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Treadmill Review

Last Updated: 4/28/2022

The Max Trainer series from Bowflex combines the low-impact perks of an elliptical with the cardio intensity of a home treadmill. Using the M8 resembles both an elliptical and a stair stepper, giving you the best of both worlds. Bowflex is currently working on improving their home fitness app, Max Intelligence. It pairs with the M6 and the M8 to give users a personal trainer and gym cardio class experience from the privacy of their own home.


Classification: Elliptical

Price: $2299

Shipping Costs: $150-$249

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


The intensity of the M8 is described by many to be more than that of a standard elliptical while being gentler on joints than running on a treadmill. It’s a great alternative for anyone who is uncomfortable on a treadmill, recovering from an injury but still in need of intense cardio, or new to fitness. The Max Trainer M8 fits in most residential spaces and is easy to transport when compared to full-sized ellipticals and treadmills.


The Bowflex Max Trainer M8 provides a great cardio workout for these users:

  • Those recovering from an injury
  • Anyone dealing with recurring knee, back, foot, or other joint/bodily pains
  • New to fitness and intense cardio

More Benefits

Lightweight Home Cardio Machine - Should you need to move the M8 to another room or a new house, it’s easy to transport. At only 148 pounds, the M8 can be wheeled from room to room if it needs to be moved.


Less Impact Than A Treadmill - Just like a standard elliptical, a Max Trainer is really low-impact. Movements on this cardio machine are very gentle on joints and connective tissue.


Work The Entire Body with One Cardio Machine - Using arms and legs together to move the M8 provides the entire body with an intense cardio and strength conditioning workout.


Avoid Disturbing Other Household Members On The M8 - Max Trainers are quieter than most treadmills. You can exercise while others watch tv, sleep, read, or converse in the same room without distracting them.


Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitoring - The M8 comes with a free Bluetooth chest strap for heart rate monitoring.


Bowflex Max Trainer M8 Specs:

Resistance Levels: 16


On-board Workout Programs: 0, App subscription required

  On-board Workout Programs  

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 M8 Delivery and Assembly

The standard delivery process that comes with your purchase will have delivery men drop off the unassembled M8 at your residence. They will put it in a covered spot closest to their truck. They WILL NOT take it into your home (maybe the garage). But if you purchase in-home delivery and assembly, you can direct the delivery men to put the M8 anywhere you’d like and then they will assemble to product for you. In-home delivery is an additional $169 for M8.


Bowflex Warranty Info

Standard M8 Warranty - Included with purchase. 3 Years Parts, 90 Days Labor 3-Year Bowflex Protection Plan - $169.00 3 Years Parts, 3 Years Labor 5-Year Bowflex Protection Plan - $219.00 5 Years Parts, 5 Years Labor Extended warranties are available for purchase.


Bowflex Financing

Bowflex offers financing in the form of a Bowflex Credit Card. Financing is based on credit approval. You can purchase the M8, if you are approved, with $0 down and make regular monthly payments. No interest is added to the total purchase price if full balance is paid within 18 months. 29.9% interest will be applied to your total purchase amount is you do not pay the balance in full prior to the 18-month deadline.


Bowflex Max Trainer M8 Limitations

  • Requires a monthly fee for subscription services. The machine has zero pre-set workout programs.
    • Max Intelligence, $14.99 per month.
  • Low tech
  • Overpriced for the product.
  • Limited use cardio machine.
  • No extras like speakers or fans.

There will be some users who love the M8 and some who don’t. If you’re only interested in ellipticals and that form of cardio, then it might be a great option for you. The machine is built well and the M8 offers a comfortable standard warranty should problems arise. But if you’re interested in seeing what other types of cardio equipment you could purchase at this price point, read reviews of our favorite equipment below. You may be surprised to see what $2244 can get you.


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