March 25, 2020
I’ve had my Bowflex Max Trainer for five and a half years. You could technically round that up to a decade! (But I won’t.) It’s an excellent piece of cardio equipment, and I love it as much now as I ever have. It’s a cross between an elliptical and a stair machine, and it really gets my heart rate going and engages all the muscles I use during my stair races.
One of my favorite Max Trainer pictures, from 2015.
Of course I brought my Max Trainer with me to Michigan when I moved last year, and Read the rest of this entry »
March 22, 2020
I’ve never blogged during a global pandemic before! There are first times for everything.
What a depressing couple of weeks it’s been, thanks to the coronavirus and all the awful news that’s resulted because of it. On the whole, I’m in really good shape. There have been no confirmed diagnoses for anyone in my life that I know of. (Then again, Read the rest of this entry »
June 5, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019: I wake up and can barely walk. My foot, specifically the area around the base of my big toe, is in excruciating pain. What’s especially frustrating is that I don’t know how I injured it. There was no clear moment, the day prior, where I remember rolling it, landing on it funny, or falling. But I did something, because the pain is intense.
There’s no exterior signs of trauma: no swelling, no redness, no cuts or bruises, no bones protruding out of my body. So I start Read the rest of this entry »
November 20, 2017
I designed a cardio challenge last month, using my Bowflex M5 Max Trainer. You can read all the details here, but basically, I wanted to see if I could complete the Max Interval program at every level of resistance, starting at level 5, all the way up to level 16. The Max Interval program is only 14 minutes, but man oh man, it’s tough!
I recently finished the challenge, and the results were downright stunning!
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October 16, 2017
Three years ago this month my Bowflex Max Trainer M5 showed up at my door. I’ve blogged about many times, and it really is a remarkable, challenging machine. It’s kinda like if an elliptical and stepmill had a baby… that was much better than both of its parents.
The Max Trainer is the cornerstone of my at-home workouts, and I’ve used it every week since I got it. So, in honor of the anniversary, I’ve come up with a challenge designed to see how far I’ve come on this machine, and then push me further. Read the rest of this entry »
March 30, 2017
Have you ever done an exercise video that takes you through a workout on a piece of cardio equipment? I hadn’t. I didn’t even know such videos existed! But then I learned about the Daily Burn Max Trainer program, and guess what? It’s pretty cool. Read the rest of this entry »
February 16, 2017
This post begins with a fantastic workout. I started by doing the signature program on my Bowflex Max Trainer: the 14-minute Max Interval program, which alternates short bursts of high intensity work with longer recovery periods. It’s a challenging 14 minutes…
…during which I burned Read the rest of this entry »