NordicTrack Elite 12.7
Elliptical Review

This is a mid range, forward drive elliptical trainer, but the NordicTrack Elite 12.7 also adds the benefits of a color, touch screen with built-in web browser. You can be entertained during your workout with the ability to check the news, interact in social networks and view media.

A key design feature of this model is the power ramp. The user is able to adjust the incline up to 20% from a button on the console and so alter the shape of their stride. This allows the user to concentrate on developing one or more specific muscle groups.

The user is able to select from up to 35 challenging programs to engage their interest and help achieve specific fitness goals. Additionally there are 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected to help burn more calories or just tone up.

This elliptical trainer is iFIT enabled. Using Google Map technology the iFIT facility greatly enhances the workout experience. Train with Jillian Michaels, and receive workout downloads. This requires a home wireless internet connection and subscription to iFIT which is sold separately.

Other highlights include: Silent Magnetic Resistance braking, heart rate monitor (with wireless chest strap), back-lit display, an automatic workout  fan and a sound system with iPOD / MP3 connectivity.

The machine is covered by a strong warranty which offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5 years on all parts and 2 years labor.

Here's a list of the main features:

... workout options

The model has 35 built-in workout programs. Each workout has been designed by a certified personal trainer in order to help you get the most out of your workout session.

These 35 workout showcase everything the elliptical is capable of and assist you in achieving your fitness goals whether it be to lose weight or tone up.

... magnetic braking

Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) braking is used on this model. This system offers a frictionless, resistance braking which is very smooth in operation and allows the user to adjust the intensity of their workout without having to break the continuity of their workout.

... digital resistance levels

This model makes it easier to burn calories and increase your muscle tone by allowing the user to increase or decrease the amount of resistance that is applied to the ellipticals motion.

There are a total of 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.

... power ramp

Another innovative feature of this trainer is the "power ramp". The elevation of the ramp can be adjusted between the values of 0 % to 20 % directly from a button on the control panel.

Depending upon the amount of elevation selected there is a corresponding change in the motion of the elliptical which enables different muscle groups to be engaged.

... upper body grips

Upper body grips allow the user to burn more calories and tone the muscle groups in the arms and trunk. These workout arms feature soft touch grips and are able to accommodate any height of user. They fall naturally to hand and remain comfortable throughout the  workout.

... ergonomic pedals

This elliptical is equipped with large, cushioned pedals. These ergonomically designed pedals allow for a number of different foot positions and thus provide the user with greater stability and comfort during the workout.

... color touch screen

The 7" 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.

... heart rate monitor

The trainer is also equipped with a "CardioGrip" heart rate monitor. By monitoring your heart rate using the sensors that are built into the handlebars you can make the most out of each workout.

A wireless chest strap is also included which transmits your heart rate data continuously to the display without any need to touch the heart rate sensors on the handlebars.

By monitoring your heart rate you can ensure that you're always in the right training zone for your goals. This results in a more effective workout, burn more fat, and improve your cardiovascular health.

... iFIT enabled

This trainer is iFIT enabled with an iFIT module already built into the console. This feature provides the following benefits:

  • MAP:Exercise anywhere in the world with Google Maps
  • TRAIN: Download workouts to help with your fitness goals
  • COMPETE: Compare progress to others in the iFIT community.
  • TRACK: Upload your workout data to monitor your progress.
  • GOAL: Set Calorie, Time or Distance goals for your workouts.
  • VIDEO: Watch high definition videos with simulated workouts.
  • WEIGHT LOSS: Download sets of weight-loss workouts.

It should be noted that this feature requires a home wireless internet connection, and membership to iFIT which is sold separately.

... iPOD connection

The audio system on this model is connected to an iPOD compatible music port.Simply plug in your iPOD, or MP3 player, into the Interplay Music Port situated on the control panel. You can enjoy listening to your favorite music or an audio book title during your work out session.

... auto cooling fan

A strenuous workout can leave you feeling hot and sticky, but this elliptical trainer provides the perfect solution with an integrated workout cooling fan.

The fan has a low, high and auto setting. When the auto setting is selected the speed of the fan will automatically adjust itself to the speed at which you are pedaling.

The console mounted fan is operated from a button on the control panel and helps to keep you to keep cool during the most strenuous workout.

… warranty details

The NordicTrack Elite 12.7 elliptical trainer is protected by a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5 years parts and 2 yrs labor.


  • 32 Workout Programs
  • 26 Digital Resistance Levels
  • Intensity Stride Power Ramp
  • Adjustable Stride Length
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • Color Touch Screen
  • iFIT Enabled
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Wireless Heart Rate Strap
  • Cushioned Pedals
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Transport Wheels


  • Footprint: 80.25" L X 25.7" W X 64.43" H
  • Stride Length: up to 20"
  • Max User Weight: 375 lbs
  • Flywheel: 32 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame (Lifetime)

                         Parts (5 yrs)

                         Labor: (2 yrs)

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This machine blew me away! As soon as I got on it I knew I would love it.

The motion feels so natural and smooth, I am more than pleased. It is solid and the touch screen is amazingly beautiful to look at.

I really enjoy the Ifit features. The chest heart monitor is a huge bonus and makes the workout more care free.

I recommend this product. It is totally worth the money. Shipping was a little slow but if you are patient it is well worth the wait!

This company has some great quality equipment at a good price!

This machine is wonderful!

Very smooth easy on the joints and the touch screen is awesome.

Despite not being a big NordicTrack fan. I must admit that this is a decent piece of equipment.

The android console works far better than the Altia console ever did. The web integration was simple and easy to use. Getting a program running on YouTube while having the workout run was a breeze.

The machine itself is robust and provides ample resistance to get an excellent workout.

That said, there are still a few kinks, like killing the program I am watching on Youtube when my workout ends. Not having the ability to overlay some basic workout stats on the screen with the web app (youtube) running in the background, etc.

However none of these are show stoppers. Get this machine at the price I paid for it and you will feel like you stole the thing.