Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 Review

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The Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 is a revolutionary combination of three pieces of cardio equipment with features from a treadmill, an elliptical, and a stair climber. It represents the latest top-of-the-line product in the TreadClimber family and includes a Goal Tracking feature to help set, monitor and achieve your fitness objectives. It is essentially a newer version of the TC20 and an upgraded variant of the TC100. As the premium option in the product range, the Bowflex TC200 is certainly not the cheapest of its kind in the market, but if you’re looking for the best TreadClimber with top-notch features, this is your best bet. It is what you can consider a light commercial grade equipment with high-quality parts, and it is backed by an excellent warranty and guarantee.

Design and Features

The primary objective behind the design of the TreadClimber TC200 is quite simple. Take the finest features from the most effective calorie-burning cardio equipment in the market and combine them into a single piece of innovative machine.

In principle, this is more cost-effective because the TreadClimber is priced roughly the same as a top-rated treadmill or elliptical. The question is, how does it measure up in practice? Bear in mind that it is not an equipment designed for runners. Even though the belts boast a higher top speed than the previous TC100, they are still restricted to 4.5 mph, which is a long way off traditional treadmills with belt speeds of 12 mph and higher.

The TC200 was developed specifically for walking workouts, wherein you can utilize a combination of incline and resistance levels to regulate the intensity of your exercise routine. This makes the TreadClimber perfect for all fitness levels. It allows you to enjoy impressive muscle tone and rapid calorie burn that are normally reserved for runners.

Use the console to control the speed of the belts, anywhere between 0.5 and 4.5 mph. You can also adjust the level of the hydraulic cylinders on both sides of the frame. This will alter the movement of the treadles to which the belts wrap around. In essence, the treadles function in the same manner as the running deck on a treadmill. The primary benefit with the TreadClimber is that tread elevates to meet your foot, thereby providing a lower impact workout similar to elliptical pedaling. This is further supplemented by what Bowflex calls its ‘Easy Step’ Shock system.

This hybrid fitness machine allows you to take short strides that replicate climbing and elliptical training. You can also power walk with a maximum footpath of 58 inches. The stride length changes with the automated incline. The different incline settings make it easy for you to concentrate on toning muscle groups in the lower body like the glutes and calves.

Depending on the angle you choose for your workout, the rate of calorie burn with the TC200 can be up to 2.5 times quicker than it is on a conventional treadmill at the same speed. Built-in customizable programs offer interval training and workouts for distance, time, and calorie goals. In addition, you will receive free access to the four Motion Traxx workouts online. Up to four users can save profiles in the console and workout data can be transferred via Bluetooth to a Bowflex mobile app and then shared with fitness apps.

As for safety, there is a Safety Key port that will protect you in case you lose your balance and fall. One end of the key is attached to your clothing while the other is connected to the console through a short lanyard. The rationale behind such setup is that if you move too far from the console, the Safety Key will detach and the belts will immediately stop moving.

The Good

The Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 is a low-impact alternative to conventional cardio trainers. This three-in-one hybrid fitness equipment can replace a treadmill, elliptical and stair climber- all with higher calorie burn and lower joint impact for comfort, endurance and safety. The TreadClimber lets you reap the benefits of running without exceeding 4.5 mph. It has four built-in programs, four online programs and a coaching technology that provides workout guidelines for optimum results. Wireless telemetry shows heart rate data and a color-coded indicator helps you perform your exercise routine at the best intensity level. The TC200 has been upgraded with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for monitoring workout stats. It is a premium fitness machine that is durable, easy to assemble, compact for home use and sold with a three-year warranty and a money-back guarantee. Also commendable are the transport wheels, a built-in USB charging port and water bottle and tablet holder.

The Bad

The BowFlex TreadClimber TC200 is ideal for walking but cannot be used for running because the top speed is only 4.5 mph. Also, some may not take to the split track or treadle design, especially those with smaller physique because the treadles may seem far apart. The TC200 costs more than a high quality elliptical and it has fewer bells and whistles than most treadmills. It is bigger, heavier and costs $1,000 more than the TC100.

The Bottom Line

The Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 is the top-rated model in one of the most advanced and sophisticated product lines to hit the fitness market in a long time. It is a high-quality alternative to treadmills, ellipticals and stair steppers. It is comfortable to use, gentler on the body, effective in blasting calories, and equipped with mobile data sharing and helpful training programs. Its biggest potential downside for shoppers is the MSRP of $3,299, which explains why its predecessor is more popular. However, it fits your budget it is a worthwhile purchase.

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