Today I received my BowFlex Max Trainer M5 at around 730AM – FedEx was quite early. The boxes were heavy and I dragged them through my house and back to my Carriage House. The first floor of the carriage house has been converted into a gym of sorts. I opened the boxes and started taking out all of the parts. It was pretty straightforward and I laid out all of the parts. I made one mistake on Step One (1) but it was simple after that, it took about 30 minutes to put it together – I took my time after the step one error.
After I got the machine together I tried it to make sure it was working – it was but it was very hard to use. This was because it was new. I decided taking out the trash would warm me up a bit for a workout. So I cut up the boxes as it is trash day here in Concord NH, and I took out the trash and recycling. After taking out the trash I decided to go for a four (4) mile run and then do a couple hundred sit-ups to warm up. When that was done I decided to give it a go again.
It was great, it took about five (5) minutes to get into it – learn the machine. After that I was fine – I then did two (2) 8-minute workouts on the machine – on the interval setting. If I had to explain the workout I would have to use the word real. It felt like I was climbing a head section of some mountain. I could feel it in the legs and core. It was very real in comparison to a real outdoor slug.
Tomorrow I will start doing two (2), 14-minute workouts a day on the M5. In addition to everything else I am doing of course. This is a good thing – I would have hated to return the M5. What I found today was that the BowFlex Max M5 was:
- Easy to set up
- Took 5 Minutes to get used to
- You have to be warmed up and fully stretched – Do not try it cold
- A good workout
So my Initial take is thumbs up, I will tell you if I still feel that way in 30 days!