Bowflex Max Trainer M7 (Renamed M8 in 2019)
UPDATE: The M7 has been replaced by the all new Bowflex Max Trainer M8, essentially the same machine with the addition of the Max Intelligence app.
This is a new subscription-based platform that gives you customized workouts, tracking capability, achievement awards and interactive maps, among other features.
However, the trainer itself is nearly identical to the M7, so the following review still applies.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is the top of the line model in the company’s popular series, combining the cardio workout of the step machine with the smooth, impact-free motion of the elliptical. It promises to help you burn more calories per minute than traditional cardio machines, getting you results in the shortest amount of time possible.
Let’s take a look at this popular cardio machine to see what it’s all about…
Click Specifications to see detailed model info
Resistance Levels : up to 20
Workout Programs : 11 (Intervals, Calorie, Stairs, Fitness, Manual)
Display : Dual Mode LCD/LED
Heart Rate Reading : Contact and Wireless
Dimensions : 49" L x 30.5" W x 65.5" H
Tracking Ability : Bluetooth 4.0 Compatibility
Maximum User Weight : 300 lbs.
Warranty : 3 years
Bowflex Max Trainer M7 - Best Features
Advanced Learning Capability
One of the unique features found on the Bowflex Max Trainer M7, but not on the base M3 or mid-range M5 model, is the fact that the M7 actually “learns” as you train and adapts to your fitness level, setting goals and targets for you to reach.
It’s as if there is a personal trainer in the machine, which is a very cool feature that really helps to motivate you.
Diverse Workout Programs
In addition to the patented 14-minute Max Interval workout, which is the main attraction of all of the Max Trainers, you also get 10 other built in programs, including a 7 minute and 21 minute interval workout not found on the other two machines, calories goal, fat burn, steady pace, stairs and fitness test.
In addition to the wide array of workouts, you also get 20 resistance levels, 4 more than on the M5 and 12 more than on the M3. So whether you choose a program or you just want to use it manually, you can really ramp up your training.
Bluetooth Tracking Capability
The enhanced console on the Bowflex Max Trainer M7 has Bluetooth 4.0 built in, which means you can track all of your results through the Max Trainer App and then sync it with Apple Health, MyFitness Pal and other fitness apps that you may be using.
You can set goals for yourself, share results with friends and family, win awards and achievements…it’s a very motivating tool.
Note that the base M3 model does not currently offer this capability, so choose one of the other models if this functionality appeals to you.
Although it is slightly longer and wider than the M3 and M5, at 49″ long and 30″ wide it’s a very compact machine, one of the reasons why the Bowflex Max Trainers are so incredibly popular these days.
So not only is the M7 two machines in one, it’s also has a much smaller footprint than a treadmill or elliptical, so it’ll fit in much easier, especially if your space is limited.
Calorie Burn Meter
All of the Max Trainers feature the Burn Meter, which shows you how many calories you are burning each minute on the machine. It’s a simple dial, but it definitely helps motivate you to train harder.
You can also measure your heart rate with the contact grips or wirelessly with the included chest strap to make sure you are in your ideal zone.
Other Great Features
The Bowflex M7 has commercial grade handles, enhanced grips, stainless steel performance pedals, 4 user profiles, water bottle holder and a shelf for your tablet.
The touches and finishes are enhanced on this machine, giving it a more club quality appearance than the other models.
Warranty Is Not Great
Although it’s better than the one provided with the M3 and M5, the M7 only has a 3 year warranty, which isn’t ideal.
If you compare that to the lifetime frame, 3-5 year parts coverage on a similarly priced treadmill or elliptical, you can see that the M7 falls short.
As such, definitely opt for the extended coverage on this one to cover yourself if it is available.
It's on the Expensive Side
At $2,199, it’s not the cheapest cardio machine on the market. You can definitely find some great treadmills out there at this price.
Still, the M7 is definitely unique, and has a lot of good features and capabilities that you don’t find on other cardio machines.
Max Trainer M7 Review - Conclusion
If you’re in the market for something a little different than the traditional treadmill, elliptical or stepper, the Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is not a bad choice.
You get two workouts in one, with 20 resistance levels, 11 workout programs, heart rate monitoring, Bluetooth tracking and the machine’s unique ability to learn and adapt to your fitness needs.
If price is an issue, definitely consider the M5, which is a nice compromise between the M7 and the base M3 model.