Hi - I too bought the TC5 Bowflex TreadClimber. I liked the idea that the machine was "green" and powered by me. It was incredibly hard at first, and I was only able to do about 10 minutes each workout, however, over time I've worked up to 30 minutes. I live in New England, and while I walk outside as well, the weather doesn't always cooperate. Having the TreadClimber available to me yields no excuses. I'm able to watch the news in the morning, or a favorite program at night, while I work up a sweat, and I do work up a sweat. I wish the SparkPeople could add a TreadClimber work out to their screens as the calorie burn doesn't match. After all, they are advertising it! I see that you purchased the Spark tracker. I bought Bowflex's version of it. I'm trying to alter my workouts with the TreadClimber, walking to/from work for lunch, and various exercise programs that I own. I'm in my late 50's and regardless of what anyone says, keeping active whatever way that you feel comfortable is the most important thing! Don't you love it when the GOAL!!! flashes across the screen?
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.
If you go to the top of the SparkPeople screen, type in treadclimber and do a search, you may be able to find some posts. I've found that people post all over this site, so you never know where to look.
Hope this helps!
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I researched and found really great reviews and really crappy reviews. I guess it all depends on who you talk to and in some cases what they get paid. I went a head and got one, and they are very popular because I have to wait a month and a half for delivery so I can't rate it yet. What I can say is if you do decide to get one, buy local and get delivery and set up unless you have someone strong and mechanical. Make sure to check website first to see the price and what they are throwing in and then go haggle the price at the store. If anything they should match. Might want to check a couple of local stores if you have them. I did and saved about $150 plus got an extended warrenty thrown in.
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