bowflex

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    May 21, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    I have a bowflex and no instructions. It was given to me recently. What are the best exercises to do using it? What is you thought on this piece of equipment in place of open weights, etc. Can you do the same exercises that you would do with open weights? Thanks!
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    May 22, 2008 2:27 AM GMT
    I use free weights in my lifting routine. I find that free weights demand more attention to form and proper lifting techniques than machines do. However, I have never used a Bowflex so I am unfamiliar with its attributes. But I find it difficult to accept that Bowflex's 20 minutes-a-day workout is going to build the kind of muscles that you see on the models in their TV ads. Call me old fashioned I guess, but I much prefer free weights to machine-assisted workouts. Good luck!
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    May 22, 2008 10:39 AM GMT
    Home gyms are tough. Most of the time they turn into clothing racks instead of regularly used workout equipment.

    I have a bowflex that I use three times a week. They (like anything) have their pro's and con's. The bowflex seems to work for me. I use it to maintain because I really dont want to build at this point in my life.

    Look at the bowflex web page for a contact link. Ask them to send you a manual. The manual is a must have if you ask me.
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    May 22, 2008 11:15 AM GMT
    Find out which model you have and download a manual at:
    http://www.bowflex.com/bhg_microsite/customerservice/manuals.jsp?lid=Assembly+and+Owners+Manuals+-+Manuals

    Though they are obviously not as good as freeweights at the gym, the results you can get with one can be amazing.

    I have one and used it for 18 months before joining a gym again.

    What are your goals?
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    May 22, 2008 3:13 PM GMT
    Hi, Thanks for the info. I will check the web site. Thanks. My Goals have always been to loose weight. I really need to build up though. I will add a picture soon. It is hard to find any I like. I have always had a complex about weight even though I have gotten down to a 33 waist. I always see fat when I look at myself. I was a fat kid. If I am honest with myself, I need to build up and firm up.
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    May 22, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Would probably have bought a Bowflex last year, but could not find one that was short enough to fit in my basement! Old house problems. I bought another home gym and use freeweights too for a variety of workouts.

    Good luck with it. Know you will enjoy it.