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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber Review

Hello Readers,

It has been a long weekend and it’s time for a nice slow day of Warcraft and Treadmill Reviews. First on today’s Treadmill Review list is the Bowflex TC5000 Treadclimber. I’ve been putting this treadmill review off for a while because I have many mixed feelings about this treadmill.

Let’s start with the good. The Bowflex TC5000 Treadmill makes use of hydraulics and dual treadmill belts for each foot and delivers intense workouts without having to run. Users will burn an insane amount of calories using the Treadclimber TC5000 because it’s like having a stairway with an unlimited amount of stairs. If you’ve ever been to a baseball or football game, you know how hard it is to walk up a flight of stairs! The extra effort required by the Treadclimber also makes this treadmill an ideal piece of fitness equipment for people who can’t run due to certain injuries.

Now it’s time to talk about the bad. First is comfort. When people ask me which treadmill they should buy I always tell them to buy something comfortable. That really is the key to buying a treadmill that you’re actually going to use. Many people have found the Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber to be very uncomfortable. The reason is the Bowflex TC5000 takes a bit more dexterity to use than a normal treadmill. You can’t just jump on and walk naturally. New users often need to take it slow and find a rhythm before things begin to feel natural. Sometimes people never find that step and the treadmill becomes a fancy coat hanger. Sorry guys, I’m just being honest.

The other drawback to the Bowflex Treadclimber is mechanics. I’ve read many complaints online and spoke with several people about how hard it was to put this treadmill together or that it just flat out broke down on them. If you do decide to buy the Bowflex TC5000 Treadclimber just beware, there’s a small chance it might not work right.

Now that we have those issues out of the way I’m going to talk about some features of the Bowflex TC5000 TreadClimber. Users can walk on this, that’s it. No running. Well, at least no running faster than 4 MPH. If you think that’s slow, think again. The Bowflex TC5000’s hydraulic system makes walking extremely challenging, especially if you up the resistance levels. The Treadclimber TC5000 is also compatible with wireless heart rate monitors. Heart Rate Monitors are generally much more accurate than built-in pulse grips on most treadmills and you can use them to make your treadmill automatically adjust intensity and speed to keep your heart rate at a specific level. One other thing I would like to point out is that the TreadClimber was built with safety in mind. If you start to trip up you can easily place your feet off the belts and on the footrests to make sure you don’t fall!

Overall, this is a risky piece of fitness equipment to buy. You’re either going to love or hate the TreadClimber TC5000 Treadmill. It burns a lot more calories than conventional running or walking, just remember, it might be a little too much for some people. It does take some time getting used to and if you don’t feel comfortable on this treadmill, you’re probably not going to use it. Weigh your options, think about it carefully, them make your choice. I hope you find a treadmill that will get you to your goals!

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