Bowflex launched the Max Trainer M3 in December 2013. This is a cardio machine that has the motion of a elliptical and a stepper. It currently comes in just under $1,000 and is the entry level model of the Max Trainer series so it doesn't have some of the premium features which the M5 and M7 sport.
The Max Trainer M3 has a small footprint at 46" long by 25" wide, and 63" high. Since you travel up and down during your workout the ceiling height of the room you use it in needs to be at least your height plus 15 inches. The maximum user weight for the M3 is 300 lbs. It requires power so the included AC adaptor must be plugged in when the machine is in use.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M3 includes:
- 8 resistance levels
- LCD Display and speedometer
- 2 User Profiles
- 2 Programs (1 of which is manual)
- Integrated transport rollers
- Water holder and media shelf
How Does it Work
If you have used an elliptical before then you will find the Bowflex Max Trainer M3 pretty easy to use. It doesn't have the long stride of the traditional elliptical but what it does have is more of a step like motion which combined with the use of the ergonomically designed handle bars gives you a full body workout. The handles have 3 positions for your hands which allows you to tone different parts of your upper body.
When using a Max Trainer it is recommended you wear shoes and not use bare feet. To start you step onto the foot pads and grab onto the handle bars. You can then select the program you want. The M3 only comes with 2 programs. The Max Interval program which is the one designed for you to burn 2.5 time the normal calories in 14 minutes. This program even on the lowest resistance setting is hard work. You need to be in decent shape to complete it. The second program is a manual one which allows you to specify your own time and resistance levels.
The M3 comes with 8 resistance levels as well as a chest strap for the heart rate monitor. The main controls are on the upper control panel which allows you to turn the machine on or off, change the time, select which program you want, and to choose from 2 different user profiles. The resistance dial is integrated into the right grip which you turn to select the level you want. The back console contains the display which has a speedometer that shows your burn rate (calories per minute). On the speedometer it also shows your target zone with lights to show what rate you should be currently at. The LCD screen itself also shows how long you have been working out, your heart rate, total calories burned, distance travelled, and current resistance level.
Standard delivery for the M3 in the United States (contiguous) costs $100. It takes 2 to 10 business days to get the product ready and delivery adds about another 7 days. For an extra cost you can have the Max Trainer shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, and internationally. The assembled weight of the M3 is just shy of 150 lbs and is shipped in 2 boxes. One box contains the main body while the other has the handles, arms, foot pads, and the base.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M3 is priced at $999 plus shipping and taxes. You can also pay an additional $100 to have Bowflex put the M3 together for you.
Enter the following promo code at the Bowflex checkout to receive the offer (if available):
Promo Code: MAXBURNS - Save $50 on shipping your Bowflex Max Trainer M3
* All prices are in USD unless specified other wise. Prices, coupon codes, products offered, and product features last checked February 29, 2016.
Within 6 weeks of delivery if you are not satisfied with the Max Trainer M3 you can call the Bowflex Customer Service center to start the refund process. The refund does not include the shipping and handling charges.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M3 comes with a 1 year warranty. All parts including the frame and electronics are covered. Labor is only covered for 90 days. For more information please read your Bow Flex Max Trainer manual for full details.
For any problems you can contact Bowflex by a toll free phone number, live chat, and through email. They have a number of online videos and manuals which shows how to assemble the Max Trainer M3 and how to incorporate it into your fitness routine. Customer service is available Monday to Friday from 6am to 5 pm PST.
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