Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 Review 4

Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 Rating

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Pros The Bowflex TC200 TreadClimber is a premier low-impact alternative to traditional cardio trainers. This three-in-one fitness machine does the work of an elliptical, a treadmill and a stair climber -- all with lower joint impact and higher calorie burn. Overall the TC200 TreadClimber lets trainees reap the fitness benefits of running but without exceeding 4.5 mph. For workout guidance a variety of exercise programs are built into the console and available online. Wireless telemetry gives heart rate data and a color-coded indicator helps trainees exercise at the best intensity level. For 2016 the TC200 is also enhanced with Bluetooth for tracking workout stats. This durable fitness machine is sold with a money-back guarantee and a three-year warranty.
Cons BowFlex TreadClimbers are ideal for walking but can’t be used for running since the top speed is 4.5 mph. (Bowflex builds Max Trainers as low-impact alternatives for runners.) Also, some people might not take to the TreadClimber’s split track or treadle design; especially if they have smaller bodies, the treadles may seem far apart. A third possible downside is that the TC200 costs more than a good quality elliptical. The TC100 costs $1,000 less.
Summary The Bowflex TC200 is a top quality elliptical alternative. Compared with ellipticals and other classic cardio machines, this revolutionary trainer is gentler on the body and more effective at blasting calories. Compared with the Bowflex TC100, the TC200 has a higher maximum speed and more advanced electronics for workout guidance and tracking. If it fits your budget it’s a worthwhile buy.

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Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 Detailed Overview

“Just Walk” to keep fit! The Bowflex TC200 TreadClimber lets walkers enjoy the rapid calorie burn and impressive muscle tone normally reserved for runners. Because the TreadClimber is lower impact than a treadmill, it brings lower risk of injury. It also brings a lower sense of perceived exertion even when calories are burned extra quickly.

This hybrid fitness machine looks much like a treadmill with a split track. Its long treadles support low-impact motion similar to elliptical pedaling but with great versatility: Trainees can take short strides to replicate climbing and elliptical training or can power walk with a maximum 58″ footpath. Stride length on a TreadClimber changes naturally with the automated incline, which has a maximum setting of 40 percent. The various incline settings make it easy to focus on toning specific muscle groups in the lower body such as the calves or glutes.

Depending on the angle used for training, calorie burn with a TreadClimber can be up to 2.5 times faster than it is on a traditional treadmill at the same speed. As the top TreadClimber model the TC200 has the collection’s highest top speed, 4.5 mph. The treadle belts can also move as slowly as 0.5 mph.

Customizable built-in programs provide interval training and workouts for time, distance and calorie goals. Additionally Bowflex TreadClimber owners get free access to four Motion Traxx workouts online. A holder and charging port for a tablet computer are provided behind the console monitor.

Four users can save profiles to the TreadClimber TC200 console. With Bluetooth their workout data can be transferred to a Bowflex mobile app and shared with popular fitness apps.

Our Favorite Features

Here are selling points for the 2016 Bowflex TC200 TreadClimber:

  • Can replace an elliptical, stair climber and treadmill
  • Enables rapid calorie burn
  • Low-impact for comfort, safety and endurance
  • Four built-in programs plus manual mode
  • Four online workout programs
  • Bluetooth© for data tracking
  • Tablet holder and charger
  • Wireless and grip heart rate monitors
  • Color-coded heart rate zone indicator
  • Compact for home use
  • Transport wheels

Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:N/A
Weight Capacity:300 lbs
Dimensions:55" L x 31.5" W x 62.5" H

Our Least Favorite Features

Here are possible downsides of choosing the TC200:

  • Not for running
  • MSRP is above $3,000

The Bottom Line

The Bowflex TC200 TreadClimber is a high quality alternative to ellipticals, treadmills and stair steppers. This model has it all: It’s comfortable to use, more effective than alternatives, and equipped with helpful training programs as well as mobile data sharing. Its only potential downside for many shoppers is the MSRP of $3,299, which explains why the simpler TC100 is even more popular.

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