These are both hybrid elliptical-stair climbers that can help you burn more calories than a traditional elliptical.
They’re both designed for high intensity interval training workouts – which have been proven to help your body burn more calories, even post workout.
But what about when you pit them against each other?
How do they compare?
And which is best for you?
This post will give you a rundown on the main differences between them to help you choose the best option for you. So here’s what you need to know:
Bowflex Max Vs Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer: Price
As of right now, there really isn’t a clear winner as they both tend to start around $1000 and go up from there.
The Bowflex Max Trainer has 3 models, the most affordable being the M3 that comes in around $1099 with Free Shipping here. The M5 and M7 models give you more console options and features and range from $1599 to $2200.
The Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer comes in two models – the regular and the HIIT Trainer PRO model. Right now, you can get the main model around $999 with Free Shipping here. The PRO model has a few more upgrades and coming in just under $1500.
Bowflex Max Vs Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer: Console
The consoles on the Bowflex Max Trainer (M7 model console seen below) are easy to read with all of your workout stats displayed.
However the consoles on the Proform HIIT Trainers do give you a bit more in terms of entertainment options. They’re also larger and easier to read. For example the HIIT Trainer Pro console (seen below) gives you full-color, touch-screen console with a built-in web browser.
So you can surf the net, read emails or watch Youtube videos as you workout – something you can’t do on the Bowflex Max.
Also, there are tablet holders above the consoles on both HIIT trainer models. So you can watch your favorites movies or shows as you workout.
Both HIIT trainer consoles also give you iPod docks with built-in speakers to play your favorite tunes as well.
Bowflex Max Vs Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer: Calories Burned
The Max Trainer has a bit of an advantage here – just because Bowflex has actually done the tests to prove that you can burn 2.5 times more calories on the Max than on a stair climber, elliptical or treadmill.
Max trial users actually burned up to 600 calories in 30 minutes, which is incredible.
And Bowflex has the smarts to advertise this:
This doesn’t mean you can’t burn just as many calories on the Proform HIIT Trainer. Considering that the two trainers are so similar in motion, you probably can.
But so far Proform is not really advertising the “More Calories Burned” advantage yet. This is probably because it’s a new machine and they haven’t had the time to do these calorie tests that Bowflex has done.
To be fair of course, one of the main advantages to the Max is that it comes with the high intensity 14 minute workout that is designed especially for high calorie burn, even post workout.
The HIIT Trainer doesn’t have this (although it does have built-in workouts). You do get specialized HIIT Cardio workouts if you buy the extra iFit LIVE subscription however. But it doesn’t come built in with the elliptical.
So if you want the assurance that you’ll burn more calories, faster, then the Max has the clear advantage here.
Bowflex Max Vs Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer: Online Tracking/iFit
The Bowflex M5 and M7 models do have online capability where you can track your workouts on the Free Bowflex app or sync your workouts to other popular fitness apps.
The HIIT trainer (both models) comes with iFit LIVE compatibility.
iFit LIVE takes your machine online where you can download unlimited new workouts to your trainer (including several HIIT workouts specially designed for the HIIT trainer). You can also track and graph your workouts over time.
And you can run famous trails all over the world while watching real landmarks pass you by in the console or tablet screen – very virtual reality.
So you do get a lot of options with the HIIT trainer and iFit that you don’t get with the Max Trainer. However on the other hand iFit is a yearly subscription that runs about $144 a year whereas the Bowflex App is free.
Both the Bowflex Max Trainer and the Proform Cardio HIIT Trainer use a stair-climbing-elliptical motion to engage more lower body muscles and burn more calories than a standard elliptical.
They’re also more compact than traditional crosstrainers. However there are some subtle differences between them.
The Proform HIIT Trainer tends to give you more in terms of console options and entertainment. You also get the option to connect with iFit LIVE to run trails all over the world and download unlimited new workouts.
However the Max Trainer has the specialized HIIT workouts built in to the machine and it also has a proven track record when it comes to burning lots of calories.
So at the end of the day, it really comes down to what you’re looking for.
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