Which Is Best For You?
These are two popular, hybrid elliptical-stair-climber machines.
They’re ideal for high intensity interval training. Studies have shown that this is one of the best ways to train and burn more calories – even post workout.
They also have a few major benefits over standard elliptical trainers.
For example, they’re more compact in size and can engage more core and upper body muscle groups, giving you a more effective workout.
The Bowflex Max was introduced first about 4 years ago and was so popular they couldn’t keep it in stock the first Christmas it was out.
The Proform HIIT trainer came out last year and is definitely giving the Max Trainer a run for the money.
So how are they different?
And which is best for you?
This post will give you a rundown of the key differences between the Max Trainer and the Proform HIIT trainer machines.
You can then choose the best one for you. So let’s get started!
Max Trainer vs Proform HIIT – Price
The Max Trainer currently has 3 different models that range from about $1000 to $2299.
The models vary in terms of console features and premium construction – but the design that made the Max Trainer famous is still pretty much the same on all three models. You can compare them – and get a Free Promo code to save at the Manufacturer here.
The Proform HIIT trainer currently comes in 2 different models – the main one that sells for around $999 and the premium “PRO” version (seen below) that goes for around $1499 (however at the stores, they can retail for as much as $2499). You can get the lower prices and Free Shipping on either HIIT Trainer by clicking here.
So basically the prices start around the same point. The Bowflex premium model runs a bit higher than the Proform premium model however ($2299 vs $1499).
Max Trainer vs Proform HIIT Trainer – Console
The consoles vary across Max Trainer and HIIT Trainer models. However Bowflex Max consoles are not as fancy as the Proform HIIT consoles and they don’t come with as many bells and whistles (like built-in fans, iPod docks, scrolling message boards etc.).
The Max Trainer M5 and M7 consoles (seen above and below) are backlit, making it easy to read your workout stats (the M3 console is not backlit). And you also get the calorie burn meter (that kind of looks like a speedometer) that can be very motivating to burn more calories as you workout.
They also have shelves for your tablet which many people don’t realize. So you can watch movies or TV shows as you workout.
You also get several built-in workout programs with each model including the famous Bowflex 14-minute high intensity workout (that Bowflex claims is all you need to see results).
The console on the Proform HIIT Trainer is also backlit and easy to read (seen below) – with a few more built-in workouts than Bowflex Max Trainers. It also has a tablet holder above the console.
The Proform HIIT Trainer PRO model however outdoes them all.
It has a full-color touch screen console with built in web browser (and tablet holder above the console as well.) So you can see your workout results in full color – or go online and surf the web as you workout, very cool. It also makes watching iFit LIVE scenery (more on that below) much more fun and interesting.
Bowflex Max vs Proform HIIT Trainer – Calories Burned
The Max trainer actually wins out here – not because their trainers are necessarily better – but because Bowflex has done the studies and trials to prove that their machine burns 2.5 times more calories than other machines.
For example, some trial Max trainer users burned up to 600 calories in 30 minutes – which is amazing.
They also have the amazing before and after pics and the studies that prove you engage more core and upper body muscles using the Max Trainer.
Proform isn’t really pushing the whole “More Calories Burned” message yet. However this may just be an example of better marketing on the part of Bowflex – not a better machine.
Still, if you want proven calorie-burning results, then the Max Trainer is the better option.
Max Trainer vs Proform HIIT – Online Tracking
The Bowflex Max M5 and M7 models have free Bluetooth tracking and you can sync your workout results with the free Bowflex App or other popular fitness apps. This can be really motivating when you see how far you’ve come.
Proform has their own online tracking option called iFit. But it goes a lot further and gives you a lot more than standard Bluetooth tracking you get with the Max Trainer.
You can download new workouts – including several HIIT workouts to your trainer with iFit. You can also run famous trails all over the world – from Paris to Hawaii and see real landmarks pass you by in the console (or tablet) screens. This can add some virtual reality fun to your workouts.
The downside to iFit is that it’s a paid subscription service – starting around $9 a month.
Bowflex Max vs Proform HIIT – Other Differences
The Bowflex Max Trainer is a bit more compact than the Proform HIIT trainer, measuring about 46 x 25 inches. The HIIT trainer footprint is about 66 x 30 inches. Not a huge difference but something you may want to know.
Another plus you get with the Max Trainer that you don’t get with the HIIT trainer is the HIIT workouts – they come built in with the machine. The HIIT trainer does come with built-in workouts – but you have to get iFit to get the HIIT workouts.
Finally if you get your Bowflex Max trainer through the Manufacturer here, you can get 8 weeks of Free Streaming workouts from the Daily Burn.
In addition to the streaming workouts, you’ll also have access to the full library of Daily Burn content – over 600 workout videos including HIIT cardio, yoga, strength training, dance and more – which is a very cool deal.
So which is better in the Max Trainer vs Proform HIIT debate? Well, the design itself is very similar with both machines.
And they both give you the benefits of engaging more lower body muscles than a regular elliptical (because of the climbing motion vs a running motion). So you’ll burn more calories than a standard elliptical with either machine.
While the Proform HIIT trainer has more sophisticated consoles (with a few more toys and built-in workouts), the Max Trainer has the proven calorie-burning benefits and 8 weeks of free streaming workouts. It’s also a bit more compact than the HIIT trainer.
So at the end of the day it depends on what you want – and which machine gets you the most excited about using it!
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