Trying to decide between Bowflex Max Trainer vs. a treadmill? The Bowflex Max is a new type of elliptical climber that is extremely popular right now.
But the treadmill is still the most popular type of fitness equipment overall, and it also offers you some definite advantages.
So which one is better for you? Here’s a review of 5 key differences between the Bowflex Max Trainer and a treadmill to help you decide:
#1 Calorie Burn
The Bowflex Max has the upper hand here. In studies conducted in the Bowflex laboratory, Trainer Max burned to 2.5 times more calories than a treadmill (or a regular elliptical or stair climber).
In fact, test users burned up to 600 calories in 30 minutes. Compare that to about 100 to 200 calories in 30 minutes you burn on a treadmill (depending on incline, speed, etc.), and it’s a big difference.
Again, Trainer Max’s wins here are fine. Treadmills (especially when used for running) are very high impact. The force on your joints from landing on the belt can strain your hips, knees, back, and ankles.
However, the Max trainer has almost no impact as your feet don’t leave the pedals in motion. In fact, according to the manufacturer, running on a treadmill produces up to 200% more impact than working out on the Max.
So if you’re more prone to injuries or leg cramps, the Max is a great option.
#3 Entertainment/Tracking Options
This is a tie, perhaps with a treadmill (depending on the model) having a slight advantage.
While the Bowflex Max trainer comes with several built-in workouts (including the main 14-minute high-intensity training interval), a treadmill in general tends to give you more workouts and entertainment options.
For example, you can find treadmills with built-in iPod docks, televisions, and even a web browser on the console.
On the other hand though, the Max Trainer M5 comes with Bluetooth and you can sync and track your results with its app to see how far you’ve come. So there is good tracking ability with the M5.
#4 Ease of use
The treadmill has a bit of an advantage here. Walking on a treadmill is so simple that almost anyone can do it, regardless of age, weight, or level of coordination.
Even if you’ve never exercised before and are just starting out, you can use a treadmill. Start slow and gradually work your way up as your fitness level increases.
The Max Trainer can also be used slowly; however, it is a bit more intense than a simple walking workout. Also, newbies may take a while to get used to the move.
#5 upper body
Coach Max wins here, hands down. With a treadmill, there’s really no way to work your upper body unless you buy hand weights and use them while walking.
The Max trainer has movable arm bars (similar to elliptical arm bars) that help you work your arms. Testing in the Bowflex lab showed that the Max arms connected up to 80% more upper body muscles than even a traditional elliptical.
So what is the bottom line of the Bowflex Max Trainer versus a treadmill?
Well, it basically depends on you and what you are looking for. A treadmill can give you an easy workout with lots of fun entertainment and tracking options. It’s a great option for people who have never exercised before and are just starting out.
However, the Max Trainer has a much lower impact than a treadmill and can burn much more calories in less time. Therefore, you will see faster weight loss results on the Max than on a treadmill.
Plus, you’ll also be able to work and tone your upper body much more easily than you would on a treadmill.
Again, it depends on your goals and preferences. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to take your time, go at your own pace, and consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Good luck!