When I first saw this machine, I thought the two pedal design was only a novelty meant to boost the price tag. But after investigating a bit, I feel this machine is an excellent idea. It could be helpful for seniors with bad knees.
While most designers have created treadmills for running, Bowflex created the TreadClimber for walking. And that's just what you'll do! It's a unique, low-impact cardio machine that provides the benefits of a treadmill, an elliptical, and a stair-climber all at the same time.
Bowflex TreadClimber TC100
When you use the TreadClimber, the treadies move up and down to reduce stress on your knee and ankle joints. In turn, using this machine also reduces the risk of joint and back pain, and body fat. It’s great for toning your legs and abs. You can burn up to 2.5 percent more calories on this machine than you would on a regular treadmill.
The console has greatly been improved over its previous model with a backlit display. With two cup holders and a media holder to boot, you’ll be able to keep yourself moderately entertained and refreshed while you work out. There is also a dual purpose USB port for charging your devices.
The Bowflex Connect system allows you to track anything you would like to know about your weekly progress, including time, speed, distance, and calorie calculations. Just grip the handlebars, and the grip sensors will measure your heart rate. Unlike the TC10, the tc100 is the ability to store two user profiles. This allows your spouse to benefit from these features as well.
While these are great additions, the variety of built in programs in the console computer haven’t improved much over previous models.
Another important thing to keep in mind is with a maximum speed of 4mph, you won’t be able to run. You can still get a great workout walking on an incline for an extended duration.
New York’s Adelphi University Lab did some studies on the Treadclimber tc100 to see if it was really as effective as the marketing suggests. Dr. Robert Otto has some good things to say in this video: