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Treadmill Review

Updated: July 31, 2023

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 has the largest incline/decline range of any folding treadmill, adjusting from -5% to 20%. This treadmill has the premium feel of large, non-folding treadmills while retaining the portability of a smaller machine. With the JRNY content library, you can get a great workout in or watch a TV show or movie through your favorite streaming app. This treadmill is eye-catching with its red and chrome accents. Appearance aside, it has an impressive range of features to be covered in this Bowflex Treadmill 22 review.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Review 2024
The Bowflex Treadmill 22 looks and performs like the treadmill of the future.

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Who The Bowflex Treadmill 22 Is Best For:

  • Hikers or Trail runners: The Bowflex Treadmill 22’s incline/decline range of -5% to 20% is the largest of any folding treadmill. This makes replicating hilly terrain convenient.
  • Casual walkers to competitive runners looking for training and entertainment options in a subscription format: JRNY offers trainer-led programs and immersive routes from around the world. Through JRNY, you can access your Hulu, Netflix, Prime, Disney Plus, or HBO Max account or listen to one of the curated genre playlists.
  • Exercisers who want portability while maximizing features: With the largest incline/decline range of any treadmill, a large touchscreen, and a robust frame, the Bowflex Treadmill 22 does not look like a folding treadmill. This is a large machine, but its length is nearly cut in half while folded.
  • Multi-user or heavy-use households: The Treadmill 22’s motor performs comparably to 4.0 HP motors. If you have more than one serious runner in your household, like I do, this treadmill would be a good option for you.
  • Larger exercisers: The Bowflex Treadmill 22 has a 400 lb weight capacity. The deck size should be comfortable for most users’ strides, whether walking, jogging, or running.

Pros And Cons Of The Bowflex Treadmill 22


  • Has the highest incline/decline range of a folding treadmill at -5% to 20%
  • 1-year free of JRNY training content with purchase; JRNY also allows you to stream content through other services (Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, Prime, and Disney Plus)
  • 22” touchscreen with multiple quick adjust buttons and switches to change speed and incline
  • Has accessible and roomy storage beneath the console and on the crossbar
  • Sturdy, non-shake console even at high running speeds
  • The speakers can be easily heard over the quiet but powerful motor
  • Bluetooth connectivity to headphones or heart rate monitor (Bowflex Heart Rate Armband included)


  • Despite being foldable, it is heavy and not easy to move
  • Quick-adjust buttons beneath the screen skip 6 mph and 8 mph
  • Even with the volume low, selecting the volume adjustment elicits a loud sound

Treadmill Review Of The Bowflex Treadmill 22

Build Quality

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Incline Profile
The Bowflex Treadmill 22 has a serious build with those triangulated uprights.


The Bowflex Treadmill 22 has a steel frame that feels very sturdy. In addition to the two uprights normally found on treadmills, Bowflex has included two additional supports. This triangulation on either side of the motor hood stabilizes the treadmill; the console did not budge while I was running. The crossbar adds even more reinforcement with more space for storage. At over 300 lbs, this treadmill is heavy but reassuringly solid.


Bowflex did not state the power of the Treadmill 22’s motor on their website, but it performs similarly to 4.0 HP motors. It is quiet and powerful. This is a treadmill that can keep up with me for long runs as well as support additional users.

Running Surface

The deck is 22” x 60”. I found this to be plenty of room for running, even at the highest speeds. I am 5’4”, but most users should find a deck of this size suitable for running. The belt does not feel slippery and has nice traction even at the highest incline.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Running Shoes + Deck + Float
The Treadmill 22 is moderately cushioned and is one of my favorites.


The Bowflex Treadmill 22 stands out for its folding ability. This treadmill has the highest incline of any folding treadmill at 20%. To fold compactly, the treadmill must first be declined to its lowest setting of -5%. When folded, the treadmill takes up about half the space of its unfolded length. Bowflex Treadmill 22 Folded
The treadmill must be fully declined to fold properly.

Features & Accessories

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 comes with all the features you could want and then some. It stacks up well against other premium treadmills, and I like that it chooses functionality over a streamlined look. The touchscreen, storage capacity, and Bluetooth connectivity add to the treadmill’s overall premium, if a little bulky, feel.

Console Overview

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 provides three different ways to adjust your incline and speed–the quick adjust buttons below the screen, buttons on the handles, and switches on the handrails. Unfortunately, the quick-adjust buttons skip 6mph and 8mph. I was disappointed in that decision on a treadmill with a console of this size. I prefer either set of buttons much easier to use over the switches, as I like to run close to the console. The handrails have plenty of space behind the switches for you to support yourself as you get on or off the treadmill. The handles also have EKG hand grips for heart rate tracking.

With such a steep incline, it is important to be able to stabilize yourself. This treadmill has an extra set of handles specifically designed to support you at the top of the incline. I felt secure and supported the entire time I was on this treadmill.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Console + Storage
The console has all the features you could want and also looks like Darth Vader.


As indicated by the name, this treadmill has a 22” touchscreen. At 5’4”, I find the positioning of the screen to be pretty nice, and it should work for users of a wide range of heights. It does tilt up and down a bit, though it does not pivot. The screen definition makes for a pleasant viewing experience of the content available through the JRNY platform.

As a heavy sweater, I was surprised that I had no resulting difficulty using the touchscreen, even toward the end of my run. Navigating the content could have been a little smoother. JRNY is not as intuitive as iFIT, so I had a little trouble figuring out how to do a manual activity compared to other treadmill models. I also would have liked an easier way to exit a program once I have started rather than pausing the content and then exiting. I like the screen size as it is big enough to see the content easily. If the screen were much bigger, I am afraid I would lose some of the other features I really want in a treadmill.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Screen + JRNY Content
JRNY has studio classes and scenic routes.

Storage Compartments

The device trays and cup holders are within easy reach while you are exercising. You can fit right beneath the console and even more on the crossbar. I routinely run for longer than 90 minutes, so having enough space to stow my phone, water, and nutrition is very important to me. I hate pausing my workout to hydrate or fuel, and with the Bowflex Treadmill 22, I don’t have to.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Storage
There is plenty of storage on the Treadmill 22, enough for your longest runs.


The Bowflex Treadmill 22 comes with the Bowflex Heart Rate Armband. You can also add your own heart rate monitor through Bluetooth. The Bluetooth feature allows you to play audio into your headphones or from your smart device through the treadmill’s speakers. Listening to music can be a great way to set the tempo and make treadmill running more interesting. This treadmill understands the task of distracting myself from how much my legs are burning from that incline!


There is a small fan with adjustable speed on the console. Its strength and angle were suitable for me at 5’4”. I can adjust the fan to hit my chest and neck. Because there is very little wind resistance when running on a treadmill, it can be easy to overheat, especially if you have little control over the ambient temperature. This fan was effective in cooling me down.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Storage
The fan is small but mighty.


Full disclosure, I am a former collegiate runner in track and cross country, and I still train pretty hard. Having said this, I am very impressed with the Bowflex Treadmill 22. I find myself out on the trails a lot these days, so keeping up my incline training is very important to me. I know I can push myself hard on this machine without having to worry.


I am drawn to a firm-cushioned treadmill like this one, so I really like the underfoot feel. If you are looking for something with a softer feel and more shock absorption, a NordicTrack or ProForm treadmill might feel better to you. The cushion is lacking in this treadmill. However, a firmer surface like that found in the Bowflex Treadmill 22 replicates the experience of road running more than a highly cushioned machine. The surface you are running on affects how your body moves and handles the force generated by each foot strike. With a firmer treadmill, I feel more confident about each step and know that my body is prepared for road racing or the rocky terrain I encounter on trails.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Running Flat + Float
This treadmill can handle walking, interval workouts, and long runs.

Noise Level

The motor is so quiet that it makes me a little self-conscious about how loud my foot strike is. Whether you are adjusting the speed or incline, it stays pretty quiet. I can hear the cues in the training programs or music through the speakers, even at a low volume. Despite the motor’s power and quietness, I do feel that adjusting the speed and incline is a little slow for my preference. A faster speed and incline adjustment is better for interval training, but a slower adjustment does make for a safer experience.


I was disappointed by the loud beep that sounded every time I adjusted the volume, as I was intentionally trying to turn it down to not bother other reviewers. I would not mind having the volume button demonstrate the volume level when touched, but it should reflect the current level and not the maximum.

On the other hand, I love to listen to music while I run, so I was very happy with the ability to play my own music through the speakers via Bluetooth.

Storage Functionality

I have everything right at my fingertips on the Bowflex Treadmill 22. The storage compartments are easy to reach, and additional compartments are located on the crossbar. There is plenty of room to store your phone, water, and nutrition for a long training session. Marathon runners rejoice, because this treadmill is long-run friendly! My phone did not bounce around in any of the compartments while I was running fast, which really proves how sturdy this treadmill is. Similarly, the touchscreen does not shake and is easy to reach while I am running.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Console + Arms
The console is very sturdy and hardly shakes at all.

User Experience

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 is suitable for a variety of walkers and runners. With a weight capacity of 400 lbs and a large deck size, larger users should be comfortable on this treadmill. Unlike many competitors, Bowflex is a step ahead in entertainment through the integration of streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu into its JRNY platform. Users looking for entertainment during their workout will be pleased with this treadmill. One reason I like this treadmill so much is how much utility it has. It has a lot to offer to a variety of different users.


Folding the treadmill is easy with the hydraulic assistance of the Soft Drop folding system, but moving the treadmill on its two wheels is pretty difficult. If you are looking for a treadmill to move regularly and on your own, most other folding treadmills will be substantially lighter and easier to move. I feel a lot more comfortable having help to move this treadmill. I recommend having a dedicated space for it in your home rather than relying on moving it.

Subscription & Content Options

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 comes with a year subscription to the JRNY platform. Afterward, you will need to subscribe monthly ($19.99) or annually ($149) to access most of the content options. Without JRNY, there are a few basic workout program options, and you can always use the manual activity option.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Screen + Featured Content
JRNY has classes for the treadmill and for your whole body.

JRNY has a variety of content, from trainer-led classes to scenic routes that adjust to your speed. JRNY also adapts to your ability level by recommending content and keeping track of a “burn rate,” which represents calories burned per minute. The different types of content are very engaging and easy to follow. I cannot reiterate enough how brilliant I think it is to offer streaming apps as a part of the JRNY platform. iFit and Peloton do not have this feature, requiring you to use your TV or a tablet to view content from your favorite movie and TV streaming platforms. You must have your own Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, or Disney Plus account, as they are not included in JRNY.

Bowflex Treadmill 22 + Streaming App Content
Watch all of your favorite streaming apps or listen to a genre radio station.

The most neglected feature of JRNY is the music. There are genre stations available, but I prefer to listen to my own music off my phone over these stations. Unlike Peloton, the music is also not structured around the pace and intensity of the class, so it adds very little to my experience. You can play your own music from your smart device through the treadmill’s speakers, but it is worth noting the audio is only in or out–not both.

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 is improved by using JRNY. The content could be expanded, but the current offerings are really nice. Other services like iFit and Peloton have more extensive content libraries and better user interface. Yet the option to stream from the integrated apps puts JRNY a tiny bit ahead for me.

Zwift is another app integrated into the JRNY platform, though it requires a separate subscription. Zwift provides more training content as well as the ability to compete against others in the Zwift community.

Bottom Line Review: Bowflex Treadmill 22

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 is a beast of a treadmill that surprises you with its ability to fold up compactly. I love the red and chrome on this machine as it looks like a serious piece of exercise equipment. Running on this treadmill proves that it is not all looks. The -5% to 20% incline range is impressive in a folding treadmill and sufficient for getting an incline workout in, especially if you are a runner. JRNY has many training options, though it might be lacking if you are used to its competitors, iFit and Peloton. The 22” touchscreen is positioned well and leaves ample space for storage compartments. I feel comfortable using all my devices on this treadmill without worrying about them shaking or falling.

For runners like me who prefer a firmer treadmill, the Bowflex Treadmill 22 is an enjoyable experience. I would also recommend this treadmill to anyone with a dedicated space for a treadmill as well as exercisers who enjoy structured workout programs as much as they like to be entertained. This treadmill has a lot to offer, and if you like a little bit of everything done very well, this treadmill could be for you.

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