How To Turn On Bowflex Treadmill?

If you have never used a Bowflex treadmill before, chances are you don’t know how to operate it.

Well, the process is so easy and only takes less than a minute.  

Follow this step by step guide on how to turn on Bowflex treadmill and use it for the first time safely.

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

How To Turn On Bowflex Treadmill? – Step by Step Guide

Bowflex treadmill picture from my home gym set up

The first step to turn on the Bowflex tread is to,

1. Plug in the power cord

Before committing this step it’s worth mentioning that this product must be grounded. 

If it should malfunction or break down, grounding provides a path of least resistance for electric current, reducing the risk of electric shock.

The power cord comes equipped with an equipment-grounding conductor and a grounding plug.

Here is how to plug in the Bowflex power cord:

Connect the treadmill power cord into the power jack located on the back of your tread console, just above the rear stabilizer.

Then, plug the power supply into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and grounded accordingly.

2. Turn on the power button 

The next step is to turn on your Bowflex tread by pressing the power button at the back of the touchscreen. 

3. Attach the safety key into place

Before you can start using your Bowflex treadmill, make sure your Safety key is fully inserted into the safety key port as it is necessary to turn on the tread. 

The key usually has a clip that allows you to attach the key to your activewear during the workout for safety purposes. 

If the safety key is detached, the treadmill will stop immediately.

4. Start walking/running

Do not start the tread before stepping onto the running surface. Step onto it from the rear, using handrails for balance. Avoid leaning in and putting your full weight on the handrails.

Bowflex treadmill picture from my home gym set up

Press the Quick Start Button to wake the tread, and set the speed at 1 MPH (1.6 Km/h) or 2 MPH (3.2 Km/h) using the SPEED and INCLINE arrow keys.

Next, step on the belt, and begin walking.

After you feel comfortable, slowly increase the speed to 2 MPH (3.2 Km/h) or 3 MPH (4.8 Km/h).

You can play around with the speed and incline buttons to get to the speed or incline desired.

How To Turn On Bluetooth On Bowflex Treadmill?

Bowflex fitness machine is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity and can wirelessly sync with the “Bowflex Results Series” Fitness App on supported devices.

For a complete list of supported devices, review the software app on the App Store or Google Play.

The Software App syncs with your fitness machine to track total calories burned, time, distance, and more. Records and stores every workout for quick reference. Plus, it automatically syncs your workout data to MyFitnessPal and Under Armour Connected Fitness.

Here is how to sync your smart compatible device to Bowflex tread:

  1. Download the free Software App, named the “Bowflex Results Series” Fitness App. The software app is available on the App Store and Google Play.
  2. Follow the instructions on the Software App to sync your device to your exercise machine.

How To Use Bowflex Heart Monitor?

Monitoring your Heart Rate is one of the best procedures to control the intensity of your exercise.

Heart rate chest strap

The Console reads the telemetry HR signals from the Heart Rate Chest Strap Transmitter that operates in the 4.5kHz – 5.5kHz range.

To put on Bowflex chest strap:

  1. Secure the strap around your chest just below the chest muscles.
  2. Lift the transmitter off your chest and moisten the two Grooved Electrode Areas on the back.
  3. Check that the wet electrode areas are firmly against your skin.

The transmitter will send your heart rate to the machine’s receiver and display your estimated Beats Per Minute (BPM).

Bowflex treadmill picture from my home gym set up

Contact heart rate sensors

Bowflex tread contact Heart Rate (CHR) sensors send your heart rate signals to the Console. The CHR sensors are the stainless steel parts of the Handlebars.

To use, place your hands comfortably on the metal sensors located on the grips. Be careful not to place too much pressure on the grip, as this could make the pulse reading inaccurate.

After six or seven heartbeats, your pulse will be displayed in the heart-rate window

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are a number of steps to take in order to safely turn on Bowflex Treadmill and start using it for the first time.

You just need to follow these basic rules, and in just a couple of minutes, you can start using it:

  1. Plug the power cord properly into your treadmill.
  2. Make sure you have your Safety key in place.
  3. Select your parameters.
  4. Walk, jog, or run at your desired pace.


Can you use bowflex treadmill without a JRNY subscription?

Yes, the Bowflex treadmill can work in manual mode. A Wi-Fi connection is required to register the machine, but after that it can be used offline.

where is power button on bowflex treadmill?

The power button is located on the top right corner of the Bowflex console.

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