However that may be starting to change – with the Bowflex Treadmill 22.
One thing I admire about Bowflex is this:
If something isn’t working, they go back to the drawing board, see what their competitors are doing and then try to do it better.
And the Bowflex 22 Treadmill is a perfect example of this.
You get tough-as-nails construction with a mega-large 22-inch, interactive touch screen.
From the screen you can connect with Bowflex JRNY and stream workouts to your treadmill or run trails all over the world for some virtual reality fun.
Want to just relax and unwind? No problem.
Stream your favorite Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or Disney plus shows through the console screen as you walk or run.
Is the Bowflex Treadmill 22 right for you?
Here’s a review of the pros and cons to help you decide
Speed: 0 – 12 MPH
Incline: 20% Incline and 5% Decline
Belt: 22 x 60″
Footprint: 85″ L x 39.6″ W x 70″ H
Console Size: 22 inches
Warranty: 15 years Frame and Motor, 1 year Electronics, 2 years Labor
Bowflex Treadmill 22 Review – Benefits:
Extra-Large 22-inch Console
The console here is a full-color, HD, interactive touchscreen. And it’s massive – a full 22-inches across.
This the the largest screen that Bowflex makes – more than double the size of the Bowflex 10 treadmill model.
The larger screen size really pulls you into the action – whether you’re running trails all over the world or taking a fitness class or just watching your favorite Netflix show.
Using Bowflex JRNY you can also track your workout metrics, get rewards and set personal bests (more on JRNY below).
There’s also a shelf to hold your tablet or phone – and one-touch buttons alone the bottom of the console for quick, on-the-fly changes.
Burn More Calories with 20% Incline
This again, is the highest incline that Bowflex makes. Most high-end home treadmills give you up to 15% incline. But the Bowflex 22 treadmill gives you up to 20% incline.
This is a great way to build high-calorie-burning intervals into your workout.
A higher incline also uses more lower body muscle groups – so you end up burning more calories in less time.
The higher incline also gives you more room to grow over time as your fitness level improves. You won’t top out at the highest incline in the first year and have nowhere to go.
Add Crosstraining with 5% Decline
In addition to the incline, you also get up to 5% decline. This is great for crosstraining or for just taking a break after a long, intense interval.
The incline and decline also work with the JRNY workouts and world trails to incline or decline to match the program.
Stream Workouts with Bowflex JRNY
You can connect to JRNY – Bowflex’s online streaming service – through the screen on this treadmill. From there you can do all sorts of fun things.
You can run trails all over the world and see the scenery pass you by in the console screen for a virtual-reality type of experience.
You can also get personalized voice-coached workouts that automatically adapt as your running improves. There’s also a trainer-led video library so you can take a walking or running fitness class from the comfort of your own home.
Just want to relax?
No problem. You can connect to your Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or Disney plus accounts through the screen using JRNY and watch your favorite shows or movies as you run.
There are so many things to do with JRNY that you’ll never run out of new things to try. Plus they’re always adding more!
While JRNY is a monthly subscription service, if you get the Bowflex Treadmill 22 through the link below you can get a FREE 6 month subscription included with your treadmill (limited time only).
So you can try it out for 6 months to see if you like it. (You don’t need a JRNY subscription to use this treadmill – it’s more of an add-on service if you want it.)
Speed and Incline Controls on the Side Handrails
Adjust the speed or incline from the controls on the side handrails without reaching up to the front console and breaking your stride. It’s a little thing – but very convenient – and especially handy if you’re a runner.
Free Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor
As of this writing, you can currently get a Free Bluetooth heart rate tracking arm band included with the Bowflex 22 Treadmill. So you can track your heart rate and stay in your target fat-burning zone.
Folds Up to Save Space
The Bowflex Treadmill 22 also comes with a shock-assisted folding mechanism which makes it easier to fold or unfold the treadmill.
You can reduce the footprint by 40% and save space when this treadmill is folded up. It also makes it easier to clean under and around the workout area.
Bowflex Treadmill 22 Review – Any Drawbacks?
While you don’t need it to use the treadmill, JRNY is a streaming monthly subscription. So if you decide you want to use it after the free trial you’ll have to renew your subscription.
Also this is a big, heavy, bulky treadmill. That’s great for added stability and a secure-feeling treadmill. But if you’re looking for a lightweight treadmill that’s easy to fold up and move around frequently, this is not your machine.
If you’re looking for runners treadmill that gives you next level training, you’ll probably be very happy with the Bowflex 22 Treadmill. It’s a monster of a machine with a heavy, stable feel and extra-long belt so you can stretch out and run.
And with the extra-high incline you can burn calories and see faster results in less time.
Plus the entertainment features are incredible. Explore world trails or stream fitness classes to your home. Or get personalized coaching and goal setting with JRNY.
You can also just watch your Netflix, Hulu or Disney Plus shows if you want to relax and unwind. Basically it’s like having a health club treadmill at home.
Where to Buy and Save
You can get the new Bowflex Treadmill 22 direct from the Manufacturer here. You’ll get the free wireless heart rate band and JRNY subscription included.
You can also watch a video of how it works and see the full specs before you buy.