This includes the use of high-grade wiring and insulation ratings, a thermal cut-off switch and a stringent UL certification process.

The DurX Commercial Pro Motor is also dynamically spin-balanced and rigorously tested for matchless performance in vibration and noise, making it both smooth and quiet in operation.

... web touch screen

The 7" full color, touch screen incorporates a web browser. This enables the user to connect to their home's wireless internet network and check their email, surf the web or participate in social networking activities.

Just like a normal display screen the user can check their progress, but the user is able to navigate through menus and pull up relevant workout data with just a swipe of the finger.

The touch screen display works with the built in iFIT module to enable the user to enjoy the experience of watching their workout progress in real time via the Google Maps Street View technology.

… speed adjustment

A "1-Touch" system is used to control speed. Instead of having to scroll through various options, the 1-Touch system allows you to instantly change the speed of the treadmill between 0 to 12 MPH with the single touch of a button. You can decrease your speed immediately when you need a rest, or increase it instantly for a challenging workout.

… incline adjustment

The "1-Touch" control technology is also used in order to change the incline setting. A single touch of a button will allow the user to adjust the angle of the running deck to any value they desire between 0 deg. to 12 deg. of grade.

… adjustable cushioning

The "FlexSelect" cushioning system allows the user to choose between either a cushioned or firm deck. By turning the adjuster one half turn the user can enjoy the superior impact reduction provided by this cushioning system. Alternatively, by turning the adjuster back results in a running surface that is akin to running on the road.

… heart rate monitor

A club-design "CardioGrip" heart rate monitor provides information on the your pulse rate. Sensors in the handlebars relay feedback via the display that helps you to make the most out of every workout.

Monitoring your heart rate ensures that you're always in the right training zone for your goals. You can get a more effective workout, burn more fat, and improve your cardiovascular health.

... auto cooling fan

An "AutoBreeze" workout fan is mounted into the console. It's very quiet in operation and automatically changes airflow to match your workout speed. This innovative technology will help you find the right temperature so you can stay cool and comfortable during your workout.

... iPOD connection

This model features a universal iPOD connection. The compatible music port allows you to plug in your iPOD, or MP3 Player via an audio jack on the console and play your music through the twin speakers.

... tablet shelf

The tablet shelf was designed for use with most full size tablet computers. The shelf keeps your tablet secure and in close proximity so that you can access any online training tools or entertainment.

... folding frame

Treadmills can take up a fair amount of room and storing them can be a problem. This treadmill  goes some way to overcoming this issue with it's "space saver" technology.

This facility allows you to fold the treadmill into an upright position after your workout where it will then occupy a lot smaller floor area. The folding of the heavy-duty deck is made easier with the "Easy Lift Assist" technology which is built into the folding mechanism.

… warranty details

The NordicTrack C 990 treadmill is underwritten by a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame, 3 years parts and 1 year labor.


  • 32 Workout Programs
  • Web Enabled Touch Screen
  • FlexSelect Cushioning
  • iFIT Enabled
  • Cardio Grip Heart Rate Monitor
  • 1-Touch Speed Adjustment
  • 1-Touch Incline Adjustment
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • Integrated Tablet Shelf
  • Accessory Tray
  • Space Saver (Folding) Design


  • Motor: 3.0 CHP
  • Belt size: 20'' x 60''
  • Speed: 0 to 12 MPH
  • Incline: 0 to 12 deg
  • Rear Roller: 2.5"
  • User Weight: 300 lbs
  • Folding: YES
  • Warranty: Frame & Motor (Lifetime)

                  Parts (3yrs)

                  Labor (1yr)          

            NordicTrack C 990

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When I purchased the C990 I was concerned I might be disappointed in performance because I just came off a gym membership.

My first use, this is far from the truth. This machine is incredible!

The belt is super smooth and a nice width. Love the 7 inch touchscreen. Easy to use and see.

I use the C990 everyday and ifit helps keep it interesting.

Highly recommend this treadmill.

The most sturdy, smooth, quiet and easy to use treadmill that I've ever owned.

Use it for running and walking at least 3 days a week and expect to get many years of use from it.

After weeks of searching, reading comments I decided on the C990.

Ordered it one week before the sale ended. Now it's out of stock. Get it when it's back in stock.

I've only had mine a few days. So far so good.

With the savings, I ordered the Ifit. Still learning how to view the streets without the writing on the screen.

I do enjoy the preselected works, and scheduling I choose from my tablet.

I haven't figured out how to syn my heart monitor yet. I've tried a few of the running trails.

The fan and speakers are decent.

On vacation for the next few days. Will enjoy my vacation on Ifit. So far no complaints. Will follow up in a few weeks. Thrive!

I had it for two week and I love it.

I enjoy doing my workouts, one the best that nordictrack came out.

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The screen and interface with life-like running trails and maps were amazing. The iFit interface and maps make me workout even more so.

I love this treadmill.

The only caveat is that I wish iFit was free for the first 6 months.

The Norditrac C990 is a great piece of equipment. Built just like the treadmills I use at the gym.

I consider it the smartphone for runners.

I have had this treadmill for almost 2 months and my wife and I use it daily.

We are still discovering new features which make our workouts new and different.

Assembly took some time (about 2.5 hours with two people).

This was definitely the right choice for us!

Best money Ive ever spent! I have arthritis in both knees and have never heen able to walk on an incline until this machine.

I experience no pain in my knees. Just amazing.