Bowflex Treadclimber TC100 Review 4

Bowflex Treadclimber TC100 Rating

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Pros The TC100 is the lowest-priced Bowflex TreadClimber and a very efficient alternative to elliptical trainers and treadmills. It's ideal for achieving fitness goals quickly and with minimal risk of injury. Compared with a standard elliptical trainer or treadmill the Bowflex TC100 enables faster calorie burn and better muscle definition, plus it's easier on the knees, hips and ankles. Bowflex TreadClimbers are so effective and easy to use that the manufacturer (Nautilus) provides a six-week money-back guarantee.
Cons Top speed for the TC100 TreadClimber is 4 mph, which is slow compared with most treadmills. Another limitation of this model is its simple console: While it does have Bluetooth for data sharing, its only workout mode is manual. As for cardio monitoring the TC100 has contact grips but not wireless telemetry. For comparison the Bowflex TC200 has a variety of preset workouts plus wireless heart rate monitoring. With a top speed of 4.5 mph it's also a bit faster than the TC100.
Summary Bowflex TreadClimbers are favorite elliptical alternatives for low-impact exercise. Of the different models the TC100 is the best for shoppers who’d rather not pay for preset workouts and wireless heart rate monitoring. Beyond the electronics though the two units are almost interchangeable. We prefer the more expensive TC200, but the TC100 is the set's best seller and a definite crowd-pleaser.

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Bowflex Treadclimber TC100 Detailed Overview

Advertised with the tagline “Just Walk,” the Bowflex TC100 TreadClimber is a walker’s efficient solution to fitness. It shares key performance features with the TC200 but is more budget-friendly. Some main differences between Bowflex TreadClimbers are in the consoles’ programming. Both models are sold with six-week money-back guarantees.

Why are Bowflex TreadClimbers a hit? Their upward sloping workout angles let walkers burn calories up to 2.5 times more quickly compared with walking at zero degrees. The Bowflex TC100 is also more effective than standard elliptical trainers. Its wide range of power incline settings — zero to 40 percent — supports muscle toning with wonderful precision. As the workout angle steepens, the focus of exercise moves from the calves to the glutes. And yet another key benefit of the TC100 is the minimized risk of strain on the knees and other joints; compared with treadmills and outdoor paths, TreadClimbers enable low impact exercise. They’re a better choice for people working on recovery or being careful about injury prevention.

Two users can save profiles to the TreadClimber TC100 console. (The TC200 supports four profiles.) For data tracking the statistics can be uploaded to the Bowflex Connect website. Several workout programs can be accessed online too, but only the TC200 provides built-in guidance. Both TreadClimber models have eye-level charging ports for mobile devices. The tablet holder is smartly placed so that a mobile device won’t obscure the console screen.

Our Favorite Features

Here are selling points for the Bowflex TC100:

  • Serves as an elliptical, stair climber and treadmill
  • Enables rapid calorie burn
  • Low-impact design reduces perceived exertion and the risk of injury
  • Grip heart rate monitor
  • Free access to four online workout programs
  • Tablet holder and charger
  • Compact for home use
  • Transport wheels

Bowflex Treadclimber TC100 - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:N/A
Weight Capacity:300 lbs
Dimensions:57" L x 31.5" W x 59" H

Our Least Favorite Features

Like most fitness machines, this TreadClimber isn’t for everyone. Here are possible drawbacks:

  • No preset workouts
  • Has grip pulse monitor but not wireless monitor
  • Top speed of 4 mph is too slow for advanced trainees

The Bottom Line

The Bowflex TC100 is an easy recommendation for walkers and runners who are concerned with joint pain and/or seeking very efficient calorie burn and muscle toning. Although the pricier TC200 has more appeal thanks to preset workouts, the TC100 paired with a tablet computer can keep your interest. With 30 minutes of walking per day you can expect impressive results very quickly.

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