Bowflex Max Trainer M8 Reviewed and Rated
Bowflex is a fitness company that has been creating excellent fitness machines for plenty of years. Their machines are innovative and user-friendly, and the Bowflex Max Trainer M8 is just like that. This amazing elliptical and stepper hybrid will show you new ways to up your cardio game! The M8 is just what any cardio junkie needs for a bigger challenge, and if you want to see what all the hype is about, just scroll down and discover what makes the M8 so great!
Sturdy, steel frame with updated colors
Two resistance types
20 resistance levels
Oversized, comfortable non-slip pedals
Three sets of handlebars
11 preset programs
Max Trainer Intelligence
Low impact cardio sessions
Up to four user profiles
No speakers or cooling fan
Requires monthly subscription
Size & Weight
This elliptical has a total of three pairs of handlebars. The handlebars that serve to activate your arms allow you to grip them in multiple ways. You can grab them sideways, horizontally, way at the top or as low as possible. The fixed handlebars sit below the mobile ones, and they have EKG sensors that track your heart rate. The third set of handlebars, the aero handlebars, sit above the console. If you're using them, the arms below will function as elbow rests. The top part of the aero handlebars can hold tablets and other devices, while the lower portion has resistance controls. Each set of handlebars is protected with a dense foam, giving you comfort and security.
The pulley drive relies on two heavy-duty belts. The main pulley is attached to the pedals and the handlebars via a crank. The second pulley is located in the middle of the machine, connecting the larger pulley to the flywheel. You will never need to lubricate the belts, and the noise they generate is almost non-existent, at least when compared to other ellipticals powered by a flywheel! The pulley system can be moved in two directions, allowing you to pedal both backward and forward.
This machine has a chest strap heart rate monitor, but if you're not comfortable with using this device, you can always rely on the handlebars to do that job. It also has 11 pre-set programs, and four users can create their profiles with their age, weight, and height. You can connect your Apple or Android device to it using Bluetooth, allowing you to save your data and upload it to the Bowflex app or to MyFitnessPal.