Bowflex Question

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    Mar 20, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    Im trying to decide on buying a bowflex, Im a full time student and I work alot as an EMT. The closest gym is normally closed by the time I can workout, so I just run and do pushups. So I saw an ad for the bowflex and it interested me, however there just seems to be so many different versions. I havent a clue on which one to look at or if it is even worth the expense. Does anyone have any advice on this?
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    Mar 20, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    I've had a Bowflex for about 10 yrs and over all I think it's a good piece of equipment. I have a power pro, and I added all power rods so it's pretty good. You can even do a really effective leg routine with it. Of course the one I got is way outdated. However, they hold up well, so you might want to consider a used one if money is a big part of the consideration. I'm sure you could find one cheap these days.

    Boflex is probably one of the best choices if you need something that's relatively light weight, can fold up into a small space and gives you good resistance.

    If you have space and don't need it to be portable, I'd go with a good quality multi station gym like hoist.

    I hope this helps

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    Mar 20, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    If you decide to buy a Bowflex, by all means check out eBay. Their prices can save you hundreds to up to over a thousand dollars from the retail price at Bowflex's site.
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    Mar 20, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    Their high-end product is worth it, BUT DO NOT FINANCE IT. You'll be paying for it FOREVER.

    The stuff you see at mid-sized to large retailers (Joe's, Dicks, and at one point, Costco, etc.) isn't worth it. They have to cheapen the components enough to get to that price point -- it won't last for 10 years, maybe a year with use.

    Which raises another good point, watch eBay or craigslist for used equipment. Trust me when I say -- the statistics on how many people use the stuff for a month and then never touch it again are astounding.

    What's even more scary -- the percentage of people you can sell an entirely new system to in two year's time, convincing them that the NEW equipment will somehow motivate them where the OLD one didn't, i.e. workouts on CD, web-based progress tracking, bundled cardio equipment and unecessary supplements.
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    Jun 10, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    I have an Extereme 2 and I love it..its the only equipment I use other than occassional free weights and a sit-up bench.