The Bowflex Treadclimber is a very popular twist on the traditional treadmill. Instead of a main belt, use two double pedals that rise to meet your feet as you walk.
The main benefit of Treadclimber is that it burns calories up to 3 times faster than walking on a flat treadmill. So you see very fast weight loss results.
However, treadmills also give you some unique benefits over the Treadclimber.
So which one is best for you? Here are some of the main differences that you should be aware of to help you decide:
# 1 burn calories
The Treadclimber uses the power of high incline walking to burn calories up to 3 times faster than walking on an incline treadmill.
Incline walking uses more of the larger leg muscles, which in turn require many more calories. Therefore, you burn more calories per workout and lose pounds faster.
Obviously this is a huge plus as it can be inspiring to see the results in the mirror so quickly.
# 2 Less impact on the treadclimber
Because the pedals rise to meet your feet, the Treadclimber gives you a lower-impact workout than a treadmill. If you are prone to leg cramps or injuries while running, this is another benefit the Treadclimber gives you over the treadmill.
# 3 Walk or run?
The Treadclimber was designed just for you to walk on. It is not designed for runners as the maximum speed limit is limited to 4.5 MPH.
You don’t need to run to lose weight fast with a Treadclimber. However, if you like to run, you will obviously want to go with a treadmill on a Treadclimber here.
Treadmills, for example, will swing between the speed limits of 0-10 MPH or higher, so you have plenty of room to run!
# 4 Size matters
Traditional treadmills have a more rectangular footprint and can take up more space than a Treadclimber, which has a more square footprint.
On the other hand, today many treadmills fold quite easily to save you space.
If you have a small training area, you can opt for a Treadclimber or a folding treadmill.
# 5 training programs and heart rate monitors
This is one area where you can generally find a treadmill that outshines the Treadclimber. For example, most treadmills come with various built-in workouts that control the speed / incline for you and provide you with a training challenge.
They also come with a hand-grip heart rate sensor or even a wireless monitor option.
The only Treadclimber model that comes with integrated workouts and a heart rate monitor is the premium TC20 model. The other two models do not include a training program or heart rate monitoring.
These are some of the main differences between a Bowflex treadclimber and a treadmill. Regardless of what you decide, you have great options in any category.
The main thing is to choose a machine that suits your lifestyle, budget and fitness goals, and of course, choose something that you are excited about using. Good luck and have fun!