With the market overflowing with 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.
Features of Bowflex Max Trainer M7
Heart Rate Monitor
Bluetooth Heart Rate Armband & Contact Grips
49"L x 30.5"W x 65.5H
M7 comes with some cool and unique features, which I’ve outlined below.
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).
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.
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.
Conclusion – Is Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Worth Your Money?
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.