For complete review of the Bowflex Max Trainer in more detail you can read the bowflex max trainer m5 review.
1. You get to work out in the privacy and ease of your own home without having to lug free weights approximately, and/or without needing to store a massive number of dumbbells.
2. It is not fun rolling off that heavy bar of your chest. For the large part you do not have to worry about harms with the Bowflex.
3. This ties into #1 but you don’t have to go to the gym.
4. There’s something about it that makes it almost fun to utilize. You need to utilize it. Free weights and gym machines simply do not have that same motivating effect.
5. You WILL see great results if used properly. I had an older version (Power Pro) a couple of years back and used it religiously for substantial routines. People I did not understand (like at the checkout counter) would make remarks about how I look like I like to lift heavy things.
6. Free weights normally have to be performed having a movement that is rigorous. Deviate from that motion and you only might pull a muscle or worse. Bowflex gives you greater freedom to tweak the movements you use to better suit your body kind, flexibility, etc.
7. The speed at which you are able to correct resistance and muscle groups is unbeatable by another method/machine.
8. It is a high quality piece of equipment, all the way down to the nuts and bolts. You’d need to tip over this thing and run it over having a tank to wreck it. After many years of hard use, the only things it’s likely you have to replace are cables, hand grips, and the rods. The sticks are free for life, the hand grips and cables are covered for FIVE years and following which are affordable (if not free depending on how your dialog goes with the customer support rep).
9. Oodles better and oodles more economical compared to the Xtreme models. Having the long seat is SOOOO shorter and much better than the erect chair rods on the Xtreme versions.
10. Many different machines advertise this feature, however only the Bowflex provides on this.
11. If used correctly and creatively enough, you’re able to probably dump your cardio routine unless you’re already a hardcore jogger/runner.
1. This provides a different feel to all those distant 50 “pound” rods than the two that are next to every other. I wish Bowflex would have set all 3 pairs of 50’s next to each other. It is not a huge deal though.
2. Unlike the old Power Pro, the flat bench is unable to be pushed flat against the vertical bar for a superb military press. Instead the shoulder lifts are done at an angle. I miss being able to do shoulder raises right up and down.
3. The resistance ratings are overly generous, as has been said by countless people before. That is the reason why I place “lbs” in citations for the balance of this review. Performing a routine with any specified “weight” around the Bowflex is apparently lighter than free weights. But if this really is your only piece of muscle work out equipment, it doesn’t really matter. However, for most folks it would not be possible to max out the machine for all but bench press and leg workouts. So this actually is not that critical of a disadvantage.
4.The 200 “lbs” it comes with will not be adequate for legs workouts or bench pressing. At least not for long until you’re someone that’s small muscle tissue and plans to remain that way, in which case you should just obtain a Motivator 2. For the rest of us that want to gain the right muscles, you will have to buy the two $99/each upgrades to get to 400 “lbs”. This machine is not such a great deal anymore, but nonetheless much cheaper compared to more expensive, yet inferior, Xtreme models when you factor those upgrades in.
5. The leg press fundamentally cannot be done. Until you’re using this kind of low weight which you’re not even giving your legs a work out anyhow the strap that goes around your back DIGS into the idea of pain. A simple alternative would just be to do squats or lunges away from the machine using just your body weight until that gets too simple. Afterward buy one pair of dumbbells that are inexpensive and go from there. But I might try placing a throw pillow between the strap and my back next time.
OTHER THOUGHTS –
I HIGHLY recommend the Bowflex iTrainer software, unless you’re already versed in workout routines. You must purchase it from Bowflex but it’s really cool for the reason that it intends your day-to-day routines for you (you’ll be able to edit them though) and provides small looping videos of how to do each exercise (instead of looking in a static picture). Get the iTrainer.
I bought mine directly from Amazon for $800, too as both 400 and 300 pound upgrades to get a total of $1000. A day or so after the cost of the device just (with 200 “lbs”) went up to 830, and as of now is 900 from Amazon partners. In the event that you’re positive that you’ll never want the additional poles (but most guys will, plus some girls will also), then you definitely should buy the Motivator 2 for $600. The two are similar although the Blaze offers a few more things.