Nautilus Treadclimber TC5000New to the market in March 2003, the TreadClimber from industry giant Nautilus is the latest in home cardio fitness machines. It combines the actions of a stair climber and a treadmill with the non-impact approach of an elliptical trainer, all in one effective hybrid machine.
The Nautilus TreadClimber is simple to use for people of any age or fitness level. The steps move up and down while the foot treads rotate, simulating the motion of walking smoothly uphill.You can adjust the speed and the incline to tailor a workout that suits your needs. More major muscle groups are activated because the TreadClimber uses two separate foot treads. Working in both a horizontal and vertical manner makes for an efficient workout - research claims it burns twice as many calories as a basic treadmill.
While it is being packaged as home exercise equipment, be aware that the Nautilus TreadClimber is a rather large and bulky machine, weighing in at 185 lbs. Three different models are available.
TC1000: The base model has adjustable speed ranging from 0.5 to 3.8 MPH. There are 12 difficulty settings and a basic monitor that tracks speed, time and distance. It retails for about $1500.
TC3000: The mid-range TreadClimber goes up to 4.0 MPH. You can adjust it to 12 intensity settings and the monitor displays 6 functions. It retails for about $1800.
TC5000: The top-of-the-line TreadClimber model runs up to 4.0 MPH, has 12 intensity settings, an 8 function computer and an enhanced warranty. It also includes an integrated wireless heart rate monitor. It sells for about $2200.
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