Bowflex MaxTrainer Alternatives - Alternative Ellipticals To the Bowflex Max Trainer
Looking for a Bowflex MaxTrainer alternative machine? The Bowflex Max Trainer is a hybrid elliptical
trainer-stair climber machine that combines lower body climbing motions with upper body elliptical arm bars for a
full body workout.
The MaxTrainer is excellent for HIIT workouts (or High Intensity Interval Training) and according to the
Manufacturer, you can burn up to 2.5 times more calories on the Max Trainer than you can on a regular
But are there any alternatives to the Bowflex MaxTrainer? Well, about a year ago, the answer was no - the
MaxTrainer was pretty unique and kudos to Bowflex for designing such a cool, fat-burning trainer.
But the good news is that now you have options. Other brands have seen the success of Bowflex and come out with
their own options to build on the MaxTrainer's success. So here are 3 of your options with the benefits to
#1 Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer
The Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer is an elliptical that combines a 10 inch vertical stride with a 5 inch
horizontal stride for a vertical climbing motion - very similar to what you get with the Max Trainer.
It also gives you upper body arms for whole body training and takes up half the space as a regular elliptical.
Plus it comes with a few things you don't get with the Bowflex trainer - like the option for iFit LIVE (which adds
more workouts to your trainer including several HIIT workouts and lets you track your workouts over time).
You also get a built-in console fan to keep you cool and 24 levels of resistance (which is slightly more than
the MaxTrainer Elliptical).
#2 Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer Pro
This is a step up from the Cardio HIIT Trainer above, and my favorite option of all. It combines the same design
of the Cardio HIIT Trainer - along with a full color console and built-in, touch screen web browser.
So you can surf the net as you workout, read the latest business news or watch YouTube videos for fun.
It gives you more levels of resistance than the HIIT trainer - so there's more room to grow as well. There's
also a heavier flywheel for added stability.
Plus it's actually a few hundred less than the premium Max Trainer model. So it's a great value.
#3 Sole SC200 Stepper
This is another combo stepper-elliptical trainer with upper body arm bars for a whole body
It's a bit simpler than the HIIT Trainer or the Bowflex MaxTrainer with a scaled down console and a few less
resistance levels than the HIIT trainer.
But it does come with several built-in workouts and a hand grip heart rate monitor to stay in your target
fat-burning zone. You also get wheels on the bottom of the stepper to move it to anywhere in your home easily.
So those are 3 similar alternatives to the Bowflex Max Trainer. Each one has its own unique benefits.
Don't forget however there are now 3 different Max Trainer models staring around $1100 and up - so chances are
you may also find a Max Trainer that is right for you if you decide that's what you want.
Remember to take your time, do your research and find a machine you really love - one that can grow with you as
your fitness level grows over time. Then you'll have a machine you can use for years to come!
Freestride Trainer Vs Bowflex MaxTrainer - What's the Difference
Trying to choose between the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer vs Bowflex MaxTrainer? Wondering which is the best
machine for your home?
These are two very popular elliptical-type machines that help you get better results than a standard elliptical
trainer. And coming in around the same price range means a lot of people are trying to decide between the two.
This article will give you a rundown of the main differences between the two to help you find the right option
#1 Type of Motion
These two machines give you two very different types of exercise motion. The Freestride Trainer is more like an
You can go forward and back. You even can change the slope of the elliptical pathway with incline and
But unlike a typical elliptical trainer which has a set stride length, you can actually vary your stride with
the Freestride trainer. So you can do short stair-stepping motions, longer running strides or even longer hurdling
So you get to constantly change up the motion, leading to less adaptation and more calories burned.
The Bowflex MaxTrainer gives you more of a stair-climbing motion - with elliptical-style moving arm bars to tone
your upper body.
You don't have as much flexibility to vary your movements as with the Freestride trainer but you do have a
high-calorie burning workout that really works your lower body and core muscles.
#2 Workout Program Options
While this varies depending on the model of MaxTrainer or Freestride Trainer that you choose, in general you get
a few more built-in workouts with the Freestride trainer than with the MaxTrainer.
However all MaxTrainer models do come with the famous 14 minute high intensity workout built in.
This workout is part of what makes the MaxTrainer so popular - and effective. It's a high intensity interval
workout designed to get you maximum calorie burn in minimum time - and even keep you burning calories post workout
#3 Calories Burned
The MaxTrainer has the slight edge here - but only because Bowflex has had the foresight to actually do the lab
testing of their machine.
With the MaxTrainer you can burn up to 2.5 times more calories than a stairclimber, treadmill or elliptical.
MaxTrainer users in a fitness trial actually burned up to 600 calories in 30 minutes, which is amazing.
This doesn't mean you can't burn more calories on a Freestride trainer than on an elliptical. In fact you
probably can (because you're not acclimating to one set stride - and you're always challenging your body).
But so far Nordictrack is not really publishing calories burned results yet. So there's no hard data to stand on
and compare against the MaxTrainer.
I always like to look at the console of a machine because, let's face it, you're going to be looking at it a lot
during your workout. So you want to see just what you'll be looking at (i.e. is it backlit, easy to read, easy to
The Bowflex MaxTrainer models come with various consoles but for the most part you get easy-to-read feedback
with an intuitive layout.
There's even an intensity meter that lets you engage and really challenge yourself to go further. However there
aren't a lot of toys or extras on the console.
On the other hand the Freestride Trainer console is backlit and easy to read as well - but you get a lot of toys
For example the FS7 and FS9 models come with full-color, touch-screen consoles with web browsers. So you can
surf the net, watch YouTube videos or read emails as you workout. Very cool.
You also get a built-in jack for your iPod or mp3 player with console speakers to listen to your favorite
While the price range is in the same ballpark, the MaxTrainer does start out a bit cheaper, with a starter model
coming in around $1200 and going up from there.
As of this writing the most affordable Freestride Trainer comes in around $1599. So if you're on a budget, then
the MaxTrainer might be right up your alley.
So those are some of the main differences between the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer vs Bowflex Max. They both
have a lot of advantages over standard elliptical trainers.
It really comes down to what you want, your budget and your workout goals.