Beyond the Hype TreadClimbers Really Produce Results!
The Bowflex TreadClimber offers a new concept in cardio exercising. If you’ve seen the informercial, and you would have to live in a cave not to, the TreadClimber promises you will “Get the Body Your Want in Half the Time.” For that to work for me I would have to grow several inches and be about 20 years younger. I don’t think the TreadClimber can do that, but there may be some validity to their claims, which are:
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The innovative design is based on a “dual motion treadle system”. These treadles move up and down with the motion of your footsteps. It is like having a cross between a treadmill, stair stepper and an elliptical trainer. And because you are walking and not running the TreadClimber is shorter in length, thus taking up less floor space than a treadmill. As much as a foot or two.
Yes, the TreadClimber does give you a more efficient workout in comparison to walking or running on a treadmill. The design does allow you to work your large core muscle groups more efficiently. An independent consumer magazine stated at 2 mph and 3.5 mph you burned twice as many calories as on a flat treadmill at the same speed. Although, if you crank up the incline on a treadmill you will also burn more calories at a lesser speed, but probably not as efficiently as the TreadClimber.
However, the advertisements suggest you can get the body you want. What they don’t mention is that the Bowflex TreadClimber primarily works your lower body, and to tone up your upper body you still need to do some type of upper body strength training, which is also true with a treadmill.
When you run on a treadmill you can impact up to 2.5 times your body weight – imagine the shock to your joints when you run on concrete or asphalt. Since the treadles on a TreadClimber move up and down in a motion that mimics climbing, you have less impact than on a treadmill. In addition, the TreadClimber is designed for walking, which is less stressful than jogging or running. In general, there is less stress to your joints in comparison to a treadmill, but it is not as low-impact as an elliptical trainer.
In the past there were a number of mechanical issues, primarily because of the complexity of the design. I use to get a number of complaints. The company appears to have resolved those issues, and I can honestly say I have not received a complaint in over 2 years.
The issue here is whether you are better off buying a Bowflex TreadClimber or a treadmill. For $1,500 you can buy a very durable treadmill like the Sole F80, which comes with a lifetime motor, 5-year parts and 2- year labor warranty. When you start talking about spending around $3,000 for the TC200 you can purchase a commercial grade treadmill for the home.
However, some tests show the TreadClimber does offer a more efficient workout with less impact in comparison to a treadmill, and that may justify the cost. There are countless satisfied customer who have bought the TreadClimber. These machines get results, otherwise tens of thousands would not have bought them.
Just don’t get carried away with the hype, and look at the alternatives that are available both with treadmills and elliptical trainers. After some due diligence you may conclude that the Bowflex TreadClimber is the best answer for achieving your fitness goals.
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This is a fine machine, one that will give you a great cardo workout for the time spent. I use it in the winter when I can not use the bicycle for my cardio. Very well build, its not loud, it FUN! IF you are really into your workouts, I suggest you buy it! I use the Bowflex Ultimate 2 for the strength part and the TreadClimber for cardio. VERY well built. If you have a doubt about yourself that you may not continue a exercise program you may want to start cheaper BUT starting a workout program both strength and cardio with cheap stuff will make it much harder to stay motivated also. PS…… Bowflex’s customer service department is second to none for service!
I am definitely not a fitness trainer but I would have to say that the Bowflex TreadClimber TC5000 (Now the TC20) provides the BEST workout possible for home use. I will agree that it is a bit expensive, but I haven’t experienced a complete cardio and full-body workout like I experience on the tread climber. In a matter of minutes, you are pouring sweat and your heart rate is elevated.
I bought a TC20 TreadClimber 4 and 1/2 years ago and the motor went out. Went ahead and bought a new TreadClimber because I liked the first one so much and felt it a necessary part of nearly daily exercise. New one works great and a little easier to put together than the old one. A little heavy to move around. After getting the new TreadClimber, I called to see if the old one could be fixed and I was sent a new motor for free! The motor warranty is for 5 years. I am a little intimidated by replacing the motor in the old machine. Be sure to lubricate the treads every 3 months or so, as motor failure can be caused by not lubricating them.
I have been using the TreadClimber TC20 since the end of September and am extremely pleased with this machine! I applaud those who were involved in designing it…it is everything that it is advertised to be. I actually look forward to working out now. I have noticed a difference in my energy level and just feel better all around! Thank you so much for such a superb product!