Bowflex Max Trainer M3 Review - Right For You?
Benefits of the Max Trainer M3:
There are some great things about the Max M3 model. First of all, it still has the same basic design as the other models - the hybrid elliptical-stair-stepper with upper body arms.
So you still use more of your lower body and even upper body muscles vs a regular elliptical trainer. This results in more calories burned.
Also you get the famous 14-minute high intensity interval workout built into the console. This workout was specially designed by Bowflex to get you maximum results in minimum time.
In fact high intensity interval training workouts (or HIIT for short) have been proven to help keep you burning calories for up to 48 hours post workout!
So if you don't have a lot of time in your day, but you still want to see results, the M3 can get you there.
You also get the calorie burn rate meter (which looks a little like a speedometer) in the console which is pretty cool. It's a challenge to see how far and fast you can go while working out.
The Max Trainer M3 also gives you 8 resistance levels to add some challenge in your workouts.
How Does It Compare to Other Models?
The M3 is the most affordable model - but it doesn't come with some of the fancier options you get on the M5 and M7 models.
For example the M5 and M7 models come with 16 and 20 levels of resistance respectively - more than you get with the M3. So you have a bit more room to grow with these models.
Also the consoles on the M5 and M7 are backlit. The console on the M3 is not backlit. So it's a bit easier to read the consoles on the M5 and M7.
You also get a few more high intensity training programs on the M5 and M7 models like Calorie Goal, Steady Pace, Fat Burn, Calorie Burn, Stairs and Fitness Test.
And finally the M5 and M7 come with Bluetooth which tracks your workouts. You can sync this information with the Bowflex App on your phone (the app is free) and track your calories, goals etc.
So those are a few differences between the M3 and the M5 or M7. For many people these aren't dealbreakers - just some extra fluff you may or may not want with your machine.
So it really depends on your budget, goals and preferences as to which Max Trainer you choose.
But at the end of the day, if you use any of these machines, you're guaranteed to get an amazing full-body workout. You'll be seeing results in the mirror faster than you ever dreamed!