Home fitness has been a huge industry for decades. But we’ve come a long way since treadmills and ski machines. Now, one of the most well known names in home fitness is offering a product which is designed to integrate into your complete fitness program – and offers a few perks as well.
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 reviews aren’t difficult to find. Since 1986, Bowflex has established a reputation as one of the most trusted names in personal fitness equipment. And it seems as if everyone is ready to try the Max Trainer M5. Here’s what people are saying, and here’s what we think.
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Reviews: What We’ve Heard
When you think Bowflex, chances are a home gym comes to mind. The Bowflex 2000X, the company’s first home gym was put on the market back in the late 1980s. But since that time, Bowflex has expanded its product offerings to include ellipticals, treadmills, climbers and fitness accessories.
We were already very familiar with the Bowflex home gym products; we’d been using them for almost as long as they’d been around. But after hearing a few Bowflex Max Trainer M5 reviews, we were ready to get on board with giving the machine a shot. Here’s just a sampling of what we heard from others.
To begin, the machine is an elliptical/stair stepper combination. Users of the M5 report that the machine will provide a better upper body workout than simply using a treadmill or other commonly used cardio equipment. Those who love it say that it provides a great overall cardio workout, and have likened it to mountain biking.
Fitness enthusiasts in a wide range of physical fitness have created Bowflex Max Trainer M5 reviews, and all seem to claim the same thing: working out on the Max Trainer M5 for the first time will give you quite a workout. Most have recommended that first time users not begin on “Max” mode, but instead gradually work up to that point.
Now, of course, there have been a few people who have disliked the Max Trainer M5 for various reasons. Their biggest complaint? Assembly time and difficulty. Bowflex does offer professional assembly, but it comes with a hefty price tag at around $170.
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Reviews: The Basics
After reading the largely positive Bowflex Max Trainer M5 reviews, we decided we’d give it a try as well. We weren’t disappointed, but in the spirit of providing an honest review of the product, we’ll start at the very beginning.
First of all, the complaints were no joke. The M5 came in two separate boxes, each of which weighed about 80 pounds. It took two of us to bring the boxes into the office; we started this experiment at a less than ideal fitness level, so this was no easy feat. Once we did bring in and unpack the boxes, we found ourselves staring at the equipment, scratching our heads.
It ultimately took us about two hours to put the machine together, but someone more experienced with a screwdriver probably could have halved that time. The positive is that you won’t find yourself running to the hardware store for assembly tools. All you’ll need is the included wrench; we also recommend that this be a two-person job.
Once assembled, we put the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 to the test immediately. And again, the reviewers were right. The machine felt like a combination of a stair stepper, a climber and an elliptical, and at times it felt as if we were pedaling backwards. Quite a workout, to say the least, and that was just on the 14 minute mode. There are 16 resistance levels on the Bowflex Max Trainer M5, as well as a steady pace mode, a fitness test and a power interval. You choose according to your goals and fitness level.
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Reviews: What We Think
We’ve been using the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 for about three months now, and feel as if we can honestly weigh in on the pros and cons of the machine. As with any piece of home fitness equipment, there are both.
First, we were very impressed with the footprint of the machine. It’s small – small enough to fit into an apartment – but is sturdy enough for heavier users. And, for its size, the machine packs a punch. You’ll feel as if you’re getting both a lower and an upper body workout on the M5, even on the “steady” mode.
We also love that the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 integrates with apps, allowing you to monitor your activity and your progress. We useMyFitnessPal, but the MaxTrainer 2 app will also work with Google Fit and Bowflex Connect.
What did not impress us, however, was the sound of the machine. It would occasionally squeal at us, and the keypad was unnecessarily loud. You can cycle through volume levels but none is quite right; they’re either too loud or not loud enough.
Finally, we can see how Bowflex Max Trainer M5 reviews may reflect a bit of boredom with the product. You’ll find much more versatility with a product like the Bowflex HVT – something which combines cardio and strength training. For what it is, the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 will offer you a great cardio and toning experience, but expect to watch television while you work out to avoid getting bored with the thing entirely.
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Reviews: The Verdict
We’re not disappointed with the Bowflex Max Trainer M5. To the contrary, we think that the machine is a great tool for those looking to improve cardiovascular endurance, particularly in a small space. The machine is loud, but not enough to turn us off to it entirely.
There are three Max Trainer products: the M3, the M5 and the M7. Each, apparently, offers different features. The M3 is the most basic; it lacks features such as the Bluetooth app integration and the heart rate monitor. The M7 is the most advanced, with 20 resistance levels and additional user profiles.
Of the three, we think we made the best choice with the Bowflex Max Trainer M5. The 16 resistance levels are more than enough for a home fitness product, and we see no real advantage to the “Sport Performance” pedals which are standard on the M7.
Bowflex Max Trainer M5 reviews are, in a nutshell, spot on. The machine is great for the home user; if you’re looking for anything more than the machine can offer, you’ll likely be researching gym memberships.