Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, with many Britons trying to shift a few pounds in January.
But once the glow of new beginnings has dulled, the thought of getting up early to hit the gym can be too much.
However, there is a way to get through a workout quickly and conveniently – by building up a home gym.
While a matt, some dumbbells and an exercise ball is a great place to start, those who take their training more seriously may want to invest in a piece of equipment.
This is where the Bowflex MaxTrainer comes in. Luckily the MaxTrainer is slimmer than many machines out there, so doesn’t require the huge amounts of space traditionally required by fitness equipment.
Putting it together is much like building flat pack furniture – it arrives in two large boxes, with detailed instructions inside.
While I struggled with building it, my flatmate had it done in an hour and a half, all on her own – so those who are good at this kind of thing will excel, while those more like me will want to get some help.
Once built, the machine can be moved around thanks to the two wheels at the front – convenient if you want to get it out to use it and then tuck it away until next time.
What does the machine actually do?
A mix of an elliptical and a stepper, workouts on this machine are just 14 minutes long – perfect for the time-poor.
In fact, including getting changed and stretching, my entire workout was done in 30 short minutes. This meant I stuck to working out most days, and can easily see myself doing so in the future – not a situation I’ve ever found myself in before.
There are 11 workout programs on offer that follow a HIIT pattern, and the Smart Max function learns your fitness levels, adjusting to target your ability and challenge you.
This meant I didn’t end up getting bored, but it wasn’t so difficult I gave up in frustration either.
Those who really want to push themselves can add more time on to their workout, and the choice of workout programs mean whether you are well used to training and need to be challenged or are new to fitness, there is something for you.
As well as adding time, users can also add resistance to up the difficulty of their 14 minutes although I’m yet to push myself quite that far.
A machine of this ability doesn’t come cheap, and that is the major drawback. A MaxTrainer starts at £999, but the model I tried – the newest one – comes in at £2,500.
If there are 4 of you planning on using it (the machine can track 4 different people), then it could be a financially feasible alternative to fancy classes or a premium gym.
And certainly, if you know that without the option to roll out of bed and workout then you wouldn’t bother, then this machine can’t be beaten.
Available exclusively in the UK from Fitness Superstore, the Bowflex MaxTrainer line of products retails from £999.00 to £2,500.