Looking for an alternative to the Bowflex Max machine? Bowflex Max Trainer is a hybrid stair climbing elliptical machine that combines lower body climbing movements with upper body elliptical arm bars for a full body workout.
The Max is great 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 on a regular elliptical.
But are there alternatives to Bowflex Max? Well about a year ago the answer was no – the Max was pretty unique and kudos to Bowflex for designing such a great fat burning trainer.
But the good news is that now you have options. Other brands have seen the success of Bowflex and have come up with their own options to build on the success of Max. So here are 3 of your options with the benefits for each:
#1 Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer
The Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer is an elliptical that combines a 10-inch vertical step with a 5-inch horizontal step for a vertical climbing motion, much like what you get on the Max Trainer.
It also gives you upper body arms for a full body workout and takes up half the space of 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 various HIIT workouts and lets you track your workouts over time).
You also get a built-in console fan to keep you cool and 24 resistance levels (which is a bit more than the Max Elliptical).
#2 Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer Pro
This is a step up from the previous Cardio HIIT Trainer, and my favorite option of all. It combines the same design as the Cardio HIIT Trainer, along with a full-color console and integrated touchscreen web browser.
So you can surf the net while exercising, 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 too. There is also a heavier flywheel for added stability.
Plus, it actually costs a few hundred less than the premium Max Trainer model. So it’s a great value.
Step by step Sole SC200 #3
This is another elliptical stepper combo with upper body arm bars for a total body workout.
It’s a bit simpler than the HIIT trainer or the Bowflex Max with a reduced console and a few less resistance levels than the HIIT trainer.
But it comes with several built-in workouts and a heart rate monitor with a grip to stay in your desired fat-burning zone. It also has wheels on the bottom of the stepper to easily move it anywhere in your home.
Those are 3 similar alternatives to the Bowflex Max Trainer. Each has its own unique benefits.
Don’t forget though, there are now 3 different Max Trainer models costing around $1100 and up, so chances are you’ll also find a Max Trainer that’s 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 increases over time. Then you will have a machine that you can use for years to come!