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Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber

Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber

Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber

At the beginning of this week, I want to cover a hybrid fitness machine – the treadclimber. Though I have covered the treadclimber machine in one of my posts earlier, I would like to review the Bowflex TC5000 this turn.

Before I begin, I want to run a recap of how a treadclimber works. A Treadclimber is 3 machines rolled into one – the treadmill, a stairclimber /stepper and an elliptical. The Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber has 2 treads (one tread is similar to the tread of a treadmill), each one capable of rising one at a time. On the outer side of the treads are sideboards that allow you to switch from one mode to the other without having to get off the machine. So effectively, you have a stairclimber. You can even fix an elevation and use it as a treadmill. Here are the specifications on the Bowflex TC5000 Treadclimber.

Motor                          : Powerful commercial grade

Speed Range               : 0.7 mph – 4 mph

Resistance Levels        : 0 – 12

Treadmill Dimensions : 46” (L) x 30” (W) x 55.25” (H)

Max. User Load          : 300 lbs

Heart Rate Monitor     : Wireless chest strap monitor

Display                        : 3 large LCD windows -Speed, distance, total steps ,time, climb indicator, calories per minute (depending on weight and resistance inputs) and total calories and heart rate


Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber console

Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber console

The Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber comes with a 5-year cover on motor, 3 years on electronic and other parts, and 2 years on hydraulic systems.

Personally, I am not a fan of treadclimbers for 2 simple reasons:

1. Treadclimbers come with many small parts and devices that allow complex movements of a 3-in-1 equipment and thus they run a higher risk at break-downs. This combined with the fact that their warranty is hardly sufficient, makes them unattractive to me.

2. The other thing is posture. If I want to run, I will like to use a treadmill or run outdoors. The body has a higher chance to be in it’s natural jogging/running posture. Treadclimbers need some getting used to – at least initially and if you are not careful, you could be doing posture-related damage to yourself.

Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber

Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber

Having said that, the Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber gives a very hard workout. This machine is not meant for beginners. It takes you to the next level of workouts. It is quite the ultimate calorie-burner and I found it hard to work it beyond resistance level 2 for more than 30 minutes at a time. I also realised that you cannot use the Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber at speeds of treadmill and makes a good low-impact equipment.


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