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Bowflex T10 Treadmill

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Bowflex T10

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L:85"
W:39.6"
H:65.3"
400 lbsAutomatic,
-5% to 15%
4.0 HP,
0-12 MPH
10" display,
Wireless
connectivity,
Multiple
apps,
Multiple
pre-set programs

The Bowflex T10 is one of the treadmills released in 2020. Although it’s not advertised as a commercial model, it definitely has the sturdiness and range of features of one. In terms of features, it can be compared with the older BXT216 but comes with a more advanced console with pre-installed apps. It also has a decline function along with the incline. For reference, this is the Bowflex part number ‎100909.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 85L x 39.6W x 65.3H inches (216L x 100W x 166H cm)
  • Tread belt dimensions: 60L x 22W inches (152L x 56W cm)
  • Assembled weight: 323 lbs (146.5 kg)
  • Max. weight capacity: 400 lbs (181 kg)
  • Deck cushioning: Comfort Tech™
  • Motor: 4.0 HP, 0 – 12 MPH
  • Incline: Automatic, -5% – 15%
  • Console: 10″ display, Bluetoot & WiFi connectivity, JRNY enabled, multiple pre-installed apps
  • Amenities: HR armband strap, sound system, cooling fan, USB charging port, 2 bottle holders, accessory tray
  • Warranty: Frame 15 years / Motor 15 years / Parts 5 years / Electronics 1 year / Labor 2 years

Frame construction

Although Bowflex doesn’t rate their T10 treadmill as a commercial model (the warranty does not cover commercial use), the machine is built like a tank. It features a heavy-duty steel frame combining thick oval and rectangular tubing in its construction. All the steel parts are double-coated with an abrasion-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, this being the only color available for this treadmill at least for the moment.

The treadmill is pretty large. With all the parts assembled, it is approx. 85″ (216 cm) long, and 39.6″ (100 cm) wide. Plus, it is recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side of the machine, and at least three feet of clearance at the rear of the deck, for safe usage.

The machine has a folding mechanism, though, so you can save some space when it’s not in use. This also makes it much easier to clean under the deck when necessary. The folding mechanism uses a hydraulic cylinder which slowly lowers the deck when unfolding it to prevent damage.

The Bowflex T10 is also quite a heavy machine. Its net weight is 323 lbs (146.5 kg), so the transport of the packaged unit requires at least two people. However, once it is assembled and folded, it can be moved by only one person. Its front base frame has a set of wheels. It also rests on adjustable levelers.

Deck construction

The Bowflex T10 treadmill offers a pretty generous running surface. Its active area is 60″ (152 cm) long, and 22″ (56 cm) wide, so the machine should be able to accommodate users up to 6’6″ (198 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete range of motion. The deck itself is also very sturdy, rated for a maximum user weight limit of 400 lbs (181 kg), similar to commercial treadmills.

The machine is equipped with a triple-ply belt featuring a textured top layer for an improved grip. The mid-section layer adds to the overall shock absorption of the running surface, while the bottom layer is designed to stick better to the rollers.

Speaking of rollers, the Bowflex T10 integrates larger rollers than most other treadmills, with a diameter of 2.75″ (6.9 cm). They have a crowned design for improved traction. Also, due to their size, they have larger bearings which lead to a smoother motion and less wear. Larger rollers also mean less tension on the belt and less or no belt hesitation.

Of course, similar to other Bowflex treadmills, the T10 has the Comfort Tech cushioning system. The deck integrates several shock absorption elements while the inner deckboard also has a bit of flex. Therefore, a run or walk on this treadmill generates less impact on your joints than the same activity on concrete or asphalt.

Incline system

The Bowflex T10 treadmill is equipped with a motorized incline/decline system. This being said, you can adjust the angle of the deck as you run, without having to pause the workout. It also means that the console can adjust the angle of the deck automatically.

The treadmill’s incline/decline system consists of a small lift placed at the front of the deck and a motor that is different than the drive motor. Thus, when you adjust the incline from the console, or when the console automatically adjusts the incline, the lift elevates or lowers the front section of the deck.

The machine offers an incline/decline range from -5% to 15%. The increments are 1%. You can adjust the incline/decline either from the +/- buttons integrated into the left handgrip or handrail. Also, the console features pre-set incline controls for -5%, 0%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12%, and 15% incline.

The virtual path workouts available through the JRNY app also sync with the machine’s incline system. Therefore, if you choose a virtual journey from the available database, the treadmill will automatically adjust the incline depending on the portion of the trail.

Drive system

The Bowflex T10 is an electric treadmill. Therefore, it requires an external power source to function. A power cord with a US standard plug is included with the machine. The connector for the power cord is at the front base of the machine, next to an ON/OFF switch.

The treadmill integrates a 4.0 HP (peak power) motor, with a continuous power output of 2.5 CHP. The motor is designed to provide a constant high-performance even if used for a full marathon, without overheating. It is also equipped with a small flywheel for improved motion stability.

The machine’s motor offers a speed range between 0 and 12 MPH. The speed adjustment increments are 0.1 MPH so you can easily adjust your pace. The speed can be adjusted either gradually, from the keys integrated into the right handgrip or right handrail. Also, the console has pre-set speed buttons for 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 12 MPH.

The noise generated by the motor at the highest speed without any load is lower than 70 dB. However, depending on your weight, running technique, running gear, room resonance, floor type, and other factors, your cadence may generate more or less noise.

Console

The Bowflex T10 treadmill is equipped with a multi-function smart console, similar to the one included with the VeloCore 16 IC bike. To begin with, it features a touchscreen full-color display, with a 10-inch diagonal, and LED backlight. It has an easy-to-use interface, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity.

The console comes with several pre-installed apps, including Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and Prime Video, as well as various apps for music. Plus, it has the Bowflex JRNY app which offers access to interactive training videos, 50+ scenic destinations, online progress tracking and rewarding, and more. The JRNY app requires a paid subscription but the treadmill comes with one-year free membership. The other apps (i.e. Netflix, Prime Video, etc) require a separate paid subscription. All these apps require a WiFi connection.

The use of the JRNY app is not necessary, though. The console has its own pre-set workout database. The base programs cover all kinds of workouts, including interval, hills, fat burn, and more. You can access any of these base workouts from the program tab. Plus, you can sync the console with various other fitness apps, like Apple Health.

The console tracks a wide array of metrics as well, including time, interval, distance, calories, calories/minute, pulse, speed, and incline. It also tracks pace, but this metric is not shown on the metrics bar, only with the workout results. Speed and distance can be set either to metric or imperial units. The pulse reading function works either through the sensors integrated into the machine’s handgrips or with the included Bluetooth armband which automatically syncs with the console if you wear it.

Among other notable console features, we can count a set of speakers, a workout fan, and a USB port. The speakers can sync with your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. The cooling fan is placed under the Start button; it is not too large and has four settings (off, low, medium, and high). The USB port is for charging devices only.

Assembly and Maintenance

The machine’s deck with the motors comes pre-assembled. However, there still are quite a few parts that require user assembly. You will have to attach the upright bars and braces, the handrails, the handlebars, the console dashboard, the console, and several small covers. This may take more than two hours of your time, but the task is pretty straightforward. Also, the manual provides clear assembly instructions and schematics, along with all the tools necessary for the process.

For maintenance, it is recommended to keep the treadmill clean and inspect it periodically to make sure that all the parts function properly. It is also recommended to lubricate the belt after every 25 hours of use with silicone lubricant.

The Pros

  • Extremely solid deck – can hold users up to 400 lbs;
  • Heavy unit (323 lbs) which adds stability to the ride;
  • Professional-looking design;
  • Transport wheels;
  • Folding deck, equipped with a soft-drop hydraulic cylinder;
  • Comfort Tech™ deck cushioning system;
  • 3-ply light commercial belt for a prolonged lifespan;
  • 4.0 HP, heavy-duty motor;
  • Speed range between 0 and 12 MPH, offering the possibility to perform a wide array of workouts;
  • Speed adjustment increments of 0.1 MPH so you can easily adapt your pace;
  • Automatic incline/decline system with a range of -5% to 15%;
  • 10″ display console with touchscreen technology;
  • Bluetooth and WiFi-enabled console;
  • Multiple pre-installed apps including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney+;
  • Pre-installed JRNY app for scenic rides, online progress tracking, and training videos;
  • 1 year free membership for the JRNY app;
  • Multiple on-board standard workout programs;
  • Bluetooth HR armband included;
  • Bluetooth speakers;
  • 3-speed workout fan;
  • USB port for charging your tablet or phone, and for workout data transfer;
  • Pulse sensors integrated into the upper handlebars;
  • Fairly easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Consistent warranty.

The Cons

  • The JRNY app requires a monthly subscription after the 1-year free membership expires.

Summary

The Bowflex T10 is a heavy-duty motorized treadmill. It features a 4.0 HP motor with a 0-12 MPH speed range, a power incline/decline system, a heavy-duty deck with a maximum user weight limit of 400 lbs, and a smart console with multiple pre-installed apps. It also comes with a 1-year free membership for the JRNY app. It’s a top-grade fitness machine, great for users of all levels, for low to high-intensity cardio training, stamina and strength development, and weight loss.

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