Bowflex Treadclimber: Productive without the Pounding
The Bowflex Treadclimber is a home gym piece that basically combines the best parts of a treadmill, stair stepper, and elliptical machine all into one. It functions like a treadmill in that it produces a forward walking motion, like a stepper in that it has two separate treadles so you can step up with each stride, and like an elliptical in that the two aforementioned are combined into a smooth, low impact motion that protects your joints from taking a beating. This may sound like a piece of equipment for the wimps of the world, but the truth is, it packs a calorie burning punch, especially for equipment made for walking only. The claim is that because you are engaging more muscles, you can burn more than 2 times the amount of calories on a Treadclimber as you can on a treadmill, stepper, or elliptical.
Bowflex Treadclimber Models and Features
The most recent models of the Bowflex Treadclimer include the TC5 (around $999) which uses new green technology called Step ‘N Go technology which means it is powered by your speed and momentum, eliminating the need for plugs and cords . It reaches its max speed at 4.5 mph and includes 4 electronic functions (speed, distance, time, and calories), LCD screen, and a 1 yr. warranty; TC10 (around $2200) which is motor powered (you set the speed and go up to 4 mph) and includes G.O. (Goal Oriented) Coach technology with weekly workout goals, storing and tracking 1 user, and a 2 yr. warranty, as well as all the features included on the TC5; and the TC20 (around $3300), which comes with all the bells and whistles including G.O. Coach technology with customized programming and the ability to store and track 2 users, max speed of 4.5 mph, 3 landmark challenges to keep you focused and energized, a 5th electronic function-heart monitor, extra long treadles for added comfort, and a 3 yr. warranty.
All models are backed by Bowflex’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee which allows users to try the product for 6 weeks, and if not 100 % satisfied, the ability to return the item for a full refund, minus shipping. Each model also includes a Bowflex Body Weightloss Plan.
This equipment is best used for general fitness, low impact cardio/endurance, weight loss, and strength training.
• Easy to use
• Great workout/Delivers results
• Sturdy base
• Operates smoothly
• Goal setting (with TC10 and TC20)
• High weight capacity (300 lbs)
• Hard to store
• Difficult to move(even with wheels)
• Expensive (Especially TC10 and TC20)
• No Extras (Such as iPod port, internet connection)
• Requires lubrication
• Short warranty
Note: There were some complaints with the older models of the motor burning out way before it should, but it seems newer models are more reliable.
Where to Buy a Bowflex Treadclimber
You can find a BowflexTreadclimber for sale at several online stores including bowflex.com and amazon.com. Also eBay and amazon.com are excellent sources if you are looking for a used machine or an older model such as the Treadclimber tc5000.
Bowflex Treadclimbers cannot be found at retail stores.
If your body is resolved to keep you on the ground because of joint pain or other high impact woes, then the Bowflex Treadclimber is a great resource for allowing you to still achieve a superior level of fitness, without the beating.
Bowflex TC10 Treadclimber. Retrieved on May 26, 2012 from http://www.treadmillreviews.net/bowflex-tc10-treadclimber/
Treadclimber by Bowflex. Retrieved on May 26, 2012 from http://www.treadclimber.com/bowflex_treadclimber_us/homepage.jsp