NordicTrack C 700 Treadmill Review

by Jack on April 4, 2016

NordicTrack C 700 Treadmill Review

In this review we will take a look at the specifications and features included with NordicTrack C 700 model and provide our opinion on who and what type of exercise the model is best suited for. Is it good for runners? The main question we will answer and explain here.

Before we start in on answering this question, first, we want to mention this is a review of the NEW 2016 version of this treadmill which has a few upgrades and added features compared to the older version. One of these is the addition of the iFit application. Integrated with Google maps the iFit allows to run or walk any place in the world!

NordicTrack C 700 Treadmill Review

For those wondering if this makes a good home model for runners. To answer this we must look at the core areas of the model: Motor, frame, tread belt dimensions and cushion system.

Most importantly – the motor is a 2.75 CHP and the tread belt dimensions are 20 x 55 -inches (W x L). We never a recommend runner buy any model with less than a 2.5 CHP motor or a tread belt length less than 55-inches in length. While we are not willing to rate this as one of the top models for this type of exercise it does fall within the required specification for running. What we will say, this is one of the more affordable models built for running and offers good value.

Also important and within required specification – includes the patented “Flex Select”, a frame constructed from welded steel and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds.

At the top of the center console is a LED display which conveniently tracks a important exercise metrics: speed, time, distance, heart rate and calories burned. Note: in order for heart rate to be measured and displayed on the LED display, you must first grip the side bars which have built in monitors that measure your pulse.

Another important feature to examine when buying any model is the warranty to learn what it provides. This machine provides a lifetime guarantee on the frame, 25 years on the motor and 1 year on parts and labor. We prefer to see the lifetime guaranteed on the motor but 25 years is a decent offer.

Core features and specifications

…Space saving

With overall dimensions of 73 x 36 x 67.5 (L x W x H) this is not a tiny treadmill. Not everyone will have the extra space in their house or apartment to dedicate full-time to a machine of this size. There is at least a partial solution…

When not in use this machine folds up into a horizontal position and the wheels on the bottom make it easy to push out of the way. which drastically decreases its overall footprint.

We should also mention “Easy Lift folding system a which assists you when either folding it up for storage or folding it down when its time to exercise.

NordicTrack C 700 folding treadmill

 

…Top speed and controls

The 2.75 horsepower motor can produce a top speed of 10 MPH. Some treadmills can turn faster but 10 MPH (6 minute mile pace) should provide a great workout for even those training for a marathon. The controls are “+ and -” buttons located on the center console.

 

…Incline 

Being able to walk or run at an incline is beneficial to a workout in many different ways. It provides muscle toning and cardiovascular benefits but the number #1 benefit seen is in weight loss. With each % grade increase more calories are burned.

This NordicTrack machine does have inclines from 0 degrees to 10 degrees. Similar to speed controls, the incline is adjusted through 1-touch buttons located on the center console.

NordicTrack C 700 Treadmill center console controls

 

…Workout Programs

For those of who are not professional trainers, we might need help in understanding and reaching our goals the best and most efficient way possible. Whatever your primary goals are: Weight loss, cardio vascular health, endurance training or general fitness. There’s a good chance that many of us do not know the best approach.

So instead of guessing where to set the speed and incline levels and how long you should exercise the NordicTrack C 700 treadmill comes with 20 programmed workouts designed by certified trainers. The wide variety of workouts address all areas of fitness.

Another plus, the speed and incline automatically adjusts for you as you move through the workout from beginning to end.

 

…Adjustable cushion system

Know treadmill would be complete without some type of cushion system. This machine comes with the patented “FlexSelect” system. The system acts as shock absorbers along the length of the walking/running platform.

The system has two settings which are adjusted by manually turning a spinning located under the deck. The first setting is for maximum cushion but the second setting feels more like you are walking or running on a paved surface like a street.

For the most part we would recommend exercising with the maximum cushion setting turned on. However, harder surface setting might be appropriate from time to time. For instance, a person training for a marathon which will be ran in the road might want to use it in their training. Also, maybe when you are using the iFIT application which allows you to exercise any where in the world. Maybe you will chosen to run on a famous street or bridge? Some people might find using the harder surface setting in this scenario more realistic.

NordicTrack C 700 Treadmill review for runners

 

…iFIT ready

This is one of the new feature on the 2016 version of this model. It may not be for everyone but the majority of the feedback we receive and read online about the iFIT is positive and people do enjoy using it. You are not forced to use it.

NordicTrack Treadmill with iFITHow it works. The first thing you will need is a home wireless (wifi) connection to set it up. The second thing you will need is a membership at iFIT.com. While writing this review in 2016 the membership cost was $9.99/month.

The iFit application incorporates Google map technology which allows you to chose almost anywhere in the world to walk or run. It provides a level of engagement, helping turn boring workouts into an experience.

It can also be used as a workout program in itself. Run the streets where the Boston Marathon takes place. How fast can you run across the Golden Gate Bridge? Challenge yourself and beat your best time! Imagine the places you can take yourself!!! And the cool thing about it, the incline adjusts automatically to the grade of the terrain you are on.

Besides the use of Google maps to walk, run or jog any where in the world, membership to iFit provides a lot more features. It’s a community of people you can learn from and compete against. It has an advanced tracking system to measures your progress. It has a content library where you can create customized workouts with the iFIT.

It might not be for everyone but the iFIT website has a lot to offer. If interested, we would recommend joining for a month and exploring the features to figure out if this is right for you.

…tablet holder in the picture

We want to be clear on this. In many of the images of this machine it shows a tablet above the center console. The tablet is not included with the purchase of this model.  The purpose of the pictures including the tablet at top are for demonstrative purposes only to show there is a tablet holder.

 

…Music while you workout

If you listen to music during your workout but for whatever reason would rather not have headphones on your ears, this treadmill has includes speakers and a built-in surround sound system. Its compatible with the iPOD and probably other devices so you can play your favorite play list while exercising.

 

…Cool yourself 

Located on the center console are dual fans. The output of these fans adjust automatically with the intensity of your workout. When you are running hard a breeze blows to cool you down. If you are only doing low intensity walking the fans adjust.

Bottom Line – NordicTrack C 700 Treadmill 

Overall, we give this a good quality rating from a name brand trusted company. Its definitely not the best treadmill on the market you can buy in 2016 but considering the price and what it does provide its definitely a model you should consider if your spending limit is in its price range.

We would rate this as a entry level model for runners looking for an affordable option. Of course, it will work for walkers and joggers as well.

 

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