I'll make this short. I'm overweight. I started at 231 pounds, I'm 5'3" and a 38 year old female. I'm an off and on workout junkie but I always give up because I have no time to spend in exercise that I need. However, a friend bought this Bowflex Max Trainer and enticed me to join her. So I did. The first two weeks were hell. I was barely finishing 14 minutes.
I sweated like I've never had before. I couldn't even stand straight on it. I'm on week 4 now, I have built up so much strength in my legs, so now my stairs at home are a cake walk. I use manual mode ranging between 8-10 for 20 minutes now. The only thing I do extra is a speed walk jog on treadmill at home for 30 minutes. The max speed on treadmill is 3.5. It's Alternating 3.0 and 3.5 with a six minute warm up and then a cool down.
Here's the best part: in 2 weeks, my legs which had bulge are no longer swollen.
At week 4, my legs have not looked this nice since my early 20s! My inner thighs are amazing no workout ever did what this did for my inner and back thighs.
I'm hooked and I can not believe the results. Also, I had a large Fanny top, I could hold a cup there but now it's gone! Now my butt is rounding and table top is gone. I'm experiencing just amazing results on hips thighs and butt. This machine will be in my life from here on out. Hopefully someday I can afford my own.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I loved your review (written in August). How have you done since then?
I just got a Max Trainer M5 yesterday and I've been on it twice. I like it so far, and I feel motivated to do it twice a day. I'm 41 years old, 5'4" and 145 lbs. I'm not heavy, but I want to lose about 20 pounds by summertime. Since it's almost Christmas, I will wait until January 1st to start the diet part. We put the Max Trainer in our den where we spend most of our time and watch TV, so it will be easy to do it! I'm excited to get stronger and hopefully look better too.