Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill Review

The Merit Fitness 725T Plus is a budget treadmill with various basic features and a sleek, attractive design. Just some of the features on this machine are; a 2.25 HP motor, 10 mph maximum speed limit, an 18 x 45 inch workout area and a handy foldaway option.

This is a very basic, budget piece of exercise equipment with plenty of useful features all for a very attractive $520 dollar price tag. Does it offer the same as other budget treadmills? Is it strong enough or big enough to enable a user to run on it? Is it comfortable to use?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 32 x 52 x 71 inches (81.2 x 132.08 x 180.3 cm)
  • 18 x 45 inch (45.7 x 114.3 cm) treadbelt
  • 250 pounds (113.3 kg) maximum user capacity
  • 121 pounds (54.8 kg) assembled weight
  • 149 pounds (67.5 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

  • Home treadmill with top-quality 2.25-horsepower drive motor
  • Intuitive console controls with adjustable speed from 0 to 10 miles per hour
  • 2-window LED display tracks your time, speed, distance, calories, and more
  • Spacious 18-by-45-inch workout area with Aerosoft cushioning system
  • Folding frame for easy storage; measures 32 x 52 x 71 inches (W x H x D)

 

Comfort

The Merit Fitness 725T Plus has been designed with affordable comfort in mind. The machine does have an ‘Aerosoft Plus’ cushion system that is meant to protect your joints from impact and also make the use of the machine a lot more comfortable.

Before you start noticing the cushioning system your attention is drawn to the fact that the frame itself is not so sturdy and does move quite a bit when you use it to jog or run. The machinery itself is also quite loud if you compare it to other models so, it may not be suitable for apartment use.

The treadbelt itself is relatively comfortable, it isn’t as springy as higher-end models but that’s to be expected at this price point. The 18 x 45 inch workout area is definitely a little bit tight to use. If you struggle with balance you should perhaps look for a machine with a larger treadbelt and if you like to sprint properly during a workout or you’re over 6 foot, you’ll also need to avoid this particular model.

One very uncomfortable problem with this treadmill is its static shock issue. Some of the machines can give you a static shock when you touch the metal parts which is not very pleasant. It can be rectified using a bit of velcro but the problem can’t be solved otherwise.

 

Performance

In the way of performance this machine offers up to 10 mph speed, up to 10% incline, quick keys, 7 preset programs, a pulse monitor and two feedback windows.

As most users purchasing this machine will be fitness beginners, 10 mph is certainly not too low a number to facilitate low impact workouts. The 10% incline is also an adequate level, enabling you to work various muscle groups and enjoy different workout positions. These two facilities combined with the quick key options mean you can easily create a varied and enjoyable workout for yourself which can contain a good level of intensity and muscle group stimulation. The only slight issue with the incline is that it can feel a little wobbly to use so some users may not feel comfortable using it for running.

The 7 preset programs available are; weight loss, mountain and hill climbs, cardio and endurance challenges, intervals and manual functions. They offer a perfectly adequate selection of preset programs for the price and you’ll find that they make use of the incline and speed options on the machine more creatively than some higher end programs.

Overall you have all the basic facilities to accommodate decent, entertaining workouts on a steady enough machine.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The machine is easy enough to set up but should be assembled where you intend to use it if possible as it is very heavy to move. The assembly is not difficult and the instructions are very thorough so you should have no issues putting it together, it will take around an hour or so depending on whether or not you have any help. The console is extremely simple and easy to use and the different troughs surrounding the screen are great for water bottles/ keys/ remotes etc.

One particularly annoying feature is the safety magnet which comes away from the machine very easily. If it doesn’t come off in time through the machine vibrations you’ll more than likely find you knock it off as the magnet is so weak.

The folding option certainly does save space but folds at an angle which the manufacturers don’t make clear in their descriptions, this means it probably won’t save as much space as you would like.

 

Entertainment

There is nothing on this treadmill in the way of entertainment. This isn’t such a bad thing at this price point as more often than not money is spent on cheap extras that simply don’t work, whereas in this machine that money has obviously been reinvested into other useful features on the treadmill.

 

Warranty

  • Frame- Lifetime
  • Motor- 2 Years
  • Parts and Labour- 90 days

 

The Final Verdict

The Merit Fitness 725T Plus is actually quite a good buy for the price. The fact that Merit hasn’t even bothered with any cheap bells and whistles isn’t a bad thing as the money has obviously been invested elsewhere on the machine. For around $520 dollars you’ll get a decent, robust treadmill in the 725T that will suit any beginner and last a good while if you look after it.

 

Merit Fitness 715T Plus Treadmill Review

 

The Merit Fitness 715T Plus Treadmill is an incredibly lightweight, basic, budget price treadmill with a real ‘no frills’ feature list. Key features include; 3 window LED display, 10 mph maximum speed, 5% maximum manual incline, a folding frame and 2.5 THP motor.

The treadmill only caters for users up to 250 pounds in weight (compared to 375 pounds minimum for more expensive models) and has a treadbelt of just 18 x 47 inches (compared to the industry average of around 20 x 60 inches). At under $400 dollars it sits comfortably within the same price range as other budget treadmills. Is it worth the money? Does it feel solid enough to workout on? Do all the features work?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 29 x 52 x 61 inches (73.6 x 132.08 x 154.9 cm)
  • 18 x 47 inch (45.7 x 119.3 cm) treadbelt
  • 250 pounds (113.3 kg) maximum user capacity
  • 108 pounds (48.9 kg) assembled weight
  • 135 pounds (61.2 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

  • Home treadmill with top-quality 2.5 THP (1.5 CHP) drive motor
  • Intuitive console controls with adjustable speed from 0 to 10 miles per hour
  • 3-window LED display tracks your time, speed, distance, calories, and more
  • Spacious 18-by-47-inch workout area with Aerosoft cushioning system
  • Folding frame for easy storage; measures 29 x 52 x 61 inches (W x H x D)
  • Workout area: 18 x 47 inches
  • Built-in fan: No
  • Roller dimension: 42mm
  • Incline: 0 to 5 percent (manual)
  • Horsepower: 2.25 THP (1.5 CHP)
  • Frame: Steel
  • Capacity: 250 pounds
  • Folded dimensions: 29 by 56 by 26.25 inches (W x H x D)
  • Expanded dimensions: 29 by 52 by 61 inches (W x H x D)
  • Warranties: Lifetime on the frame, 1 year on the motor, 90 days on parts and labor

 

Comfort

If you’re buying a treadmill for less than $400 dollars you probably won’t assume that it’s incredibly sturdy underfoot. Although the machine feels able to take all speed levels, you may notice that your feet pounding on the treadbelt shakes objects in the room a little because the shock absorbtion isn’t great.

The belt is adequate for walking but rather tight for a run, you most definitely wouldn’t be able to enjoy a full throttle run on this machine and if you do plan to run at all, make sure your running form is tight as it won’t take much foot stray width wise or lengthwise to come off the belt. The AeroSoft Cushioning system can’t really be felt although the belt is a little sturdier than others in its price range and does run quite smoothly.

 

Performance

Generally you’re really only set up with a basic ability to walk or lightly jog on this machine. However, if you are new to fitness or rehabilitating yourself after injury, you’re more than equipped on this machine to start slow and built up your fitness levels. The small walking space on the belt probably isn’t great for those who struggle with balance or who cannot move in a uniform way and you will find your movement capabilities quite restricted.

The pulse sensors are inaccurate; this is a common occurrence in budget treadmills, mid-range treadmills and treadmills over $2000 dollars.

The machine does have 4 preset programs (which are relatively demanding), a 5% incline and 10 mph maximum speed limit as well as basic feedback options, but you’re pretty limited as far as intensifying your workouts over time goes. The performance levels on this machine really cater for beginners only and wouldn’t meet the needs of a fitness enthusiast who needed variety and the ability to really pound the treadmill.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

As the equipment is so light, it is relatively easy to move around and also has a foldaway option to save space, useful if you live in a small house or apartment.

The programs are easy to use and the console is basic, but well designed and user friendly. The manual incline changes are surprisingly easy although you may find yourself wondering if it’s worth it for the three options up to just 5%.

Unfortunately setting up the equipment is not as easy as using it and you may find the badly labelled components combined with the less than helpful assembly instructions require you spend more time putting the machine together than you originally hoped for.

 

Entertainment

As a ‘no frills’ budget treadmill, you don’t get much in the way of entertainment and generally, any entertainment extras don’t tend to work very well at this price range anyway. As the machine is relatively quiet and compact, you can at least position it in an area where you have access to forms of entertainment like a stereo or TV. The workout options are very basic so, you may find you get a little bored over time working out on the machine.

 

Warranty

  • Frame- 1 year
  • Parts- 90 days
  • Labour- 90 days

 

The Final Verdict

The Merit Fitness 715T Plus Treadmill really is an extremely basic, budget machine with a very small amount of features. Everything works adequately and you can definitely use the machine for light to light-moderate exercise, but you’d be hard pushed to use it for anything more strenuous because of the lightweight frame and tight belt dimensions combined. It’s definitely a good, cheap machine for someone who just wants something to walk on during the winter months or an extra way to exercise within the home. Consider your needs in detail before purchasing as the warranty time limits are extremely tight and it will cost you to return the item. Overall, the Merit Fitness 715T Plus Treadmill is a beginners machine only.

 

Lifespan TR3000i Treadmill Review

The Lifespan TR3000i is a high-end treadmill with a sleek design, solid motor and lots of useful workout features all for around $1500 dollars. The machine boasts; Intelli-Guard safety feature, Intelli-Step automatic step counter, 17 preset workout programs, 2 customizable user programs and 2 heart programs, a 2.75 HP motor, a folding mechanism, 350 pounds maximum user capacity and pulse sensor and chest strap receiver – just to name a few.

The Lifespan TR3000i is certainly all singing and all dancing; are all the features good quality? Is it solid to use? Is the 2.75 HP motor loud?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 70.5″ L x 33″ W x 55″ H (176.25cm L x 82.5 W x 137.5cm H) Full
  • 39″ L x 33″ W x 63″ H (97.5cm L x 82.5cm W x 157.5cm H) Folded
  • 20″ W x 56″ L (50cm W x 140cm L) Belt Size
  • 350 lbs. (158.7 kg) maximum user weight
  • 220.5 pounds (100.01 kg) assembled weight
  • 232 pounds (105.2) shipping weight

 

Key Features

Intelli-Key Console Lighting System

Intelli-Key™ smart lighting system quickly and easily gets your workout started. Each console button flashes in blue in the proper sequence during the set-up process so you can get moving, faster.

Intelli-Guard Safety Feature

The built-in Intelli-Guard™ automatically stops the belt if you step off during your workout for added safety and is a major development in protecting treadmill users and those around them. With the Intelli-Guard™, you no longer have to worry about leaving your treadmill running if you have to step off to take a call. When your foot no longer continuously strikes the belt surface for 20 seconds, your treadmill will automatically pause.

Intelli-Step Automatic Step Counting Feature

Intelli-Step™ counts and records the number of steps you take and displays them on the console. More accurate than a pedometer, Intelli-Step automatically detects the impact of your foot striking the treadmill belt. Increasing step count is one of the foundations of the American Heart Association’s recommendations for improving heart and overall health.

17 Preset Treadmill Workouts

Designed by exercise physiologists for optimal safety and effectiveness, our 17 preset treadmill workouts can help you achieve your goal, whether it be weight loss, general health improvement or sports training. The TR3000i also offers two MyZone heart rate control programs and two customizable programs. With the MyZone constant program, you keep your heart rate at a constant level throughout your workout while the MyZone Interval program allows you to enter your own minimum and maximum heart rate. The treadmill automatically adjusts incline and speed to keep you on target.

Large Console Buttons

The soft-touch, oversized silicone buttons make set-up a breeze and are ideal for making changes to your program while you are moving. You don’t have to struggle to hit the correct button.

 

Comfort

You’re sure to feel safe on this treadmill with its excellent motor, frame, belt and safety features. The 2.75 HP motor is strong and smooth and you don’t really hear it much at all during workouts. The frame is solid and doesn’t really move at all during workouts which is reassuring and means you don’t hold back on the faster settings.

The Intelli-belt feature is incredibly intuitive and very reassuring, particularly if you’ve ever burnt yourself on a treadmill belt before. The feature means that after 20 seconds of your feet not being in walking, jogging or running contact with the belt it will stop automatically.

Your running area on the machine is 20 x 56 inches which is only 4 inches off the high-end standard of 20 x 60 inches. It is a shame that the machine doesn’t reach the full 60 inches although the space it does provide is more than enough for most users to comfortably use it without coming off the end or worrying about losing contact with the belt.

Although Lifespan claim that the belt suspension system is biomechanically sound, it doesn’t feel as comfortable or springy as some cushioned belts that come in at a lower price range. This is a shame but doesn’t render the machine uncomfortable by any means and you do still feel fully supported while you work out.

 

Performance

You’ve a lot to choose from in the way of performance on this machine. The manufacturer boasts a very intuitive, specific set of features that appear to be able to track your performance and progress in a lot of detail.

In regards to workouts alone you’re sure to enjoy a different workout every day with the customization options on the machine itself and the plethora of inbuilt programs on offer. The programs available are; 2 heart rate programs, 2 customized user programs and 17 preset programs (5 weight management, 5 healthy living, 7 sports training).

You also have the ability to track basic information such as calories, speed and distance and heart rate which can be detected using the inbuilt pulse sensors or the chest strap (check if you need to purchase this separately). If you are looking to make the most of the heart rate programs, which check your heart rate every 5 seconds and alter your program accordingly, it is worth investing in a chest strap as they are much more accurate than pulse sensors.

The heart rate programs on this machine are actually very well designed and incorporate all the machines features well. The programming seems well designed and intuitive offering a wide range of workout options for beginners, intermediate users and professionals. One particularly good feature for beginners in particular is the Intelli-Step counter which counts how many steps you have done on the machine each day. For those that use the machine mainly for walking, this is a fantastic, basic way to log progress.

Aside from the customization options with quick incline and speed buttons, you also have the ability to track your progress using the Lifespan Online Fitness Club. Unfortunately the treadmill itself only has the capability to save the results of 1 user and also doesn’t use many details, this means you can use the Lifespan option to go into more detail but have to pay extra for another membership in order to have 2 people logged. This is a little annoying as comparable (and more modern) apps allow you to input up to 4 users or more on one membership. The Lifespan Online Fitness Club is a little bit of a novelty really, mainly because you have to use the USB to keep transferring information so it’s less convenient than most modern users would like.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The machine is easy to set up, well labelled and packaged. It is heavy so make sure you set it up where you want to use it and have a friend or family member help you during assembly if possible as it can be a little fiddly.

The reading rack is well placed and holds a tablet easily which means you can watch TV while you workout. The LCD could be a little easier to read with more contrast between background and digits but it can be tilted which helps somewhat to solve this problem. The amount of buttons and programs can be a little overwhelming at first but, once you have a basic idea of how to get around all the different features it is easy enough to use. One very inconvenient feature that unfortunately appears to have been designed to be convenient is the safety pull on the handrail. When you reach for the front handrail it is very easy to disconnect the safety cord which automatically stops the machine. Not a bad thing if you need the machine to stop quickly but very annoying if you’re catching it every time you use the machine.

 

Entertainment

The machine is well designed to keep you entertained in the way of inbuilt speakers and the access to the online fitness club.

The speakers work fine and aren’t too bad compared to the majority of tinny sound systems on exercise machines. The Lifespan fitness club is not really a useful feature to the majority of users. Beginners may enjoy the novelty of it for a while, but after some time it can become tiresome even remembering to keep moving the USB around. For a modern user who may only have a tablet rather than a laptop or desktop computer the system is completely unusable, although they can easily slot their tablet into the reading rack on the front of the console at least.

As the preset workout programs are so good, you’ll feel less of a need for extras and entertainment on this machine.

 

Warranty

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Motor: Lifetime
  • Parts: 5 Years
  • Labour: 1 Year

 

The Final Verdict

The Lifespan TR3000i is a solid, robust treadmill which is sure to last any buyer a long time. The fact that the Lifespan membership is a little outdated is irrelevant because you get so much from the machine itself you don’t really need the membership anyway. The only slight lack of detail from Lifespan is allowing for the progression of modern technology and providing the ability to input more user details onto the machine itself.

Well worth the $1499 dollar price tag and suits a wide variety of treadmill user, something a lot of treadmills don’t manage to achieve so easily.

 

 

Lifespan TR1200-DT3 Treadmill Review

The Lifespan TR1200-DT3 is an innovative treadmill designed to fit underneath your working desk at home or in the office. The design features a treadmill base and belt and a small, compact console that can sit easily on your desk without getting in the way. The product boasts; Bluetooth Integration with the Computer Fitness App ‘Lifespan’, Deck suspension, Intelli-guard and Intelli-step features and five useful console readouts.

At just under $1000 dollars, how useful is the Lifespan TR1200-DT3 at keeping you active while you work?

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 70.5″ L x 29″ W x 9.5″ H (179.1cm W x 19.3cm W x 24cm H) Deck
  • 12.5” W x 3” D x 2” H (31.75cm W x 7.6cm D x 5.1cm H) Console
  • 20” W x 56″ L (50.8cm W x 142.2cm L) belt size
  • Treadmill weight 131 lbs. 59.4 kg)
  • Console weight 3 lbs. (1.36 kg)
  • 350 lbs. (158.7 kg) maximum user capacity

Key Features

Bluetooth Integration with Computer Fitness App

The TR1200-DT3 is Bluetooth-enabled to wirelessly sync your activity data to your Windows or Mac computer with our free downloadable computer app. Track steps taken, walking time, calories burned and distance traveled all on your computer screen as you walk. Once complete, sync your data with your online LifeSpan Fitness Club account to record your walking history.

Treadmill Fits Under Your Existing Standing Desk

The TR1200-DT3 is designed to work with most standing desks. Simply place the console in a convenient location on your desk and plug the opposite end into the front of the treadmill and its ready to go. The TR1200-DT3 gives you the flexibility to choose the desk you want or use a stand up desk you already own and turn your standing desk into a walking desk. When selecting a desk, remember that a treadmill is approximately 4.5” of additional height above the floor so make sure the maximum height will support your needs plus 4.5”

Small, Contemporary Console

The small, contemporary designed console is 12.9” L x 2” H x 3.25” D, the perfect size to discretely sit on your desk so it will not get in the way of your work. The digital LED display shows steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance traveled and walking belt speed. The weighted console has a safety key that shuts down the treadmill when removed

Deck Suspension Absorbs Foot Impact

LifeSpan treadmills use 6 independent shocks to hold the walking deck above the frame and absorb impact when your foot strikes the belt. If you plan on walking 10,000 or more steps a day, which we recommend, a good deck suspension will allow you to walk longer with less fatigue and without causing joint pain or injury.

A side benefit to isolating the deck with this type of suspension is a much quieter walking experience because the impact of your foot hitting the deck doesn’t resonate to the rest of the treadmill.

Intelli-Guard™ and Intelli-Step™

The TR1200-DT3 comes standard with two of LifeSpan trademarked technologies: The built-in Intelli-Guard™ automatically stops the belt if you step off during your walk for added safety and is a major development in protecting treadmill users and those around them. With the Intelli-Guard™, you no longer have to worry about leaving your treadmill running if you have to step off to take a call. When your foot no longer continuously strikes the belt surface for 20 seconds, your treadmill will automatically pause. Intelli-Step™ counts and records the number of steps you take and displays them on the console. More accurate than a pedometer, Intelli-Step automatically detects the impact of your foot striking the treadmill belt.

Comfort

As this piece of equipment is designed to be used in a potentially high stress environment, it is essential that it is comfortable to use.

If you have never used an under desk treadmill before you will find it takes a little bit of getting used to in the way of typing and using the mouse while moving on the treadmill. Other than that the machine fits comfortably underneath the desk and feels secure underfoot. Although Lifespan boasts 6 independent shocks to absorb impact while you are walking, the belt does not feel as comfortable as it could. Although you don’t want too much spring in your step you do want to feel able to walk slowly on this machine all day long so belt cushioning could have been a really useful addition to the comfort features of the TR1200-DT3.

Performance

The performance features on this treadmill are not intensity related and instead reflect an ability to improve fitness at a steady level, over time while you work. As the machine only goes up to 4 mph it isn’t designed to work your body like a full capacity treadmill does, but it is designed to increase your steps per day and keep your body moving at work rather than it remaining seated and sedentary. This is why the Intelli-Step feature on this machine comes in so handy as it literally is designed to be a detailed, precise step counter that will enable you to track your steps per day and see how much you have progressed over time. The console does also allow you to track Distance Travelled, Calories Burned, Time, Step Count and Belt Speed.

The advertising mentions the Wireless Bluetooth Sync with the Lifespan Fitness Club as a key feature of this machine. Although it has the potential to be a useful feature, the Lifespan Fitness Club is a little old fashioned in its design and facilities. The biggest problem is that you can’t sync your results to a smartphone app which is the way most modern users prefer to interact with technology. The bluetooth isn’t always reliable and some of the features of the ‘club’ are a little patronizing if you are anything more than a fitness beginner.

Aside from Lifespan, the belt is well designed to give you the ability to walk and type/ talk/ call with no issues at all.

Ease Of Use & Convenience

There are three major issues with this product that are highly inconvenient.

The first issue is the weight of the treadmill, which is really heavy considering what it is being used for. Of course you need it to be sturdy but it isn’t being used for running and you’re also meant to easily slide it under a desk. Unfortunately it isn’t easily slid anywhere which is quite a design flaw when it is more than likely going to be moved around from time to time.

The second issue is the fact that the product beeps incredibly loudly which is something that can be heard if you’re on the phone and is a little embarrassing for a client to hear. The manufacturer has stated that this can be disengaged in the engineering mode, details of which can be found in the owners manual.

The third issue is the biggest gripe if you jump on and off your treadmill throughout the day; the fact that the safety feature ‘Intelli-guard’ stops the machine from moving after 20 seconds of non use. This means you have to start right from scratch every single time you get on the machine as there aren’t any quick key options. The manufacturer states that this feature can also be disengaged using the engineering mode, but it is not recommended.

The biggest design plus would have been a quick key, enabling the user to move straight back into a certain speed without having to work all the way up to top speed all the time.

Entertainment

There is no entertainment on this machine as it is designed to be used while you work.

Warranty

Warranty is based on 6 hours per day average usage:

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Motor: 3 Years
  • Parts: 2 Years
  • Labor: 1 Year

The Final Verdict

There’s no doubting that the $999 dollar Lifespan TR1200-DT3 is an innovative and useful machine designed to enable workers to stay fit and healthy during the working day. However, it’s not particularly sharp or intelligent in its design and with a few tweaks it could have been a lot more accessible to it’s key demographic of users.

At $999 dollars there are just too many design flaws to justify the price. It is reasonable but certainly not the most impressive of work based treadmills available at this price point.

 

Lifespan TR200 Treadmill Review

 

The Lifespan TR200 is a compact, modern looking, lightweight treadmill with plenty of useful features and an impressive superslim foldaway size.

Just some of the features boasted by the machine are; 10 levels of incline, it comes fully assembled, contact heart rate sensors, quick speed buttons and an impressive 11 inch folded size.

At just $699 dollars the Lifespan TR200 has a lot going for it. Does it really come fully assembled? Is it too lightweight to run on? Do all the features work well?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • Full: 60 L x 31 W x 52 H inches (152.4cm L x 78.7cm W x 132.1cm H)
  • Flat: 11 inches (27.9cm)
  • 17 W x 48 L (43.2cm W x 121.9cm L) belt size
  • 250 lbs. (113.4 kg) maximum user weight
  • 119 pounds (53.9 kg) assembled weight
  • 137 pounds (62.14kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

 

  • 10 Levels of Incline – With 10 levels of incline, the TR200 can give you a variation of uphill workouts. A variety of incline options allows your muscles to be worked from different angles and burns more calories, even at lower speeds.
  • Fully Assembled and Ready-to-Use
  • The TR200 comes fully assembled. Just take it out of the box, stand and lock in place, and the ultra-compact folding treadmill is ready to use within minutes.
  • Contact Heart Rate Sensors
  • Monitor your heart rate while you exercise – As you grip the heart rate sensors on the handlebars, your heart rate reading will display on the LCD backlit console.
  • Speed Programs and Quick Speed Buttons
  • Use one of six preset speed programs, go directly to 3-6 mph by pressing the desired speed button or increase or decrease speed using the Up/Down arrow buttons.
  • Compact Folding Design Saves Space
  • At just 11″ thin when folded, the TR200 treadmill stores vertically or horizontally nearly anywhere. Fold and store under a bed, in a closet or behind a door. This treadmill is ideal for small space living areas.

 

Comfort

Despite its impressive 11 inch foldaway size, the treadmill is in fact relatively sturdy to use. It does go up to 8 miles per hour in speed but, most users would probably feel unsafe using it to this capacity as it does not have much in the way of suspension or cushioning so it doesn’t feel like it could stand up to much pounding. The belt itself is very compact at 17 by 48 inches so you can expect to move one foot in front of the other or keep your feet quite closely together during use, this may be uncomfortable for some users who are larger in frame or have a larger stride.

The 10 levels of incline feel comfortable and don’t impact on how smooth the belt movement feels overall.

Looking at the equipment in its folded form you wouldn’t imagine it could be so comfortable to use, the front handlebars in particular could actually be more useful to certain users who find it easier to hold onto something in front for stability rather than at the sides.

 

Performance

You’ve a fair few features to play with in the way of performance on this machine. On a really basic level, the fact that you can get this machine out and put it away so easily means you’re much more likely to use it because you can quite easily bring the treadmill to where the entertainment is. Sometimes heavier treadmills can fall ‘out of sight, out of mind’ because you can’t move them around, this is a very much understated but important feature of the Lifespan TR200.

The actual performance features on the treadmill are the 10 levels of incline, the 6 mph maximum speed, 6 inbuilt programs and 6 different readouts.

The incline levels are really great for enhancing the intensity of what is in essence a walking machine, and you can easily combine them with the quick speed options to give yourself a varied and challenging workout. The programs are extremely basic but great if you want the machine to take the guesswork out of your exercise for the day. The readout options are; time, calories, distance, heart rate, speed and incline, your heart rate is monitored via the pulse sensors on the handlebar which aren’t very accurate but still a nice touch.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The most important and incredible feature of this treadmill is the fact that it requires absolutely no assembly. This is an absolutely amazing feature and cannot be dismissed as unimportant; no heavy lifting, no stress, no fiddly components just undo the box, unfold and plug in.

The interface is very user friendly and you’ll have no issues navigating your way around the different programs.

The lack of assembly and the 11 inch foldaway size is quite simply a dream for most buyers. It fits under most beds and in most cupboards with no fuss. For users who have little space or don’t have a dedicated exercise room it is fantastic to be able to fold this machine away in a matter of minutes.

 

Entertainment

The entertainment on the Lifespan TR200 comes in the form of speakers and a headphone plug in socket. The speakers aren’t great but the music actually sounds OK when you plug your headphones in which is a nice feature.

 

Warranty

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Motor: 5 Years
  • Parts: 1 Year
  • Labor: 1 Year

 

The Final Verdict

The Lifespan TR200 is worth it’s $699 dollar price tag for the innovative design alone. The fact that it comes assembled is a real winner for a lot of buyers and the 11 inch foldaway size is an absolutely amazing feature. It works well and is a treadmill that fits into your lifestyle rather than a large, bulky model that you have to clear space for. Purchase if you want a super convenient, easy to assemble, easy to use, super compact treadmill that slots right into your life with ease.

 

Horizon Fitness T202-3 Treadmill Review

The Horizon T202-03 is a great treadmill designed to provide you with plenty of workout options and an intuitive space saving solution, all for around $1000 dollars. The machine boasts; 12 mph maximum speed, 12% maximum incline, a 20 x 55 inch running surface, 300 pounds maximum user weight, pulse grip heart rate monitoring, FLEX PLUS treadbelt cushioning and MP3 compatibility.

So is the Horizon T202-3 worth $1000 dollars? Is it good value for money? Do all the features work well?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 71 x 34 x 55 inches (180.3 x 86.3 x 139.7 cm)
  • 20 x 55 inch (50.8 x 139.7 cm) running area
  • 300 pounds (136.07 kg) maximum user weight
  • 172 pounds (78.01 kg) assembled weight
  • 198.4 pounds (89.9 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

  • 50 horsepower continuous-duty motor; up to 12 miles per hour and incline up to 12 percent for a wide range of workouts
  • Running Area: 20 by 55 inches with Perfect FLEX PLUS cushioning; Feather LIGHT folding lift system for easy fold-up storage
  • 75″ green back-lit LCD display; 30 programming options
  • Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 compatibility; pulse grip heart rate monitoring
  • 300-pound maximum user weight, lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 1 year on parts and labor

 

Comfort

The treadmill feels incredibly solid and sturdy to use and you feel no rocking or swaying even on maximum use of the machine; the safer you feel on a treadmill the more likely you are to intensify your workouts.

The FLEX PLUS cushioning is designed to protect your joints from any negative impact and allow you to enjoy workouts for longer with a comfortable, cushioned treadbelt. You can certainly feel the FLEX PLUS underfoot, particularly when you are pounding the machine a lot during jogs and runs.

The running area is perfectly adequate and only 5 inches shorter than the majority of higher end models. Unless you’ve a very large stride or a less than compact running style you shouldn’t find the running space a problem. The handlebars are not full sized so they don’t get in the way if you use the machine for full throttle runs, users with balance issues should still have enough handlebar available to stabilize themselves.

 

Performance

There’s plenty to play with in the way of performance features on this machine. You can travel up to 12 mph maximum speed which is a good figure as most budget treadmills only go up to 10 mph, you can also use a quick speed button to go up to 12 mph quickly which is useful if you’re already warmed up and want to jump straight into a challenging speed. You can also use the 12 % incline feature which also comes with a quick button which is really useful for intense glute workouts. The treadmill features 30 different programming options which are; manual, 6 calorie goal workouts, 10 distance-based workouts, 10 steps goal-based workouts and 3 intervals workouts. They aren’t the most imaginative, but work well and take the guesswork out of a session if you want a program to run without you having to mix it up yourself.

The pulse grip heart rate monitoring is inaccurate and at this price point there should really be some telemetry features enabling you to use a much more accurate chest strap.

Overall you’re perfectly set up to enjoy plenty of varied and interesting workouts on this machine. As the comfort levels are high, you’ll want to get on it in the first place which is the most important thing.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The Horizon T202-3 is easy to use and has a nifty foldaway option which means it can be stored away easily if you struggle for space.

The cup holder troughs are nice and deep and positioned centrally just above the screen to each side, you can easily store various items in these holders with no issues.

The console is incredibly easy to use but the screen really is very small and the green backlit colour doesn’t look particularly aesthetically pleasing as well as making the digits difficult to see. The layout of the information is also quite badly designed as you can’t see all of your feedback in big, easy to read digits, some of the information like the speed reading is very small and is in a corner of the screen, difficult to read.

The foldaway option is really good but the manufacturer should make it clear that it folds at an angle rather than into a compact box shape. It is still space saving but doesn’t save as much space as you might think.

 

Entertainment

The entertainment on this treadmill comes in the form of Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 compatibility. The speakers work fine and provide an adequate sound considering the machines price point.

You may find the loud beeping on this machine a little offputting during your workout as it randomly resets itself occasionally to its loudest setting which can make you jump.

 

Warranty (again, these can usually be copy + pasted from Amazon or manufacturers website)

  • Frame and Motor- Lifetime
  • Parts- 1 Year
  • Labour- 1 Year

 

The Final Verdict

For around $1000 dollars, the Horizon T202-3 is a decent treadmill with a good, solid motor and useful workout features. It certainly doesn’t have a USP, but it does have everything you need to workout efficiently and successfully over and over again. Avoid if you want a treadmill with style and strong individual features, purchase if you want a reliable, sturdy and comfortable treadmill with adequate features.

 

 

Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill Review

The Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill is a budget machine which is a little bit more expensive than the lowest priced models. The machine boasts; 30 inbuilt workout options, MP3 compatibility and inbuilt speakers, a foldaway option, lifetime frame and motor warranty and treadbelt cushioning. At around $630 dollars you’re paying around $230 dollars more than the cheapest treadmills. What extras are you paying for? Is it worth paying the extra money?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 70 x 33.5 x 55 inches (178 x 85 x 140 cm)
  • 45.5 x 33.5 x 61 inches (116 x 85 x 154 cm)
  • 165 lbs (75 kg) assembled weight
  • 192 pounds (87 kg) shipping weight
  • 300 pounds (136 kg) maximum user capacity

 

Key Features

  • Open and Shut

Our hydraulic folding technology makes it easy to get your treadmill out when you need it and stash it away when you don’t. This saves your energy for exercising and your living space for, well, living.

 

  • Sounding Off

The award-winning T101 comes audio-ready so you can plug in and go using either your headphones or the speakers.

 

  • Motor Skills

The quiet 2.25 CHP motor provides a quiet, smooth ride so you’ll never have to worry about disturbing the family. And the lifetime warranty means you’ll never have to worry about problems or repairs.

 

  • 30 preset programs give you options every day of the month
  • Super stable, the T101 won’t shake or bounce
  • Optimal cushioning minimizes stress and strain
  • Four-time award winner

 

Comfort

The treadmill is well built and does stand by the manufacturers ‘Super Stable’ promise. Even at maximum use you don’t feel as much of a pounding effect as you do on similar models. The treadbelt is comfortable and remains smooth alongside the quiet 2.25 HP motor, although the longevity of this ‘whisper quiet’ sound is questionable. The 20 x 55 inch belt size is adequate and only 5 inches less in length than the majority of standard treadmills, only tall users with large strides wanting to run at maximum capacity may find it a bit of an issue.

The Coolfit fan is pretty weak and couldn’t be considered a top of the range cooling system.

 

Performance

The key performance feature on this treadmill are the 30 different workout programs which are; 30 Programs – Manual, Steps (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10,000), Calories (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600), Distance (1mi, 2mi, 5k, 5mi, 10k, 8mi, 15k, 10mi, 20k, Half Marathon), and Intervals (Speed, Peak, and Endurance). This feature is what makes it stand out from similar models that cost a few hundred dollars less. Are the programs worth the extra money? Having a variety of inbuilt options for your workouts is never a bad thing as you can simply press a button and have the machine do all the guesswork for you. However, these programs are incredibly unimaginative and pretty lack lustre. They really don’t use any interesting variations or incline/ speed changes and couldn’t be considered well designed, well thought out workouts.

You also have the ability to track your progress on the machine using the feedback on the monitor which displays; Speed, Incline, Distance, Calories, Time and Heart Rate although heart rate is monitored using the pulse grips on the machine which are notoriously inaccurate.

The 10% incline, 10 mph maximum speed and the ample treadbelt space mean you do have a decent amount of workout options to utilize and customize your own workouts.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The Horizon Fitness T101-04 has a foldaway option which means it is easier to store than models that don’t fold, although the fold is at an angle so it does take up more room when folded than you might think.

The machine is easy to assemble and comes with some well written instructions, it can take a little bit of time to run smoothly; make sure the entire bottle of lubricant is applied when you set it up to ensure it is adequately greased. The water bottle holder is a good size and within convenient reach and the holders can also accommodate remote controls and other items as they are nice and deep.

The user interface is as simple as they come, which is a positive in that it is super easy to use and negative because you’re not getting many useful features within the console itself.

 

Entertainment

The entertainment on this machine is limited to a reading rack and iPod/ MP3 compatible speakers which connect using a jack. The speakers aren’t particularly useful because the sound is not very high quality at all, you could have music on as background noise but couldn’t enjoy your favorite songs on this sound system. The reading rack is a good size and can accommodate plenty of different sized items; books/ tablets etc. One thing you probably won’t find entertaining is the loud barrage of beeps you continually get from this machine.

Whichever feature you want to use you are met with a loud beeping which can be turned down but sets back to loud when you turn the machine off, it also connects to the speakers as well so if you have the music on loud you also have to deal with loud beeping.

 

Warranty

  • Frame and Motor- Lifetime
  • Parts- 1 year
  • Labour- 1 year

 

The Final Verdict

The Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill is in a bit of an odd place when it comes to treadmill price structures and what you are getting for your money. For a few hundred more dollars you are essentially getting a ton of preset workout programs, a bigger running surface and a better motor. But are they worth the extra money? The preset workout programs are not worth the extra money as they are so monotonous, the bigger running surface and better motor are worth more money but those who may want to use these features to their full capacity will more than likely just save a bit more and invest in a stronger machine with the full 60 inch length treadbelt. The Horizon Fitness T101-04 can only be described as a mediocre treadmill with a slightly bigger bite than similar budget models. Purchase if you want a bit more strength and room to your treadmill.

 

Freemotion 790 Interactive Treadmill Review

The Freemotion 790 Treadmill is a higher price range exercise machine which is extremely interactive, well designed and intuitive. The machine boasts; iFit Live inbuilt technology, a 15 inch TV and 10 inch colour touch screen, A 4.2 CHP Commercial Pro Motor, Pulse sensors and chest strap for heart rate monitoring, -3 to 0% decline option, 0-15% incline option and 0-15mph maximum speed and an inbuilt fan. This treadmill has plenty of bells, whistles and more but does it justify the $2200 dollar price tag?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 83 x 33 x 17 inches (210.8 x 83.8 x 43.1 cm)
  • 20 x 60 inch (50.8 x 152.4 cm) treadbelt
  • 375 pounds (170.09 kg) maximum user capacity
  • 290 pounds (131.5 kg) assembled weight
  • 316 pounds (143.3 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

  • 15″ High-Definition TV
  • 10″ Full-Color Touch Screen with Browser Powered by Android,
  • 2 HD Video Workouts
  • IF it Live Technology Built-In, Workouts Around the World, Training with Jillian Michaels, Competitions with Friends and Family
  • 2 CHP Commercial Pro Motor
  • Dual-Grip Heart Rate Monitor with Polar Wireless Chest Strap Included
  • 20″ x 60″ 2-Ply Commercial-Grade Treadbelt
  • SpaceSaver Design and Easy Lift Assist, 3″ Precision Machined and Balanced Non-Flex Rear Roller
  • Compatible Music Port for iPod
  • 0-12 MPH
  • -3-0% 1-Step Decline Control
  • 0-15% 1-Step Incline Control,
  • 36 Workout Apps,
  • CoolAire Workout Fan
  • 375 lb Capacity

Comfort

The Freemotion 790 is an incredibly user friendly machine and you feel extremely safe using it full pelt on all available settings. As the machine has such a huge amount of workout options you would expect it to feel incredibly safe and solid underfoot, and it does.

The Coolaire fan is adequate but not the best, which is a shame at this price range. The inclines are motorized which is a very smooth transition movement and doesn’t disturb your workout at all.

The belt comfort is adequate but isn’t as comfortable or enjoyable as belts in the same price range and lower which is surprising.

 

Performance

The machine leads with its technological foot so you’d be right in expecting an all singing, all dancing selection of workout options.

Without even touching the iFit you’ve various smooth, high quality customization options including 15% incline, 15 mph maximum speed range and a -3 to 0% decline option to ensure you’ve total control over the intensity of your workout. Varying incline options make a huge difference when you’re trying to tone different muscle groups.

The machine also has 32 inbuilt workout programs for you to access even if the internet is down so you’re well catered for without the iFit. Your feedback options are standard calorie count, speed, distance etc, you can also use the polar chest strap for an accurate heart rate reading as even the pulse readers on more expensive treadmills don’t offer you much accuracy. So even without internet access, you’ve absolutely everything you need to have plenty of varied and interesting workouts on this machine.

If you do choose to use the iFit (which is free for a year) you quite literally have endless options available to you in the way of workouts. At its full capacity the app allows you to enjoy local routes or routes further afield with full visuals and incline changes in the machine to reflect the actual inclines on the route. You can enjoy personal trainer sessions, incredible progress tracking, mind blowing exercise routes and the ability to add up to 4 users on just one account.

Unfortunately it isn’t entirely clear what you get for free with the iFit module, the advertising for this part of the machine could be considered a little bit misleading. With your free access you don’t have unlimited access to routes from around the world powered by Google maps but you do get a couple of free routes with snapshots of the scenery to let you know what you could be enjoying if you pay. Essentially, it’s a little bit of a gimmick to entice users to sign up for an app that is dangled in front of them rather seductively. The iFit app is pretty cool though and for around $100 dollars a year, it’s actually quite good value, it just seems a shame to sell a treadmill with ‘free’ membership which isn’t entirely truthful.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The machine is incredibly easy to use and despite the slightly intimidating console, you’ll find you work your way round all the features quite quickly. The touchscreen is really easy and takes a tap rather than a light touch to operate but this seems to make it feel a little bit more robust which is good. Setting the WIFI up can be a little bit tricky and the machinery assembly itself can also take some time initially. That being said it is well packaged and adequately labelled so you should be able to get it done within a couple of hours.

The positioning of the TV, screen and water bottle holders are all well thought out and everything is well within reach.

The foldaway option is convenient as even though it folds at an angle, it still saves more space than if the treadmill belt was completely down.

 

Entertainment

You’ve endless entertainment on this machine in the way of a touchscreen display, a tv and iPod compatible music system.

If you have the internet and use iFit you’ll be far too distracted by the incredible Google Maps imagery accompanying your workout to worry about anything else. If you do choose to watch the TV the screen is a decent size and can’t really be complained about. The inbuilt music system is relatively useful and provides a good sound, especially over the extremely quiet machinery noises (or lack of them).

 

Warranty

Could not find

 

The Final Verdict

The Freemotion 790 interactive treadmill is most definitely an all singing, all dancing piece of equipment that is worth its over $2000 dollar price tag. Although it is a shame that the advertising is a little misleading in regards to the iFit and what you get for free, the machine itself is a real pleasure to use and the tv makes such a difference if you like to combine your early morning workouts with some tv catch up.

For the price, Freemotion could throw in a years free full membership to iFit to pack a little more punch to their advertising claims, otherwise they describe everything just right and the Freemotion 790 slots quite nicely into this price range.

 

What Next?

Confidence Power Plus Treadmill Review

The Confidence Power Plus Treadmill really is as basic and budget as treadmills get. At the super low price of $199 dollars you certainly do not get any bells or whistles with this machine, but you do get; a6 600 w motor, an easy fold feature, a 38.5 x 14 inch runway, easy transport wheels and a super low 53 pound assembled weight.

With an incredibly compact foldaway size and a ridiculously low price, is the Confidence Power Plus the king of all budget treadmills?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • Maximum user weight : 266 pounds (120kg)
  • Full product size: 49 x 24 x 11 inches (124.4 x 60.9 x 27.9 cm)
  • Runway Size: 38.5 x 14 inches (97.7 x 35.5 cm)
  • 53 pounds (24.04 kg) assembled weight
  • 57 pounds (25.85 kg) shipping weight

Key Features

  • Distance, time, calories and speed feedback readout
  • Light and convenient 53 pounds assembled weight
  • Easy and compact foldaway option, ideal for those struggling to fit in a full sized treadmill
  • 266 pounds maximum user weight- more than some more expensive models
  • 6 miles maximum speed
  • 30 minute safety turn off
  • LED display

 

Comfort

At this price, you’re probably going to be impressed if the machine lasts for longer than a day. So you’ll be pleased to know that the treadmill itself has quite a nice, comfortable feel about it. There is no treadbelt cushioning and at just 38.5 x 14 inches, the treadbelt is pretty tight; you will need to put one foot very much in front of the other. The machine does feel remarkably solid considering it’s size and weight although you may want to stabilize it yourself if your floor is a little uneven as it doesn’t have the weight behind it to stick to the ground firmly.

There is a lack of cushioning but the treadbelt doesn’t feel terrible underfoot and is relatively smooth in movement. The compact type of movement needed to walk could mean some larger users or less agile users could struggle to use this machine but otherwise, it’s quite comfortable considering all the trimmed away features that are missing. It is most comfortable used for walking rather than jogging.

One uncomfortable feature to watch out for is the factory setting that means the machine turns off automatically after 30 minutes. It does stop quite abruptly which means if you’re in the swing of your movement and it stops you may well fall forward or fall over if your balance isn’t very good.

 

Performance

At this price you have no incline or decline features, no programs or quick keys and just the different speeds to use. This makes the treadmill perfect for absolute fitness beginners on a budget and also for people who like to set up treadmill desks.

The reason this treadmill is ideal for a beginner is because it doesn’t force you to splash out on something you may use once and never use again. It is one thing going to the gym and enjoying the treadmills there, but who’s to say you’ll use one at home. The Confidence Power Plus is a stripped back, basic treadmill which will enable you to decide whether or not you really like walking at home without breaking the bank. Desk treadmill users love this design because it’s around $800 dollars cheaper than actual desk treadmills and is actually more compact and moveable because it’s lighter.

So overall you don’t have much to play with at this price point but you do have a good, basic foundation to get yourself more active without feeling overwhelmed by unnecessary features.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The machine is extremely easy to set up and takes around half an hour in total to get up and running. It is much more foldable than the more expensive models and looks a little bit like a large folded deckchair when it’s been folded up. The wheels are also really handy and mean you can move it around really easily.

The machine itself is very convenient to use, you don’t have an overwhelming plethora of programs and customization options to work your way through and have an extremely simple LED display which tells you basic information readouts.
The only inconvenient feature of this treadmill is the fact that it turns off every 30 minutes because of the factory settings, however, as long as you’re aware of it you should be able to anticipate it somewhat during use.

 

Entertainment

There is no entertainment on this machine because it is so cheaply priced, you can easily use it in your TV room though as it’s so small and easily transportable.

 

Warranty

Could not find warranty

 

The Final Verdict

The Confidence Power Plus treadmill is a real bargain and actually earns its salt more than slightly higher priced budget treadmills. It pretends to be nothing other than a bare bones, cheap, basic treadmill so you know exactly what you’re getting for your money.

It works well and is relatively aesthetically pleasing considering the cheap components it is made up out of.

Definitely worth purchasing if you want something basic to use as a desk treadmill, live in a space limited house or apartment or just want to try some in home fitness equipment without investing much.

 

What Next?

Bowflex Treadclimber TC10 Review

The Bowflex Treadclimber TC10 treadmill is a complex looking machine which claims to offer three different workout options. Option one is the treadmill workout which works just like a normal treadmill where both belts move round at the same speed offering you a normal, treadmill workout. The second is a stepper movement where each ‘treadle’ moves up and down and offers you a leg workout (almost as though you are climbing stairs). The third is where both of these movements are combined to provide an apparent elliptical movement where the ‘treadles’ move up and down while the treadbelt also moves.

The question is, is the Bowflex Treadclimber TC10 treadmill a machine for treadmill beginners? And is it still low impact despite its extensive range of movement?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 30.3 (width) x 50.6 (length) x 52.3 (height) inches (77 x 129 x 133 cm)
  • 300 pounds maximum user weight (136kg)
  • 185 pounds assembled weight (84 kg)
  • 185 pounds shipping weight (84 kg)

 

Key Features

  • 4 Electronic Functions – Speed, Distance, Time, and Calories
  • 4 separate LCD display screens for easy viewing during workout
  • 4 mph max readout speed
  • Stores and tracks 1 user
  • Rear machine step platform
  • Great compact design that fits easily in any home
  • Reduce your exercise time with a super-efficient, low-impact workout
  • Covered by the Bowflex® Worry-Free warranty – 2 years coverage for entire machine
  • Backed by a Bowflex® 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Some assembly required
  • Includes the Bowflex® Body Weight Loss Plan

 

Comfort

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The Bowflex Treadclimbler TC10 treadmill machine is relatively heavy but looks quite complex, lightweight and compact. The fact that it is so compact means it’s excellent for your home but a little worrisome when you get on it, especially for those with larger frames. As soon as you get onto the machine and start using it however, you feel confident in its ability to support any weight and movement as it feels incredibly sturdy and safe. The ability to step on from the back of the machine is also a useful comfort feature.

“I gradually worked my way up to 3 to 5 work outs a week, for 40 to 60 minutes a time at full speed. this has improved my quality of life greatly.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The treadmill feature is comfortable to use, the belt feels OK under foot and the separated tread tracks stop being so disconcerting once you’ve been using the machine for ten minutes or so. The step tread feature is not particularly comfortable to use at first because you worry about the grip under foot, however it’s smooth and you feel comfortable once you’ve used it a few times.

The ‘elliptical’ motion cannot really be compared to an actual elliptical machine and it’s a little difficult to find your point of balance when you first try it, but it is a great way to incorporate both movements on the machine and work different muscle groups.

 

Performance

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In the way of performance you have three separate workout options, 4 feedback options, 1 user profile facility and a quick start facility.

The 3 separate workout options are fantastic for targeting different muscle groups whilst providing low impact high intensity workouts. The customization of the machine is innovative and creative which means you shouldn’t have any problems varying your workout routines manually.

“Variable workout not only by speed but by adjusting depth of step. Definitely a better workout than any other one piece of equipment I have used.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The feedback options are; speed, distance, time and calories which is perfectly adequate although a heartrate sensor would have been a nice addition at this price point. The user profile facility only logs one week’s worth of workout information at a time which is OK but a longer memory would be useful to track long term progress, especially if you’ve progressed a lot in your fitness. The quickstart facility is great and always useful, especially if you’re already warmed up and want to jump straight on.

The lack of inbuilt programs is a real shame as you don’t get any examples of how you can truly utilize all the different workout options.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

“It is a heavy machine, but went together fairly easily when you read the directions.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

If you’re a beginner to workout/treadmill machines, you may find the Bowflex Treadclimber TC10 a little intimidating. Those who struggle with balance and coordination may struggle a little at first with the different movement options, but they are easy to get used to once you’ve tried them a few times.

The machine is fairly easy to set up but is quite heavy so you may need it placed where you plan to use it right away. The controls are all incredibly convenient, mainly because you don’t have any programs to navigate. The four screens to view your feedback on are also very convenient, the water bottle holder and reading rack are all placed well within reach too.

 

Entertainment

You don’t have any additional entertainment on the Bowflex Treadclimber TC10 treadmill apart from the reading rack (which isn’t really entertainment alone!) and the facility to customize your workouts in a number of ways. The fact that the machine has three different workout options means you should feel entertained enough during exercise sessions.

Workout programs would have been a really excellent addition to the machine, particularly because they would be so varied using the different movement options. Bowflex have truly missed a trick by neglecting to provide that extra.

 

Warranty

  • 2 Years – Covers entire machine

 

The Final Verdict

“Buy it and you will be thrilled!” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

For beginners, the Bowflex Treadclimber TC10 could be a little intimidating, but once you’re used to the different movements you’ll more than likely get used to all three and appreciate that you have a three in one machine, especially if you use a single movement machine elsewhere.

For around $2200 dollars, it certainly isn’t cheap and you don’t get many extras that you would normally get at this price range. However, what you do get is a machine that works three different ways and has the ability to work various muscle groups. It also offers a great range of workout options which is a lot more than single movement, higher budget treadmills, steppers or ellipticals generally offer.

We’d highly recommend you purchase this machine if you get bored easily and want a multifunctional machine.

 

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