Last updated 8/30/2020
Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Review
The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 was introduced in 2016 to serve as a suitable high quality alternative to treadmills and ellipticals. The low impact workout is gentle on your joints and ligaments, while at the same time it helps you melt away calories. Capable of storing up to four user profiles, the M7 can help the whole family stay in shape without taking up an extreme amount of space.
To challenge users of many different exercise experience levels, the M7 has 20 resistance levels. With a smooth combination of stair-stepping and elliptical training, you can train your lower body, toning your arms with the moving handlebars. This exercise will help you break a sweat without putting too much pressure on your body.
As the top model in its series, the Bowflex Max Trainer M7 stands apart with its multiple features. Here, I will explain what those features are, how they might impact your buying decisions, and how similar or different the Max Trainer is in comparison to other treadmills or ellipticals.
With extra training workout programs and other upgrades, here are some of the things that set the M7 apart:
With free shipping, the Bowflex Max Trainer M7 stands out as an excellent alternative to ellipticals and treadmills. But it does have room for improvement:
Details and Specifications
- Dimensions: 49″L x 30.5″W x 65.5″H (125L x 75W x 166H cm)
- Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Elliptical path: 10″ (25.4 cm) vertical, 4″ (10.1 cm) horizontal
- Pedals: Cushioned
- Handlebars: Mobile with pulse sensors
- Computer Controlled Resistance: Air and eddy brake, 20 levels
- Console: 11 workout built-in programs, 4 user profiles, Bluetooth connectivity
- Amenities: Bottle/accessory holder, tablet holder
- Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 3 years / Electronics 3 years / Labor 90 days
Questions and Answers
Is the Max Trainer M7 an elliptical?
The design is similar to other upright elliptical machines, but the Max Trainer provides a better whole-body workout and burns more calories. The design also more compact with a smaller footprint than most ellipticals, making it ideal for smaller living spaces or apartments.
How often should you use the Bowflex Max Trainer?
Marketers claim that if you use this piece of equipment for 14 minutes, 3 times a week, you’ll see results. I recommend that you use the machine more often than that, but you should consult the appropriate experts to decide how much use is appropriate for your fitness level.
Is Max Trainer good for beginners?
It isn’t the easiest machine to start off with, but that shouldn’t discourage beginners from starting with the Max Trainer. It provides a zero impact, high-intensity workout that works the upper and lower body. It’s perfect for setting long term fitness goals as you improve your fitness levels.
Which is better Bowflex TreadClimber vs Max Trainer?
The Treadclimber is a little better for developing your lower body, but it cannot give you a full-body workout. The Max Trainer will burn much more calories, but the Treadclimber will build your leg muscles at a faster pace. Check out my full review of the Bowflex Treadclimber TC100.
Does the Bowflex M7 build muscle?
The machine was primarily created for cardio, so while you may gradually develop muscle tone after extended use, you’re not likely to build more muscle on the M7 than you would by doing weight training.
Does Bowflex Max trainer work glutes?
Yes, it strengthens your glutes and tones your arms.
How many calories are burned on the Bowflex Max Trainer?
In a regular 15-minute session as recommended, you can burn as much as 280 calories.
Is the Bowflex Max Trainer noisy?
I could only find one complaint about the Bowflex Max Trainer M7 starting to squeak. As it turned out the issue was the flywheel grinding against the side. The user said that after he adjusted one of the screws, the squeaking noise went away.
M5 vs M7 vs M8
On the Bowflex Max Trainer M5, you get 16 levels of resistance, on the M7 you get 20. This means that you can enjoy longer-term growth on the M7.
While the M7 has multi-grip, dynamic handles, the M8 has gym-quality sculpted handlebars with aero bar upgrade. The M7 is available in stores while the M8 has to be ordered online.
Bowflex Max Trainers are a great choice if you’re looking to get away from more traditional cardio machines. The Max Trainer M7 is meant for shoppers with bigger budgets who need a low impact workout for themselves and their families. This machine will help you avoid joint paint and burn calories in no time.
For more examples of great elliptical machines, please take a look at my review on the Best Ellipticals for 2020.