Bowflex Treadmill 10 Review
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If you’re anything like me, you know that if there was somehow a safe way to do it, you would run during a hurricane--okay that’s a bit of a stretch, but whether there is rain, snow, strong winds or excessive heat, nothing can get in the way of your running routine.
Luckily for us, treadmills exist, so we don’t have to worry about catching a cold from running outside (or flying debris, using the hurricane example.)
More specifically, lucky for us the Bowflex Treadmill 10 exists, because it completely changes the game when it comes to your stationary running or walking workouts from home.
Whether you are bringing your workouts inside due to inclement weather, self-conscious body image or just pure convenience, the Bowflex Treadmill 10, with all of its features and amazing performance, is more than enough to elevate your fitness to its peak and to deliver guaranteed results.
Read on and find out what I’m talking about.
About the Bowflex Treadmill 10
Bowflex has always been a key player in the treadmill market, but for some reason, they have always fallen short of the top spot because of the emergence of more technologies, fitness programs and brand names.
Companies like NordicTrack and Peloton seemed to be the top of their classes for a while--until now.
Bowflex released the Treadmill 10 in early 2021 and it has legitimately become the best thing to happen to the stationary runner’s market ever since.
The T10 replaces Bowflex’s previous models, the BXT116 and BX216, because of their relatively fewer sales due to their uncompetitive price ranges, technologies, features and performance.
The T10 does cost a bit more, but at first glance you can notice that every penny invested went into diligent construction, peak performance, and more technology than a smartphone.
In already such a short amount of time since its inception, it is already being compared to the best names currently on the market.
I will delve into this in greater detail in the technological specifications category, but if you are a “quick conclusion” kind of person and just want to speed read through this article, the biggest takeaways that the Bowflex T10 offers is its huge incline variation capabilities as well as its associated app called JRNY.
The makers of the T10 know that treadmill users want to experience the simulation of running outside.
Similarly, scientifically speaking, runners are less inclined and less motivated to continue their treadmill workout if they are experiencing the same incline, speed and regularity--there is a huge percentage of lower performance rates on a stagnant workout like that.
Similarly, our world is advancing toward a more technologically connected one. Being able to navigate through technology is important, but it is also equally necessary to know how to customize your devices to your own specifications so that you can really bring out the best experiences for yourself.
From small things like having a good playlist to help your motivation to bigger things like giving you an immersive display of a realistically scenic running route on the display, technology is huge with equipment like this. There is also a huge interactive workout world contained within the JRNY app as well.
I will get into much more detail about this later on, but if you want a quick read of what sets the Bowflex T10 apart from its competition, it’s the ability to replicate real life running settings and its gigantic improvements on the side of technology.
So now, let’s get into detail.
I am not going to mince words here: the Bowflex T10 is a mammoth machine, so a large workout space is ideal.
Obviously, you can make it work if a large space is not available to you, but as you will already know, treadmills naturally move during use depending on a combination of your weight, intensity and running behaviour.
It is also worth mentioning that a taller ceiling is preferred, because based on your height, the natural jump motion of a good jog or sprint can result in an injured head.
The T10 comes with a 4.0 HP motor that can operate at a top speed of 12 mph, which is more than enough to test your limits consistently.
Above the console is a 10 inch HD display that is completely touchscreen, so instead of spending time trying figure out what setting works best, you can just use a finger to quickly meet your workout needs. The console feels like a tablet, to be honest.
As big as the Bowflex treadmill is, it does have a folding capability with its SoftDrop folding system.
So, if you accidentally lose your grip or if you bring it down too fast in your excitement to start your workout, the T10 will automatically adjust its speed and fold down slowly.
When it comes to its dimensions, the Bowflex Treadmill 10 measures at 85 inches long, 39.6 inches wide and 65.3 inches tall. The actual running surface is 22 inches x 60 inches, so it gives you ample space to do anything from a light job or a full on, 100% effort prolonged sprint.
In terms of the treadmill’s weight, the T10 itself weighs 323 lbs and is capable of carrying a maximum weight of 400 lbs. You can only achieve such a big weight because of how sturdy, durable and well built it is.
Unfortunately, most heavier people rule out treadmill shopping because of the fear of maximum weight, but this is not the case with the Bowflex T10--it is such a steady machine for users on the heavier side and lighter side alike.
In terms of appearance, the T10 has a much cleaner, durable and to be honest, a way more attractive look than other treadmills on the market. From the bottom up, it has the actual running surface with a very high quality material.
Moving up, it has the standard arms that connect the base to its console, but these are made with a durable steel that can easily withstand your entire weight plus additional force.
There is also an additional brace that supports the vertical arms with the running surface to provide that extra durability in case you do a completely intense workout.
On top of the arms is the very high tech console, control pad and various screens that indicate your performance and your workout settings.
When it comes to warranty, the Bowflex T10 has a pretty good plan, with the frame itself being eligible for 15 years, 15 years for the motor, 5 years on the parts, 1 year for electronics and 2 years for labour.
All things considered, the T10 has a great warranty plan in terms of longevity considering its price--I mean, a 15 year lifespan is already great for a treadmill, so a warranty lasting that long is amazing.
I’ll get onto the technological specifications next, because that is truly what sets most treadmills apart from the rest.
I did a quick rundown of what sets the Bowflex T10 apart from others above, but if you want specifics, this is the section for you.
By all means, the Bowflex T10 is a very modern treadmill that meets every technological demand that even the most hi-tech savvy consumer would need, and more.
As we all know, the hype around most workout machines is its connectivity capabilities--and this is definitely with good reason, whether you want to be involved in the community workout aspect or if you want to pursue your fitness goals alone.
This highly intelligent machine will have you covered for every aspect of working out that isn’t actually working out-- the only thing you have to do is move your legs, breathe and start running!
The only difference between running outside and running on a treadmill is the scenery and of course the natural elements, which of course both have their benefits and letdowns.
While it’s definitely nice to feel the wind and hear running water on a jog by the riverside, it’s also nice to not run into a swarm of mosquitos or having to stealthily navigate through crowds of people.
Conversely, on a treadmill, it’s amazing to be in your own space and to be in complete privacy, but it can be a little mentally disappointing to not see other people outside or to stare at the same four walls or window during the workout.
With the Bowflex Treadmill 10, you can have the best of both worlds.
As perhaps its best feature, the T10 has a completely intuitive incline system. Running outdoors comes with its sets of challenges, such as encountering a hill or a very daunting incline.
With the T10, the treadmill will automatically alter its incline, all the way from a downhill -5% incline to an uphill one of 15%, and anywhere in between.
Therefore, if you want to tackle a real life hill for a truly intense workout, you can do so in the comfort of your own home.
I mentioned earlier that the Bowflex T10 comes with the JRNY app, which has quickly become a major selling point for this amazingly intelligent machine. If the treadmill is the body, JRNY is the brain.
With the app installed onto your smartphone, you can enter a huge and diverse workout world that can introduce you to anything from coach-led workouts to complete entertainment apps.
There are group classes that are similar to real life gym sessions, with real time coaches who are pushing you to give you that extra motivation for the best workout of your life, and interface options that allow you to see how you are compared to other real members who are in the same class.
The T10 has a 10 inch HD touchscreen display, making any unsuspecting user think that there is a fully functional tablet attached to the treadmill. On top of its touch sensitive display, it is crystal clear.
So, if you are tired of staring at the same four walls during your workout, you can simply turn on the display and have it show a scenic route for your exercise.
Studies have shown that runners perform better while seeing changes in scenery, seeing and passing by other people, and with visual landmarks to help the workout (for example, “I will sprint as fast as I can until I pass that tree.”)
You can set the display to show a city route, jogging in the woods or by the water--there are endless possibilities here to make the visual aspect of your workout as realistic as possible.
Further to the display is the entertainment capability.
You can easily connect to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and any music streaming app while working out.
There is nothing to pass the time while watching your favourite show or movie and listening to your favourite song, so why not work out while doing exactly that?
Of course, it would not be a treadmill without some kind of heart monitoring system, cooling fan, media rack and water bottle holders.
Bowflex includes an arm band heart rate monitor for you to measure your heart rate--alternatively, you can do the same functions with Bluetooth or through the JRNY app.
Similar to standard treadmills, you can easily place your phone, tablet or other media devices on the rack; there is a built in cooling fan to help keep you more comfortable during intense workouts and there is a water bottle holder that is wide enough to fit any customizable bottle in case you make shakes, hold larger amounts of water or any kind of liquid.
The Bowflex Treadmill 10 is a remarkable treadmill all around.
While it is slightly bigger than your average treadmill, its technological and performance functions are significantly above the average competitor.
With its incline settings, JRNY app, crystal clear and touch sensitive touchscreen display, all of these features come together to give you an amazing workout.
Whether you are using it alone or as part of a group setting, the Bowflex T10 provides you with everything that you need to bring your workout to the next level.
You can purchase yours here:
Bowflex Treadmill 10