Having started marketing its unique approach towards the concept of fitness back in year 1986, Bowlflex of America Inc. launched itself in the workout industry with a resistance training system which became an instant hit with the weightlifting enthusiasts. The company came out with many innovative fitness solutions later, including its highly popular Bowflex Treadclimber series. It even took over other well-recognized market entities such as Stairmaster fitness, Nautilus Corporation and Schwinn fitness. The Bowflex Treadclimber series was first introduced in the year 2003 and the hybrid model immediately climbed the popularity charts owing to its ability of delivering two times a strenuous workout as delivered by a standard treadmill. The secret behind its effectiveness lay in its incline training, something which you can commonly see in the new range of Bowflex tread climber models. The original treadmill could incline by up to 40%. In this detailed article on Bowflex tread climber, we will go over couple of popular models of the Bowflex Treadclimber series (TC 5 and TC 10) and review each one of them individually.
Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 Review
The Treadclimber series released by Bowflex became an instant hit owing to its ability of delivering multipurpose training in the form of an elliptical machine, a stair climber and a treadmill, all in one single product. Thanks to its tremendous ability of providing an effective incline, the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 can deliver a far more comprehensive, highly effective and a solid calorie burning workout session compared to the standard treadmills. All these benefits are delivered without putting any extra strain on the joints. Among all popular models of Bowflex Treadclimber series available in the marketplace, the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 is the most affordable as it consists only of the basic essentials required to get the job done. It can be easily termed as the simplest of all the Bowflex Treadclimbers available out there.
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Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 has been created in a manner that it can withstand a total user weight of up to 300 pounds. It in itself weighs around 163 pounds and needs to be assembled (although minimally) at the user’s end before being put to use. Its LCD display features 4 different functions – calories, distance, time and speed. Apart from that, its total dimensions are 43.1 x 27 x 52.8 inches. The maximum speed it can go up till is 4.5 mph and you can lift it up to the maximum height of 17 inches from the floor (when inclined). As it features solid wheels at the bottom, the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 is easily transportable from one place to another in your home/gym.
Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 pros
Ergonomically designed Console – People using the treadclimber can easily store their reading material, water bottles etc. in the space provided for all such essentials. Provision for such add-ons make the daily workouts easy and interesting.
Challenging workouts – The machine features 12 different intensity levels and is able to cater to the workout needs of all levels of fitness enthusiasts.
User generated display – Unlike as in case of other Treadclimbers available in the marketplace, this one doesn’t require any power outlet for the LCD display to switch on. It gets switched on as soon as you start working out and your natural movement generates enough power for it. As the entire console operates through the power generated by the user, it can be a highly encouraging and motivational experience.
Ease of operation – The Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 is very easy to operate and majority of users can figure out its various functions in as less as a few minutes’ time. All the pertinent instructions have been clearly laid out in the supplied manual and every function can be accessed quite easily.
Low impact – Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 is extremely easy on people’s joints, knees and ankles as it is quite different from the regular treadmills. It features an elliptical motion and doesn’t require lifting up of feet from the pedals.
Can be easily assembled – Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 is extremely easy to assemble. A large majority of its buyers have reported that they were able to assemble the entire treadmill in as less as half an hour’s time.
Easily transportable – The machine weighs around 163 pounds and hence you may think that moving it around can be a very difficult affair. Absolutely not! The manufacturers of Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 have made this treadmill easily transportable by providing solid wheels at its bottom. Hence, you can easily move the machine from one place to the other inside your home or gymnasium. What more, such wheels also significantly reduce the chances of suffering from injuries.
Attractive price – The price of Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 is extremely attractive in comparison to other Treadclimbers available in the marketplace. In fact, for TC 5 you’ll have to pay only a fraction of the cost of other popular models. Although it has slightly less number of functions than the top end models, it is good enough for anyone looking for a solid cardio workout.
Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 cons
Not too compact – People who haven’t set out a separate place for the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 may have difficulty moving it from one place to other as it can’t be compacted down to a smaller size for easy movement. Although it does have wheels which make its movement easy, but the sheer size of the machine may make its movement problematic on the whole.
No complex monitor features – People looking for additional high-end features in the monitor like different workout programs, heart rate calculator etc. may not find them in the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5. It packs in only the bare minimums required for delivering a comprehensive cardio workout, in the form of calories burnt, time, distance and speed.
Slightly noisy – Although the makers of Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 market it as a very quiet machine, a large number of users have complained about its noise during use. Hence, you may find it difficult to indulge in simultaneous activities like watching television, listening to music etc. while using this treadclimber.
No data storage or recall – People who’re used to advanced treadmills and treadclimbers like their machines to store their workout related data. Please keep in mind that Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 doesn’t have the ability to store your workout related data. The maximum it can do is store the exercise profiles of two people at the most.
No provision for extras – Unlike other popular treadclimber models available in the marketplace, the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 doesn’t feature any extra provisions such as that for Internet connection, iPod port etc. This may be a letdown for some users.
Not be ideal machine for running – While the common treadmill models can handle running speeds of up to 12 mph, majority of Treadclimbers including the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 has a top speed of only around 4.5 mph. This is also because of the reason that majority of users can’t climb uphill at higher speeds.
Need of lubrication – Users of Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 will have to periodically use some effective lubricating stick for its track to keep the machine running in the top condition.
Short warranty period – The Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 comes with a comparatively shorter warranty period of only one year. Please note, the other Treadclimber models of the Bowflex series, such as TC 20 and TC 10 have 3 years and 2 years warranties respectively.
Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 review conclusion
Although Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5 doesn’t have the equal number of features than its popular counterparts TC 20 and TC 10, it is indeed packed with all the essentials you require to get a solid cardiovascular workout. Considering the fact that it comes with an attractive price tag definitely goes in its favor!
Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 Review
An all in one fitness machine, the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 combines an elliptical trainer, a treadclimber and a treadmill into one single machine to deliver the most optimum cardio workout. It consists of two long pedals, known as treadles that although start out in flat position, can be easily inclined by as much as 40% to deliver an efficient workout session. Regularly working out on the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10, your body can burn almost two times the fat in comparison to conventional treadmills.
This Treadclimber apart from delivering an efficient cardio exercise routine, works out the muscles and promotes overall flexibility. It comes packed with many beneficial features that promote and encourage an effective workout routine such as a heart monitor, different intensity adjustments etc.
Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 has overall dimensions of 50.6 x 30.3 x 52.3 inches, and can lift off by as much as 14 inches from the floor when in incline position. It can take maximum of 300 pounds of user weight and its LCD monitor can display 6 distinct functions – total calories burnt, calories burnt per minute, distance, speed, time and total steps. Every unit of Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 comes with a comprehensive two years’ warranty. The machine is easily transportable owing to its two solid wheels and has provision for accessories like reading materials, water bottles etc. for delivering an overall satisfactory user experience. It weighs around 185 pounds and its speed levels vary from 0.5 mph to 4 mph.
Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 pros
Different intensity adjustments – As Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 has been built to cater to all levels of users, you can adjust its hydraulic intensity at 12 different levels depending on your workout needs. You can also increase/decrease its resistance levels to effectively vary the intensity of your workout session. TC 10 comes with two bonus workout routines and can be easily switched to the treadmill mode or the stair climber mode.
Smooth operator – Majority of users who work out regularly with the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 report that it is a very smooth operator. Not only does it provide a quiet workout session, its motion is quite smooth compared to other Treadclimbers available in the marketplace. On the whole, it is a perfect workout machine for people recovering from ankle and/or leg injuries.
Climb indicator – A feature that is specific to Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 model, the climb indicator motivates the user by giving him/her a notification every time he/she touches the 100 feet elevation mark.
Heart rate monitor – Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 comes with a wireless chest strap which helps in monitoring the heart rate, enabling you to always stay within your optimum fat burning zone. Hence, you are constantly able to monitor how your body is responding to the workout and can make appropriate adjustments to get the maximum from it.
LCD monitor – The LCD monitor provided in the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 displays all the important information such as total steps taken, speed, calories per minute, total calories burnt, time and distance to help you track your progress. You also get to see your heart rate information on a real-time basis.
Accessories tray – The provision for holding accessories in the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 makes this machine the preferred choice of people who like to multi task while exercising. It can hold reading materials and water bottles. You can also place your iPad/iPhone on its tray and indulge in entertainment facilities during workout.
Comprehensive warranty and guarantee – Every unit of Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 comes with a comprehensive money back guarantee lasting for 6 weeks’ time, during which you can continue to use the machine and decide whether it is good enough for you or not. Apart from this guarantee, you are also provided with an exceptional two-year warranty which covers all its important parts, hydraulics, electronics and motors.
Easily portable – As this machine has good quality wheels attached at its bottom, you can easily move it from one location to the other inside your home or gymnasium. Considering the fact that it weighs 185 pounds, moving it around in the absence of wheels can be a difficult task. Hence, the manufacturers have thoughtfully provided them with each one of its unit.
Efficient workout – Regularly training on the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 using its walker and steep incline features, you can get the same results as any regular runner, without causing any harm to your joints, ankles and knees. When using the TC 10 Treadclimber in its fully inclined position, you’ll be able to burn two times the fats with it in comparison to any regular treadmill out there.
Goal setting ability – The Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10, quite unlike its economical TC 5 variant, provides every user with a goal oriented coaching technology. This technology comprises of weekly goals featuring 90 minutes of strenuous training sessions and complete progress tracking, including the climb indicator (as detailed above).
Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 cons
Not the ideal machine for running enthusiasts – While the conventional treadmills can deliver a running speed of up to 12 mph, the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 can only go up till 4 mph. If you are really fond of running and would like to run indoors, this machine may not be the best option for you.
Can’t be compacted – As is the case with the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 5, this model also cannot be compacted down to a smaller size to make it easily movable. It weighs a solid 185 pounds and considering its sheer volume, it can be difficult to move from one location to the other despite the wheels at its base. Hence, when planning to use Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 on a long-term basis, it is advisable that you earmark a permanent location for its placement and don’t think about moving it for a long time to come!
No intelligent preset workouts – The Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 isn’t known for its quality of preset programming. It has a rather simple console which provides information related to total calories burnt, time, speed, distance, calories burnt per minute and total steps taken. You can switch between the 12 intensity settings and vary the speed from 0.5 mph to 4 mph.
No provision for extras – As with the TC 5 model, the Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 also doesn’t have the provision for extras like internet connectivity and iPod.
Requires regular lubrication – You’ll need to lubricate its treadles on a regular basis to get the maximum from this machine.
Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 review conclusion
Broadly speaking, other than its inability of getting compacted down to a smaller size for easy movement, Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10’s benefits far outweigh its cons. It is a relatively economical machine when compared to other similar models of other popular brands. Its features have been specifically included to deliver the most optimum user experience. Although you may have to find a particular and permanent corner for its long-term placement, the everyday calories you’ll be able to burn with its use, make TC 10 one of the most ideal cardio workout indoor machines. On the whole, Bowflex Treadclimber TC 10 is an excellent option for anyone looking for serious cardio workouts. It is specifically targeted at people who like enjoying their daily workout routines and don’t want any distractions while they’re at it.