Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Cardio Machine
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- 16 Resistance Levels
- 8 Workout Programs
- Backlit Display
- Syncs with Free Max Trainer® App
- Target-Zone & Burn-Rate Indicators
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The Bowflex Max Trainer® M5 cardio machine. Save time with the breakthrough 14-minute Max Interval workout or choose from 9 other pre-programmed workouts for longer sessions. The M5 has: Computer-controlled resistance, Bluetooth smart technology, premium grips, backlit display, target-zone monitoring and a compact design that fits almost any space!
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A simple note to those in poor shape. This exercise is very intense to start with. It would probably behoove you to start in a mode other than MAX to get your endurance up and build leg strength. I am in average shape and I started out on resistance level 1 MAX and it kicked my @ss. I thought my heart was going to explode. Now after a week of using it I can make it on level 1 no problem. You will become accustomed to the workout and will build endurance very quickly.
On to the stuff I've read from other folks: I'm not sure if people are getting lemons or are just not very mechanically inclined but it took me just over and hour to build the machine (alone). I see absolutely no reason to pay someone to build this for you unless you seriously don't know how to turn a screwdriver. If you follow the very easy to read instructions included with the neatly organized and labeled hardware and/or get a friend that has even the littlest amount of handiness this machine is a breeze to build. Save yourself the $$. The only sticking point might be the weight of the boxes. Each comes in at around 80 lbs (2 boxes). Unless you are a hobbit you could just enlist a friends help to carry these into the house and up the stairs, or ask some unsuspecting neighbor.
The machine is smooth, not too loud(unless in MAX mode) and takes up a very small amount of space. We find the Bluetooth capability very nice because we can sync it with our MyFitnessPal apps on our phones to keep track of our daily goals. The arm movements actually make you feel like you've done some upper body. It won't replace weights but at least you are getting your full body involved in the workout. The only thing that seems to not be seamless is the heart rate monitor grips. Sometimes they read quickly...sometimes a lot of hand adjustment needs to be made to get a good read. I don't have overly large/or small(Trump) hands either so this should not be an issue. Of course if you use the included band or have a smart watch the point is moot.
Lastly I will throw some kudos to Bow-flex (Nautilus) because they offer a great military discount. If you are in the service please don't forget to ask and it will make all the difference on whether you decide if spending the money is worth it. I struggled with the price but I do believe so far (barring some future catastrophic breakdown) that this machine is well worth the asking price.
The one great design flaw in this is that it doesn't really have any good angles to hang clothing from, so instead of having a high dollar clothes hanger you will just have a piece of modern art adorning your home if this doesn't get use.
Best of luck and if you decide to get this you will not be disappointed. I will update later down the road.
Wasn't expecting such issues after only a FEW MONTHS. Badly designed and built machine. I paid a lot of money for this machine, and I'm very angry that after only a few months, its already giving me problems.
I won't be buying products from Bowflex anymore. I recommend you don't buy products from them either.
The Bowflex Max is a nice piece of equipment. I'd say it was "high quality". Putting it together took a couple of hours, but the instructions were pretty clear and I didn't have to run to the hardware store to buy any tools.
It occupies a very small footprint, and since you're inside of the machine your workout takes place entirely inside of that footprint. I have mine in a corner next to a door. Honestly, I'm thinking of moving it to someplace in the house with a window view just because I'm not loving the view in the corner.
When I first tried using the Max, it was humiliating. I was 44 years old, 6'2", 306 pounds. I was maybe six months off of quitting a pipe/cigar/hookah tobacco habit. My health was not good. Two minutes into trying to follow any of the programs, and I'd be on the floor holding my chest and sucking in air. Also, a bit of quadriceps tendonitis surfaced and was agitated by this machine.
So my journey has been long and slow. Gentle stretches, gentle exercises, getting my body into a condition where I could even begin using this machine. After about 4 months of not using it, I've been using it for the last 2 weeks. My body seems better able to cope now. I had to work up to a full 14 minutes, and that's just going at a gentle pace the whole time. And now I'm starting to add one interval to each workout. I'm progressing as my body will allow.
* It's small!
* For what it is, it's relatively quiet.
* It's got some versatile programs and settings.
* I really feel like I have gotten a good cardio workout afterwards.
* I can really feel that burning sensation in the lower half of my body.
* I'm only scratching the surface. It's going to be a long time, if ever, before I think I'm ever not going to be challenged by this machine.
* Only two user programs. There's not really any good reason for this.
* As far as I know, the software isn't upgradeable to include new programs over time. This is a real missed opportunity.
* The app isn't so great, but it's a necessary evil in order to get your workouts into other fitness apps.
* The bluetooth synch is really poorly executed.
* I wish they hadn't included any heart rate monitor. I used the one that came with it once.
* Doesn't really work with most aftermarket heart rate monitors, like the excellent Scosche RHYTHM+ Heart Rate Monitor
* I don't really feel like I'm getting as much upper body or core workout yet. It's all in the legs and, of course, cardio. Maybe that will change as I progress in difficulty.
* It's not a small investment.
* The hand grip heart rate monitor is wildly inaccurate.
* The calorie burn rate is also really inaccurate.
Some people have complained of their's falling apart. I have three daily users and no complaints.
Some people have complained of squeaky noises. Nope. I don't experience that yet, either.
Really, I think Nautilus is at least a decade behind on the digital lifestyle. This device would be so much better, at the same price mind you, if they eliminated both of the heart rate monitors and more fully embraced mobile devices, API's, applications. If they played well with third party fitness hardware and software. What they've got now barely ticks off some marketing person's checkboxes. They did just enough to get by. But they didn't do remotely enough to delight their increasingly digital customers.
If anyone from Nautilus is reading this, my challenge to you... come to understand how Tesla cars are experienced by their owners, especially the digital lifestyle aspects of the car. If Tesla were designing your products, how would they do it differently? Because if they ever decided to get into fitness products, they'd knock you out of the market in 1-2 years by playing so well with my digital lifestyle that I couldn't possibly consider going back to a digitally non-enabled machine.