Chances are you’ve seen the infomercials on the Bowflex Treadclimber.
Whether you’ve used it before or have just seen on it TV, you’ll notice that it’s a pretty unique cardio machine that is a cross between a treadmill, stairclimber/stepper, and elliptical.
It utilizes dual treadles with a design that appears to help the user burn more calories in comparison to other cardio machines.
Designed at an incline, the dual treadles make the work out very comfortable by following the motions of a treadmill and elliptical. Couple that with the treadle displacement and you get a creative and effective approach that is equally effective as any of the individual machines.
There are two models, TC100 (formerly TC10) and TC200 (formerly TC20). Both carry similar features with a few differences:
Bowflex TreadClimber [COMPARISON]
|Model||Bowflex Treadclimber TC100||Bowflex TreadClimber TC200|
|Apps||Store 2 users data through Bowflex Connect.||Store up to 4 user data through the free Treadclimber App with wireless connectivity. Share your data through My Fitness Pal, Apples Health Kit, Google Fit, and Bowflex Connect|
|Speed||.5 mph to 4 mph||.5 mph to 4.5 mph|
|Ports||USB Charging Port||USB Charging Port|
|Monitor||LCD Backlit||LCD Backlit|
|Pre-set Programs||4 free Motion Traxx guided workouts||4 free Motion Traxx guided workouts;|
5 different workout programs: Just Walk, Calorie Goal, Time Goal, Distance Goal, and Interval
|Heart Rate Monitor||Grip monitor||Wireless Heart Rate Chest Strap (included)|
|Weight Capacity (lbs.)||300||300|
|Warranty||2 years coverage for entire machine.||3 years coverage for entire machine.|
The newer models are a definite improvement from their older versions.
All of the upgrades including the new console and customizable features have made the Treadclimber a major contender against other leading cardio equipment.
It does take some getting used to so don’t get discouraged. Many people have quit because they don’t give it enough time but once you have gotten used to the movements, you’ll experience an excellent work out.
What some may refer to as resistance, we’ll call intensity. The intensity is controlled via two methods … the speed and the shocks.
Going slow obviously makes the work out easy but when you increase the speed, you’ll be surprised at how difficult it can become.
Your heart rate spikes and what you initially thought would be an easy walk becomes a calorie torching, exhausting work out.
Adjust the shocks to change the level of displacement or the rate at which the treadle falls to also increase the intensity.
Tighten the shocks to prevent any treadle displacement and use it like a treadmill or loosen it to increase the displacement to use it the way it was intended.
Treadmills are built for running and walking and Treadclimbers are supposedly designed for the same but despite what Bowflex may say, it really is more suited for walking.
The length of the deck doesn’t support those with longer strides when running but don’t let that deter you. If you can walk and burn more calories than running on a treadmill, doesn’t that seem worth it?
Try walking 3 to 4 mph on the Treadclimber. It may sound easy but within a few minutes, you’ll understand why so many rave about this machine.
Its effectiveness further supports Bowflex’s claim that the Treadclimber can burn 2.5x more calories than a treadmill.
Overall, the Treadclimber does provide a safer, more efficient workout in comparison to a treadmill.
Treadmill vs Treadclimber – Which is Better?
This may be debatable.
Whether a treadmill is better than the Treadclimber is really a matter of preference.
If you enjoy running, stick with the treadmill, especially since you can burn more calories when you increase the incline.
Otherwise, the Treadclimber is a great option.
Where else can you burn more calories just by walking?