Bowflex TC10 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
First motorized model in the TreadClimber lineup now. Other than some ill fitting parts and some complaints about the belt size, it is a decent machine and a heck of a workout. A good alternative for a strenuous treadmill workout is one of the Incline Trainers.
This is the smart choice in the TreadClimber lineup. Not great but not bad and it gives you a workout that cannot be replicated on a regular treadmill. You would probably be better off with an Incline Trainer though.
The Bowflex TC10 is a pretty good TreadClimber, and it gives you a serious workout. You'll definitely get a workout that you could never achieve with your standard treadmill, but we would go with an Incline Trainer if you have a choice. If you are dead set on a TreadClimber, however, this is not a bad option. Just keep in mind that the durability and warranty are much lower than you would get with a normal treadmill.
The walking area is obviously smaller than most. The length is much shorter than you get on a standard treadmill. The width is also significantly narrower, especially considering each tread as its own separate entity. What you lose in area, however, you make up for in workout variety. You get many of the benefits of a treadmill, elliptical, and stairclimber in this one model.
A good motor comes on this machine. A couple of the TreadClimbers are not motorized at all. Speeds of up to 4 mph are attainable. You won't need to go much faster with this type of workout.
The cushioning of this model is very impressive. The unique motion of the workout this TreadClimber provides helps because it makes this workout a lower impact exercise. Many of the standard treadmills provide a less forgiving cushioning.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is pathetic. You can find standard treadmills that sell for well below $1,000 that have a longer life expectancy. The quality of parts used is extremely disappointing considering the high price tag.
The warranty on the Bowflex TC10 is awful. The entire machine is covered for 2 years. It's very rare to find a worse warranty than the one offered on this TreadClimber. It doesn't match the high price, but it does match the lack of durability.