These are both 2 of the highest-calorie burning fitness machines on the market right now. So it makes sense if you’re trying to narrow it down between these options.
While I’m obviously a little biased towards the Nordictrack incline trainer, I also think the Bowflex Max Trainer has its merits as well.
So which is best for you?
This post will break down the main differences between the Nordictrack incline trainer vs Bowflex Max Trainer.
Note that this is a general comparison (there are 3 different incline trainer models and 3 different Bowflex Max Trainer models – so there are smaller details that are a bit different across these models).
Nordictrack Incline Trainer vs Bowflex Max Trainer – Price
The Bowflex Max Trainer has the price advantage here. The Max starts at a lower price than the Nordictrack incline trainer – around $999 with Free Shipping here.
There are 3 different Max Trainer models – the M3, M5 and M7. The M3 is the most affordable, the M5 is the mid-grade model around $1599 and the M7 is the premium model and runs up to $2399.
The Nordictrack Incline Trainer also has 3 different models – the X9i, the X11i and the X22i. They start around around $1799 with Free Shipping here. This is for the X9i model.
The X11i is about $2499 and the X22i, the premium model is around $2999.
Nordictrack Incline Trainer vs Bowflex Max Trainer – Calories Burned
One of the main reasons people love these machines is that they are monster calorie-burners.
You can burn calories and fat a lot faster than you would on a regular machine. So you get faster results in less time. Who doesn’t want that?
According to the Manufacturer, the Bowflex Max Trainer can burn up to 2.5 times more calories than a standard elliptical, treadmill or stair stepper. That’s pretty darn good.
In fact, Bowflex Max trial users burned up to 600 calories in just 30 minutes which is amazing.
The Max trainer gets the high calorie burning effect from two things – the stair climbing motion (which uses more lower body muscles than other exercises) and the high intensity training workouts that come with the machine.
The Nordictrack Incline trainer can burn almost 5 times the calories of a regular treadmill, according to the Manufacturer.
In fact, this is the machine that contestants on the TV show The Biggest Loser used to lose pounds super-fast.
The Incline trainer gets its high calorie-burning power from high incline walking – which also uses more lower body muscles than standard walking. While a regular treadmill gives you up to 15% inclines, the incline trainer treadmill gives you inclines of up to 40%.
Plus it can be used as both an incline trainer – with high incline walking – and as a treadmill, if you just want to lower the incline and walk on a flat plane. It’s basically a super-souped-up treadmill.
So if you’re looking for the fastest-calorie burning machine, the Nordictrack incline trainer wins out here.
Nordictrack Incline Trainer vs Bowflex Max Trainer – Type of Exercise
What type of exercise do you prefer? These are obviously two very different types of machine as far as exercise goes.
On the incline trainer you can walk at a high incline (i.e. hike). You can also walk at a lower incline or run as well.
The Max Trainer has more of a stair-climbing motion along with upper body arm bars. Think of it like a climbing elliptical trainer.
So you have to ask yourself which exercise you’d prefer when it comes to comparing the Nordictrack incline trainer vs Bowflex Max.
Nordictrack Incline Trainer vs Bowflex Max Trainer – Console
The Bowflex Max Trainer has a number of different console models. However they all tend to be simpler in design and in options than the Nordictrack Incline trainer.
Here’s the top Max Trainer model – the M7 console:
Now compare this to the Nordictrack X22i Incline Trainer console:
Or even the Nordictrack X9i Incline treadmill console:
And you’ll see quite a difference.
Basically there’s more to do on the incline trainer consoles including an iPod dock with speaker system and a built-in full-color web browser. The Max Trainer console is only dual color and doesn’t not come with an iPod dock.
Nordictrack Incline Trainer vs Bowflex Max Trainer – Upper Body Arms
This is a bit of a tie. With the moving upper body arm bars on the Bowflex Max, you can work your arms and shoulders at the same time as you work your legs. So it’s a more full-body workout machine.
On the other hand, the new Nordictrack incline trainer models for this year do come with a free pair of adjustable handweights (if you get them direct from the Manufacturer here).
So you can in fact, build in upper body training to your workouts if you want to.
Nordictrack Incline Trainer vs Bowflex Max Trainer – Space
The Max Trainer has the advantage here. It’s much more compact than the incline trainer. The Max trainer footprint is about 46.1″ L x 25″ W
The incline trainer footprint is about 70.2″ L x 39.6″ W – much larger.
So if you have a smaller workout area or are concerned about space, then the Bowflex Max might be the better option.
So which machine is best when comparing the Nordictrack incline trainer vs Bowflex Max trainer? Each one has their benefits.
The Incline trainer will help you burn more calories in less time overall. It also has a better console and a lot more fitness options like iFit, iPod docks with speakers and 30+ built-in workouts.
However the Max Trainer is more compact than the Incline trainer and does start at a more affordable price.
At the end of the day it comes down to what’s most important to you in a home fitness machine.
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