Home exercise equipment shopping can be a daunting task.  With so many options available it can be difficult to figure out where to start.  No matter what type of machine you are looking for there is an option available at many price ranges and with many fitness goals in mind. In this article, we will review the Bowflex Max Trainer M7 and 3 other home exercise machines that are some of the most popular choices on the market currently.

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What Is The Bowflex Max Trainer M7?

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is a unique total body training machine.  The M7 is a hybrid stair climber and elliptical machine, or a vertical elliptical. This unique design gives the M7 the feel of a stair climber with its vertical stepping motion which engages more lower body muscles than a traditional elliptical machine.  Also, the M7’s upper body arm bars work the upper body muscles much like a traditional elliptical machine, but unlike a traditional stair climber or treadmill.

Product Specs

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is well designed and constructed with very high-quality materials that are lightweight, very durable yet functional.  The M7 features: stainless steel sport performance pedals, ergonomic commercial quality hand grips, a chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring and pulse monitors that are built into the hand grips.  Also, a water bottle holder and media shelf are built into the Bowflex Max Trainer M7.

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is very compact compared to most treadmills, stair climbers, and elliptical machines on the market. The dimensions of the M7 are 46″ L x 29.5″ W, and the machine weighs 148 pounds and has transport wheels. The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is the only model in the Max Trainer series to have a fully-functional display. The screen is very large and backlit for improved readability. On the screen you can see how long you have been exercising, total calories burned, and time remaining in the selected workout.

The M7 comes with several workout programs.  These built-in workout programs are divided into Target Mode and Performance Mode.  The target Mode programs included are the Max 7 Minute Interval, Max 14 Minute Interval, Max 21 Minute Interval, Power Interval, Calorie Goal, and Steady Pace. Performance Mode programs included are Fat Burn, Calorie Burn, Stairs, Manual and Fitness Test. With Performance Mode workouts the machine automatically adjusts to your personal training level to set new goals based on your individual progress.

Bowflex Max Trainer M7 owners also get access to workouts and lessons from the Bowflex Max Trainer App. The Max Trainer app syncs, tracks, and shares your workouts to help keep you organized. This feature is very useful for people that have to find time to “squeeze” a work in as the app keeps track of everything. Up to four users can save their profiles for use with adaptive programming. Also with your purchase of a Max Trainer, Bowflex includes an 8-week subscription to the Daily Burn app which includes over 600 workouts.

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 features 20 computer-controlled resistance levels. Convenient controls for the resistance are built into the handlebars as well as the console. Also, working out with the Max Trainer M7 can be zero impact. This machine is designed so that your body stays in constant contact with the pedals so you aren’t hitting the machine with each step as you would with a treadmill. This design is much easier on your joints than a traditional treadmill or jogging on a track.

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 boasts users get an average of 2.5 times the calories burned per workout over elliptical machines, as well as higher calorie burn rates than treadmills or stair climbers due to the upper body component.

Pricing

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 can be purchased for around $2,200 at most retailers.  This is a pretty heavy investment, but given the quality and versatility of the M7, we consider this price to be a very good bargain.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

Bowflex TC100 TreadClimber
NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill
Nautilus E614 Elliptical Trainer

Bowflex Max Trainer M7

Ease of Use

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is very user-friendly with features such as; an oversized display, built-in exercise programs, access to the Max Trainer App, ergonomic pedals and hand grips, and water bottle and media shelf make using the M7 a breeze.

Assembly Time

As with most exercise machines, some assembly is required.  The M7’s assembly time is estimated at 1 hour which is relatively high for this type of machine. Also, most retailers will offer assembly as an additional service at purchase, but these services are usually in the $200-$300 range.

Design Quality

This is where the M7 really sets itself apart from its competitors.  This is a very well designed and constructed machine.  The M7 features commercial quality materials in a compact and ergonomic design.

Warranty

Bowflex Max trainers have relatively short warranties when compared to most treadmills, stair climbers, and elliptical machines on the market.  However, the M7 has the longest warranty of the Bowflex Max Trainer series with a three-year warranty on the machine.

                              Pros

  • Zero impact workout design
  • High-quality ergonomic design
  • Syncs to Bowflex Max Trainer App
  • Compact design takes up little space

 Cons

  • 1 hour assembly time
  • Relatively pricey when compared to similar products

Bowflex TC100 TreadClimber

Bowflex TC100 TreadClimber
  • Combines the motions of a treadmill, a stepper, and an elliptical for an easy, low-impact workout with high-impact results – and all you do is walk
  • Just walk and Burn up to two and half times the calories of a treadmill at the same speed*
  • 4 Electronic Functions: Speed, Distance, Time and Calories
  • Speed range of .5 - 4 mph
  • Heart-Rate Monitor with integrated contact grips

The Bowflex TreadClimber TC100 is the brand new entry-level model tread climber from Bowflex. The TC100 provides a low-impact, workout and with its 3-in-1 design the TC100 acts as a treadmill, a stair climber and an elliptical trainer all in one.  There is a rear machine step platform for safety, and the weight capacity is 300 pounds.

The TC100 can reach speeds of up to 4.0 MPH which is ideal for walking at a brisk pace. The console area of the TC100 features a backlit LCD display which is fully interactive. The console also features with two large cup holders, a more spacious design, and a media holder to keep your favorite devices safely in place while working out.

Ease of Use

The Bowflex TC100 is very easy to use with its improved LCD display, and, roomy console make exercise sessions on the TC100 a breeze.

Assembly Time

Assembling the TC100 is a two-person job that requires about an hour.  Also, fully assembled the unit weighs 158 lbs making it one of the heavier low impact fitness machines around.  Bowflex offers assembly as an additional service, but this usually runs in the $200-$250 range.

Design Quality

The materials used to construct the TC100 are high quality, and the LCD display is an improvement over previous models, but it still lacks some features like a built-in cooling fan and entertainment options.

Warranty

Bowflex offers a 2-year warranty on the TC100 which is somewhat shorter than the industry standard.

                              Pros

  • Unique 3-in-1 design
  • Compact
  • Very affordable price for 3 machines in one

 Cons

  • Warranty is only two years
  • Console area lacks some higher-end features

NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S is an entry-level treadmill available at a moderate price.  This unit features a foldable rack for storage and comes with a 2.6 CHP motor which can reach speeds of 10 MPH.  The track length on the T 6.5 S Treadmill is 55 inches and can reach an incline of 10%.  Also, NordicTrack has designed an on/off track cushioning feature that when turned on absorbs some impact from each step, and when this feature is turned off running on this treadmill feels more like running on an outdoor track.  This unit has a high weight capacity at 300 lbs and a basic 5-inch display.

Ease of Use

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S is very easy to use and comes with 20 built-in programs and is compatible with the iFit monitor.

Assembly Time

The T 6.5 S is easy to assemble so paying for a professional to come assemble the unit probably won’t be necessary.  Also, easy lift hydraulics do most of the work when folding this unit for storage.

Design Quality

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S is a well-built treadmill at a moderate price.  The console is roomy but features some higher end features like a cooling fan and wireless heart rate monitor.  Also, the belt moves over 1.9-inch rollers which are somewhat smaller than higher end models.

Warranty

The T 6.5 S only comes with a 1-year limited warranty which is significantly shorter than many other similar products on the market.

                              Pros

  • High weight capacity
  • On/Off track cushioning
  • Space saver technology

 Cons

  • 55-inch track may be constricting for runners
  • 2.6 CHP motor is slightly underpowered compared with similar units
  • 1 year limited warranty

Nautilus E614 Elliptical Trainer

Nautilus E614 Elliptical Trainer
  • Goal Track capability enables users to set individual exercise goals
  • 22 programs: 9 profile, 8 heart rate control, 2 custom, 2 fitness test & 1 quick start
  • 20 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options
  • High speed, high inertia drive system with a perimeter weighted flywheel for easy start up and smooth, consistent workouts
  • Dual Track LCD displays

The Nautilus E614 Elliptical Trainer is a higher end elliptical LCD monitor with a large display and a small secondary display.  The idea with these dual displays is that you can prop up a book or iPad over the main display and still view your workout data on the smaller one below. This Nautilus elliptical is durable with a 300 lb weight capacity. The Nautilus E614 Elliptical is equipped with great features for a machine in this price range including: a cooling fan, a water bottle holder, and media trey with USB charger and MP3 port. Also, the E614 comes with 12 built-in programs and quick start capabilities.

Ease of Use

The E614 is very easy to use, and comes with 12 built-in programs that provide challenging workouts with great variety.

Assembly Time

The E614 requires some assembly and some basic tools to assemble.  Assembly is estimated to take approximately one hour.

Design Quality

The Nautilus E614 is a very well-designed machine with a modern console design and several high-end features.  The materials are high end and very durable, and the dual LCD display is an innovative feature usually seen on pricier models.

Warranty

The E614 comes with a 10-year warranty on the frame, 1-year warranty on the computer and electronics, and 2 years on parts.

                              Pros

  • High capacity of 300 lbs
  • Several high-end features such as a cooling fan and USB charger
  • 12 built-in exercise programs

 Cons

  • Incline level must be manually adjusted
  • 1 hour assembly time

Conclusion

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is a well-built high-end exercise machine.  This machine combines the best of an elliptical trainer and a stair climber in one machine.  The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is a very good value for the price and will give its owner several years of hassle-free use.

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