Bowflex TreadClimbers are the perfect machines for those who want to walk their way to fitness. Their unique design allows you to burn more calories than on traditional treadmills, without the impact on your knees and joints.
The Bowflex brand is owned by Nautilus, Inc., a world leader in health and fitness. They also own Scwhinn, Universal and Octane Fitness.
In 1986 Nautilus, Inc. was known as Bowflex 2000. A few years later they changed it to Bowflex, Inc. and updated it once more to Nautilus, Inc. when they bought Nautilus, Schwinn and Stairmaster Fitness.
Bowflex is a name with a strong reputation in the fitness industry. They are renowned for the home gym equipment they design and sell, but also for the ellipticals, TreadClimbers, Max Trainers, treadmills and gym accessories.
A Look at the Current Bowflex TreadClimber Lineup
BowFlex TreadClimbers are mainly designed for weight loss workouts. They essentially combine three cardio machines in one: treadmill walking in a step up motion in an elliptical pattern.
Currently you have only 2 TreadClimbers being sold: the all new TC100 and up-level TC200, both huge improvements over previous models.
The base TC100 features a fully backlit LCD display, up to 4 mph, heart rate grips, USB charger and a 2 year warranty. It has a compact, space friendly design and transport wheels with a 300 lb. max weight capacity.
The TC200 is a more advanced model, and costs around $1000 more than the TC100. It adds 5 workout programs, up to 4.5 mph speed, Bluetooth workout tracking, wireless heart rate monitoring and a 3 year warranty, in addition to all of the features and capabilities of the base model.
Bowflex TreadClimber Buying Tips
If you want to buy a TreadClimber, be aware of some facts:
– These machines are not meant for runners. They can’t help you develop endurance or speed, but they can help you burn a lot of calories and lose weight in a relatively short amount of time.
– They are expensive because there is no competitor, so make sure this is the kind of machine you are interested in.
– They help burn calories faster, but you do have to put in the effort and use the machine at least the recommended 3 days per week.
– The reasons why you should choose a TreadClimber are to lose weight, improve your muscle strength and/or to help you go through an injury recovery period.
If you’re interested in purchasing one of the latest Bowflex TreadClimber models, your best bet is the official site where they often feature special sales and discounts at different times of the year.
Which TreadClimber Should You Buy?
First, consider your budget. The base TC100 is currently $1999 on sale, and the TC200 is $2999 on sale. So it’s a big difference. Next, decide if you need built in workouts or not. The TC200 has 5, the TC100 has none, so you just use it manually.
Also, the TC200 has workout tracking, which many people love these days. That way you can keep tabs on your workouts and sync with your favorite workout apps. The TC100 does not have that capability.
The TC200 also has wireless heart rate monitoring, which is more accurate than the grip measurement. So if accuracy is key for you, the TC200 is a better choice.
The bottom line is, if you can afford the TC200, it’s absolutely the better machine. However if you don’t need all of those extras, the TC100 is just fine.
Opt for the extended warranty regardless of the model you choose, as you only get 2 and 3 years, respectively.