Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Review

In your quest to improve your body’s insulin sensitivity, exercise  is paramount, and using the right equipment is critical to long term success, here we take a closer look at the popular Bowflex Max Trainer M5.

QUICK UPDATE  11/16: In the National Diabetes Month 2018, November, Bowflex has released an updated version of the M5 model, the new model is called M6, and has much to offer. Next week we will update the information here to reflect the new model and the new offerings from Bowflex. Stay tuned, and don’t miss out on Bowflex Black Friday deals coming next week.

If you are trying to get in shape, whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or both, you know how dreadfully awful it can be. It can seem impossible at times, but your problem might have a pretty simple solution- the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Review. This machine is crazy popular, so I figured it was time to try it out for myself, my full review is below.

Top Features/ Specs Reviewed

  • Weight: 143 lbs.
  • Weight Limit: 300 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • 8 Workout Programs
    A common reason people hit a wall with their fitness goals is because they do the same workout every day, so their body gets used to it and is no longer being challenged. However, the Bowflex M5 has 8 unique preset workout programs, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs on a given day and also vary your workout. The workout programs included are: Max Interval, Smart Max Interval, Calorie Burn, Fat Burn, Calorie Goal, Stairs, Steady State, and Fitness Test. Or you can use manual mode and workout however you want.
  • Syncs with Free Max Trainer® App
    When you buy the Bowflex Max Trainer M5, it’s a good idea to download the totally free Max Trainer app. It is available on Android and iOS devices and is a very powerful tool. From the app, you can customize fitness goals and track your progress. You can also stream video from professional trainers and even get one on one training as a trial. After the trial you have to pay for content from the professional trainers, but you can always set and track your goals with the app so it is always useful.
  • Digital Display
    The Bowflex Max Trainer M5 also features an easy to read backlit display, so you can see your stats in real time. The display shows things like how long you’ve been working out, how many calories you’ve burned, your heart rate, and the intensity of your workout. This can help you stay motivated to meet your goals since you can see your progress.
  • Heart Rate Monitors
    Working out is all about getting your heart pumping and your heart rate up. With two ways to track your heart rate, this machine makes it super easy to keep an eye on your heart rate to meet goals and monitor your safety. The M5 has heart rate monitors built into the grips on the handles, which I like because you’re probably already using the handles anyway. It also comes with a chest strap that can monitor your heart rate, this can be good if you don’t plan on using the handles much.

Bowflex Max Trainer M5 – First Impressions

When I first got my Bowflex Max Trainer M5 I was excited to use it, not so much to assemble it. Still, I unboxed it right away and got to work. What seemed at first to be a daunting task wasn’t really that bad with the easy to follow instructions that are included with the machine. The whole thing ended being a lot more compact than I thought, so I was glad because I was worried about storage, it is just over 2 feet wide,25”, and under 4 feet long, so it doesn’t take up too much space. Once it was all set up I plugged it in and decided to give it a go.

I played around with all the workout programs and finally settled on the Max Interval workout, which is just 14 minutes long, and by the time I was done I was sweating bullets. I didn’t expect the workout to be so intense, but that’s the whole point, so I was very pleased. Over the next few weeks I tried out the various workout programs, but when I’m in a hurry, the Max Interval workout is always my favorite. I love the digital display because I love seeing exactly how many calories I’m burning. Watching the number tick up is such a good motivator for me, it just makes me want to keep going.

Needless to say, the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 made a very positive first impression on me, and others; here and here, but it takes more than first impressions to see actual results, keep reading for my final verdict.

Max M5 Pros

  • Bluetooth 4.0 compatible
  • The water bottle holder can double as a media shelf for your phone or tablet
  • Creates a full body burn
  • 16 resistance levels
  • You can see exactly how many calories you have burned
  • Easy to userrsrsrsrs
  • The padding on the grips makes it comfortable while using
  • Burns 2.5 times more calories

Trainer Downsides

  • It’s an investment, not something most people can afford to buy on a whim
  • You must have somewhere to store it
  • You must assemble it; or you can purchase professional in-home assembly

Bowflex Max Trainer M5 – Final Verdict

In the end, this machine gets two big thumbs up from me. After using the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 for a few months, I have seen definitive results. I haven’t met my long term fitness goals, but I have met countless short term goals and continue to do so. The hardest part of losing weight with this machine is just sticking to your routine. It’s a whole lot easier to watch TV than it is to work out, but if you actually stay motivated and use the machine regularly, and maintain a healthy diet, you will see results.

I won’t lie and say the Bowflex makes exercising as fun as eating ice cream, but it does make it easy to track your progress, which is perfect for goal oriented people like myself. For those reasons, I highly recommend the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 for people who are serious about getting into shape.

Further reading:

If you’re serious about your health, it is more than worth the initial cost of the machine, which can scare people off at first. However, you’re really investing in your future, which is hard to put a price on. Feed-back is appreciated.

Sole E25 and Sole E35 Elliptical Mini Review

It’s no secret that exercise helps improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin, (which is of out most importance for people living with diabetes), for exercise at home we believe elliptical machines are a good choice, and in this mini review we take a closer look at the Sole E25 elliptical and the Sole E35 elliptical, both from Sole Fitness.

This is the first review in a series of reviews that we plan to publish during 2017/2018. Happy reading!

Sole Elliptical Machines have always been extremely popular in the market. These machines come with innovative technologies and features to make sure you are able to improve your overall health and fitness. However, it can be difficult to choose between Sole E25 and Sole E35. Thus, a post about Sole E25 and the Sole E35 ellipticals can prove to be beneficial. Let us first explain the features and functioning of Sole E35 and proceed to Sole E25.

Why Purchase Sole E35 Elliptical?

The Sole E35 Elliptical offers a substantial and smooth workout with a wide range of preset programs, differing ramp angles and 16 resistance levels. When you purchase this product, you won’t miss even a single workout session. You will love the fact that it allows you to tailor two different user profiles to your specific workout needs. Find more pictures here and more information here, or contact us here.


E35 Key Features Reviewed

The product offers a wide range of innovative features, which make it one of the most effective and popular workout machines in the market. Some of the key features of the elliptical machine have been listed below :

  • The Sole E35 elliptical comes with a heavy 25 pound flywheel offers smooth performance
  • Power incline for more resistance
  • Vibrant LCD display to track distance, time, resistance and calories
  • Integrated sound system
  • Custom designed foot pedals
  • Built in cooling fans

Sole E35 – What Will You Like?

A major benefit of this machine is that you can easily adjust the stride length. When you’re able to adjust the stride, it allows you to tailor the machine as per your needs, requirements and preferences. You will be able to exercise in a convenient and comfortable position.

The elliptical machine provides you with 10 preset programs. These also include the two programs you can set yourself. These workouts allow you to strengthen your muscles and build endurance. The machine comes with 16 resistance levels. It can help you determine the intensity of your workout.

In addition to this, Sole Fitness E35 also allows you to change the ramp angle. The incline can range from flat to about 30 degrees. This offers a wide range of workout options, and allows you to focus on many different muscle groups.

When you’re working out, you can easily track the distance traveled, number of calories burned, time and more. All the statistics are clearly visible on the blue LCD display screen. While using the elliptical machine, you can even track your heart rate. You just need to grab the stationary handlebars and use the sensors. You can even monitor the pulse by wearing the chest strap.

The Sole Fitness E35 elliptical features a heavy 29 pound flywheel. This adds to the stability and sturdiness of your workouts. You will have an exceptional workout experience. It is worth mentioning that the machine is more than 2 feet wide, 5 feet long and 5 feet high. Thus, it’s very easy to store. In addition to this, the machine can easily handle individuals up to 300 pounds in weight.

Cons – Some customers don’t like that the machine comes with just 10 preset workouts. This is less than the average workouts in most elliptical machines. However, you still won’t get bored with so many workout options.

Sole Fitness offers an excellent warranty package. You get lifetime warranty on the frame, and 5 year warranty on the parts. You also get 2 years warranty on the labor. Sole Fitness provides you with exceptional customer service. While using the machine, you don’t need to worry about anything.

Why Purchase Sole E25 Elliptical?

When it comes to the Sole E25 and the E35 elliptical machines, it’s worth mentioning that the Sole E25 elliptical is an excellent choice. Just like E35, even this one comes with a wide range of innovative features to provide you with an excellent workout. Find more pictures here and more information here, or contact us here.


E25 Key Features Reviewed

  • The Sole E25 elliptical comes with a backlit LCD display to track essential data
  • Power adjustable stride
  • Chest strap heart and pulse rate monitoring
  • ECB resistance and built-in fan
  • Lifetime warranty on frame

Sole E25 – What Will Your Like?

It’s worth mentioning that the machine comes with an easy and convenient to use electronic console. It features a vibrant LCD blue back-lit display. In addition to this, the machine also features a water bottle holder and built-in cooling fan. The console also comes with built-in speakers that allow you to plug in any iPod, MP3 player and other such options.

The whisper quiet drive system offers fluid natural motion. The machine can function in both reverse and forward motion. It also features a powerful 25 pound flywheel with a high gear ration. These features aren’t available on other models in this price range. They make the elliptical very smooth with lots of resistance at the front end of the machine. This ensures a tough and challenging workout.

Sole E25 also comes with a high-end power incline feature. It offers more resistance with variable positions for a wide range of workouts. You just need to press a single button to raise the incline level to a desired position. The best part is that the ramp angle is adjustable to 20 different levels. This allows you to target all the major muscle groups in your lower body. Sole E25 also provides you with a good upper body workout.

The machine comes with stationary handle bars with advanced pulse sensors, which monitor your heart rate. There’s also an optional heart rate chest strap for more accurate results. The company has used oversized foot pedals to ensure a comfortable workout. The pedals were designed with one of the most renowned sports enthusiast and physical therapist.

Company’s engineers have also designed a 2 degree inward slope to the oversized foot pedals. This reduces knee and ankle stress, which is common with other ellipticals in the market. The wheels ride on advanced, heavy duty rails to provide you with a smoother workout sessions.

Cons – Some people think that it’s better to purchase the revamped model, i.e, Sole E35. There are critics with an opinion that the machine hasn’t been manufactured from durable materials. However, in this price range, it’s a great choice.

Sole E25 & E35 Mini – Review Conclusion

The innovative features of these products make them the best elliptical machines in the market. Almost every, but not all, Sole Fitness Elliptical Machine review has praised and appreciated these products for their effectiveness.

Further reading:

Since different people have different body types and workout routines, you need to purchase the machine that suits your specific needs, requirements and budget. Choose the Sole E25 elliptical if you’re on a budget, choose the Sole E35 elliptical otherwise.