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Bowflex M8 Max Trainer Treadmill Review

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How long will the Bowflex M8 Max Trainer last?

The Bowflex M8 Max Trainer has a decent 148 lb. weight when fully assembled and holds users up to a maximum of 300 lbs. It is best suited for moderate use and will last for more than a few years with proper care and maintenance. Bowflex has a rather low warranty on the Max Trainer M8 with 3 years on the frame and parts and 90 days on labor which is substandard to say the least.

Brief Overview

The Bowflex M8 Max Trainer is a pleasant blend of an elliptical and stepper machine which offers interval training and a connection to the outside world with JRNY™ app compatibility. The M8 has a compact frame that takes up less space than typical exercise machines and is a great investment for those looking to climb their way to fitness glory.

Overall Quality

The Bowflex M8 Max Trainer has a sturdy upright frame and 20 resistance levels for raising the intensity each workout session. Multi-grip handles move with each climbing step to assist in upper body toning while fixed handlebars gather heartrate information displayed on a dual LCD/LED screen with a distinctive calorie burn rate display. There are 29 built in programs that target building cardio and dissipating stubborn fat during exercise regimes. The console also keeps up with 4 individual profiles and a connection to the JRNY™ app for sharing performance stats for adaptive future workouts and trekking through over 50 world-wide locations during workout fun. The M8 also includes a media rack for streaming devices and a USB port for keeping them charged during exercise use.

Things we like

  • innovative frame
  • Bowflex JRNY™ compatible
  • small footprint
  • 29 programs

Things we dislike

  • X
    Lots of plastic


Dimensions 47.9" L x 30.8" W x 65.2" H (122 x 78 x 166 cm)
Minimum Ceiling Height User height + 15" (38 cm)
Maximum User Weight 300 lbs (136 kg)
Assembled Weight 148 lbs (67 kg) (Integrated transport rollers included)
Power Source Included AC Adapter
Compact / Folding yes
Incline N/A
Stride Length N/A
Flywheel magnetic and fan based resistance
Programs 29
Fan no


3 years—Frame & Parts
90 days—Labor


We invite you to see our elliptical reviews to help you narrow your search for your next fitness machine.


The Bowflex M8 Max Trainer is a great combination machine with quality components and a distinct frame. The blend of stepper and elliptical exercise along with the connection to the JRNY™ network keeps the M8 competitive with models that contain huge interactive display screens and better warranty coverage.