Bowflex Max Total Review: Your home gym can also run Android


You read the Bowflex correct title. We review a piece of home gym equipment. But it does have an interesting detail that sets it apart: it actually runs Android. The software is not what you use on a phone, but more embed-type systems with a stripe-down experience and a custom launcher. And, of course, it’s not a cross-trainer and not a smartphone, so its purpose is completely different.

The Bowflex Max Total 16 includes lots of annoying software bugs, a dumb annual subscription to built-in features, and a great price tag. There is no way you can call it “value” at $ 2,500. But the actual workout experience is excellent, learning from your feedback to adjust yourself to your skill level and abilities. It’s not cheap, and software issues are unforgivable, but if you want a “smart” full body trainer for a workout at home, I think the Boflex Max Total 16 is a great way to lose weight or stay in shape, and I like to use it.

Bowflex Max Total 16 runs Android, but it is loaded with software bugs and requires only $ 150 a year subscription to view your own streaming services. Exercising is great, but you’ll pay a lot of money to do it for 2,500.


  • Display : 16″ “HD” touchscreen
  • Software : “JRNY experience,” based on Android
  • Sensors : Heart rate hand grips
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Resistance levels : 20
  • Adjustable inclination : No
  • Max user weight : 300 lbs
  • Dimensions : 49.3″ L x 30.8″ W x 65.7″ H, 155.5 lbs
  • Minimum ceiling : Your height + 15″
  • Misc : Built-in speakers, Bluetooth heart rate armband
  • Price : $2,500


The Boflex Max Total 16 doesn’t look like something you stole from the gym, but it’s close. It is a cross-trainer, like an ellipse with arms that swing to add workout to the upper body. I can’t say how well it makes, but it works better than most ellipses on your arm and back, with three separate foam-wrapped metal handlebars you can pull and push to work in different groups, although speed paddles are steeper than most trainers And near a stepper. There is a cup holder, a place for a phone or tablet, and a pair of heart rate monitors made with some stationary weapons.

Above, you have a large 16 “touchscreen with wide viewing angle. It is powered by Android – more later. At the bottom of the screen, you have a pair of OK-sounding built-in speakers, which you can also connect via Bluetooth. An annoying detail: Whenever you tap on the display after a short period of inactivity, the speakers “wake up” and there’s a quiet pop sound like you can hear an amplifying flipping পিছ there’s a power button on the back of the display, hardware navigation and volume control. , Because the volume on the screen can also be controlled and the software UI has all the navigation options you really need.

Below, you have a pair of plastic framed paddles that you will pump and sprint while exercising, creating a grip with hard rubber knobs set on a metal plate that is easy to clean. These petals follow a linear up-down path somewhere near an angle of 50, although the angle of the paddle also varies from downstroke to upstroke. These pivots with long arms revolve around a large central process, gliding up and down a metal track with a pair of wheels. Resistance appears to have been provided through a fan.

In short: it is a cross-trainer, but its design is more compact than what you have seen. This makes the unit surprisingly compact, with a narrow footprint that most of us can probably find a place in. All you need is about three feet by four feet, open to one side to get into it. However it does not fold for storage, as some exercise equipment does, and it will have a certain presence in a small room.

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My unit was assembled during delivery (at the time, working behind me), but I followed the process, and it was actually the second Boflex trainer I used. Although the first (M9) seems to be easier to put together, the Max Total 16 has more stable parts, such as a fine display cable and what seems like a very small hole to go through. Although technically inclined people can put it together if they want, it may be worth paying extra for the assembly. Although it’s a little steep at $ 170, they carry boxes inside and do everything for you, including leveling the unit, which is more complicated than you might think.


The Bowflex Max Total 16 runs Android (as does the somewhat cheaper Max Trainer M9), but outside of the boot screen and in some built-in streaming apps there are some UI elements, if something goes wrong you won’t notice. It even has the Play Store, but not in a user-accessible way, and you can’t install your own apps. I accidentally triggered an update prompt after opening the Play Store, but the system got confused and rebooted before using it for some fun.

The launcher, which you will spend most of your time interacting with outside of the workout, is really very simple. Below is a three-tab navigation system that takes you into a “workout” section, a “journal” section that records your past workout rewards and various metrics and a profile section for setting goals, adjusting system settings and providing feedback. .




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