- The Cost
- Materials and Assembly Quality
- Max Trainer and Treadclimber Function comparison
- Treadclimber vs Max Trainer User Weight and Height Limits
- Features and Includes
- The Warranties
- Pros of the Max Trainer
- Cons of the Max Trainer
- Pros of the Treadclimber
- Cons of the Treadclimber
- Is there a Winner in the Max Trainer and Treadclimber Show Off?
Losing weight to look your best is made easier with Bowflex. Their machines have been helping people lose weight for decades.
Now we have bigger, better machines that offer faster weight loss with less time and effort.
Today we will look at the Bowflex Max Trainer vs Bowflex Treadclimber to determine which one is best for you.
When comparing costs the machines may share a pretty similar price tag when looking at the same year models. Between different merchants, shipping costs, sales and bonuses prices could vary a lot though. The different models also vary quite a lot in price.
You should note that older models will be far cheaper than newer released models, and also have fewer features.
Materials and Assembly Quality
A lot of different materials go into the highly durable build of both the Max Trainer and the Treadclimber. You will find molded plastic in the footrests and handles as well as frame coverings. The rubberized grips also help with comfort and fight hand fatigue.
You will see that the main components are made of quality steel and aluminum to help reduce weight. The tracks and cables are cable steel and vinyl. All assembled, the machines under proper use will last for years to come.
Assembly for the units will take two people and about half an hour. Everything you need will be included in the box as well as a step by step instruction guide.
Max Trainer and Treadclimber Function comparison
Each machine is designed to burn calories at an accelerated pace. How they do that, and to what degree, is slightly different.
The Treadclimber is little more than your average treadmill. It has speed controls and an incline to make the process more or less difficult. The stepping pads appear like a normal treadmill but have separate tracks and move independently of each other.
The Bowflex Treadclimber is a walking machine with variable speeds. As such, the workout is highly cardiovascular and only works the legs. However, with the incline and difficulty settings, you can burn up to twice as many calories over your average treadmill experience using the same effort and time.
The Bowflex Max Trainer has foot pads instead of treads and works like a hybrid of a stair stepper and an elliptical machine. You will also use the handlebars to add an extra element to your arms.
Because of the added arm involvement and the dual action foot cycles, the Max Trainer may burn up to three times the calories as a normal stair machine using the same effort and time.
Treadclimber vs Max Trainer User Weight and Height Limits
Good news for the tall people among us; because these machines are stood on, there is no real height limit. However, you should be aware that you will be between eight and 24 inches off the ground. If you have lower ceilings, it may become an issue.
There are weight limits though. The Bowflex Max Trainer and the Bowflex Treadclimber both have an upper weight limit of 300 pounds.
Features and Includes
When the product arrives, you will need to do some assembly to piece it all together. The process for assembly isn’t very difficult, but it will take two people. You will need a couple of tools to tighten the nuts and bolts. You should always test it before rigorous use to ensure everything is connected properly.
What you will receive aside from the machine and the instruction manual depends on which machine you buy.
Bonus Includes the Max Trainer (Can Vary According to Model and Supplier)
- Water bottle, tablet and accessory holding the tray.
- Heart Rate monitor with chest strap.
- Two workout programs on eight resistance levels.
- Floor mat for padding.
- Optional in-home professional assembly.
Bonus Includes of the Treadclimber (Can Vary According to Model and Supplier)
- USB charging port.
- Water bottle, media and tablet holder.
- Heart Rate monitor and chest strap.
- Bluetooth connectivity to update optional workout app.
- Floor Mat for added padding.
- Optional in-home professional assembly.
Warranties will vary depending on the model you get. Older models and newer models of the same type will have the same warranty.
The Max Trainer series comes with a one-year limited warranty that covers defect in craftsmanship, breakage or wears under normal user conditions.
The Treadclimber has two options, the TC100 and the TC200, which come with a two year and three-year warranty, respectively. The warranties cover the same as the Max Trainer.
Pros of the Max Trainer
- Arm and Leg Workout.
- Burns 3X calories.
- Included heart rate monitor and chest strap.
Cons of the Max Trainer
- Major assembly required.
- Higher impact than the Treadclimber.
Pros of the Treadclimber
- Low impact workout.
- Included holding tray for tablets, water bottles or accessories.
- Heart rate monitor and chest strap included.
Cons of the Treadclimber
- Leg and glutes only workout.
- Not as high-calorie burn as the Max Trainer.
- Low number of setting and program options.
Is there a Winner in the Max Trainer and Treadclimber Show Off?
Both the Bowflex Max Trainer and the Bowflex Treadclimber will likely burn more calories than a standard treadmill or stair climber with the same effort and time committed.
If you need a casual and low impact workout to burn calories and lose weight, the Treadclimber might be your best option. You can use the Treadclimber while watching television or reading a book.
If you are looking to burn even more calories and don’t mind a more focused workout, the Max Trainer might be your best bet. You won’t be able to spend your time casually working out, so music may be your only form of entertainment while using the machine.
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