Bowflex TreadClimber TC200Bowflex TreadClimber TC200

Web Price: $3,499 | Sale Price: $2,999

The advanced model in the series offering three workouts in one as well as Bluetooth capability and wireless heart rate monitoring.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 4.5 / 5.0

Capacity:
Resistance:
300 lbs
NA
Max Speed:
FootPrint:
4.5 mph
55″ L x 31.5″ W x 62.5″ H

Overview: The Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 is the advanced version of the base TC200, offering the same low-impact cardio workout with added programs, wireless heart rate monitoring and the ability to track your workouts and set fitness goals for yourself.

Let’s look at some of the best features…

Three Cardio Machines Combined

With the Bowflex TreadClimber you get the benefits of three popular cardio machines in one trainer: an elliptical, a treadmill and a step machine. So rather than having to get all of those for your home gym separately, you have them together. The result is a more diverse workout without the impact on your joints.

Increased Calorie Burn

One of the main highlights is the ability to burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. The Bowflex site posts two studies that show that the TreadClimber burned 423 calories in 30 minutes while the stepper burned 191 and the treadmill 165. So if you walked at the same speed on a regular treadmill, you would burn 2.5x more calories each minute on the TreadClimber.

Bluetooth Workout Tracking

One of the features found on the Bowflex TC200 but not on the entry level TC100 is Bluetooth capability. This allows up to 4 users to interact with the free TreadClimber App and sync all of your workout results with popular fitness apps such as Apple Health and Google Fit. This is a great feature for those who like to stay on top of their progress and set goals and milestones for themselves to reach.

More Accurate Heart Rate Monitoring

The TC200 TreadClimber comes with a free wireless chest strap to monitor your heart rate more accurately than the contact grips. Note that the TC100 does not offer wireless monitoring.

Compact Design

Both TreadClimbers are very space-friendly and the TC200 is even shorter in length than the TC100 at 55″. This makes it perfect for those with a limited amount of space in their home gyms. Note that the TC200 is a little taller than the TC100, so keep your ceiling height in mind when deciding.

Other Great Features

The TC200 also has a fully backlit LCD display, USB charging port, water bottle pocket and a tablet/media rack.

Bowflex TC200 Test Drive

As we mentioned in our TC100 review, we were able to get our hands on both new TreadClimbers so we could compare the two and give you the pros and cons of each.

The TC200 was easy to put together, although it took a little longer than the TC100. Nevertheless two people can have it up and running in under an hour tops. It is definitely more durable than the TC200, with curved uprights replacing the straight ones on the TC100 and a more advanced console.

The treadles, which is what the two independent belts are called, are longer and thicker than those on the TC200, giving it a much more solid feel. Other than that the two machines are very similar.

To explain exactly how they work, try to picture yourself walking on a regular treadmill, but instead of one belt someone sliced it right down the middle into two. So each leg is on its own belt/treadle. Now picture the treadle rising up as you walk like a step machine, and picture the entire motion as an ellipse. Yes, I understand that’s a bit hard to picture, but that’s why they call it a treadmill, stepper and elliptical in one.

As you might imagine from the description, the Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 does take some getting used to, especially for those who have been using a regular elliptical or treadmill in the gym or at home for years. However, after about 5-10 minutes, you get the hang of it.

Once you get over the initial awkwardness, the TC200 actually gives you a pretty good workout. You can walk up to 4.5 mph (4.0 mph on the TC100), and you can choose from 5 different programs, something the TC100 does not offer. You can Just Walk, which is essentially a manual program, intervals, or you can choose a calorie, distance or time goal.

The workouts aren’t terribly challenging, but you’ll definitely work up a nice sweat and get the heart pumping, while working all of the muscle groups. As we mentioned, the TC200 has Bluetooth built in. We were able to sync our workout results with Google Fit rather seamlessly, so that was nice. Keep in mind you can’t do that on the TC100.

Heart rate monitoring was accurate, and we liked the fact that they include a free chest strap so you don’t have to buy it separately. The machine is also relatively light weight, and we were able to move it around quite easily with the transport wheels.

Our TreadClimber reviews revealed a very capable machine, especially the TC200. With its built in workout programs, tracking capability, wireless heart rate monitoring and stronger construction, it was much more impressive than the TC100 and a decent choice for the home gym.

Conclusion

Both TreadClimbers have become extremely popular due to the fact they allow you to get a solid cardio workout in by simply walking, and you can do so with much less impact on your joints. It’s definitely not for hard core elliptical or treadmill users, but for everyone else it can help you reach your fitness goals.

If budget allows, definitely go for the TC200 over the TC100 because it offers a lot more features and capabilities, and will keep you more motivated with built in workouts and tracking capability.

Get more information, specs and special sale pricing on the official company site