Bowflex Max Vs Elliptical - Which is Best For You?

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Published: 23rd July 2015
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Choosing between an elliptical and the Max trainer? How are they different? And which one should you choose?

While these two pieces of equipment are quite similar to each other - there are some definite differences between them. This article will rundown some of the main areas where they differ so you can make a more informed decision.

#1 How They Work

So to start off what is the Bowflex Max Trainer? This machine is a cross between an elliptical trainer and a stairclimber.

You still get the elliptical upper-body arms but the motion of the legs is less of a running movement - and more of a climbing stair stepping motion.

Unlike an elliptical machine, there is no backwards pedalling motion option.

#2 How Many Calories Does It Burn

The Max Trainer has the advantage here. In an independent study comparing the Max to treadmills, step machines and ellipticals, users on the Max burned up to 2.5 times more calories than any of these machines.

In fact, some people have burned up to 600 calories in 30 minutes. Contrast that to a standard 150 - 200 calories per half hour for an average elliptical workout and you'll see that you will lose weight faster on the Max trainer.

#3 Working Your Upper Body

While many ellipticals do have upper body bars to work your arms, the Max trainer actually was shown in lab studies to engage up to 80% more upper body muscles.

Tests in the lab also showed that it used more core and lower body muscles.

Basically this means you get more done in less time.

#4 High Intensity Training Workouts

While most ellipticals do come with a range of pre-built workout programs, the Max includes a specially designed 14-minutes high intensity training interval workout.

This is created to help you burn maximum calories in a very short time - which is great for busy, on the go people. And high-intensity training can also increase your calorie burning post workout.

So you get the "afterburn" effect of continuing to burn calories for up to 24 hours after you exercise.

#5 Footprint

Elliptical crosstrainers can be more compact than other fitness machines like the treadmill or rowing machine. But the Max comes in even smaller with a more compact footprint of 2.5 x 3.5 feet.

So it would be great if space is limited in your workout area.

So those are some of the main differences between the Max Trainer vs elliptical machines.

Elliptical trainers can give you wider variety of motion - and even workout programs. But the Bowflex Max is built to get you quicker fat loss results in less time. So it really depends on what you want to achieve with your fitness workouts.

Want to learn more? See a quick video review of the Bowflex Max Trainer here

Or watch the Best Weight Loss Ellipticals for the top 3 ellipticals that can help you burn more calories in less time.

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