Bowflex TreadClimber TC5500 Review

The Bowflex TreadClimber TC5500 combining the functionality of a treadmill with a stair climber and an elliptical this exerciser also includes a wireless heart rate monitor.

Bowflex TreadClimber TC5500

This machine effectively embodies three different types of trainer into one device. The Bowflex TreadClimber TC5500 is able to perform the function of a treadmill, a stair climber and an elliptical trainer.

This ability to combine three different types of exercise machine into one unit has resulted in the “tread climber” being one of the most popular cardio exercise devices on the market.

This is the flag ship model out of the three machines in the range and incorporate “G.O. Coach” technology (Goal Oriented programming) to help set, track, and meet your specific fitness goals.

Lets explore some of it’s features:
… treadmill mode

The running surface is split down the middle so that in actual fact there are two independently powered surfaces. When the equipment is put into “treadmill” mode, however, the two running surfaces come together enabling the two running surfaces to operate in unison and give the appearance and feel that you are running on one uniform, rolling surface. In this configuration the machine behaves exactly as a conventional treadmill.
… stairclimber mode

When the the equipment is put into it’s “stairclimber” mode the two running surface that were joined together to form the treadmill running surface now act independently and form two separate “treadles”. The machine may now be used as a conventional “stairclimber” offering a good cardio workout, but with the added benefits of low impact on the joints that this type of exercise affords.
… elliptical mode

Putting the equipment into it’s “elliptical” mode combines the actions of the machine when in it’s “treadmill” and “stairclimber” mode and produces an action which is similar to the action of an elliptical exercise machine. To achieve this the “treadles” move independently as is the case with the “stairclimber” mode but additionally the surface of each “treadle” moves like the surface on a treadmill. This again results in a good cardio vascular, but low impact workout.
… shock absorption

Walking and running are the most natural and enjoyable forms of exercising you can engage in but the continual pounding can take a toll on your joints.

With the equipment in either it’s “stairclimber” or “elliptical” mode the harmful impact on your ankles, knees, hips and back is greatly reduced compared to running on a treadmill.
… elliptical without restraints

Although conventional elliptical machines are able to provide an excellent cardio vascular workout with minimal impact on your joints they do have one drawback. This is because on a regular elliptical machine your feet are locked onto the footpad and can become numb after some time. This is not the case with the elliptical mechanism on this machine where your foot is able to move naturally and so avoids this problem.
… vary your intensity

There is a range of twelve different intensity settings to enable you to adjust the amount of resistance you wish to apply to your workout. You can adjust your workout settings based upon your level of expertise or your desired comfort level.
… track your progress

The equipment has an display that track your essential workout data. On these displays you are able to track 15 functions: Time, Distance, Custom, Calorie Count, HR Workout, and Nine Landmark Challenges.

Additionally there is a Calories Burned Indicator which shows calories burned per minute and total calories burned, there is also a Climb Indicator that visually tracks your distance in miles.

Bowflex TreadClimber TC5500 console

… G.O Coach

The Goal Orientated (G.O) Coach Console is an interactive program that interacts with the user in order to establish goals, monitor progress and compare results with previous weeks as well as other users.

In addition to the standard workouts, the G.O. Coach has 9 Challenge Landmark Workouts. You start of with 3 landmarks (Lady Liberty, Space Needle, TransAmerica Tower). You then earn 6 additional world landmarks by completing the goals you set in G.O. Coach. With sufficient trophies, additional landmarks are unlocked.

You can personalize your workout with customizable goal-oriented programming: Set, monitor, and track personal fitness goals and improvements. Stay motivated and “hooked” on to your workouts thanks to the interactive nature of the console.

By experiencing the magic of unlocking hidden, interactive, pictorial workout programs as you reach successive goals your workout time becomes more fun. The exciting challenges and fun rewards built into the system mean that will look forward to your daily workout.
… safety first

Stepping onto or off from an exercise machine such as a treadmill can have it’s dangers. The equipment is fitted with large footboards alongside the tread belts making starting or stopping your exercise session a lot safer.

Also fitted are substantial side handles that provide reassuring support both when getting and off the machine and during a workout session and a safety key on the console.
… satisfaction guaranteed

Bowflex claim that if you’re not completely satisfied with the quality of your results, you may return the product, in its original condition and packaging, and receive a full refund of the purchase price, less shipping and handling.
… warranty details

The Bowflex TreadClimber TC5500 is backed with a 5 yr motor warranty, 3yrs on electronics and parts and 2 yrs warranty on the hydraulic components.

12 Intensity Settings

15 Electronic Features

9 Landmark Features

Wireless Heart Rate Monitor

Goal Orientated Technology

Personalized Profiles

Quick Start Feature

Calories Burned Indicator

Climb Indicator

Long Foot Treadles

Ergonomic Console

Drink Holders

Transportation wheels

Safety Key

Weight:298 lb

Speed: 0.5 mph – 4.5 mph

Resistance range: 0 – 12

Dimensions: 4’7″ x 2’7.5″ x 4’7.25″

Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs  

Warranty: Motor (5 yrs)

                   Electronics & Parts (3yrs)

                   Hydraulics (2 yrs)

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