So you may seen all the hype, the ads, the commercials and the success stories and thought to yourself “What IS the Bowflex Max Trainer anyway?”
Great question – and you’re not alone in asking this.
It is a bit confusing because the Bowflex Max looks like an elliptical trainer – but it’s not.
It also looks a bit like a stair climber – but it’s not that either.
It’s actually a blend of both.
I like to call it a climbing elliptical trainer.
It marries the higher-calorie burning motion of a climbing stair climber with the upper body arm motion of an elliptical trainer.
The effect of all this?
Higher calorie burn – which means you get more done in less time.
In fact, during initial testing, Bowflex Max trial users burned up to 600 calories in a half hour – which is incredible.
But it’s not just the unique motion that gives you an advantage. It’s also the specially designed Bowflex 14 minute HIIT workout that comes included in every model.
You may have heard of HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training before. This is a special kind of workout that alternates between short, very high intensity periods and longer, less intense periods where your body relaxes and recovers.
It’s been found that HIIT training has several benefits – one of which is that it revs your metabolism for up to 48 hours POST workout.
And you can also burn more calories in a shorter period of time with a HIIT workout than with a standard longer workout.
The Max trainer seems to have been designed specifically for the HIIT workout.
And with the special 14 minute HIIT workout included in every machine, Bowflex claims you can get weight loss results in just 14 minutes a day. Of course you can go for longer if you want.
But if you’re time-starved and still want to lose weight or maintain your weight, this is a great way to do it.
Types of Bowflex Max Trainers
There are 3 different models you can choose from when it comes to the Max Trainer.
The most affordable model is the Bowflex Max M3, coming in around $1000. This is a scaled down version of the main Max Trainer – the M5.
It still gives you the 14 minute workout but it doesn’t give you as much in the way of console extras or resistance levels.
The M5 Max Trainer is the most popular Max model coming in around $1600. It gives you a brighter console than the M3 and double the resistance levels with more built-in workouts as well.
The premium model is the Bowflex Max M7 which gives you all the bells and whistles including a smart-training features, upgraded console with media shelf, commercial-grade grips and upgraded racing pedals.
Other Benefits of the Bowflex Max Trainer
Along with the faster calorie-burning benefits of this machine, you also get a few more benefits vs other fitness equipment. For example it has a smaller footprint than a treadmill or a standard elliptical trainer.
So if you have a condo or apartment and space is limited, a Max trainer might be the right fit for you.
This kind of exercise is also much lower impact than for example, treadmill running. So the Max would be great if you have knee, hip or back problems – or if you suffer from shin splints.
Bowflex also recently added an online tracking feature to the M5 and M7 models as well. You can track your workouts online, graph them, set new goals and see how far you’ve come.
And you can do all of this with the Free Bowflex App – you pay nothing extra for online tracking (the same can’t be said for other brands on the market).
Are There Any Drawbacks?
Well, to be fair, there are a few things you should know before buying.
If you’re new to exercising you may find this kind of workout a bit intense. A lot of people have to start on the very first resistance level and work up from there.
Also, unlike a standard elliptical trainer, you don’t get the flexibility to pedal both forward and backwards – which some people really like.
Bottom Line on the Bowflex Max Trainer?
If you’re looking for an upgrade on the standard elliptical machine – something that gets you faster results in less time – you’ll probably be very happy with the Bowflex Max
Lots of people have lost weight and toned up quickly with this machine – and there are tons of success stories on the website to prove it.
If you’re new to working out, you may have take it slowly at first.
But given how these trainers are exploding in popularity, HIIT training machines like the Max Trainer are probably the wave of the future for home fitness.