Exercising is a very important factor in life to maintain healthy fitness. The problem is, some people already suffering from health issues, especially lower body problems like bad knees and chronic back pain, have a hard time finding workouts that work for. Running and other cardio workouts are just too hard on their bodies. That is where the Bowflex Treadclimber comes in. It allows users to burn the maximum amount of calories by walking at their normal pace. Today we take an in-depth look at Bowflex Treadclimbers including pricing, ease of use, assembly time, design quality, and warranty. We then compare them to models by other manufacturers.

Comparison Table

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What Is Bowflex Treadclimber?

A Bowflex Treadclimbers are alternatives to traditional treadmills. Unlike typical treadmills, the Bowflex Treadclimber consists of two separate narrow tracks (one for each foot) with a maximum of 40% incline. The incline is adjustable so that the customer can use it as either a regular treadmill, elliptical, or a stair stepper.

Product Specs

The Bowflex Treadclimber is a favorite because of its incline option that helps users burn calories faster with less stress on the body. Think of it like walking up an adjustable hill. Because walking up an incline can burn more calories than normal walking. In the case of the Bowflex Treadclimber, research shows that you burn burns calories up to 2.5 times faster than walking on a flat treadmill. No running necessary. You can walk at your normal pace to decrease the amount of stress on your body while burning the maximum amount of calories. The adjustable incline feature also allows the user to focus the muscle groups being used during the workout. Studies show that the Bowflex Treadclimber boost users’ energy levels, metabolisms, HDL levels, and bone density. This lowers your risk of getting conditions such as osteoporosis, excess body fat, and back pain.

Unlike regular treadmills, the Bowflex Treadclimber supports the lower body and causes less stress on the knees and lower body joints. It also has hand grip pulse sensors that allow you to monitor your heart rate while exercising. Customers also like the Bowflex Treadclimberls multi-profile function, which means you can access just your data even though others in your household might share the machine. Some models even allow users to virtually climb stairs in landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty during their workout.

On the downside, users have found that the Bowflex Treadclimber is not good for people over the height of 6’1. They also noted that the machine can be rather noisy when it is placed on higher speeds.

Pricing

Pricing for Bowflex Treadclimbers range in price from $$$ to $$$$$.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

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Pros

  • Comfortable design
  • Easy assembly
  • Excellent warranty
  • Allows users to climb stairs inside famous landmarks virtually
  • Designed to help user burn the maximum amount of calories

Cons

  • Lacks internet connectivity
  • Not good for people over 6’1
  • Can be noisy on high speeds

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The Bowflex Treadclimber TC100 allows users to burn the maximum amount of calories. It is easily transportal because of its compact design. It also has wheels for easy portability. The TC100 lets users make profiles to store and track their individual data and progress toward fitness goals. There are oversized cup holders (big enough for a sports water bottle) to help the user stay hydrated. The rear platform allows users safely mount/dismount the Treadclimber. Users also noted that the TC100 included contact grip sensors for heart rate monitoring, a media holder (for iPads), and cellphone charger. However, reviewers noted the TC100 does not include built-in workouts.

Pros

  • Customizable features
  • Includes a media shelf
  • Charging station for cellphones
  • Compact
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Does not include built-in workouts
  • Portability comes at some cost to the stable feel of other models

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The Star Trac 8 Series includes the “OpenHub” console that allows users to track their data and upload it from a variety of fitness apps. The machine was designed for users to burn the maximum amount of calories while using it. The design allows users to step up as much as 18 degrees on the incline. The Star Trac also allows users to connect their phones to it through Bluetooth to make tracking their workout easier. There is even a charging port for users to charge their phones. The machine is also designed with multiple cup and accessory holders. The LCD screen is already pre-wired for entertainment receivers (televisions) and includes a tablet holder. Adjustable personal fans keep users cool. Unlike the Bowflex Treadclimber, the Star Trac 8 Series is good for users of all heights as it is designed for users to walk with a natural stride length.

The Star Trak 8’s control panel is a touch-sensitive “HotBar” that users can use to control the speed and elevation with one finger. The HotBar also contains the stop button and contact grips that monitor heart rate. On the down-side, additional assembly is required for the optional add-ons and the Star Trac 8 Series is on the higher end of the price range.

Ease of Use

Assembly Time

Design Quality

Warranty

Pros

  • Easily tracks workout data
  • Allows users to connect phones via Bluetooth
  • Designed to help users burn the maximum amount of calories
  • Includes a charging port for cellphones
  • Includes multiple cup and accessory holders

Cons

  • Additional assembly is required for optional add-ons
  • Very pricey

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The Star Trac E-TC Treadclimber owns some of the same features as the Star Trace 8 series Treadclimber. The similar features include the design which allows users to burn the maximum amount of calories while using it, integrated HotBar, personal fans, and a multitude of cup and accessory holders. What separates the Star Trac E-TC from the Star Trac 8 Series is its 15.6” HD Personal Viewing Screen that allows users to watch whatever they want privately. Users can connect their Ipods with video and music so that users can watch their own personal content. The console is easy for users to use with its scrolling message window and heart rate display. It also provides 9 users with specific workouts just for them based on their fitness goals and other data.The built-in workouts include heart rate control, endurance, calorie burn, manual and quick start. The speed can be manipulated by the user in increments of .1 mph at a time for the perfect workout. The speed ranges from .4 to 4 mph and the machine has five different resistance levels. However, the display has to be installed separately which adds to the assembly time and the Star Trac E-TC is on the higher end of the price range. This machine is also not good for all users, as the maximum weight capacity is 350 pounds.

Ease of Use

Assembly Time

Design Quality

Warranty

Pros

  • Designed for users to burn the maximum amount of calories
  • Includes personal fans
  • Multiple cup and accessory holders
  • Personal viewing screen

Cons

  • Must install display separately
  • Very pricey

Conclusion

Based on factors such as key features, warranty, pros and cons, design quality, assembly time, and ease of use, we have come to the verdict that the Bowflex Treadmill is a 4-star product. It includes a lot of great features like easy assembly, comfortable design that allows users to burn the maximum amount of calories, and can be used to target specific muscles during a workout. It also has a ton of benefits, such as reducing the risk of users contracting osteoporosis, excess body fat, and back pain. It even is gentle on the joints and prevents leg and knee pain. It also is known to boost user energy levels, metabolisms, HDL levels, and bone density. Even though reviewers have found that some models aren’t good for people taller than 6’1, lack internet connectivity, and can be loud on higher speeds, the price of only $3000 is too good to pass up considering all of the amazing features the machine offers. Because of all of these factors, our final decision on the Bowflex Treadclimber stands at a 4-stars.

4 out  of 5 Stars

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