Cardio machines are a dime a dozen these days and at all sorts of prices. While some of them aren’t quite what you pay for, there are others that are effective at burning flab and quickly. We are referring to the Max Trainer range of cardio workout machines from BowFlex.
These hybrid exercise machines combine the working of other popular machines to generate a movement that is unique to it. The Max Trainer takes the best attributes from an elliptical and a stair stepper and meshes it to create a challenging cardio exercise movement that the even the fittest will find worthy.
When you’re talking max trainers, there are 3 models that are available for you to choose from – M3, M5, and M7. You can find our max trainer M3 review and our M5 review right here.
This review is going to be about the top of the line M7 model. While the basic workings of the fitness equipment remain the same through the range of max trainers, the quality of accessories and electronics have been improved in this iteration. Let’s take a look at a few pros and cons about this model of the max trainer.
BowFlex Max Trainer M5 Pros And Cons
- A unique exercise movement based on the elliptical machine and a stair stepper
- Comes with 20 different resistance levels vs. 16 for the M5 and 8 for the M3
- Includes innovative Motion Traxx workouts with complete app integration
- 4 customizable user profiles
- Has premium quality grips and stainless-steel pedals
- Comes with wireless heart rate monitoring via chest strap
- Thorough upper body workout compared to other cardio machines
- Bigger media rack which is more spacious
- It is a zero-impact (physical) exercise machine
- Assembly might be a bit complicated for new users, a professional install is suggested
- Price is on the higher side
- Warranty is 3 years, which could’ve been better
BowFlex Max Trainer M7 Reviewed
If you’re looking for a top of the line cardio machine solution which is better than the M3 and the M5, then the M7 is the machine for you. BowFlex have taken care to revamp the electronics and the features of this model so that people find it even easier to use it compared to the last models.
BowFlex Max Trainer M7 Features
The final entrant into the ring is the much acclaimed and pricey M7 model from BowFlex. When you compare these across models, you’ll find that they have the same basic functions. Where they differ is their features and electronics.
All max trainers can burn up to 2.5x times compared to other cardio machines like treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical trainers and stair steppers. They are also zero impact, meaning that you will never have stress damage on areas that are prone to injury.
Another important feature is the number of resistance levels compared to the M5 (8) and M3 (16) – the M7 has 20 resistance levels which means you can fine-tune your workout exactly as you want it.
It also has an improved backlit LCD screen compared to the M5 which is easier to read as well as has even more information displayed. And it’s a far cry from the display of the M3 which is basic when you compare it to this.
BowFlex Max Trainer M7 Quality and Safety
When it comes to comfort and quality, there is no compromise as far as BowFlex are concerned. They make some of the widely used fitness equipment in the world and this is another leaf out of their book. All max trainers can support up to 300 pounds of weight.
There is also the audio layout of the M5 on here, with speakers and the ability to sync your music through Bluetooth for a seamless experience. We also need to comment on them for using top quality materials for their grips as well as strong and durable stainless-steel pedals. Preset workout programs are set at 11 with the M7 which is higher than the M3 and the M5 with 2 and 8 programs respectively.
If you want to get that flab out of your system and quickly, you’d do well to consider the M7 as your home cardio champion. While it has the same basic functionality of all the max trainers, it has several improved usability features that are a definite improvement over predecessors in the range. If you would like to get fitter and find that regular cardio machines are too boring and tedious, then you should give these a shot. Max trainers work much more differently than any of the cardio machines that you’ve used of late and are sure to make your cardio fitness session worthwhile. While it might be a bit more expensive than your run of the mill cardio machine, it can actually cut your workout times in half and show you even better results.