I saw this infomercial on lately which, listening to only the audio I assumed was for the tread climber but when I took a look it was different and then apparently it wasn't being sold with the bowflex name.
Simply taking a look you can see it's essentially the same design though, so I am wondering, does anyone notice a difference between the two? I know Nautilus owns the Bowflex brand so I figure they took the name off to disassociate with strength training and give more of a 'cardio' feel to the product? I can't help think that the lighter (in colour and weight) looking design makes it targeted at the 'bunny' mindset?
The comparison chart, ignoring the stair climbing (I don't know how to compare that) lists that at a consistent 3 mph speed (seems low considering the max speed capacities of many treadmills...) a normal treadmill averages 150 calories at 0 incline, 240 calories at 9% (I'm not sure why the site lists percent instead of degrees) incline, and the mobia's top 'resistance' (incline) called level 12 gives 321 calories.
The problem, identical to the problem with advertisements for the Treadclimber, even if you ignore the whole "even incline treadmills can go faster than 3mph" argument, is that most treadmills go up to a 15% incline, not 9%, so it's not really fair since it's comparing the max settings on the product being advertised but not the usual max settings on the products it is being compared to.
I can't remember enough physics, but based on 150 at 0 and 240 at 9, would there be a way to extrapolate how many calories would be burned at 3mph for whatever weight sample they're using at 15 degrees which tends to be the max incline I see on gym treadmills? I imagine it's much closer to 321 calories than these guys would like to admit.