We recently got one of these to replace our very old treadmill that was no longer working properly. This is the least expensive of the Bowflex TreadClimbers. I wasn't sure how much I'd like it, so I didn't want to get the more expensive model and not use it. If you click on the link, you can see them all and compare them from each other. For now, the TC1000 is all I need.
The first time I used this thing, it nearly killed me. Okay, that's a little exaggeration, but it was hard. It was nothing like the treadmill I was used to. It's like you're walking upstairs on a treadmill. Well, it's more like walking up stairs that never end. It has a totally different feel to it. I've found I can't walk nearly as long or as fast as before. I used to walk for about 40 minutes on my treadmill, but when I started the TreadClimber I could only go 15 minutes. I'm now up to 30 minutes, but still at a pretty slow pace. Like the treadmill, I can only walk while listening to my iPod. I've been listening to the same CD and that helps because I know where I'm at time-wise by what song is playing. Even so, I've found I really have to pay more attention to what I'm doing on this thing, unlike a regular treadmill where I could be more relaxed.
I was doing really good where I was walking 6 times a week and taking one day off. Then I had my surgery and had to miss 4 days. That was longer than I wanted, but the vertigo threw me off an extra day. Anyway, I'm back on it now and hope to keep it up. I was pretty lax about using my treadmill. I seemed to go in spurts of using it a lot and then going for weeks without walking.I'm determined to use it, so hopefully I can stick with it.
What, if anything, are you doing for exercise these days?