BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 was once one of the most popular low-impact exercise equipment. It has occupied the list of the most popular fitness equipment for a long time with its unique design and reasonable price. But now in 2021, is it still the best exercise equipment like it was when it first came out?
BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 is an innovative home exercise equipment that combines the three most common exercise equipment of treadmills, elliptical machines and steppers. After my actual test, under certain conditions, it is indeed able to consume more calories than a single traditional aerobic exercise equipment.
BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 is an upgrade to TC5, but there is currently a more advanced version: BowFlex TreadClimber TC100. If you want to learn about it, please read the following article: Bowflex Treadclimber TC100 Reviews 2021 – for Faster Results.
If you still want to know the classic version of BowFlex TreadClimber TC10, please continue reading, I will give you a more comprehensive review of TC10.
Feature of Treadclimber TC10
In general, BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 is designed for those who do not want to pursue high-intensity exercise to achieve results. It has two pedals, which makes it very similar to an elliptical machine. But unlike the elliptical machine, it has running belts on both pedals, and it can take you forward like a treadmill.
We know that the design of the elliptical machine is designed for those who like simple exercise. Its low impact can effectively protect your knees and joints. The treadmill allows you to experience high-intensity exercise, provided that its top speed must be high and the machine is firm and stable. However, this BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 has a top speed of only 4 mph. Obviously it is not designed for athletes who want to train for sprinting.
Unique & Efficient Design
BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 combines the advantages of three traditional fitness equipment. According to actual tests, when the slope is increased to 40% and the speed is 4 mph, the calories consumed on the TreadClimber TC10 is about twice that of a standard treadmill.
High Quality and Stability
We never need to worry too much about the quality of Bowflex products. The durability and service life of any of its products are in the lead in the industry.
The entire main frame of TreadClimber TC10 is made of high-grade steel, and the other parts are made of hard plastic, which ensures that the whole machine is very durable.
Compact and Easy to Move
Something designed for household use must first be small in size. The size of BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 is 50.6″ x 30.3″ x 52.3″, which is similar to a general compact treadmill.
Its weight is 185 pounds. Although heavier than some manual treadmills, it is also lighter than many commercial treadmills. But there are wheels at the bottom that can be used to move, which makes it easy for you to move it to any place in the room. Its maximum weight is limited to 300 pounds, which is in line with the standard of general treadmills.
TreadClimber TC10 adds G.O. (Goal Oriented) Coach™ function on the basis of TreadClimber TC5. It encourages you to exercise for more than 90 minutes a week, which can be seen on the screen.
There are three columns on the screen. Each column represents 30 minutes. When you complete 30 minutes of exercise on the first day, the first column will be completely filled, indicating that the goal has been achieved. When all three columns are full, it indicates that you have completed your 90-minute exercise task in a week.
Variable Resistance Control System
There are two hydraulic pistons on the left and right sides of BowFlex TreadClimber TC10, which can be adjusted to 12 kinds of settings. The hydraulic device allows you to exercise more smoothly and absorbs the impact of the foot pedal on the knees and other joints. This is how BowFlex TreadClimber can provide low-impact workouts.
Some Other Add-ons
Many people like to listen to music or watch TV shows during boring exercise. Since I said BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 is for simple exercise, a media shelf that can hold books, mobile phones or tablets is essential.
It also includes a water bottle holder.
Some Bad Aspects
Not Suitable for Exercises Like HIIT
As mentioned earlier, the top speed of this BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 is only 4 mph. In fact, it is not specifically designed for people who want to walk. Of course, BowFlex hopes that their products can be suitable for everyone. But when your left and right feet stand on two pedals that can move up and down, you can’t move forward quickly. Without the armrests on both sides, you will easily fall.
Basic Exercise Program
Ten years ago, the design of G.O. (Goal Oriented) Coach™ was quite surprising. But now in 2021, more and more fitness equipment has richer exercise programs, and people can have higher exercise requirements, such as distance and calories burned as training goals. Compared with the upgraded version of BowFlex TreadClimber TC10, BowFlex TreadClimber TC100, it adds a lot of exercise goals in addition to exercise time. Those who are interested can learn about it.
The Console is Too Rudimentary
Compared with some treadmills that have appeared in recent years, it is easy to see that this BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 is a product from 8 years ago. For example, Bluetooth and MP3/iPod connections are not available.
However, this seems to be a characteristic of Bowflex, and all of its products don’t pay much attention to entertainment functions. But this also means that Bowflex is more focused on achieving fitness goals and training effects. Of course, the price is often lower than similar fitness equipment.
Suitable for One Person Only
Like many home fitness equipment nowadays, multiple user profiles are considered, and this BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 has only one profile, which is used to track your exercise based on your height, weight and other information. This means that if your lover or child in your family wants to use it, it will certainly not be able to accurately calculate the calories they burn because their height and weight are completely different.
Although BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 has been on the market for more than 8 years, many functions are a bit behind compared with some of the current treadmills and elliptical machines and other aerobic fitness equipment. But we still regard it as an epoch-making product, because before it, there has never been any product that can integrate treadmills, elliptical machines, and steppers.
It is the appearance of BowFlex TreadClimber TC10 that has changed the traditional way of exercise and improved the efficiency of exercise with lower impact. If you like its way of movement and think it suits you well, I think you should try its updated version, such as BowFlex TreadClimber TC100, TC200, TC5000.