These two trainers can both help you burn 2.5 times more calories than a regular elliptical trainer.
But what about when you compare them against one another?
How do they stack up?
And which is best for you?
This really comes down to what you’re looking for.
This post will give you a rundown and visual comparison of how they’re different so that you can easily choose the best model for your needs.
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 vs M7 – Price
Budget can be important for a lot of people. And in this sense, the M5 has the advantage.
It’s currently the most affordable model of the two, coming in around $1599 with a Free Coupon Here.
The M7 is the premium model and packs in a few more features. But it also comes with a higher price tag of around $2199 with a Free Promo Code here.
So is the M7 Max Trainer worth the extra money? Let’s see how it breaks down and if it’s worth it for you.
Bowflex Max M5 vs M7- Console
The console is where you see one of the biggest differences. The M5 has a very respectable console which you can see below.
In fact, compared to the M3 model which is not backlit, the M5 console is bright and easy to read.
It also shows you target zones and burn rate indicators with easy stop-start buttons and controls for changing your resistance and workout programs.
The M7 console, seen below is larger and thus easier to read.
Like the Bowflex M5, there’s also a media shelf for your tablet or phone. But it’s placed higher above the console – more at your eye level.
So it won’t cover the console and hide your workouts stats. And you won’t be looking down as much as you watch your movies. This helps to reduce the strain on your neck.
You’ll also notice that there’s an add-time feature on the M7 console – which is great if you finish a workout and just want to keep it going for a few more minutes.
There’s also a volume button you can also use on your tablet or phone that’s not included on the M5 console
Bowflex M5 vs M7 – Resistance Levels
The Bowflex M7 gives you a few more resistance levels than the M5 trainer – 20 vs 15. Both of these machines give you a good amount of resistance but the M7 basically gives you a bit more room to grow.
This is great especially if you’re already in really good shape and you’re a bit worried you’ll top out at the higher resistance levels too quickly.
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 vs M7 – Smart Programming
Unlike the M5 unit, the M7 has something unique – it can learn with you. Bowflex calls this “performance targeted programming”.
As you workout on the Max M7, it learns about your unique fitness level and then adjusts itself to coach you further in your workout.
It’s more of a “smart” feature that can help push you further, based on your current fitness level. If you really want to reach your personal fitness best this is a very cool option.
Max Trainer M5 vs M7 – User Profiles
User profiles help to store the personal information for somebody like their weight, age etc. So you get more accurate calorie burning counts and feedback.
It’s also useful if you’re going to use the online tracking feature as it can help keep your workouts and history separate from another user.
The user profile makes life easier because you don’t have to re-enter your personal information every time you go to do a workout. The machine just remembers you and starts off from there.
The Bowflex M5 will store information for up to 2 different users – which is great for single or couples-only households. However if there are more than 2 users in the home, the profile will wipe out the past user if you try to enter new information for a third user.
The Bowflex M7 gives you up to 4 different user profiles. So it’s ideal for households with more than 2 users like a family.
Bowflex Max M5 vs M7 – Workout Programs
The M7 also gives you a few more workout programs than the M5 model – 11 vs 8. So you have a few more ways to challenge yourself on the M7 model.
Bowflex M5 vs M7 Max – Upgraded Handlebars
The Bowflex M5 does come with softer and easier-to-grip handlebars than the M3 model. But the M7 handlebars are even more comfortable. They’re longer. Plus they’re curved – giving you a few extra places to place your hands to work your upper body.
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 or M7 – Footpedals
The Bowflex M7 also has upgraded stainless steel “racing” pedals that are sleeker than the M5 pedals.
Are they any better functionally? In my opinion, no.
But they do add an overall more finished, commercial-look to the machine. So from an aesthetics perspective, they are better.
So those are the main differences between the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 vs M7. The M7 does gives you extra features that some people may really want – like better handlebars, more user profiles and more resistance levels.
Plus it comes with the smart training feature you can use to push yourself further in your fitness level. And the console is larger with a better layout overall.
But on the other hand the Bowflex M5 also gives you a lot of great features as well – plus it’s about $500 less than the M7. So it all comes down to what you really want.
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