Bowflex TreadClimber TC1000

Editor's Rating: 7.9/10
This model has been discontinued.

The BowFlex TreadClimber series is advertised alongside more than 1,000 success stories from ordinary users. The TreadClimber, which is a unique combination between a stair climbing machine and a treadmill, forces users to burn calories and tone their bodies more efficiently than they would with a standard treadmill.

The first Bowflex TreadClimber, the TC 1000, was introduced in 2003. The most advanced TreadClimber now available is the TC 5500, which offers more console options and more stability than the original.

What We Like

  • Comfort: Bowflex TreadClimbers are designed to provide low-impact workouts.
  • Convenience: Users can achieve great results in less time than they would with a traditional treadmill.


  • Motor: The TC 1000 lets user reach a top speed of 3.8 mph.


  • Programs: The TreadClimber 1000 has programmable workouts with twelve intensity levels.
  • Variety: The TC 1000 can be used not only as a treadmill and a stair climber, but also as an elliptical machine.
  • Space-saving: TreadClimbers take up less floor space than a traditional treadmill, so they’re ideal for smaller living quarters.


  • Warranty: Bowflex offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all its exercise equipment.

What We Don’t Like

  • Assembly required: The TC 1000 requires some assembly after purchase.
  • Not for running: TreadClimbers are not designed for running.
  • Motor warranty: The TC 1000’s one-year warranty suggests that the motor might not last for long.

Our Verdict

Bowflex is a reputable company, and its TreadClimbers are a smart alternative to traditional treadmills. The TC 1000 provides an efficient low-impact workout. However, newer models have improved upon the TC 1000. The TC 5500 is sturdier, has a more attractive display with more program options, and lets users reach a higher top speed (4.5 mph). The latest model also has a five-year motor warranty.


  • B WingeJune 18, 2019 at 3:42 pmfrom CA
    What was the original purchase price of the TC1000?
    • Amanda BJuly 10, 2019 at 10:41 am
      Hi B, the original price of the TC1000 ranged from $1799 USD - $2300 USD.
  • MaryAugust 27, 2019 at 3:35 pmfrom Boerne, Texas
    What do you think a TC1000 in fair condition with limited use would sell for?
    • Amanda BSeptember 10, 2019 at 11:17 am
      Hi Mary, it depends on where you live and how used the machine is. There are a few lightly used machines on eBay that range from $800 - $1500.
  • PhilJuly 16, 2020 at 9:45 amfrom Florida
    Our Bowflex Tread Climber 1000, SN#002-3746DAY09070210 Purchased March 2009 has given us super service until recently when the left belt started slipping and yesterday both slipped. Request a fix, can I use belt dressing, how do I adjust. At time of purchase we never received any type of maintenance /repair instructions or booklets. HELP us out here Thanks Phil
    • Amanda BJuly 24, 2020 at 4:58 pm
      Hi Phil, here's the manual for the TreadClimber TC1000: Hope this helps!

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