Bowflex TreadClimber

Bowflex TreadClimber TC100 Review for 2019

When I first saw this machine, I thought the two petal 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.

Reviewed Machine

Bowflex TreadClimber TC100

Overall Review

Design

Size

Price

Features

Warranty

PROS

  • Easy to Set Up
  • Low Impact Workout
  • Goal-Setting and Progress Indicators
  • Sturdy Frame

CONS

  • Limited Program Variety
  • Short Warranty
  • Not Meant for Running
  • Lacks Entertainment Features

Bowflex Treadclimber SPECS

Top Speed: 4MPH

Weight Capacity​: 300 Pounds

Dimensions​: 57" L x 31.5" W x 59 H

Built-in Functions​: 4 Programs


Bowflex Treadclimber KEY FEATURES

  • The Bowflex TreadClimber is set apart from other exercise machines by the two long petals called “treadies.” These fluctuating petals can be inclined by up to 40%, adding resistance to your workout.
  • The machine has a compact design and there are wheels under the frame to move the machine from one place to another.
  • The TC100 comes equipped with Bowflex connect which can monitor and track your fitness goals. This data is visible on the interactive and backlit LCD screens on the console.
  • This tc100 model comes with a grip heart rate monitor.
  • The tc 100 top speed provides adjustable speeds up to 4mph. It weighs 190 pounds, has a shipping weight limit of 590 pounds.

REVI​​​​​​​EW

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 osteoporosis, 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.


RATINGS

DESIGN: 5/5

The treadmill, elliptical, stepper hybrid knocks it out of the park. The tc100 three-in-one model provides superior, low-impact, calorie-burning results.

Treadclimber SIZE: 4/5

Not bulky. The design is compact with a small footprint. With the transport wheels, you can easily store and move the machine as necessary.

tc 100 PRICE: 5/5

Because this is an older model Bowflex, you can acquire it for a reasonably low price. Getting essentially three machines for the price of one is a steal.

tc100 FEATURES: 3/5

The back-lit display, cup holders, media holders, grip sensors, and sleek aesthetic are an improvement over previous models. Unfortunately, there are still some other modern features missing, such as speakers and a built-in cooling fan. The console program variety also needs some work.

WARRANTIES AND GUARANTEES: 2/5

Like other offerings from Bowflex, this treadclimber comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. That’s great, but the two year warranty is not. Other product offerings in this market provide lifetime warranties. Why not this?


In 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:

About the Author Kara McMahon

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