More and more individuals are using health and fitness equipment to pursue an exercise program in the comfort of their own homes. Home fitness equipment allows individuals to exercise at any hour of the day without concerning themselves with the operational hours of local gyms. A good piece of fitness equipment should allow the user to get an efficient, high-quality workout in a minimal amount of time. The Bowflex TreadClimber is an innovative new product that allows users to achieve a high-calorie burn at a low perceived level of exertion.
About Bowflex TreadClimbers
The Bowflex TreadClimber is another in a long list of Bowflex hybrid exercise equipment. The TreadClimber is a hybrid stepper/treadmill that combines the best of both worlds to create a new and efficient workout. The unit features two separate treadmills that alternately lift like a traditional stepper. The user only has to exercise at a walking pace to achieve the high-calorie burn of a stepper. This is a silent machine that feels easy and keeps users from burning out and abandoning their exercise routine. The TreadClimber helps users achieve their fitness goals by being quick, efficient, and easy to use.
The TreadClimber measures 55 inches long by 31.5 inches wide and stands at 62.5 inches tall. The minimum ceiling height for this machine is the user height plus 17 inches. Bowflex recommends a few extra inches for comfort above the minimum ceiling height. The assembled machine weighs 202 pounds and comes with integrated transport rollers to make it easy to move after assembly. The maximum weight capacity for this machine is 300 pounds. The unit can monitor the user's heart rate with an included chest strap or with the integrated contact grips. The back-lit LCD display offers the following programs: just walk, calorie goal, time goal, distance goal, and interval.
The Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 is available for $2,500. There are other more economically priced TreadClimbers in the Bowflex line. This is a high quality, durable machine designed to operate for years at high-intensity levels.
How It Compares
We tested the Bowflex TreadClimber on various factors to see how it performs. These factors included price, features, performance, design quality, and warranty. We also compared the Bowflex TreadClimber to other similar machines that are available on the market. These machines included the following:
The hybrid stepper/treadmill design really is a game changer as it allows for high-calorie burn workouts at low perceived levels of exertion. The maximum speed of the treadmills is 4.5 miles per hour. The Bowflex TreadClimber comes with integrated Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to share your fitness data with various smartphone apps. The highly technological display is easy to read and to operate. The unit also comes with a media shelf and a water bottle holder.
The action on this machine is smooth and silent and feels easy. The stepper and treadmill action is smooth with no jerking or surprise accelerations. This machine allows you to daydream or watch television as you exercise which makes it ideal for multi-tasking. The programs were fun, and the number of calories we burned during our workouts was surprising.
The Bowflex TreadClimber is compact and fits easily into the corner of a room. Unlike other machines, this unit does not require more of a workout space than its own small footprint area. The unit features high-quality construction material and will endure prolonged, high-intensity use with no issue.
The unit comes with a 3-year warranty that covers the entire machine.
Nordic Track C700
The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 represents the other line of hybrid home gym equipment offered by Bowflex. The Max Trainer is a hybrid stepper/elliptical that features articulated arm bars to activate the upper body. The Max Trainer comes in a compact, vertical design with a limited footprint. The unit measures 49 inches long by 30.5 inches wide and stands at 65.5 inches height. The minimum ceiling height is the user height plus 15 inches with a few extra inches of clearance for comfort. The assembled product weighs 148 pounds, and the maximum user weight was 300 pounds.
The hybrid elliptical/stepper action of this machine creates a high intensity, efficient workout. The easy-to-read display has 11 programs with 20 levels of resistance. There is a nice add-time feature which allows users to add time to their workout if they are feeling good. The display syncs with the free max trainer app and allows users to download their fitness data to a smartphone with Bluetooth. The display has 4 user profiles. The arm bars are gym quality, and the pedals are stainless steel.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 offers a fantastic and efficient full-body workout. The workout is much higher intensity than the workout of the TreadClimber, and the potential for burn out on the Max Trainer is higher. The combination elliptical/stepper means that there is no change for stride length like you normally have on an elliptical. The action is smooth and silent.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is a very innovative design that brings together the best of both worlds from steppers and ellipticals. The machine features a high-quality construction capable of withstanding years of rigorous use. The workouts are efficient and effective. The vertical design means that this machine has a small footprint compared to other pieces of exercise equipment.
The unit comes with a 3-year warranty.
Sole Fitness TT8
The Sole Fitness TT8 is a non-folding treadmill with a large LCD display. The display features 6 standard workouts, 2 custom workouts and 2 HR-controlled workouts. Wireless chest straps and integrated contact grips monitor heart rate. The unit measures 32 inches wide by 80 inches long and weighs 300 pounds. The running surface is 22 inches wide by 60 inches long. The treadmill has a 425 user weight capacity and comes with a 3.5 horsepower continuous duty motor. The treadmill has an incline feature with a maximum incline of 15%.
The Sole Fitness TT8 features a very large running space and a very high incline. The maximum speed of this treadmill is 12 miles per hour, and the unit features a sufficiently powerful motor. Integrated speakers sit on either side of the display and there is also an included audio cable. The machine is quiet and features cooling fans. There are trays on either side of the display and a second tray beneath the display.
This is a top-tier treadmill which requires users to perform at a high-intensity level to achieve the calorie burn of the Bowflex TreadClimber. There was no slipping and the action was smooth, but joint soreness from heel strikes became a problem after prolonged use.
This is a gym quality treadmill, but it is very large. There is no folding feature, so this unit takes up a lot of space and is not ideal for a small house or apartment. The frame uses quality material that will hold up to rigorous use over a long time.
The unit comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor, deck, and frame. There is a 5-year warranty on the electronics, belt and rollers, and other wear components. There is a 2-year warranty on labor.
Everyone likes to stay in shape, but not everyone always has the time to visit the gym. Gyms are subject to regular operating hours and become one more thing to schedule in an already busy life. Home exercise equipment can be a great way to pursue fitness goals in a way that's convenient and efficient. One of the most important factors in achieving fitness goals is sticking with the program. High-intensity programs often fail because the user becomes burned out by the repeated exercise. A good piece of exercise equipment must provide an efficient workout and keep the user engaged in the program.
The Bowflex TreadClimber is a hybrid stepper/treadmill that creates a high-calorie workout at a low perceived level of exertion. Users perform at a walking pace which allows them to watch television or multi-task while they're getting their workout. The workout is quick and efficient, and users activate muscle groups and burn calories without risking muscle strain or joint soreness. The Bowflex TreadClimber offers a functional workout that is so easy, users have no trouble making it a regular part of their daily routine.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 offers an elliptical/stepper hybrid workout that is much higher intensity than the Bowflex TreadClimber. Although the M7 allows the user to activate all muscle groups, the increased level of intensity meant this machine was more susceptible to user burn out. The Nordic Track C700 and the Sole Fitness TT8 were the two standard treadmills we tested. We didn't like either of the treadmills because they both required high-intensity workouts to achieve a good calorie burn and resulted in joint soreness.
The Bowflex TreadClimber is truly a game changer in the industry of home workout equipment. The unit is small enough to fit into any home or apartment, and the workouts feel so easy they quickly become a part of your daily routine. In order for a fitness program to work, the users must make their workouts as routine as brushing their teeth. Only the Bowflex TreadClimber offers a high calorie, strengthening workout at such a low perceived level of exertion. No matter what your fitness goals, the Bowflex TreadClimber earns our highest recommendation as a quality piece of home fitness equipment.