If you’re looking to get the best non-impact intensive cardio experience for yourself right at home, then you’d be hard-pressed to find something more effective than a treadclimber. Moving from our earlier review of the TC100, we are now reviewing the top of the line treadclimber model – TC200. This is the premium, everything but the kitchen sink model.
The treadclimbers catalog is not known for their low price. But when you consider that it replaces more than a few cardio machines while offering significantly more advantages, then the price begins to make sense.
The TC200 model improves upon the 3-1 action of the earlier model by using better quality components to completely eliminate mechanical friction. It also gets a lot better electronic functions than the TC100 – we’ll get to it in the detailed review below. Again, the USP of this machine is its ability to burn tons of calories without impacting your joints. For this reason alone, it should figure into everyone’s home fitness regime.
BowFlex TreadClimber TC200 – Pros and Cons
- Low to no impact calorie burning
- Improved durability over TC100 and other models
- Frame made of premium materials supports maximum of 300 lbs
- Detailed display and controller with several functions
- Has better quick control layout compared to earlier models
- 12 resistance levels with 5 pre-installed workout programs
- Wireless chest strap for measuring heart rate
- Ability to sync through Bluetooth with phone apps
- Top speed of 4.5 MPH, higher than other treadclimbers
- Has 4 customizable user profiles
- Warranty period is limited – 3 years is too little for the price you pay
- The number of programs are also limited
- Less noisy than the TC100
- It’s a lot heavier than the earlier treadclimber models
BowFlex TC200 Reviewed
If you are looking to upgrade from your earlier treadclimber model, then this is your best bet to get the same type of basic functionality along with noticeable improvements when it comes to certain features.
We’ve already spoken at length about how a treadclimber can improve your cardio throughput compared to a lot of other run of the mill cardio machines in our earlier review of the BowFlex Treadclimber TC100 – you can find that here. It has several details about how you can effectively use a treadclimber and how it works to reduce your flab and give you a toned body. Here, we are going to look at the various features and improvements of the BowFlex TC200 model over the earlier models.
BowFlex TC200 Features and Programs
It has the same basic functionality of the TC100 so most of the features remain same but with marked improvements. It has the same layout of 2 treadles on a strong frame with a heavy base that will never topple.
It has the same number of resistance levels as the TC100 model – 12 resistance settings. The G.O. Coach has been improved upon and it can now be accessed through your phone by means of a wireless Bluetooth connection. It gives you an even more in-depth view of your progress along with better goal tracking.
The LCD display also has been improved upon and can highlight even more data points for a more effective workout routine.
A significant improvement here is the wireless heart rate sensor. Now you don’t have to necessarily use the contact grips to measure your heart rate. The wireless sensor is both more convenient and much more accurate than the sensor on the contact grip.
BowFlex TC200 Build Quality and Safety
BowFlex have gone all out to make this model the safest and most premium of all existing treadclimber models around. Considering even the earlier models felt solid to use, this model improves upon the feel by including even better construction and lot more premium materials.
Talking about warranty, it has a 3-year warranty, which is an improvement over the earlier model. But we would still have liked to see a lifetime warranty, which is what most companies in this range are offering. There is a 6-week money back guarantee which translates into peace of mind.
Another masterstroke by BowFlex, the TC200 takes what was offered in the TC100 and significantly improves it making it a complete package for your home cardio fitness needs. The price has been a bone of contention for many people who have looked at it, but there is also the fact that this replaces 3 of the most popular cardio machines on here. And since this is a low-impact workout, people can still use this despite nursing certain types of physical injuries. It might even be therapeutic in some cases. If you are looking for one of best and safest ways to reduce flab in your body, you can’t go wrong with a BowFlex TreadClimber!