Bowflex Max Trainer Alternatives

Looking for a Bowflex Max alternative machine?  In this article we will  consider three other Bowflex Max Trainer alternatives.

Bowflex Max Alternatives - Alternative Ellipticals To the Bowflex Max Trainer

The Bowflex Max Trainer is a hybrid elliptical trainer-stair climber machine that combines lower body climbing motions with upper body elliptical arm bars for a full body workout.

The Max is excellent 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 you can on a regular elliptical.

But are there any alternatives to the Bowflex Max?  Well, not that long ago, the answer was no – the Max was pretty unique and kudos to Bowflex for designing such a cool, fat-burning trainer.

But the good news is that now you have options. Other brands have seen the success of Bowflex and come out with their own options to build on the Max’s success.

Bowflex Max Alternatives - Alternative Ellipticals To the Bowflex Max Trainer

So here are 3 of your options with the benefits to each:

#1 Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer

The Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer is an elliptical that combines a 10 inch vertical stride with a 5 inch horizontal stride for a vertical climbing motion – very similar to what you get with the Max Trainer.

It also gives you upper body arms for whole body training and takes up half the space as 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 several HIIT workouts and lets you track your workouts over time).

You also get a built-in console fan to keep you cool and 24 levels of resistance (which is slightly more than the Max Elliptical).

#2 Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine

This Schwinn 470 elliptical machine boasts an enhanced Bluetooth, plus a blue backlit LCD, displaying 29 workout programs.

Another feature is 25 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options.

 Plus it’s actually a few hundred less than the premium Max Trainer model. So it’s a great value.

Bowflex Max Alternatives - Alternative Ellipticals To the Bowflex Max Trainer

#3 Sole SC200 Stepper

The Sole SC200 Stepper is another combo stepper-elliptical trainer with upper body arm bars for a whole body workout.

It’s a bit simpler than the HIIT Trainer or the Bowflex Max with a scaled down console and a few less resistance levels than the HIIT trainer.

But it does come with several built-in workouts and a hand grip heart rate monitor to stay in your target fat-burning zone. You also get wheels on the bottom of the stepper to move it to anywhere in your home easily.

So those are 3 similar alternatives to the Bowflex Max Trainer. Each one has its own unique benefits.

Don’t forget however there are now 3 different Max Trainer models starting around $1100 and up – so chances are you may also find a Max TrainerS] that is right for you if you decide that’s what you want. 

Sorry to say, they are not available on Amazon, however. so if you find them, delivery may be extra.

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 grows over time. Then you’ll have a machine you can use for years to come!

Other forms of exercise equipment that I have recommended in the past include:

Do you have any comments or observations to add?

14 thoughts on “Bowflex Max Trainer Alternatives”

  1. Working out is part of wellness and self care. The scripture talks about the importance of loving yourself and caring for the vessel you are. My problem is the inconsistency in working out. I however, rather go to the gym than using my own machines. I believe I need a trainer who will guide me one on one. 

    1. Thank you for your comments Linda.  I agree that it is so important that we work daily in every way we can to look out for our health. I believe entirely in the articles I post and practice them the best I can.  I am happy to say that I am blessed at 83 to be in relatively good health and on no medications whatsoever.


  2. Thank you so much for your review on the HIIT machine. I have a small elliptical at home and I am not happy with the result I get so I am in the market for a new one. Schwinn 470 elliptical machine looks promising for my place but we will have to see if my husband agrees or not. Sole SC200 Stepper Looks like a fun machine to try as well. We will see which one my husband say yes to. 🙂

    1. Thank you Nuttanee for your observaitons.  I trust you will be very happy with whichever machine you and your husband decide to buy. 

      As I told Shanta here, if you care to report back to me my email address is on my “Contact Me” page on my website, and I would be delighted to hear from you.


  3. Hey, I enjoy while reading your article on Bowflex Max Trainer Alternatives. While reading I know that the Bowflex Max Trainer is a hybrid elliptical trainer-stair climber machine that combines lower body climbing motions with upper body elliptical arm bars for a full body workout. Your alternative collection are awesome for everyone. I am planning to buy them now. Looks very useful.

    1. Welcome back Parveen and I am excited for you to get started supplementing your good health with one of these machines.


  4. Bowflex Max Trainer alternative helps me very much. I am searching about Bowflex Max Trainer alternatives from many days. Now I found them on your article. All alternative are very beautiful and useful. Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer gives us upper body arms for whole body training and takes up half the space as a regular elliptical. Really very useful product. Sole SC200 Stepper works on upper body arm.

    1. Thank you Harish for your comments and observations.

      If you decide to try one of the machines out I hope you will be successful with it.


  5. The success of the Browflex Max Trainer is epic and it has made name in the industry. No wonder other companies are building on this successful launch. Having alternatives to the Browflex Max Trainer is something I really like and appreciate. Being that there’s a competition now, the price would drop and efforts will be made to even make the product better. The alternative brands you have shared are really nice. Grabbing one of those would be great!

    1. Your comments are appreciated and I do agree with you that perhaps the price of the Bowflex machines will start to drop now that they have more competition.  My understanding is that they are still fairly pricey.


  6. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with me and I am a very knowledgeable health person and I regularly workout at the gym .I do my regular workout at the gym by BOWFLEX MAX TRAINER but I’m a working woman so it wasn’t possible for me to go to the gym regularly so I was looking for something to do. I’d love to buy the Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer delivered to your article because it requires less space, has a built-in console fan to keep it cool, and has 24 levels of resistance. One is also interesting to look at and I hope it will be very helpful for me .

    I will be purchasing it soon and sharing the new experience with you .

    1. Thank you for your comments and observations Shanta.  

      Please do let me know how you like the machine you get.  My email address is on the “Contact Me” page on my website.


  7. I did not know much about these machines until you made this article on them. Do you still recommend the bowflex all in all and do you think these other machines are comparative to it. How do these machines help you lose weight specifically and are they worth the price to purchase one over other cheaper equipment?

    1. There is no question that the Bowflex Max Machine is good but it can tend to be somewhat pricey also.  That is why I researched to find other alternatives that would be of good quality for less money.

      The reason elliptical machines help to lose weight is because they work your whole body both upper and lower, whereas many other machines work either the upper OR lower parts of the body only.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.