Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Reviewed

With the market overflowing with top of the range treadmills and ellipticals these days, it is not an easy task to pick the right machine for cardio. Today, we will take a closer look at one such machine, the Bowflex Max Trainer M7.

The newer M7 model has been on the market for some time now and it is still considered to be one of the best max trainers on the market. But why is that, exactly? We will check out the features first, and then dive to the actual experience. After that we will get to pros and cons and finally, the conclusion.

Product Specifications

FlyWheel

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Heart Rate Monitor

Bluetooth Heart Rate Armband & Contact Grips

Wheels

transport wheels

Resistance Levels

20

Programs

11

Dimensions

49"L x 30.5"W x 65.5H

Product Weight

148 lbs

M7 comes with some cool and unique features, which I’ve outlined below.

Feature Summary:
  • 20 computer-controlled levels of resistance and 11 specific programs.
  • Unique performance-targeted programming that adapts to your specific workout and learns from it. The machine stores the data and then responds in kind to adjust to your specific workout.
  • Big LCD-LED dual back-lit display with high contrast
  • Max Trainer App synchronization – for easy performance monitoring, setting and tracking. Additionally, it can be used for checking streams by Bowflex professional trainers.
  • Add time feature with a press of a button
  • Sculpted dipped commercial-grade quality handlebars
  • Racing pedals made of stainless steel
  • Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility
  • imensions are 49” x 30.5” x 65.5” (124.5 x 77.5 x 166.4 cm)
  • Max user weight – 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Assembled weight – 147.7 lbs (67 kg)

That would conclude the main features. Let’s proceed to the actual machine experience.

Assembly & Packaging

The machine arrived in two boxes. One is a bit lighter than the other. Be careful with the main box, though. This is where your friend comes handy as well. I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to lift a freaking 100+ lbs box on my own. 

Everything in the boxes was tightly packed and nothing was damaged. The machine comes un-assembled, but Bowflex provides comprehensive instructions and with them it’s a fairly easy business. With that being said, I’d recommend having a friend to help you over with the assembly. It should be doable in one hour, 90 minutes tops.


Get Your Hands Off My M7!

The design of the M7 is very good and quite compact. It takes very little space (at least compared to other ellipticals I had experienced with).

Bowflex Max Trainer M7

The motion itself is pretty natural. Once you get the hang of it you’ll feel more comfortable to try different and more difficult programs.

I’m not going to say if the motion itself is difficult since I would need more data, but from the opinions of tens of online users I’ve reached the conclusion that this is indeed some quality machine with pretty hardcore workout programs.

Of course it mainly depends on your shape, so it is up to each one of you to reach your own conclusion about that.

The programs themselves have great varieties and the store-n-learn unique system seems smart as well. I can imagine that older generation would feel like using an artificial intelligence. The machine also doesn’t produce much noise, which is great if you plan to work-out in the same room with other people.

The handles are indeed of commercial quality. The grips are very comfortable, non-slippery and the angle is also good. Not much else to add here.

Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Display

The pedals should accommodate every possibly feet and unlike most of the cheaper models, these racing pedals are made of quality stainless steel.

The display is really oversized, so you won’t have problems looking up the numbers or picking the desired programs.

Thanks to the high-contrast design you will clearly see the LCD’s details even if it’s under direct sunlight.

Currently, Bowflex offers 3 years frame, 3 years electronics, 3 years mechanical parts and 90 days labor warranty.

The overall quality of the Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is very good.


Pros & Cons

Okay, with all the information from above, let’s check out pros and cons. The information in this section is based on my personal opinion and also of several verified users from the internet, so the comparison can be as much comprehensive as possible.

Pros

  • Thanks to the variety of programs, the machine can work well for anyone, no matter if you are in shape or not
  • If you are up to the challenge this machine can be one hell of a calorie burner
  • The compact design takes very little space, when compared to traditional ellipticals
  • Handlebars are of commercial quality
  • Quality stainless steel pedals
  • Good packaging in two separate boxes

Cons

  • Several users have complained about a squeaky noise coming from the right front pivot shaft after several weeks of use
  • Assembly can take up to several hours (luckily most of us will have to do it just once)
  • This isn’t the cheapest model on the market, but it still doesn’t have any direct competition

Conclusion – Is Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Worth Your Money?

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Would I recommend Bowflex Max Trainer M7? In general, I would. It is a high quality machine and a great calorie burner. However, I also understand that it is quite pricey. It’s a complex machine for people who really care about getting into shape and plan to stay there in a long run.

If you feel like you don’t need different programs and store-n-learn system and you also don’t want to spend a lot of money, than I’d suggest checking out some of the cheaper elliptical machines.