The Bowflex TC20 is the new top of the line model that takes over from their previous TC5500 model. This has the most bells and whistles out of the treadclimber line up and is the most pleasing to look at. Although we will say they haven’t changed up it’s look with this model as much as they did with the TC5 and TC10 which got major facelifts over their previous corresponding models. (Good thing because they were looking dated.)
The main sticking point with the Bowflex TC20 remains the same as with the TC550-the price. At $3,299 this is at the top end in terms of price when it comes to fitness equipment. Having said that, if you’ve got the cash then this model treadclimber provides a fun and unique way to do your cardio that can really get your heart rate going in a hurry.
As with the other treadclimber models, the TC20 allows you to do your cardio without all that annoying running. (One reason why these machines are so popular!)
The treadclimber manages this feat by combining 3 cardio movements; that of a stairclimber, a treadmill and an elliptical. According to clinical studies, the unique treadclimber movement does burn more calories when compared to regular treadmills.
As we’ve stated on all our treadclimber discussions, the strange movement that is required from you on a treadclimber can take some getting used to. Let’s take a look at it’s core features:
Bowflex Treadclimber TC20 Core Features
- 0.5 – 4.5 mph speed range
- Size: 55″ L x 31.5″ W x 55.25″ H (139 x 80 x 140 cm)
- 300 lbs. max user weight
- Product weight: 217 lbs
- Warranty: 3 years. Covers entire machine.
- 5 functions: Speed, Distance, Time, Calories and Heart Rate
- 3 “Landmark Challenges”
- Transport wheels
- G.O. Coach console (2 users)
- Oversize treadles for extra comfort
- Quick start feature
- Climb indicator
- Ergonomic console with water bottle holders
- Backlit LCD display
The main benefits of the Bowflex TC20 lie in the low impact workout it provides that can really pack a punch and provides in a relatively compact design when compared to most treadmills. Keep in mind that this is still a pretty heavy machine at 217 pounds. You’ll need to make use of the transport wheels that come with it.
Let’s dig a little deeper:
Fat burning design: The main selling point of the Treadclimber series of fitness equipment is the low impact workout it provides. This unique design allows you to burn more calories, quicker and without running.
G.O. Coach Console: The G.O. Coach will track 2 users and their progress over a week in order to provide both motivation and a way to chart your improvements. It’s like having a personal coach to set you goals as you progress from week to week. Try climbing up the Seattle space needle and see how that gets your heart rate going!
Integrated heart rate monitor: Be sure your in the optimal fat burning zone by having a constant read on your heart rate.
New treadle design:The TC20 is the only treadclimber model that has longer, oversized treadles in an effort to combat the somewhat awkward movement that existed for users of previous models. It’s their most comfortable treadclimber yet.
The Bottom Line
If you’re interested in the idea of a low impact workout and don’t have much space in your exercise area, and you have the money then the Bowflex TC20 might be for you. Keep in mind that the Bowflex TC10 provides a lot of the same features for significantly less. However, if you want top of the line with the interactive landmark challenges that will keep you interested during your workout, then the TC20 is a good bet.