I just recently purchased a Treadclimber. I opted for the non-electric, TC5 model. I decided on the Treadclimber after reading the posts here on Sparkpeople for the following reasons:
I noticed that many people were suggesting walking/jogging, and/or bicycling outdoors. The other option was a jump rope. All of these were wonderful solutions when I was in my 30's -40's even. However, I am 60 years old, and despite being in pretty good health, would be insane to try to walk, jog or bicycle in my neighborhood before or after work in the wintertime. Yes, I live in Florida, but it's dark outside at those times and not safe. As for the jump rope, my joints need a low impact form of exercise. This is not an option for me.
The whole point of getting a treadmill or treadclimber was so I could work out safely, in my home, with a low impact type of exercise. I love walking, so this made sense. Yes, I walk outdoors when I can, but I don't walk in the rain, heat above 90 degrees, or the dark.
I owned a very nice treadmill before I moved to my current residence, but didn't like how much space it required. It also needed to be fairly close to an electric outlet. The only place I could put it was in my living room, and if anyone wanted to watch TV, I couldn't use it as it made too much noise. It was also too big for me to move around easily. I sold it prior to my move.
My TC5 requires no electricity, and has a much smaller footprint (only 3 1/2 feet long!), so I can comfortably put it in my spare room and still have space for other things. It's not exactly a light-weight machine, but the way it's designed, I can easily move it to another room if I need to.
Bottom line - I get a better workout with the treadclimber, and most importantly, I actually use it!
Update: I've had my TC5 for about a week now. My first session, I lasted 5 minutes - It's quite a workout! I'm now doing 15 to 18 minutes at a time, once or twice a day.
Until we meet again - Peace.
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