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Treadmill Review

Last Updated: 4/28/2023

Bowflex created the Max Trainer series by combining the things we like most in the elliptical and the home treadmill - high-intensity cardio and low impact movements. The M6 is the middle-of-the-line machine in the Max Trainer series with more features than the M3, at almost double the cost. Read on to see what the M6 offers for a higher price point.

Classification: Elliptical

Price: $1699

Shipping Costs: $150-$249

App Subscription: $14.99/month (App subscription required)

A large selling feature of the Bowflex Max Trainer M6 is its compact size, which has a much smaller footprint than a standard home treadmill. This small home exercise machine is limited in its function but can still provide most users with a good cardio workout. While we classify the Bowflex Max Trainer M6 as an elliptical, it provides a more intense cardio workout than a standard elliptical. It has the added benefit of being a very low-impact cardio machine, making it a great alternative to even the best home treadmills for anyone with joint discomfort or other injuries exacerbated by a treadmill.

The Bowflex Max Trainer M6 is a great machine for these users:

  • Recovering from an injury
  • Dealing with recurring knee, back, foot, or other joint/bodily pains

More Benefits

Equipment That’s Lightweight and Easy To Move - Compared to other home cardio machines (treadmills, cable machines, etc) the M6 is relatively lightweight. It’s easy to move from one room to another. While you’ll want a dedicated space for storing the M6, should you choose to change your dedicated space from one room to another, it’s possible to move on your own.

The M6 Is Great For Users Uncomfortable With A Treadmill - Even home treadmills with exceptional cushioning can be uncomfortable for users with bad joints or old injuries. The M6 can provide a cardio workout that's more intense than an elliptical and less impacting than a treadmill.

Engage the Entire Body On The M6 - Max Trainers are designed to include each major muscle group during your workout. By incorporating arms and legs, the core is also naturally engaged. With full body workouts, you can burn more calories, strengthen connective tissue, and improve cardiovascular strength.

Great For Quiet Spaces - The M6 is a relatively quiet piece of home exercise equipment. With a smooth drive system, you can move rapidly without stomping on a tread belt or raising/lowering the incline.

Heart rate monitoring - The M6 comes with a free Bluetooth chest strap for heart rate monitoring.

Bowflex Max Trainer M6 Specs:

Resistance Levels: 16

On-board Workout Programs: 0 (App subscription required)

Bowflex Max Trainer App
Heart Rate Monitor: Handlebar Grips

Water Bottle Storage: Yes

Tablet Holder: Yes, Magnetic

Footprint: 46" L x 26" W x 64.2" H

Ceiling Height Requirements: User height + 15"

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Machine Weight: 148 lbs

Display: LCD Backlit, Burn-Rate display

User Profiles: 2

Fans: No

Speakers: No

Other Features:
  • Target-Zone & Burn-Rate Indicators
  • USB Charging Port
  • Bluetooth compatible for HR chest strap

Max Trainer Subscription Service

Max Trainer Subscription Service
Name: Max Intelligence Brief Description: Moderately sized library of instructor-led exercise classes. Pre-recorded workouts. Bowflex stresses in their marketing verbiage that this is an evolving service, growing to meet the demands of their customers. We’re looking forward to a more developed program for home exercise.

Cost: $/month. Free two-month trial comes with your purchase of a Bowflex Max Trainer M6 or M8, converts to a paid subscription after the trial period ends. $14.99 per month.

User Profiles: 2

Class Varieties: Max Trainer fitness classes

Community : N/A

Subscription Limitations: This product is still being tested by our reviews. Stay tuned for more information.

Additional Bowflex Services

Max Trainer M6 Delivery and Assembly

Standard delivery will bring the M6 to your home and leave in the first available covered spot (usually the garage). You can opt for in-home assembly which is $169 for the M6. With in-home assembly, the assemblymen will move your M6 to the location of your choice and then put the equipment together for you.

Bowflex Warranty Info

Standard M6 Warranty - Included With Purchase

2 Years Parts, 90 Days Labor

3-Year Bowflex Protection Plan - $149.00

3 Years Parts, 3 Years Labor

5-Year Bowflex Protection Plan - $179.00

5 Years Parts, 5 Years Labor

Extended warranties are available for purchase.

Bowflex Financing

Bowflex has created their own line of credit to offer customers financing. This credit line is based on credit approval but if you are approved, you can buy the M6 without a downpayment. Regular monthly payments are required. There is no interest if you pay off the balance within 18 months. Should you fail to pay the balance by the end of 18 months, 29.9% interest will be applied to your total purchase amount.

Bowflex Max Trainer M6 Limitations

  • Requires a monthly fee for subscription services.
  • Max Intelligence, $14.99 per month.
  • Low tech
  • Short warranty
  • No extras like speakers or fans.

Overall, the Max Trainer series is going to be a great home cardio solution for some users. The variety of ways you can use this machine are limited. But being a durable piece of equipment built by a well-known fitness brand, you can’t go wrong with this purchase.

If you want to see similarly priced home cardio equipment with more versatility and longer warranties, check out the reviews below.

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