Bought this new from a gym, as TV Shop reviews weren’t great. Have used it every day for 16 minutes minimum and 32 minutes maximum for the last 3 months. Gone from 89 to 79kg. I love it. Clunks a bit here and there, but not a worry. If anyone is thinking of buying a piece of equipment to get them toned then this is it!!!
Got an Ex Demo M5 from TV Shop - Works wonderfully
Managed to get an ex demo from the TV shop for 2k, and the machine came delivered to me already set-up (in a HUGE box)
Have not had any issues with it - been using it for almost 2 years now. Does not make any odd noises apart from a slight tap when the right pedal arm comes down and the pedal slides across a little.
I notice a lot of people have problems with this unit - I will only say to you that you should definitely ask to see if they have any ex-demo units (so pre-built), or make sure you ask them to send a professional to put it to...gether for you. It seems as though if you do anything wrong in the install it might screw the whole thing up. But yeah, I don't have back issues, although I do get a sore lower back when standing over something (like when doing the dishes). This machine does not stress my back at all, but I never expected it too. Feels like you have excellent posture on it though. I don't really get a whole lot of upper body workout, its something I guess, but your legs and gravity really do most of the work. You can use your arms and lay off your legs, but its feels a bit strange. Perhaps this is something you could get used to, but I have never wanted to - I use my arms a bit for balance and I guess to slightly assist my legs, but the cardio is definitely coming from leg work.
- Verified purchase
Good machine. Solid workout.
I’m a male, 183cm tall and avid gym member. I recently purchased a 1 year old Bowflex M5 through Gumtree and over the last two weeks have found it to be challenging (in a good way). I’m seeing excellent toning results. It’s not immediately easy to use on account of using muscles I haven’t previously triggered on the treadmill or elliptical at the gym, but the initial muscle discomfort has subsided and I’m getting a great workout without any knee pain. It generally takes me 10min to break into a sweat on a treadmill, but with the Bowflex 17min f...eels more like 30min on the treadmill. I’ve now built up to 30min on resistance level 3, so plenty more levels to hit. The swooshing sound it makes isn’t too loud, which is helpful so I don’t wake my girls up, one of which is an infant and sleeps in our room. Cheers
Can't live without it!!
This machine is excellent and I use it everyday!! Took me about forty minutes to assemble which initially was annoying but we eventually got it all done. I have a back injury which makes it difficult for me to do most forms of exercise, so this has been the solution I have been long looking for! It takes pressure right off my back and has given me back control of my body. I have even lost 9kgs in the last two months of owning it! I'm glad I didn't read any of the previous reviews before purchasing because my experience has been excellent! The TV Shop have been extremely helpful as well, worth every cent I paid.
DO NOT GIVE CREDIT CARD DETAILS TO THE TV SHOP ***WARNING***
To anyone thinking of purchasing products such as the Bowflex Trainer be very very warned ....this company will charge your credit card even after you returned the product!!! I had to cancel my credit card and get it reissued, call Consumer Affairs AND call a debt collection agency because these dodgy, rude, arrogant employees of TV Shop Brand Developers tried to say I did not return a product (and I did) and kept helping themselves to debiting my credit card!!
Please please please do not use this company! Spread the word to your friends and family. Use social media to warn people. Smammers and Liars. Do your research
If there was a minus in the ratings bar, the score would be -10
I purchased a Bow-flex at the beginning of last year. Since that time the machine has had to have parts replaced for knocking, another time - screeching so loud i could not use it, the third time it jammed so they replaced the machine. Now the hydraulics have gone...nice. So, yet again, sent off another request to have it repaired. I would recommend purchasing this machine to anyone who has rocks in their head. It is poorly made, frustrating to assemble and if you can go for more than 2 months without it needing to be repaired you should be grateful.
What an awful service and the product is poor built quality
I have had my bow flex Max M5, for a few months and in this time I had to get it serviced and repaired by someone else 5 time as the TV shop just kept sending me the service manual every time I called. The fist day I opened my Bow flex max I was very excited. But it wouldn't even work when I called, someone was going to call me back to help me. I had to call again of course.
What a let down!!!
You can not fix the issue as they tell you due to needing specialized tools??
Not worth the price.
IF it works, the exercise is good but that's a big IF.
good workout but very very poor workmanship, used it twice, so hard to turn started to knock, pulled it apart top drive belt only half on, was rubbing now half shredded, knocking? 3 of the 4 bolts on the top pulley were half out the 4th was only hanging by a thread which was hitting upper arm, clearly you've never heard of loctite, maybe at $3000 it wasn't in the budget, now I'VE put loctite on all nuts n bolts & properly aligned all belts n pulleys, works good
The blowflex max is great for people that have joint or back problems
I have had 3 back surgeries in less then two years I'm still recovering from my third one. The blowflex max doesn't hurt my back I can only use the blowflex max for 15-20 minutes at a time a day bc I'm recovering from back surgery but it's good for older people that have joint problems like I do
Not worth the price tag
I purchased the Bowflex to use early in the mornings while my kids slept. It takes about an hr to put together as soon as I jumped on the machine it made a clicking noise. I didn't use it for about 2 weeks and when I jumped on the machine made a screeching sound on top of the clicking sound. The machine was so loud it was impossible to use.
I spoke with Bowflex sent a video of the machine was told to get off and stop using it they will send out another one. 3 weeks later I got my new machine so pulled the other machine down 1 hr put new machin...
This machine works in terms of weight loss. Fantastic for that. We saw results quickly! But the durability of the machine is very very bad. We went through 3 machines within 6months. Screws came undone internally. The TV shop promised a working replacement but failed each time. Very disappointed as this was the only machine that worked for us.
DO NOT BUY FROM THE TV SHOP!!!!!
The bowflex itself looks well made and designed, however once I put it together it was jammed, and then once I managed to get it going momentarily the noise was unbearable and very high pitched. I had huge difficulties getting through to customer service, and was told due to high call demands they would contact me in 12 hours, I am still waiting! I then decided to return the machine and on calling told it was after hours, 3 pm Australia time!!! Turns out the call the centre is in NZ!!!! So far no resolution and I want all to be warned against buying ANYTHING from this company. Further more I have the belief the bowflex they sent me was one that had been previously returned by someone else based the condition of the packing.
Problem with TV shop- NO SERVICE as soon as they grab your credit card details
Hi I had similar experience. The TV Shop is after your credit card details. After that, they do not email you re what deal you have signed up and what amount / installments etc, I called them 8 times and they do not reply to you
As mentioned by the previous reviewer, the first time you get on this machine you will probably struggle to do 2 minutes but stick with it! I can now do at least 1 and sometimes 2 x 14 minute sessions a day and feel great after the exercise. With 16 resistance levels and heaps of different programs you will never get to the point where you find this machine a push over. Not cheap but glad I bought it. Bye bye rip off gym memberships. :)
Absolutely Awesome and Life Changing!!
I'm so happy with my Max Trainer that it deserves a review!
Ive had my M5 for one month now and use it every day. When i first got it i could only last one minute on it but as i got more use to it I'm now lasting the 14 minute Max interval. I'm finding a huge difference to my body, my legs and arms are toning, my bum is definitely getting smaller and my overall fitness has improved hugely.
My knees have always been an issue for me but on the Max i have no trouble with them at all.
I had an exercise bike and went to the gym but i wanted somet...
Questions & Answers
I have moved a Bowflex M3 model lying down in van and plugged it in and the monitor isn’t coming on? Heard that it can go out of alignment if you lie it down. How do I fix? As can’t see calories or set programs but machine can still be used
I have a constant clicking noise coming from my display monitor. Any ideas how to fix this?
I have the M5. It all works great except the heart rate monitor. It always shows my heart rate at between 175 and 185 bpm even if I am just starting.. anyone know why that would be?
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