Bowflex... worth it?

  • benarw

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    Jan 26, 2008 9:26 PM GMT
    Hi guys. My roommate and I are looking into possibly getting a bowflex for our apartment. Has anyone used one? Is it worth the $$$? Thoughts? Recommendations on which one to get?
  • mcwclewis

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    Jan 26, 2008 9:49 PM GMT
    A bowflex is an excellent machine to tone and firm muscles, as well as to help with weight loss. If your goal is bulk up, however, I would suggest a free-weight bench or something with actual weights involved. If you do decide to get one, look around online first, you can usually find a coupon on their website, or from fitness magazines, that will save you some serious money off of the exhorbant cost of a bowflex.
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    Jan 26, 2008 9:49 PM GMT
    I regularly use my bowflex. Recommend them? Yes and No

    New- they are pricey. I bought mine used (like new) for a real bargain. If you choose to buy that is the road I would take. Look in your local paper and you will find them.

    Why would I not recommend the bowflex? Because most home gym equipment becomes a clothing hanger. You have to have real discipline to use home gym equipment.

    Other than that the bowflex is awesome. I use mine for chest/arms/abs/shoulders. The rest I get from the bicycle or the treadmill.
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    Jan 26, 2008 10:22 PM GMT
    I bought my Bowflex 2000x in 1987 and it still works like new. It is not nearly as nice as the new ones (you can barely do any leg exercises on it) and I have outgrown the weight pack for larger muscles; I can and do still use it for arm and shoulder exercises. If I didn't work in a gym I would actually consider the new revolution xp.
    I would pick any option to up the standard weight pack because you can outgrow it quickly.
    Mike
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    Jan 26, 2008 11:15 PM GMT

    I guess they work, but they are hard to have sex on. I'd recommend a little weigth bench and a hand full of weights: cheaper, yields the same results, and the bench can double as a massage table, a front row seat, or a bed.
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    Jan 27, 2008 3:37 AM GMT
    My brother bought one about 2 years ago. I have yet to see any positive results from it. I think he thought that he would get as muscular and tone as the models in the commercial. He also bought those shock pads that go on your abs. He wanted to watch tv and eat junk food while "working out". He doesnt have any muscle tone nor does he have any abs.
  • red_series

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    Jan 27, 2008 4:00 AM GMT
    Guilty GearI guess they work, but they are hard to have sex on


    mental note: disinfect bench before working out at guitygear's
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    Jan 27, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    I have a Soloflex (remember those) that I've had for about 15 years and it still works. Like Bowflex, its great for weight loss and toning up, but if you're looking for bulk, freeweights are a must, I think.

    I wish I could get a Bowflex... I tried out a friend's a few weeks back, using the same workout and weight that I use on my Soloflex, and I noticed that the Bowflex gave me a better workout by far. I liked especially how it worked muscles that the Soloflex doesn't, and how I felt more like I'd worked out after than I do with my machine. Of course, once I get the rest of this weight off, I'm hitting the gym for a little bulk...

    And as with anything, if you're going to watch TV and eat junk food while you're "working out", its just not gonna work. Oh... and the "shock pads" for the abs (SlenderTone belt... a TENS unit) won't make you lose weight or bulk up... but if you're ready to tone your abs, it can definitely help. The key, of course, is good nutrition along with working out...

    P.S. The bench on the Soloflex is a little bigger, guiltygear... much better for sex...
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    Jan 27, 2008 4:18 AM GMT
    I have a Bowflex Ultimate 2 (Power-rod gym). I love it. Convienent in that I do not have to go to the gym, but some people actually "get more" out of physically going away from home to exercise. Has workout exercises for entire body including an aerobic exercise (Rowing). Quite pricey, but definetely worth the cost, if it is going to be used. Fabulous toner for body and good for bulking up to certain point (this is because of limit of resistance that can be added to machine). I disagree with the other person who said that the body of the guy on the commercial can not be achieved. With proper diet, exercise, and time this body can be achieved. I bought mine in November and am truly amazed at what it has done for me in just three months. Remember diet, exercise, and time are essential.
  • benarw

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    Jan 27, 2008 6:52 AM GMT
    Thanks guys! That's all very helpful. My work schedule is all over the place right now and I often have a lot of energy at odd times when getting to gym is not convenient. If I did put down the $$ to get a bowflex it would get a lot of use. Right now I'm more interesting in getting leaner. Gotta get rid of the evil fat first.
  • calipally

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    Jan 27, 2008 7:35 AM GMT
    Funny, the male and female models for bowflex are trainers at my gym. The guy is pretty f'ing hot, amazing ass, but of course he knows it. The chick is quite skinny, but cute.
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    Feb 01, 2008 9:20 AM GMT
    Most of their equipment is nice. Be warned -- buying them from the big-box stores (Sears, Costco, Walmart, etc.) can leave you with a moderately priced piece of equipment lacking most of the cool accessories. Buy at specialty retail (GI Joes, XXX sporting equipment, etc.) and you'll pay MUCH more than you need. Best to buy direct and pay cash, or finance any other way than their bank. Oh, and the Revo is a beautiful piece of machinery -- just wait another year or so. It'll be far cheaper. Good luck!