Go on Virtual Runs With Your Friends!
The Bowflex BXT 116 treadmill is a new machine from a very established brand. Bowflex came to fame with hype-filled infomercials shouting about the workouts of the famous Treadclimber and Max Trainers. Both of these are hybrid machines designed to burn more calories in less time.
The BXT 116 is a more traditional machine that is part of Bowflex’s new treadmill and elliptical line. We learned about this model during a recent interview with several top Bowflex engineers. You may also want to check out the Bowflex BXT 216 for some upgraded features. But, when push comes to shove, we still prefer some of the NordicTrack and ProForm models with their extensive iFit interactive platforms.
WEEKEND SALE ENDS MONDAY: The Bowflex BXT 116 is currently discounted to $1,599, but we recommend you check out the NordicTrack T7.5S Treadmill for more interactive features
Fitness Tracking – Bowflex provides a free “Results Series” app that lets you connect your treadmill using Bluetooth 4.0. Through this program you can track your fitness and compare stats from day to day. We recently spoke with Bowflex representatives and we were impressed with their commitment to quality. They design all of the features on their machine with the user in mind. It is their goal to create a rewarding workout experience.
RunSocial – Along with the free Results Series App, there are a number of optional packages that you can add to your treadmill. On of our favorites was the “RunSocial” programming that allows you to run with an avatar in virtual locations around the globe. You can sample runs to check out the scenery and then purchase full courses for a few bucks each.
Best of all, RunSocial allows you to meet your friends in these virtual locations so your avatars can run side-by-side. It’s a great way to add a social aspect to an otherwise lonely running session.
DailyBurn – Finally, Bowflex offers the Daily Burn digital fitness and partnership package. This is somewhat similar to iFit Live in that it gives you custom workouts led by trainers. The workouts are designed to let you reach your goals. You can try an 8-week trial for free ($119 value.)
Display – The display on this machine is a 7.5″ Full Color LCD. The color adds a nice touch to this console and helps with clarity. In addition, it has a Calorie Dial that lets you “see the burn” while you run. Pretty nice – not super fancy – but a good console. If you want to use the virtual running features described above, you’ll need to view them on a linked smart tablet or phone.
Cushioning – The cushioning on this treadmill is a 3-cell comfort tech as opposed to the 5-cell comfort tech on the BXT 216. Basically, this allows for a softer landing surface and a firmer rear deck for a solid push-off.
Deck – This machine comes with a 20×60″ deck that will work for taller users. You should note that the BXT 216 has a 22″ wide deck for around $300 more.
Programs – 9 programs are included.
For example, the Commercial 1750 comes with iFit Coach programming, 7″ HD Touchscreen, iPad holder, 3.6 CHP motor, larger 22×60″ deck, 3% decline, and a much stronger warranty including lifetime motor.
Bowflex is clearly a great company. They’ve proven that with years of high reviews on their Treadclimber and Max Trainer models. Time will tell whether their treadmill line is as popular with consumers. For now, we would probably recommend you check out the NordicTrack T7.5S, NordicTrack Commercial 1750 or Sole F80 over this machine.
To learn more, check out NordicTrack.com