In today’s post, we’ll go over the top 6 best Bowflex machines you could incorporate into your own home gym.. Excited? Me too!
There are many advantages to having a Bowflex as these machines allow you to exercise every muscle group in your body giving you the convenience of performing full-body workouts from home. If you’re looking for a ‘gym substitute,’ then the Bowflex machine is a great choice.
But which Bowflex machine do you go with and what separates one machine from the next? That’s exactly what this Bowflex review covers. In it, we will find every Bowflex machine they have to offer. Whether you’re looking to make an addition to your home gym, or find a complete gym replacement, the Bowflex should not disappoint.
While the Bowflex machine abstains from the use of free weights, that can easily be remedied with their very popular pair of the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells, which we think go great with the following Bowflex gyms. That way you have both a resistance machine and set of free weights to work with.
The ability to perform compound exercises and movements are another advantage of having a Bowflex machine from home. That’s because the Bowflex allows you to perform exercises that truly matter. Exercises like the lat pull-down, bench press, and pull up, are just a few of what each Bowflex has to offer.
Given their importance and significance, it’s so important to have a high-quality home gym you can depend on. This is exactly what the Bowflex brand has to offer with their latest on-going innovation and technology. Everything from the ease and simplicity of the machine, to their power rod resistance technology makes each one of these machines awe-inspiring.
The Bowflex’ allowance of complete workout versatility and even aerobic activity puts the Bowflex at the top of the line in our book. It’s a machine of close and near-perfection that is worth your attention. Another alternative to Bowflex is Marcy Impex. But since we’re here and we’ve arrived at our favorite Bowflex post, let’s just see what great things Bowflex has to offer!
#6. Bowflex BodyTower
One reason we love the Bowflex BodyTower is because of its great workout versatility and because of the fact every workout is done using your own body-weight. If you’ve ever wanted to build muscle, by performing rigorous compound movements, then the Bowflex BodyTower is your best chance.
With the Bowflex BodyTower, you’ll be given the opportunity to perform the best sets of abdominal sit-ups and crunches, wide and narrow-grip pull-ups & chin-ups, various push-ups, squats, planks, chest dips, and the list goes on. If you’re looking to build the body of Superman, the BodyTower will definitely get those pecs showing.
But most importantly is the fact that the BodyTower is made of great quality material and offers much in the way of a power tower. It’s also a simple gym to have in your home and can be placed anywhere from your basement, to your garage, provided your ceiling is adequately high enough.
#5. Bowflex PR 1000
Now when it comes to real resistant weight gyms, the PR1000 does not disappoint. Not only is it a machine capable of letting you perform over 30 strength training exercises, but offers anywhere from 5 to 210 total pounds of resistance that allows you to perform the most highly sought out exercises.
Such exercises include the horizontal and incline bench press, lat pull-downs, bicep curls, tricep pull-downs, and much more. It even has its own built-in rowing station, used for both strength training and cardio.
One benefit when it comes to the making of the Bowflex PR1000 is the compactness of the machine in general. The Bowflex PR1000 is so suitable for the home that it allows you to actually fold up the rowing machine rail part to allow for more space.
Similar to higher-end Bowflex models, the machine also uses its very smooth Power Rod resistance technology, which will only improve the way your workout. Made of nothing less than top quality material, it is recommended that you have a minimum 100″ x 79″ space area to work out in. The machine also has a max. 300-pound user weight capacity.
#4. Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
The Bowflex Blaze is another high-quality Bowflex home gym that belongs in between the PR1000 and PR3000. It’s a very advanced gym that offers an abundance of exercises… Over 60 exercises can be done with the Bowflex Blaze in total, which is actually more than what both the PR1000 and PR3000 offer.
Similar to the PR1000, the Blaze also has its own rowing machine section, which can also be folded horizontally to save space. It even has one of the highest upgradeable power rod resistance of all Bowflex gyms. Unlike the PR1000 which is not even upgradeable, the Bowflex Blaze can be upgraded to both 310 and 410 total pounds of resistance. (some have mentioned issues with the 410 pound upgrade)
Those really looking to lift heavy, will want to consider the Blaze or Xtreme 2SE by Bowflex. Another benefit to the Blaze is its higher placed emphasis on horizontal-based workouts instead of vertical (e.g. the bench press). The PR3000 for example, can be better for workouts like the squat and workouts while remaining in a seated position.
#3. Bowflex PR 3000 Home Gym
Followed up by the PR1000 is the Bowflex PR3000, which is similar but better in its own respects. That’s because as opposed to the 30 exercises offered by the PR1000, the PR3000 offers 50 strength training and aerobic exercises.
Does that mean the Bowflex PR3000 is more preferable? Not quite. More doesn’t always mean greater or better, but it does give way to more workout flexibility. Another advantage is to that of the competitive lifter who decides to upgrade his or her Bowflex Power Rods from 210 total pounds in resistance to 310 pounds.
Not only are there more exercises to be performed, but there is the potential for more weight to be added as well. Similar to the PR1000 though, the PR3000 is still capable of a 300-pound user weight capacity and requires the same workout space area of 100″ x 78″.
There is one other major difference to note between the R 3000 and PR1000 and Blaze, and that is the fact that it does not come with the rowing station found in the PR1000 and Blaze, given the PR3000’s more vertical slant.
#2. Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym
Extreme it is! The Xtreme 2SE offers an astounding 70 exercises that can all be done from a single machine. Can you imagine? Just about every major muscle is targeted here with exercises that aim for bigger chests, bigger shoulders, a stronger back, more tightened ab section, and stronger arms and legs.
It is one of Bowflex’s most ultimate home gyms that allow you to work with both compound and isolation movements. One of the gym’s major advantages, which we also mentioned was available with the Bowflex Blaze is its upgradeable resistance to 310 or 410 pounds. This is simply done by purchasing extra rods.
Similar to the PR3000 however, the Xtreme 2SE is considered to be more vertical with exercises done in a more seated position (rather than horizontal). This isn’t bad or disadvantageous but works to cater different needs. Chest flies for example can still be done as your seated, as well as many other beneficial chest exercises.
One of the biggest advantages is that no cable changes are ever needed. Instead, you’ll flawlessly find yourself moving from one station to the next. From developing strong, muscular leg workouts, to its squat station, then lat tower, you’ll truly feel at home, or should we say GYM when it comes to the amazing and most Xtreme 2SE home gym!
#1. Bowflex Revolution Home Gym
There are very few pieces of equipments that can top the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym, and that’s because it truly is revolutionary in all of its capabilities. Not only does it offer the most workout versatility of almost every home gym imagined, but features a new different kind of resistance technology.
This technology is called SpiraFlex, which adds to the ultra-smoothness of the Bowflex gyms in general, offering a continuous feel of resistance through out your entire range of motion. But whether its SpiraFlex or the gym’s incredible versatility that makes this home gym so great is up for debate.
With the Bowflex Revolution, you are given an absolute abundance of exercises to perform – over 100+ can be performed, all targeting every area of your body. It even offers interchangeable leg press place for working out the lower body, while offering a much more extensive core and ab workout regime, than any other Bowflex machine provides.
While the Bowflex Revolution might not necessarily be the best option for everyone, it is one to consider. It’s also at a much higher price point, making it all the more important to weigh your options. There is no doubt than any one of the above gyms will workout in your favor – whether you’re deciding on the PR1000, Blaze, PR 3000, or Xtreme 2SE I can’t see how you would go wrong.
Instead, see what you prefer using most and see if you prefer doing workouts in the Seated position or Horizontal position and that should greatly help in your decision. One thing that stands out about the Bowflex Revolution and makes it different from the rest is the fact you can lay the bench down completely horizontally or vertical.
If you need the most complete gym in your home, then perhaps, the Bowflex Revolution is right for you.
Bowflex Home Gym Overview
No matter which Bowflex machine you go with, you really can’t go wrong. There is no piece of equipment I could recommend more highly when building your own home gym or to supplement your time at the gym with. Each one of these machines is highly rated for good reason. They are sturdy, durable, and they offer a highly effective workout with more variety than any other one single machine can offer.
I believe that Bowflex has done nearly everything possible to help imitate your experience at the gym by offering convenience, the latest resistance technology, and as many upper and lower body workouts, a single machine can manage. The only thing missing are some free weights on the side, but that and the addition of some Bowflex Selecttech Dumbbells would truly make a for a complete and ultimate home gym!
Thanks for reading. Have any suggestions of which Bowflex machine you love more? Feel free to leave so in the comments below!