Bowflex Max Trainer

Bowflex Max Trainer

Bowflex has devised two ways to get maximum results from just one machine: the Max Trainer 5 and the M3. The following article will compare these machines, but know from the start that both of them are excellent products, highly rated by customers, and expensive at about $1,800 and $1,100 respectively. Various sites offer lower prices and expect 2015 to see some wonderful sales, but neither one will be cheap.

Bowflex Max Trainer M3 What is a Max Trainer

The Bowflex Max Trainer is two workouts in one: an elliptical and upper body trainer. You use it the same way you would use an elliptical machine but put more effort into working your arm, chest, back, and shoulder muscles.

If calorie burning is your raison d’etre, you won’t do better than the Max Trainer which is said to help you burn more than double the amount of calories you blast with elliptical training so you get the same results in half the time. Cut back on exercise time or get double the benefits without doubling the duration.

Resistance Levels

M3 is the Bowflex original Max Trainer and gives you 8 levels of resistance. Resistance has to do with how hard you have to push or pull the handles and pedals, a bit like changing bike gears.

With the M5 there are 16 levels of resistance. If you’re working out for half an hour, 8 levels will give you plenty of benefits. But as you become fitter, you might miss those extra levels that add more challenge to a longer workout.

Fitness Programs

Elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, and treadmills usually feature some kind of computer console which lets you pick a workout program. This program automatically changes resistance over a period of time you select or a pre-programmed duration.

These changes will often move up and down, not in a step-wise motion. There are just two options with the M3: Manual and Max Interval (interval training keeps muscles guessing). The M5 features 9 programs: the first two plus 7 others like Fitness Test, Calorie Goal, or Stairs.

Bowflex Max Trainer

Shared Features

Each of these machines is made with a media shelf so you can read a book or use a tablet to watch films or listen to music (that is, unless you are planted in front of the TV.) A water bottle holder keeps hydration close by. Their dimensions are the same: 46? x 25? x 63?.

This is a compact machine designed for household use and storage. Fitness experts always promote machines like these for people with arthritis, bone disease, and individuals who are new to fitness but in their middle years. There is zero impact in an elliptical workout, so no strain on bones and less strain on the joints.

Heart Rate Monitoring

You can monitor your heart rate with both machines and each one comes with a chest strap. Wrap this around your chest and connect with the computer. It will read your heart rate and display this on the screen. Alternately, use grips on the M5 to get a reading on your heart rate.

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On the Bowflex website, they indicate that there is a backlit screen on the M5 but not on the M3, but each one features an interface and display. There is also a Bluetooth function on the M5 which is not part of the M3.


Although I love the fact that you get a few more programs and features with the M3, both of them provide dual hand grips/bars so you can change the way your arms work during training. Work lateral or shoulder muscles or switch to biceps. The grips on an M5 are “Premium,” so expect it to be more comfortable.

Other Specifications

You can start up a fitness program in the safety of your home while weighing 300 lbs. That’s one of the desirable aspects of home workouts: the privacy you need before you shed pounds and gain confidence.

Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Review

Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Detailed Overview

New and top-of-the-line! The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 offers almost incredibly efficient total body workouts while being virtually zero impact on your joints. It’s a great alternative to elliptical trainers and treadmills in terms of effectiveness and comfort. Recommended for households with shared workout areas, the M7 can save up to four user profiles and deliver customized programming to each trainee.

How efficient is the exercise? Quick 14-minute sessions will do the trick! There’s even a short 7-minute workout on board, which can torch the calorie equivalent of about 15 minutes on a treadmill. Even so, you’ll feel more invigorated than exhausted after workouts. That’s just one benefit of Bowflex Max Trainer patented joint-friendly design.

The Max Trainer M7 is a new Bowflex for 2017. It’s at the top of a series that also includes the Max Trainer M3 and Max Trainer M5. Some advantages of choosing the M7 over the other Max Trainers are its wider selection of resistance levels (20 versus eight or 16), its longer menu of preset workouts (11 versus two or eight) and its sport performance pedals, which are durable stainless steel. Also, the whole machine is under warranty for three years; it carries the longest Max Trainer warranty. Additional pros and two cons are covered in the next sections of this review.

Our Favorite Features
As explained above, the zero impact design really distinguishes Max Trainers as great alternatives to treadmills and ellipticals. Besides that, the M7 offers a wide range of resistance to train a wide variety of users. It also offers good program variety to keep people motivated and on track, and it’s the only Max Trainer that can wirelessly measure your heart rate and automatically sync the data with a fitness app. Here is a list of some favorite points about the Max Trainer M7:

20 Resistance Levels
Preset Workout Variety
Syncs with Bowflex Fitness App
Zero Impact on Joints
Wireless Heart Rate Monitoring
Premium Grips
Premium Pedals
Water Bottle Holder
8 week Daily burn subscription included
Media Shelf
Four User Profiles
Longest Max Trainer warranty
Compact Machine Size
Our Least Favorite Features
There are plenty of advantages and a few downsides to choosing the Max Trainer M7:

High price
Not-so-fast assembly time
Is this machine right for you? Just about anyone could benefit from a Max Trainer, but some people prefer less vigorous workouts. Bowflex TreadClimbers are a better match for such shoppers.
Bowflex Max Trainer M7 - Notable Specs:
Overall Rating: 5-stars
Compact / Folding: Yes
Incline: N/A
Stride Length: N/A
Flywheel: N/A
Programs: 11 workout programs
Fan: No
Weight Capacity: 300 LB
Dimensions: 46" L x 29.5" W x 65" H

The Bottom Line
The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 leads an impressive line of unique fitness machines. It stands out from other types of cardio trainers for home gyms by offering super-effective yet low impact workouts for the whole body. It stands out from other Max Trainers too thanks to extra training programs, wireless heart rate monitoring and other upgrades. If the Bowflex M7 fits your budget, then it’s a recommended purchase.


Bowflex has become a well-known and well-respected company in the world of health and fitness. When it comes to quality home equipment, few beat Bowflex in reliability, durability, and ease of use. While buying any piece of home gym equipment is a big decision and a big investment, this article can help you buy the best product for your needs and your money. In this review, we’ll be looking at the Bowflex Man Trainer M5. This piece of home gym equipment is revolutionary and quite unlike anything offered elsewhere in the home gym market. But is it worth the price tag? We can help you make a smart decision by examining the criteria for a good product, giving you an overview of the Max Trainer, and listing some pros and cons generated by other consumers just like you. By the end of this article, you will know if the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 is the right choice of home gym equipment for you.

What makes a good product?
Buying a piece of home gym equipment can be overwhelming. With so many choices on the market today, it can be hard to sift through the best and worst of these products. So what criteria should you look for before purchasing the Bowflex Max Trainer?

A good first step with any big purchase is to look at other consumer reviews. What have other people said about their purchase. In this case, look specifically for Bowflex Max Trainer M5 reviews. You can find these on the official Bowflex website, as well as places like Amazon and other retailer websites.

From there, consider if what the Max Trainer does fits your physical needs. As mentioned above, this piece of home gym equipment is unlike anything else on the market. It combines the movement of a stair stepper with the arm movements of an elliptical machine. The goal is to help you burn the most calories possible in the shortest period of time.

Of course, one thing to consider is whether or not the Bowflex Max Trainer will help you meet your fitness goals. Consider also it’s construction and design. Do you have space for this piece of equipment? Will it hold your weight? Does it wobble or walk with heavy or extended use?

One last thing to think about is the desired features you want from your Max trainer. Does it need to have preloaded workouts that are easy to select? Track and monitor heart rate, time, and calories burned? Speakers or MP3 hookup so you can listen to your favorite playlist? Every individual’s needs are unique, and all these questions should be considered before purchase.

The Bowflex Max Trainer M5
What makes the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 a stand-out product? As mentioned above, this product is unlike anything else in the home gym market. The goal of this machine is to help you torch as many calories as possible in the shortest amount of time.

Key features include a unique motion not found on other pieces of home gym equipment. This product combines the calorie-torching stair stepping motion with the natural back-and-forth arm movement of any vigorous cardiovascular activity.

This product is designed to be more space saving than other pieces of home gym equipment, as well. The Max Trainer takes up considerably less space than a traditional treadmill or elliptical machine, making it a smart choice for small homes or any small space.

This product retails for $1,599.00 and features 9 pre-programmed workouts, computer controlled resistance, Bluetooth enabled technology and target zone technology. This product is designed to help you get a great workout in just 14 minutes.

Pros & Cons of the Bowflex Max Trainer M5
Easy to operate

Smooth operation -- no hiccups or sudden change in resistance

Sturdy built and base

Easy to store



Great for weight loss

Noisy with heavy use

Wobbles with heavy use or under heavier weights

Expensive compared to other pieces of home gym equipment

Pre-programmed workouts become boring over time

No MP3 connection or built-in speakers (leaving you stuck with headphones!)

The Bowflex Max Trainer M5 is highly reviewed by consumers and I would recommend this product if you can afford it. For some, the price tag alone may be enough to turn you away and cause you to look for an alternative product. However, this product is highly effective and very unique in terms of home gym equipment. In just 14 minutes of your day you can get an amazing workout and burn more than double the calories you would with other pieces of home gym equipment. It is also a fantastic option for anyone looking for a low-impact cardiovascular workout. Perhaps you have a previous injury in your knees or ankles, or have some annoying arthritis that prevents ellipticals and treadmills from being a comfortable option for your body. The Bowflex Max Trainer M5 is a great option for you. Consumer reviews are consistently high for the Max Trainer. Bottom line, I would recommend this product for anyone looking to build strength, endurance, and lose weight.