Bowflex Treadmill 7 | Increase the Intensity with 15% Motorized Incline

The Bowflex Treadmill 7 challenges your best effort, entertains your escapist needs and keeps you accountable for the long haul. Walk, jog, or mad dash from one daily challenge to the next on the 20″ x 60″ running path with Comfort Tech deck cushioning and speeds up to 12 MPH. The speed and incline easily adjust with the touch of a button.

Elevate your running experience with a 15% high-performance motorized incline. You’ll challenge your best effort and beat the boredom of flat workouts by walking or running through the hills. In addition, the Treadmill 7 comes equipped with a fitness console to track Time, interval, distance (km or miles), speed, calories burned, burn rate (calories per minute), heart rate, etc.

The Bowflex Treadmill 7 features adaptive workouts to keep you endlessly challenged. Experience daily tailored workouts that automatically adapt as your fitness improves. The fitter you get, the harder they get. Simple enough? It is. It’s the workout plan that plans itself. JRNY Membership Required

Explore outdoor adventures from inside your living room. Hike, run, or sprint through 50+ scenic destinations around the planet—super-friendly virtual coaching. Follow along with structured coaching that guides you through the highs and lows of every workout. Choose a trainer who inspires you for the days you need an additional pick-me-up. JRNY Membership Required

Learn more in my complete review below!

Bowflex Treadmill 7
Bowflex Treadmill 7

Product: Bowflex Treadmill 7

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Warranty: Frame 15 years / Motor 15 years / Parts 5 years / Electronics 1 year / Labor 2 years

My rating: 8/10

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Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 84.6L x 36.3W x 55.2H inches (215L x 92W x 140H cm)
  • Tread belt dimensions: 60L x 20W inches (152L x 51W cm)
  • Assembled weight: 280 lbs (127 kg)
  • Max. weight capacity: 375 lbs (170 kg)
  • Deck cushioning: Comfort Tech™
  • Motor: 4.0 HP, 0 – 12 MPH
  • Incline: Automatic, 0% – 15%
  • Console: 7″ display, Bluetooth & WiFi connectivity, JRNY enabled, multiple pre-installed apps
  • Amenities: HR armband strap, sound system, cooling fan, USB charging port, two bottle holders, accessory tray
  • Warranty: Frame 15 years / Motor 15 years / Parts 5 years / Electronics 1 year / Labor 2 years

T7 Frame construction

Bowflex Treadmill 7

The Bowflex T7 treadmill features a heavy-duty steel frame combining rectangular and oval tubes in its construction. However, it lacks the upright bar base reinforcement braces that the T10 and T22 have. In addition, all the steel parts come coated with a chip-resistant black paint finish.

Of course, the treadmill also integrates several plastic parts. The side rail covers, the motor cover, and the console dashboard are the most notable ones. These are rigid ABS polymers. They’re also black to fit the color theme of the treadmill.

Although it’s the most miniature model of the T series, this Bowflex treadmill is still pretty large. With all the parts assembled, it is 84.6″ (215 cm) long and 36.3″ (92 cm) wide. It is also advisable to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side of the deck and at least two and a half feet at the rear of the deck for safe usage.

On the other hand, the treadmill is foldable to save space. The folding mechanism uses a hydraulic system, so it lowers it slowly to prevent damage when you unfold the deck. With the deck folded up, the machine’s length reduces to 52.5″ (133 cm), while its height becomes 67″ (170 cm).

The treadmill is also quite heavy. Its net weight is 280 lbs (127 kg). Therefore, two people are required to transport and assemble the packaged unit. However, once completed, one person can quickly move the treadmill as its front base frame integrates transport wheels.

T7 Deck construction

The Bowflex T7 treadmill features a pretty solid deck. Even though it has a slightly lower weight capacity than the other models, it still has a maximum user weight limit of 375 lbs (170 kg), which is not bad for a home-use machine.

Bowflex Treadmill 7
Bowflex Treadmill 7

The deck comes equipped with the standard Comfort Tech™ cushioning system. The main cushions are on each side of the deck. Four of them are in the front of the deck to absorb more shock for each foot strike. The third set is closer to the rear of the deck for a better push-off. In addition, the deck board has a bit of flex which contributes to the overall shock absorption.

The Bowflex T7 treadmill comes equipped with a 3-ply belt. Its top layer is textured, designed for superior contact, and the bottom layer sticks better to the rollers and prevents slippage. The middle layer adds extra shock absorption to the running surface.

The belt offers an active area of 60″L x 20″W (152 x 51 cm). Therefore, the treadmill comfortably accommodates users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete range of motion even if running at maximum speed.

The running area is pretty high above the floor level (approx. 13″ – 33 cm). Therefore, Bowflex advises using the machine in a room with a ceiling at least 21″ (53 cm) higher than the tallest user.

Incline system

The Bowflex T7 treadmill comes equipped with a power incline system. Therefore, you can adjust the incline while walking or running without pausing your workout. It also means that the console can automatically adjust the incline depending on the selected exercise or JRNY virtual path.

The machine’s incline system consists of two main elements. One is a small motor, different from the drive motor. The other is a lift system placed under the front part of the deck. Thus, when the incline adjusts from the console controls, the motor moves the lift, elevating or lowering the front section of the deck.

Unfortunately, this treadmill does not have the decline feature like the other models. It offers an incline range from 0% to 15%. The incline increments are 1%. There are controls for gradual incline adjustment integrated into the left grip of the machine. However, the console also has pre-set incline controls for 0%, 1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12%, and 15%.

T7 Drive motor

Bowflex Treadmill 7

Unlike the Assault Fitness AirRunner, the Bowflex T7 is an electric treadmill. Therefore, it requires a connection to a power source. A power cord with a US standard plug comes with the machine. The power cord connector is at the front base of the machine, next to an ON/OFF switch.

The treadmill features a 4.0 HP (peak power) motor with a continuous power output of 2.5 CHP. The motor provides a constant high-performance even if running at high speed for a long time. It also comes 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 adjust 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, your cadence may create more or less noise depending on your weight, running technique, clothing and footwear, floor type, and other factors.

Console

The machine’s console is similar to the Bowflex C7 indoor cycling bike. In addition, it features a 7-inch display, full-color, with a user-friendly touchscreen interface and super-bright LED backlight. It has both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

In addition, there are several apps pre-installed on the console. The list includes Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Prime Video, and 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 rewards, and more.

Bowflex Treadmill 7
Bowflex Treadmill 7

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. In addition, all of these apps require a WiFi connection.

Although the JRNY app is the best feature that the console offers, you can use the treadmill without it if you don’t want to renew your membership after the 1-year free period expires. There are multiple pre-set programs built-in the console database.

The base programs cover all workouts, including intervals, hills, fat burn, etc. You can access any of these base workouts from the program tab. Furthermore, you can sync the console with various other fitness apps, like MyFitnessPal, Apple Health, and more.

The console’s metrics bar tracks distance, calories, calories/minute, pulse, speed, interval, and incline. It also tracks pace, but this metric is not on the metrics bar, only with the workout results. The speed and distance can either be metric or imperial units.

The pulse reading function works either through the HR pulse sensors integrated into the machine’s handgrips or with the included Bluetooth armband, which automatically syncs with the console if you wear it.

The console also has a set of speakers, a workout fan, and a USB port. The speakers function via Bluetooth; thus, you can play the music on your phone or tablet through the console.

The workout fan is right under the display. It has three-speed settings. The USB port is at the top of the console; it offers the possibility to charge your phone or tablet while running. And finally, the console dashboard has two large accessory trays.

T7 Assembly and Maintenance

Bowflex Treadmill 7

The machine’s base with the motors, belt, rollers and other parts comes pre-assembled. However, the rest of the parts require user assembly. You will have to attach the two upright bars, the accessory tray, the handrails, the console, and several covers.

Therefore, it may take more than an hour of your time, but the task is far from being complicated. Furthermore, the manual provides clear, step-by-step assembly instructions, and all the necessary assembly tools come with the treadmill.

Maintenance doesn’t require much. First, it is advisable to keep the treadmill clean and inspect it periodically to ensure that all the parts function correctly. It is also advisable to lubricate the belt after every 25 hours of use with silicone lubricant.

Pros

  • Sturdy deck – can hold users up to 375 lbs;
  • Heavy unit (280 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;
  • The 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 quickly adapt your pace;
  • Automatic incline system with a range of 0% to 15%;
  • 7″ 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;

    Bowflex Treadmill 7
    Bowflex Treadmill 7
  • 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 front handgrips;
  • Reasonably easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance is required;
  • Consistent warranty.

Cons

  • The JRNY app requires a monthly subscription after the 1-year free membership expires;
  • No decline feature.

Bowflex Treadmill 7 Summary

The Bowflex T7 is a heavy-duty treadmill designed for home use. It comes equipped with a 4.0 HP motor offering a 0-12 MPH speed range, a solid deck with a maximum weight limit of 375 lbs, and a smart console with wireless connectivity.

Furthermore, it also comes with a one-year free membership for the JRNY app. Moreover, it’s a treadmill for high-intensity cardio training, interval training, weight loss, muscle toning, and stamina development.

I hope you found this article helpful and informative. Would you please speak up if you have anything you’d like to share on the topic or any opinions about my website? I look forward to your comments, questions, and the sharing of ideas.

Please note: Before starting any exercise program, you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could put your health and safety at risk or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.

4 thoughts on “Bowflex Treadmill 7 | Increase the Intensity with 15% Motorized Incline”

  1. With peloton essentially ruling the treadmill market for a while now, it’s hard to see any other viable options. However, the Bowflex Treadmill 7 can compete with the peloton. 

    The JRNY app offers many options to prevent users from getting bored. I also like the look of the T7 deck and the motorized incline.

    Overall I think this is an excellent treadmill that potential treadmill buyers should consider when looking at their options.

    Reply
    • Hi Michael, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Would you please let me know if I can assist you with the Bowflex T7 or any other exercise equipment? I’m always happy to help.

      Kind regards, Robert

      Reply
  2. The Bowflex Treadmill 7 sounds like a great treadmill to take your running or jogging to the next level. A motorized incline makes it much easier to change the gradient of the incline while using the treadmill. It sure seems to be a quality treadmill with a 15-year warranty on the motor and frame.

    Although it is a reasonably large treadmill, it is great to see that it is foldable to save space when using it in smaller apartments. Thank you for sharing this great review. 

    Reply
    • Hi there, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Would you please let me know if I may further assist you with exercise equipment? I’m always happy to help.

      Kind regards, Robert

      Reply

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