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Bowflex® TreadClimber® TC5

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Bowflex TreadClimber TC5
 
3.9

(based on 805 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (263)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (357)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (99)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (36)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sturdy base (582)
  • Easy to use (556)
  • Operates smoothly (454)
  • Quiet (273)
  • Easy to store (249)

Cons

  • Noisy (238)
  • Difficult to use (126)
  • Hard to store (95)
  • Wobbles under use (62)
  • Hard to assemble (8)

Best Uses

  • General fitness (600)
  • Weight loss (540)
  • Low impact exercise (509)
  • Distance / endurance (326)
  • Strength training (217)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (487), Rarely work out (179), Gym rat (96), Enthusiast (28), Competitive athlete (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (729), Yes (73)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I've always wanted one

I purposely waited this long to leave my review to make sure I could give one that was as complete as possible. When I first got my TC5 I had some difficulties for which...Read complete review

I purposely waited this long to leave my review to make sure I could give one that was as complete as possible. When I first got my TC5 I had some difficulties for which I turned to previous reviews to find they were fairly common. I'll try to address these in my review.

Part I: Ordering and Delivery. I first ordered my TC5 back in May. I paid outright with no financing. Please be aware if you choose this method, Nautalis puts an initial hold on the funds, which is later released because processing can take up to two weeks (and did for me); this means you will have to watch your spending as they don't charge you until the product ships. Once the product did ship, it got here in a matter of days despite me living in Hawaii, which I was very happy about. It arrived in early June.

Part II: Assembly. Like many have pointed out in their own reviews, assembly is not a one person job. It *can* be done by just one person, but will be much harder and a workout in itself. You will do a lot of heavy lifting and wiggling, so be sure to ask a strong sturdy friend for help. The wheels are on the back of the machine, which makes it hard to relocate. Be sure of where you want to put it and assemble as close to this location as possible.

Part III: Use. I've always wanted a Treadclimber, since they first came out over a decade ago, but could never afford one. I didn't qualify for financing, but I am so happy I made this investment. A lot of people have compared this to walking in sand, but I think it's more like constant uphill hiking. The first week I could only do 5-10 minutes at a time. It took me a couple of weeks to build up my muscles and endurance, and now (some 7 weeks later) I am able to do 20-30 minutes at a time, several days a week. My usual routine is 20 minutes in the morning and 20 in the late afternoon, but I try to do at least 10 minutes a day, every day of the week. Ten minutes gets me up to a good sweat. Something else I'd like people to take notice of in it's use is how low impact this machine really is. Somehow I hurt my foot the other day and my heel is too tender to even walk on normally. Yet I'm still able to get up and do my 20 minutes with no pain in my foot. I can't walk regularly, but I can still exercise and I love it!

Part IV: Results. I read somewhere that the best results come in the first six weeks of using the TC5. I didn't see much in the way of results in my first six weeks to no fault of Bowflex or the TC5; my lack of results was due to not following the instructed regimen or provided diet plan. However, since I began using the TC5 regularly (the past two weeks with the above stated routine) I have lost about two pounds a week, which I am very happy with considering I didn't change my diet much.

Part V: Issues. One issue I notice several people having is with noise. When I first started using the TC5, it did make quite a bit of noise but as time went on and my muscles started toning, the noise level went down. In my personal experience, if you are properly aligned (back straight, core tight, shoulders back, chest out) the TC5 makes minimal noise. The worst part of it now comes from the back rollers which start to creak after 5-10 minutes. Another issure I noticed is with the tread bands sliding to the side during use. This can be adjusted by tightening/loosening the 'screws' (I'm not sure what to call them...) at the top of the treadles. There are four in total, two on each treadle, that need to be adjusted with an Alan wrench (included). Trial and error is really the only way to go with this one. I've got mine balanced well enough that the treads slide a little, but don't scrape the sides anymore. You will notice deterioration on the outsides of the treadles unless you balance them correctly and this can happen fairly quickly. Balancing the top rollers will also help reduce the noise level.

Part VI: Anything else. The TC5 is a non-electric model, so you set the pace instantly. I like this because if I suddenly get tired I don't have to adjust anything, I just walk slower. If I feel more energized I simply walk faster and track my speed and progress on the battery-operated screen. I am very happy with my purchase and excited to continue on my fitness journey.

The one suggestion I have that I think would make this machine that much better is to put the wheels on the front end instead of the back end so people can use leverage to easily move it around. It is a very heavy piece of equipment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It does give you a workout.

I was sweating and feeling the burn in my legs after a few minutes on the machine, and that is exactly why I bought it. So, in that regard, it works exactly as...Read complete review

I was sweating and feeling the burn in my legs after a few minutes on the machine, and that is exactly why I bought it. So, in that regard, it works exactly as it should.
On the down side, unless you pay to have it assembled for you, the machine was very difficult to put together. The plastic covers did not fit well together nor did the pre-drilled holes in them match up with the holes in the metal parts, so putting the screws in were difficult. Also, every time I turn on the fan or some other electronics in the same room, the machine's tracker beeps, which is odd to me because it runs on batteries and isn't connected to anything.
Bottom line, I don't feel the machine is worth the amount I paid for it, but I do believe that anyone serious about losing weight or getting into shape can do so with this machine.

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4.0

TreadClimber

By Janet, finally free.

from Middlebury, IN

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Operates Smoothly
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • General Fitness

Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

I had sprained the back of my leg so I only started using it recently. With a 20 min. workout I can feel it working. My goal is workout at least 20 twice daily.
It is very easy to use. I have it in front of a window that faces the forest. Very soothing.
As stated before I have not been able to get the info started on the center section. There are just four lines that show up. The Scan, the start and stop do not seems to function. But I work out anyway. I watch a half hour show.
A slow even pace seems to work for me.

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5.0

I would buy again

By Sandra the weight lost girl

from Norwich ct.

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Store
  • Easy To Use
  • Operates Smoothly
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Wobbles Under Use

Best Uses

  • General Fitness

Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

to lose weight

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  • No

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Engineering could be better

By Leon

from Washington

About Me Rarely Work Out

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Sturdy Base

Cons

  • Treadle Belts Drift Easy

Best Uses

  • Low Impact Exercise
  • Weight Loss

Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

Treadle belts drift and do not stay centered even after doing adjustments as recommended by the owners manual. The belts began to fray as a result of this within a few days of use. I've read other reviews of the TC5 with similar complaints and it appears this is due to design deficiency. Most people do not have strides that push straight back as the treadles are aligned. People naturally push off of their foot towards the outside of the body. Some strides are more extreme than others in this regard but the result of this is that the belts are pushed outward as there is nothing to prevent that movement of the belt. The result is the fraying of the belt. Other than this I am happy with the product and its performance.

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  • No

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

its good

By Aci

from Burton, Mi

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • I Have More Energy
  • It Works Great

Cons

  • The Display Works Some
  • The Treads Ravel Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

    it works well, except the display works when it wishes too....and the treads are raveling quickly. The good burn i feel comes from the machine though.

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    • No

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it

    By None

    from Smyrna, Tennessee

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Sturdy Base

    Cons

    • A little noisy

    Best Uses

    • Endurance Training
    • General Fitness
    • Low Impact Exercise
    • Weight Loss

    Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

    I am trying to get into better shape, and lose weight. The tread climber 5 has been challenging, and what I need to get on track. I am gradually working toward 30 minutes 3-4 times a week. I can already see benefits! I am enjoying using it, and enjoying the feelings of accomplishment!

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    • No

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    bought this for my husband, and its work

    By gordy

    from fl.

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Fitness
      • Weight Loss

      Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

      my husband had open heart surgery, and had a ruff go of it. gained weight, and out of shape, thought this machine could help, he always exercised in the past, but found it hard to lose this time, we will be married 48 yrs, this summer, and I want him around for years to come, and he is using machine and getting better each day. GREAT PURCHASE for us.
      jan

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      • Yes

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      What a workout!

      By Beachtaz

      from Victoria, TX

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Store
      • Easy To Use
      • Operates Smoothly
      • Sturdy Base

      Cons

      • Just A Little Bit Noisy

      Best Uses

      • Endurance Training
      • General Fitness
      • Low Impact Exercise
      • Weight Loss

      Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

      LOVE the Treadclimber! Great workout.

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      • No

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great work out!

      By Backyard King

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good value
      • Operates Smoothly
      • Sturdy Base

      Cons

      • Noisy

      Best Uses

      • General Fitness
      • Low Impact Exercise
      • Weight Loss

      Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

      online video for assembly was real helpful, it took about 40 minutes to put together but the first workout was amazing! could only do 5 minutes but after 3 weeks I am up to 30 minutes. The only drawback is that it's a bit noisy; my machine started squeaking very loudly but used the lubricant included with the machine and it's back to its regular noise which, again, is a bit noisy. Overall I am happy with the machine and so is my wife who is the main user.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Nice piece of equipment, but not for me

      By Judy

      from Amarillo, TX

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Piece Of Equipment
      • Sturdy Base

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Hard To Store

      Best Uses

      • General Fitness
      • Strength Training

      Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

      I have two knee replacements, so the TC5 was probably not the best choice for me. The equipment is very nice and I can see where an athlete or younger person would do very well with it. If I'd purchased the motorized model, it would have probably worked quite well for what I wanted.

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      3.0

      Too challenging for the average person.

      By Darlene

      from Columbia, SC

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Operates Smoothly
      • Sturdy Base

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • General Fitness
      • Low Impact Exercise

      Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

      The website should have been more specific about how challenging this machine is to use for the average person.
      You really have to be already physically fit to even begin to get a 30 minute workout on this machine.

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      • Q:

        Is there a rack that can hold a book or magazine?
        Asked on 5/23/2015 by Pain from Mechanicsville, Md

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          I am sorry but no, we do not have a reading rack available for the TC5 TreadClimber.

          Answered on 5/25/2015 by Shawna from Nautilus Customer Care
      • Q:

        Is the handle height adjustable?
        Asked on 5/3/2015 by Aunt Devora from Abilene, TX

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          Hi Devora! No, I am sorry, but the handles on the TC5 TreadClimber are fixed and are not adjustable for height.

          Answered on 5/4/2015 by Shawna from Nautilus Customer Care
      • Q:

        does the tc5 have a heart rate monitor clip like the tc20
        Asked on 5/2/2015 by valroy from Fl

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          Hi Valroy! No, I'm sorry, but the TC5 TreadClimber is not equipped to monitor your heart rate function. It provides statistics for speed, time, distance and calories only.

          Answered on 5/4/2015 by Shawna from Nautilus Customer Care
      • Q:

        Hello,

        I love to run every day but my knees are starting to really hurt from the impact, do you think I would get the same work out and feeling on the treadclimber? I did try to use an elliptical trainer but it hurt my knees worse so I am hoping I can find a cardio machine that I can enjoy without the pain. Please let me know what product you have that might be best for me.

        Thank you!
        Tricia
        Asked on 4/12/2015 by Tricia from West Kelowna, BC

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          Hi Tricia! We highly recommend that you check with your doctor regarding your particular exercise needs. The Bowflex TC5 TreadClimber is a very popular machine, largely because it is designed to be very low impact. However, your experience is subjective, so we cannot determine whether or not the machine would be right for you. We highly recommend seeking professional assistance before making any decisions regarding a purchase.

          Answered on 4/15/2015 by Shawna from Nautilus Customer Care
      • Q:

        Hi, just received and assembled my TC5; love it! Seems a bit "jumpy" though in the walking process; thinking it needs lubrication. I have the lubrication that was sent, and am looking for further details/video on exactly how to apply it. Thanks!
        Asked on 4/1/2015 by Joanne

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          Hi Joanne. We do not have any videos showing how to apply the silicone lubricant. If you have the Lube n Walk kit, there are instructions included there on how to apply it to the deck(s), Otherwise, please call Customer Care at 1-800-605-3369 when you can be with your machine and we will be happy to walk you through the lubrication process over the telephone. Our call center hours of operation are 6 am - 5 pm M-F, Pacific Time.

          Answered on 4/2/2015 by Shawna from Nautilus Customer Care
      • Q:

        If i bought this product will your team put it together for me ?
        Asked on 3/26/2015 by Newfie from Kingston ontario canada

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          In home assembly for the TC5 TreadClimber is a service available for sale throughout the continental United States and most major metropolitan areas of Canada. If you purchase the assembly service with your machine, or even after it has been received, yes, our contracted team of assemblers will set up the machine for you.

          Answered on 3/27/2015 by Shawna from Nautilus Customer Care
      • Q:

        Can the belt pressure be adjusted so it is not so hard to push down? I am only 5 feet tall and my strides are not long enough to push down that hard and keep up with the stride I feel like I am going to fall off.
        Asked on 3/26/2015 by robin

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          Hi Robin. If the walking belts on your TC5 are too tight, it can make it more difficult to push down on the treadles. However, to ensure that there isn't some other underlying cause that is making it too difficult, please call our Customer Care department at 1-800-605-3369 when you can be with your machine to troubleshoot. Our call center hours of operation are 6 am - 5 pm M-F Pacific Time, and any of our Customer Care agents will be happy to assist you further.

          Answered on 3/27/2015 by Shawna from Nautilus Customer Care
      • Q:

        When using my T5C I have no control of the rate of speed. Seems like when I start walking, the speed increases and i am unabe to keep up. Is there any way to adjust the tension so I can walk slower, ie. the belt rotates slower?
        Asked on 3/24/2015 by Terry

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          There is no way to control the speed on the TC5; it is determined entirely by you. Check to make sure that the belts aren't too loose. You should only be able to lift the belt about an inch. Thank you.

          Answered on 3/25/2015 by Anonymous
      • Q:

        i can do 2 mins., will it get easier or is there something wrong with the tredles, very hard to push down
        Asked on 3/18/2015 by sammy from MO

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          The TC5 is a very hard workout and it should get easier the more you use it. Thank you.

          Answered on 3/25/2015 by Anonymous
      • Q:

        My drive belt came off while I was walking on the TC5. How can I get it back on there easily? It won't stretch over far enough to slip the bolt on. Do you have a video on this?
        Asked on 3/14/2015 by TC5 Native

        1 answer

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          Hi, it sounds like we need to do some troubleshooting with you. Please call Customer Care when you are by the machine so we can help. Our number is 800-605-3369 and our hours of operation are Mon - Fri, 6 am to 5 pm, PST. Thank you.

          Answered on 3/18/2015 by Anonymous
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