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Model Number: CR050

Bowflex® TreadClimber® TC5

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Bowflex TreadClimber TC5
 
4.0

(based on 811 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (267)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (359)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (99)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (36)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sturdy base (588)
  • Easy to use (560)
  • Operates smoothly (458)
  • Quiet (278)
  • Easy to store (250)

Cons

  • Noisy (238)
  • Difficult to use (127)
  • Hard to store (95)
  • Wobbles under use (63)
  • Hard to assemble (8)

Best Uses

  • General fitness (606)
  • Weight loss (546)
  • Low impact exercise (513)
  • Distance / endurance (328)
  • Strength training (219)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (489), Rarely work out (181), Gym rat (97), Enthusiast (29), Competitive athlete (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (734), Yes (74)

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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5.0

Love it!

By Shannon

from Sparks,Nv

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • General Fitness
  • Weight Loss

Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

Great machine. You have to work up to 30 minutes, I have only had machine a few weeks and have not worked up to 30 minutes but I love the machine!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

dont judge

By mama ummy bear

from line lexington , pa

About Me Rarely Work Out

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Once You Use To It
  • Quiet
  • Sturdy Base

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Pain To Put Together

Best Uses

  • General Fitness
  • Still Getting Use To It
  • Weight Loss

Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

still in early days / we are doing evey 3 days to build up to everyday

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  • No

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5.0

Excellent Workout

By Trish

from White Plains, New York

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Operates Smoothly
  • Sturdy Base

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

    Easy to use

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    Great machine... but worn treads in weeks of use

    By Joe the GI

    from Abilene, TX

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • No Added Electric Bill
    • Operates Smoothly
    • Quiet
    • Sturdy Base

    Cons

    • Treads Already Torn

    Best Uses

    • General Fitness
    • Low Impact Exercise
    • Weight Loss

    Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

    We love the tread climber. We have just had trouble with the tread wearing on the outside edge. We adjusted it as said and it still has strings wearing and tears in the tread. Other than that it is great and have suggested it to others as well.

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    • No

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    5.0

    I love my tc5 all you do is get on and walk .It is esy to do

    By erniefan411

    from Atkinson,NC

    About Me Rarely Work Out

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Fitness
      • Low Impact Exercise
      • Weight Loss

      Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

      I get on the tc5 every other day after i come home from work.This product is excellent,the only problem i have is space to put the machine.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Love it!

      By Sue

      from Seattle

      About Me Gym Rat

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quiet
      • Sturdy Base

      Cons

      • Wobbles Under Use

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Bowflex TreadClimber TC5:

      When my 15 year old treadmill finally died, I pulled out the paper I was saving to buy a Bowflex. Love the easy financing terms.
      The step 3 was difficult to put together and you do really need 2 people to do it. Had to be on the floor at eye level for a long time. It does wobble a bit on 1 leg but I can use it and love it.

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      • No

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      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      • No

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (15 of 15 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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      (13 of 13 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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        • Q:

          What is the weight limit on this machine
          Asked on 6/18/2015 by Gary

          1 answer

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            Hi Gary. The maximum user weight limit for the Bowflex TC5 TreadClimber is 300 lbs.

            Answered on 6/19/2015 by Shawna from Nautilus Customer Care
        • Q:

          I am confused. Can this machine be used as just a treadmill or is the elliptical action continual? Thanks
          Asked on 6/7/2015 by brendaggarrison from New Albany MS

          1 answer

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            Hi! The elliptical motion happens as long as you are walking. There is no motor on the TC5, so it's powered by you. Thank you.

            Answered on 6/9/2015 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          It says max weight is 300 lbs. So If I am 312 I should not purchase this product?
          Asked on 6/4/2015 by Hopper from Lees Summit, MO

          1 answer

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            Weight limits are set to ensure the machine and various parts last as long as possible. While it is physically possible for a person who is over the maximum user weight to use this product, it is not recommended. Use of this product by persons over the maximum user weight has not been tested. Due to this, it is not recommended as it could make your product malfunction and potentially cause injury or damage. Damage caused by using the product in a manner in which it was not intended by have an adverse effect on the warranty of the product.

            If you have further questions or concerns please reply to this email or give our Customer Care department a call at 800-605-3369. We are open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

            Answered on 6/5/2015 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          Is there a product for someone over 300lbs???
          Asked on 6/2/2015 by Lee from Illinois

          1 answer

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            We're sorry, it is not. The maximum user weight is 300 pounds. Thank you.

            Answered on 6/3/2015 by Anonymous
        • 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
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