Our Bowflex home gym reviews take a look at some of the best selling home gyms on the market – they’re popular but are they all they’re cracked up to be?
With names like Bowflex Revolution, Bowflex Xtreme and Bowflex Ultimate they should sound appealing to the average home fitness enthusiast looking for a home workout to build or tone muscle or as part of a weight loss program.
Bowflex is a Nautilus brand and has been building quality exercise equipment for years now, but whilst they make pretty good treadmills it’s their home gyms that they’re best known for.
This is in no small part down to the seemingly endless re-runs of their infomercials on late night TV!
The buff models you see in their ads certainly help their marketing campaign, but what sort of results can you expect from a Bowflex home gym?
Bowflex Home Gym Reviews – Overview
Having tried a number of Bowflex home gyms myself, I have to say that they’re success is down to a lot more than just slick marketing.
The whole range is beautifully designed and is perfectly tailored to the home gym market. The machines are compact and in the case of the Xtreme take up a surprisingly small amount of floor space.
Even the larger Ultimate 2 takes up little more space than the average sofa!
They’re also highly portable due largely to the absence of weights, which results in a solid, robust but pretty lightweight machine.
The resistance is generated by two systems – the Bowflex Revolution uses “SpiraFlex” plates, essentially high tension rubber bands, whilst the Xtreme and Ultimate use Power Rods – high tension rods that bend.
These systems may sound a bit…well, wimpy, particularly for those used to bars loaded with Olympic plates but they do result in a smooth, controlled and effective workout.
Another selling point that impressed our Bowflex home gym reviews is the flexibility and versatility of the machines.
Each model offers a huge array of exercise options – up to 90+ with the Revolution – and in most case you don’t even need to change a cable or leave your seat change exercise.
However, whilst each Bowflex home gym is a great piece of kit they don’t come cheap, with the top end models costing in excess of $2,000. But you do get what you pay for – superbly engineered machines that should last for years.
Bowflex Home Gym Reviews – The Range…
OK, that’s the overview, now for some detailed reviews. We’ll be posting our Bowflex reviews over the next few weeks so visit us again soon. In the meantime, here’s the model range: