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BowFlex TreadClimber TC200 Review

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A Hybrid Treadmill/Stair-Stepper/Elliptical Trainer

Bowflex TreadClimber TC20 review and ratingThe BowFlex TreadClimber TC200 is the new version from the TC20 and is their top of the line model.  In addition to being slightly bigger and heavier than the TC100, it comes with upgraded programming that is designed to assist you in achieving your fitness goals.  For those who are unfamiliar with the TreadClimber concept, they are designed to be a hybrid between a treadmill, stair stepper, and an elliptical trainer.  The company claims that their patented designed allows you to get a low impact workout that is more efficient than a treadmill.  With their customer satisfaction history, there definitely is some basis to the claims.

The BowFlex TreadClimber TC200 is designed with dual “treadles”.  They are like mini treadmill belts for both feet.  As you walk, the “treadles” move up and down to meet your feet, thus avoiding much of the impact that comes from working out on a treadmill. The TreadClimber is primarily designed for walking and is impractical for running.  However, the design provides you with a workout that can be equivalent to the intensity of running.

If you visit the web site or have watched their infomercials, BowFlex claims their TreadClimbers are almost 4x more efficient in burning calories in comparison to a treadmill, however, the comparison is based at walking at 3 mph with the treadmill at a zero incline.  Obviously, if you crank up the incline of a treadmill you will burn considerably more calories. Still, the BowFlex TreadClimber TC200 probably will burn more calories with a lesser perceived rate of exertion based on the design.  There is definitely less impact in comparison to a treadmill.

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G.O. Coach Technology

Many cardio equipment companies are getting into equipping their machines with motivational technology.  On the TC200 you get the G.O. (Goal Oriented) Coach Technology.  In a nutshell…

  • The G.O. Coach™ Console is an interactive program that interacts with the user to establish goals, monitor progress and compare results
  • Personalize your workout with customized goal-oriented programming
  • G.O. Coach™ technology delivers customized programming for two users and goal progress displays
  • 3 Landmark Challenges to keep you energized just like being monitored by a personal trainer
  • Set, monitor, and track personal fitness goals – and improvements

TreadClimber TC200 Features

  • Three year warranty coverage in comparison to two years on the TC100
  • Longer foot “Treadles” allowing you to position your feet where they are most comfortable.
  • 4.5 MPH max speed.
  • Compact Design – The length is only 55″.
  • Wireless heart rate monitor, allowing you to optimize your workout based on your heart rate.  This is a technique used by professional athletes.
  • Store and track two user stats.
  • 217 lb unit weight, giving the machine a solid and stable feel.

Our Review — Bowflex TreadClimber TC200

The Bowflex TC200 offers the low impact and efficient workout inherent in the design of all TreadClimbers.  In addition, it is equipped with programming to motivate you to reach your fitness goals and to track your progress.  In regards to the efficiency claims made by Bowflex, remember, the most efficient machine is the one you are going to use.  If you suffer from the impact of a treadmill and you are not comfortable with an elliptical, then the Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 may be the solution. The uphill walking motion of the TreadClimbers will definitely burn calories if you push yourself.

Also, read out review on the TC100

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