If you are looking for an effective way to get your butt in shape, this Bowflex Max Trainer M8 review may be just what you need to read. The M8 is a great way to burn calories, strengthen your core, build endurance and do it efficiently. Best of all you can do this in just 14 minutes per day. Please continue reading if you are in the market for a revolutionary machine to help you shed those unwanted pounds.
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The Max Trainer M8 takes elliptical training to a completely new level. They have taken an elliptical and re-designed it, giving it a completely different configuration to take up less space. The upright orientation is kind of like a marriage between a stair climber and a traditional elliptical. In addition, it just looks cool too, with a very modern, industrial design.
- 1 Bowflex Max Trainer M8
- 1.1 A little bit about the 14-minute workout
- 1.2 Some key features of the Max Trainer M8 include:
- 1.3 Some assembly required
- 1.4 Max Trainer M7 vs. Max Trainer M8
- 1.5 Connectivity
- 1.6 How much does the app cost?
- 1.7 The Bowflex Max Trainer M8 is portable
- 1.8 Small in size, but you still need room
- 1.9 Max Bowflex Max Trainer M8 learns your behavior
- 1.10 Power up!
- 1.11 Monitor your heart rate
- 1.12 Smooth pedaling
- 1.13 Some more things I like
- 1.14 What I do not like
- 1.15 Warranty
- 1.16 Bowflex Max Trainer M8 Performance Pack
- 1.17 ==> Shop all Bowflex Max Trainers <==
- 2 Conclusion: Bowflex Max Trainer M8 Review
- 3 Bowflex Max Trainer M8
- 4 Pros
- 5 Cons
You may also want to check out my guide how to buy an elliptical for some tips on things to look for before you take the plunge.
Bowflex Max Trainer M8
The Bowflex Max Trainer M8 was designed for interval training where you work out like crazy for 25 seconds and then you have a period of rest, then you do it all over again. These intervals of high intensity increase your heart rate and then you bring the heart rate back down with periods of rest. Doing this over a 14-minute period gives you a fantastic workout. After the workout, your body continues to burn calories for a really long time.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M8 offers you a low impact workout that will target your lower body fast. You will also get a full body workout so you are not only using your legs but your arms as well. This machine really engages your upper body more than a typical elliptical. You are in for a real treat with this unit because the work is definitely harder than it looks. It is a great way to build endurance, muscle and burn calories.
If you have not worked out, or have not worked out in a long time, you do not want to jump right into the interval training, but rather work your way up. You can do this with one of the presets, or use manual mode, I will get into this in a little bit. If you are a workout out warrior, you might find the interval training is just fine. One thing to note, before you begin an exercise program, check with your doctor.
If time is an obstacle for you when you think about working out, the Bowflex Max Trainer M8 has you covered. Designed to give you a killer workout in 14 minutes, burning more calories in less time is exactly what Bowflex set out to accomplish with this machine.
A little bit about the 14-minute workout
When I contacted Bowflex about the 14-minute workout and how often you should do it, they told me that for starters, they recommend 3 days per week in manual mode. You can work your way up to the full 14-minute interval workout from there. Of course, this will depend on your current state of fitness. They also recommend one stretching or rest day per week when you decide to kick up to full gear.
The display is intuitive and easy to use on this top of the line model.
Some key features of the Max Trainer M8 include:
- Dual mode LCD display
- Max Intelligence platform-enabled
- 11 workout programs
- Connectivity for up to four individual users
- 20 levels of computer-controlled resistance
- Static handlebars as well as dynamic handlebars
- Max user weight – 300 pounds
- Minimum Ceiling Height – User height + 15 inches
- Unit weight – 148 pounds
- Height – 65.5 inches
- Width – 30.5 inches
- Depth – 49 inches
- Kick butt workout
- Efficient machine to get a full body workout
- Easy to read display
- Innovative upright design
- Water bottle holder (it’s the little things in life)
- Platform to hold a tablet or smartphone
- No stereo
- Pretty expensive
- There is no fan built into the machine
Some assembly required
Assembly is required for this machine. Bowflex recommends two people put it together and it takes about 1-2 hours. There is a video as well. You may want to buy a machine mat, a non-slip rubber surface, as it will add a layer of protection to your floor. You may want to consider professional assembly if you are not up for this challenge.
Max Trainer M7 vs. Max Trainer M8
Bowflex recently updated and upgraded the Max Trainer series. The former Max Trainer M7 is replaced with the Max Trainer M8. Mechanically, they’re very similar with the main difference being that the M8 has a new console. It has some tweaks and a slightly nicer display, but the main deal here is that the new console works with just-released Max Intelligence app-based coaching platform.
The main thing is the new subscription coaching platform couldn’t directly interact with the M7 so, Bowflex updated the M7 with the new console.
The new M8 also has fewer pre-set programs built-in, outside of the app. Where the M7 had 11 applications, the M8 now has 7. Some of the programs became redundant with the introduction of the subscription-based app. For instance, the Fitness Test program on the M7 model has morphed into a full-blown fitness assessment which is now available to both the free and subscription-based users of the app.
So that is the long and short of the differences between the legacy M7 and the newly remodeled M8
Bowflex offers a subscription-based app that has a lot of great features, including:
- Dynamic Coaching (Max speaks directly to you, motivating you through workouts
- Customized workouts (personalized daily exercises designed for your fitness level)
- Premium video workouts (trainer led videos recommended based on your fitness level)
The Max Intelligence App connects in real-time to your workouts, so your progress is always up to date. You will need a device, your phone, or tablet to connect to the app. Your device will be your screen for the customized, or coach-led workouts.
Through the integrated Bluetooth, the Max Trainer will connect to your app, updating your progress.
You can certainly use your Max Trainer without the app, and you can always purchase the app down the road.
The Max Intelligence app is available for both IOS and Android
How much does the app cost?
The subscription is $14.99 per month, or you can go with an annual subscription for $149. You can cancel at any time.
You can still use the app without a subscription and access free workouts, videos, etc. The app gives you access even more content.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M8 is portable
You can move the machine, by tilting it, using the aerobar grips, onto the transport rollers. Depending on how strong you are, you may be able to move it alone, or you may need a friend to help. So, in theory, you can move this from room to room if you need to or store it away when not in use. I don’t know how realistic that is, but at least you have the option. Bowflex does recommend that 2 people move the machine since it does weigh about 140 pounds.
Small in size, but you still need room
You will want to allow for a workout area of 78.5 inches x 97 inches. You also need to take in to account the height of the user when you are thinking about the overall height needed. Due to the upright orientation of this machine be sure to take the pedal height and user height into account. Per Bowflex, you want to allow user height + 15 inches. That way you will not hit your head on the ceiling.
Max Bowflex Max Trainer M8 learns your behavior
As you train, the Bowflex M8 learns about your current fitness level and what your goals are and it will intuitively help push you to new heights. It’s really pretty cool, there is what looks like a tachometer on the LCD display and the harder you go, the more the engine revs!
Even though the machine is intuitive, you can still make manual adjustments as you see fit. Change the resistance level, or add time to your work out with the touch of a button. These controls are conveniently located and easy to adjust.
You will also need a power source nearby where you are planning on working out. The pretty lights on the display don’t light up by themselves. Now that would be cool right, a display that brightens as you pedal.
Monitor your heart rate
You can check your heart rate with the built-in contact heart rate sensors, or if you have a chest strap model monitor, that is compatible with this machine as well
Sports performance racing pedals which are designed to be aerodynamic, provide a nice wide area for your foot to rest. This pedal design will fit a lot of different foot size so don’t worry if you have Sasquatch-sized feet. You won’t slip on these babies either; they have rubber dots that come in contact with the bottom of your shoe to make sure you stay in place.
Some more things I like
One of the things I really like about this machine is the legitimate full body work you can do. You will target from your shoulder down to your calves. This includes the ever important core area consisting of hamstrings, quads, glutes, abs, etc. So, from that standpoint, I love this machine.
I am a huge advocate of building and maintaining a strong core. Given my history of back problems, I understand that a strong core is super important to managing or eliminating back pain.
When I was recovering from my back injury in 2015-2016, one of the first pieces of equipment my chiropractor told me to use was an elliptical machine. Elliptical machines are a great way to engage multiple muscle groups and really get your core work in.
The Bowflex 87 is a super compact machine, given its upright orientation. It will literally take up about half the space of a full size elliptical. The compact size, along with portability makes this a very desirable piece of workout equipment for your home or office.
What I do not like
This is going to sound a little strange, but there is no fan on this unit. There is a giant fan that controls the resistance, but only if you are pedaling backward do you get any airflow from this machine. When I spoke with a Bowflex rep, he said folks really did not want a fan on the unit. I like a fan when I am working out, but that is just me.
Bowflex offers a 3-year warranty on the M8 which covers the frame, mechanical parts, electronics, and a 90-day warranty on labor
Bowflex Max Trainer M8 Performance Pack
Bowflex does offer an upgrade to the M8, which includes a Samsung tablet and the machine mat. So, if that is something you are interested in, click below to check that out.
Comparing the Bowflex Max Trainer models
Bowflex offers three different models in the Max Trainer series. Below are the major differences in the 3 models. You can see my other reviews here:
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Conclusion: Bowflex Max Trainer M8 Review
Well, that about sums it up, or at least I hope I got most of it here. I know this machine is pricey, but I also believe it does what it is supposed to do. Of course, you will need to eat right to see maximum results as with any exercise program, but the M8 will do its part to help. I give the Bowflex Max Trainer M8 thumbs up and think it is a great piece of equipment for a home gym.
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