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Top 6 Bowflex Machines For The Ultimate Home Gym

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 so many advantages to having a Bowflex as these machines allow you to exercise nearly every muscle group in your body giving you the convenience of not having to travel to the gym.

The primary disadvantage of owning a Bowflex machine is that it doesn’t allow you to workout with free weights, which depending on your goals, can be seen as being more beneficial than working out with resistance machines.

On the other hand, many Bowflex machines will still give you the chance to work on your compound exercises and movements such as, your lat pull-downs, bench press, and pull-ups, which are all very important in gaining as much muscle mass as possible. From the most expensive Bowflex machines to the least expensive, these machines can give you just the addition you need to complete your home gym with the majority of them being rated very highly.

Another one of today’s popular line of home gym alternatives to Bowflex is Marcy Impex, which you should check out as well. Without further or due, here is a list of the top 6 Bowflex machines.

#6. Bowflex BodyTower

One reason we like the Bowflex BodyTower is due to its very cheap price point and overall simplicity of the machine. With that being said, this Power Tower doesn’t offer much in the way of resistance workouts but gives a nice kick to those body-weight workouts. If what you’re looking for is a simple way to bang out your sit-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, squats, planks, leg raises, chest dips, and the additional 13 body-weight exercises that can be done with the BodyTower, then this machine is just right for you. What we didn’t like about it was the lack of weights offered with the tower. But if you have some extra weights at home, you can always use them to add some resistance to your exercises. If you have a few extra bucks to spare, we recommend going with the Bowflex PR 1000 instead, which you will not regret owning.

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#5. Bowflex PR 1000

This Bowflex PR 1000 comes highly recommended due to its low price point and high ratings. The machine is not only capable of over 30 strength exercises, but also offers 210 pounds of resistance, a horizontal bench press, lat pull-down, and a built-in rowing station used for both exercising & cardio (Sweet!). Another major benefit of the Bowflex PR1000 is the compactness of the machine, allowing you to fold the bench piece of the equipment into one neatly folded machine. Like most Bowflex machines, it uses patented Power Rods, working to offer the similar kind of resistance and range of motion allowed by free weights. Make no doubt about it. Despite having a lower price point than the majority of Bowflex machines, this remains to be a highly durable, sturdy machine made of nothing less than top quality material.

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#4. Bowflex PR 3000 Home Gym

The Bowflex PR 3000 could just be considered as the ultimate home gym for its $700 price point. As opposed to the 30 available strength training exercises offered by the Bowflex PR 1000, you get over 50 available strength exercises. One to note, in particular, is having a vertical bench press in addition to the flat. One of the main advantages here over the Bowflex PR 1000 is the PR 3000’s ability in adding more variety to your exercises by allowing you to do each workout in different angles. If this isn’t as much of a concern to you, then we believe the Bowflex PR 1000 could suit you just fine.

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#3. Bowflex Blaze Home Gym

Next up, we have the Bowflex Blaze, which is quite similar to the PR3000 with the exception of adding over 60 exercises as opposed to the 50 offered by the PR3000. The main difference here is that the Blaze allows you to incorporate more leg and lower body based workouts. So if you love working out the glutes, quads, and hamstrings, and you love adding squats to your workouts (highly recommended), then we definitely recommend going with the Bowflex Blaze over the Bowflex 3000. For only a bit more money, you could be adding more lower body variety to your workouts.

Bowflex Blaze vs. PR3000

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#2. Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym

Extreme it is! This machine offers an astounding 70 exercises giving you a complete and total body workout, covering just about every exercise targeting chest, shoulders, backs, abdominals, arms, and legs. This is the ultimate home gym allowing you to workout with both compound and isolation exercises. One major advantage to the Xtreme 2SE is it allows you to upgrade the resistance of the weights to 310 to 410 pounds by simply purchasing extra rods, which cannot be done with the PR1000 model. Where the PR1000 only offers 30+ exercises, the Xtreme 2SE offers over 70.

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#1. Bowflex Revolution Home Gym

The only piece of equipment that tops the Bowflex Xtreme is the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym. The Bowflex Revolution not only offers plenty of versatility but features a different kind of resistance technology called SpiraFlex offering ultrasmooth and continuous resistance throughout your entire range of motion.

The Bowflex Revolution will certainly give you that feeling and more of being at the local gym offering an abundance of 100+ various exercises. It even offers interchangeable leg press plates for working out your lower body and offers a much more extensive core and abs workout than any other Bowflex machine provides.  For the best and most ultimate home gym experience (and with only 9 currently left in stock), we highly recommend going with the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym!

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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. 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 a Bowflex would truly make a for a complete and ultimate home gym!

 

Thanks for listening. Have any suggestions of which Bowflex machine you love more? Feel free to leave so in the comments below 🙂

14 Comments

  • I personally prefer number 6, the Bowflex BodyTower. I’ve been looking for one like that everywhere. That’s all that is really missing in my home gym. A machine where I can do pull-up, chin-up, dip and even like that guy is doing (don’t remember how they call it). But so far I haven’t seen any in any store here. Maybe I’ll have to order one online.

    • Yeah, I think the Bowflex BodyTower is an awesome choice. Great way to do all your bodyweight exercises from home. You may want to try Sears, but if there aren’t any stores with Bowflex gym equipment near you, you could definitely order one from Amazon. They also tend to sell everything for cheaper – almost $100 less (w/ free shipping) than when I last checked the price on Sears!

  • Hello and thanks for sharing, now these are what I call a real home gym, these machine are so awesome and the work out that you get from them are just great. No longer do people have to go to a gym, you can bring the gym to you and get a great workout. I love these machines because of the many workout position that you have to choose from. The Bowflex is top of the line, thanks again for sharing.

    • I completely agree with you Norman and I especially enjoyed the point you made on being able to bring the gym to you. That’s such a great way of putting it and I also concur that Bowflex offers some of the best and top of the line home gyms out there. They really do offer some of the most versatility and exercises. Just take a look at the Bowflex Revolution home gym, which offers over 100+ exercises with a single machine!

  • Great Article on Bowflex Gyms Pete!

    The idea of working out at home is actually not too bad these days because most gyms close to cities can be rather crowded. I think the Bowflex Blaze would be an ideal one to go with. With over 60 exercises you can achieve a lot of fitness goals without having to buy too much equipment.

    Cheers,

    Chris

    • I love the Bowflex Blaze, as well, Chris! The fact it offers 60+ exercises makes it a perfect gym substitute for anyone looking to workout from home. Incorporating a gym into your home is just so convenient for people like myself who can’t make time to hit the gym or prefers working out from home. Not only that, but it’s such an impressive piece of machinery that allows you to do so much at once!

  • Hello,
    thanks for sharing very informative article about Bowflex machines. What I love the most about those machines is that you can use them in comfort of your home. I won’t have to go to gym anymore. I also like that with Bowflex machines I can train almost every part of my body. I will definitely consider this machine

    • No problem at all Karlo. Glad you liked my review on the top Bowflex Machines. I also love how these gyms can be used at your own leisure. It makes working out highly convenient. The important thing is to make sure you don’t avoid working out, just because you’re at home!

  • I actually have a bowflex machine at home and I used to use it a long time ago. However, after a long time of use, I didn’t feel like the machine helped me as much. But now looking at these NEW Bowflex machines, I really feel that these machines are way more upgraded and would give me a better workout, especially the first ones. Definitely worth a look!

    • Bowflex Machines have definitely come a long way over the past decade. They’re a lot more convenient, the technology with the power rods and resistance are better, and they’ve been made to fit your home just perfectly. You’ve got to love how compact the Bowflex machines have become and how they’ve been able to jam pack so many awesome exercises into one awesome machine. Today’s Bowflex Gyms, are without a doubt, worth a second glance Ariel, if having an awesome all-in-one home gym solution is what you’re looking for 🙂

  • I’ve been looking for a home gym machine which allows me to do (most) of what I’d do in a commercial gym, but so many of them just seem to take up so much space.
    The Bowflex Extreme seems to fit the bill quite nicely – it’s not absolutely huge but it gives a large variety of exercises in a fairly compact space.
    Does assembling it require an engineering degree or can someone do it themselves quite easily?
    Great article about the different Bowflex machines, I’d had no idea there were so many!

    • Yeah, the one thing I love about Bowflex home gyms is their compact size, for sure. The 70+ exercises on the Bowflex Extreme 2SE is a fantastic choice and replacement for going to the gym. Assembling the Bowflex Extreme definitely does not require an engineering degree, but is something you should definitely do with care.

      Assembly time with the Extreme 2SE can take up to a few hours as well, but everything comes neatly packaged into 4 boxes. Amazon also has a wonderful option that allows you to get your home gym assembled by professionals at an additional cost. Hope that helps Clare!

  • It’d be great to get one of these instead of trying to put together all this fitness equipment for a home gym. I still don’t really know which one I would want though.

    I guess the Bowflex Revolution is your most recommended one right? Since it comes up as #1 in your countdown? I like how you mention there’s over 100 exercises you can do with this one machine.

    • Yeah, the Bowflex Revolution is an unbelievable home gym, but that’s not to say that the other models aren’t either. I especially like the Bowflex Blaze and PR3000, which offer an amazing number of exercises for their price. The one Bowflex gym I’m not the biggest fan of is the Bowflex BodyTower, since I feel like there are better power towers out there for cheaper. But in regards to Bowflex’s home gyms, I think they all have some kind of great aspect to them. Your choice usually will boil down to the number of exercises you’d need to make your own home gym feel complete!

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