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Bowflex MAX Trainer M5

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Bowflex MAX Trainer M5 Reviews & Videos

We took a look online and discovered 175 customer reviews of the Bowflex MAX Trainer M5. Overall, this cardio machine scored 4.6 out of 5.

The M5 is the middle-of-the-road option and scored higher than the M3 and M7 (4.4 and 4.5, respectively). If you want to find out more about what each model offers, simply check out our Bowflex MAX Trainer Buying Guide.

You may also wish to compare prices and read reviews for the latest upgrade to this model – the brand new MAX Trainer M6.

PROS:
  • Low impact, and great for users with joint problems such as arthritis
  • While some reviewers report it as being “flimsy”, the vast majority disagree, pointing out the heavy-duty commercial strength steel frame as an example
  • Very easy to assemble – should take around an hour – give or take. Don’t invest in the installation, as everyone who did say that it was not necessary
  • Smooth and quiet operation
  • The use of arms in the exercises make it feel more like a total body workout

CONS:
  • An internal bolt fell out after just three uses. On inspection, all three bolts for the belt wheel were loose.
  • Belt wheel is made from plastic – not great, considering the price and advertised quality of the product
  • The display screen is a little bit low according to some users
  • The bottle holder is hard to reach – could have been better positioned
  • Sometimes lots of hand adjustment is needed to get a proper reading from the heart rate monitor

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Bowflex MAX Trainer M5 Features & Benefits

  • 16 resistance levels: easily adjusted with one-touch buttons located on both the console and handlebars.
  • 9 workout programmes: Max 14 Minute Interval, Power Interval, Fitness Test, Manual, Stairs, Calorie Burn, Steady Pace, Calorie Goal, Fat Burn.
  • Pedals: upgraded – these are better than the standard ones on the M3, but not as large as the Sport performance stainless steel pedals you’ll find on the M7.
  • Premium grips: ergonomic grips – these are better than the standard grips of the M3 but not as good as the advanced commercial-grade + Aero Bar handlebars of the M7.
  • User profiles: 2 vs 4 on the M7
  • Burn rate dial – displays your personalised burn rate target against your actual burn rate – a great motivational tool!
  • Interactive blue backlit display. View your important workout stats such as calories burned, speed, time, distance and heart rate.
  • Bluetooth technology – sync your machine to the free Max Trainer App for more technical workout tracking.
  • Media shelf/tablet holder
  • Water bottle holder: no cardio machine would be complete without a trusty water bottle holder!
  • Compact: small footprint makes this machine perfect for home gyms and those with smaller space availability.
  • Dimensions – 117.1 x 63.5 x 159.8 cm (L x W x H)
  • Warranty: home use; 2 years parts and labour.

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Additional information

Specification: Bowflex MAX Trainer M5

Brand

Bowflex

Resistance Levels

16

Display Type

Backlit

User Profiles

2

Version

M5

Display/Console Features

Bluetooth, Calories, Distance, Heart Rate, Speed, Time

Features

Tablet/Phone holder, Display, Resistance, Water Bottle Holder

Max User Weight

136 kg

Product Weight

65 kg

Bowflex MAX Trainer M5 Videos

Owner's Manual

Owner's Manual

Click to check out the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Owner’s Manual.

Reviews (175)

175 reviews for Bowflex MAX Trainer M5

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