212 of 223 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For best results
I have been a personal fitness trainer for many years and at first I too was a skeptic about the whole resistance rod thing. I have read other reviews where people who bought this particular unit say that 210lbs is not enough weight to get a good work out.
I would suggest to those of you who think you need more weight than that to try slowing the motion of your...
Published on February 5, 2010 by Ellery King
173 of 199 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Limited Home Gym
I assembled this Bowflex in less than two hours without any difficulty. The build quality is very good, and the manual is rich with information for configuring a work-out. After one week of use, however, I regret my purchase. This unit's maximum resistance cannot be upgraded. It's rated for 210 lbs, but it doesn't even come close to that free-weight equivalent. The...
Published on August 9, 2009 by Intrepyd
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212 of 223 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For best results,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)I have been a personal fitness trainer for many years and at first I too was a skeptic about the whole resistance rod thing. I have read other reviews where people who bought this particular unit say that 210lbs is not enough weight to get a good work out.
I would suggest to those of you who think you need more weight than that to try slowing the motion of your reps on whatever exercise you are doing way, way down. Say for instance you are doing bicep curls: As you curl up, do so with a slow count of 8. At the bottom of the movement start the count at one, then SLOWY curl it up to the top of the movement ending on eight, then do the same on the way back down to the bottom of the movement to get the negative resistance, which makes each single rep more like two reps both positive and negative, up then down.
This will cause you to have to MUSCLE the weight up and down as opposed to using momentum. I would also suggest that you try working each muscle group to failure if you can handle it. This method can make 20lbs seem like 50 after just two sets if you do it correctly. Mind you, you will be so very soar, but in a good way and the results will no doubt satisfy.
135 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)This just arrived today. Took about 2 hours to assemble, but it's pretty easy. I almost bought this from another site, because they were going to assemble it (would've been 200 extra dollars for that) and I am very glad I did it myself.
This unit is extremely sturdy and well put together. I was a bit nervous to buy this because I have young kids I did not want to trash it. Believe me, they couldn't! This is far too well-designed and durable.
Worked out for about an hour, and I love it. Lots of exercises you can do (both muscular and cardio) and you can really feel it.
As others have noted on other models, I can see how the weights (200 lbs) might not be enough, but I am not looking to become the Incredible Hulk. This unit is perfect to stay fit and not let those holiday meals get the upper hand.
I really recommend this to anyone who wants to work at home and does not want to be bored with the same old routine (treadmill, stationary bike, etc.)
Great job, Bowflex!
44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best workout gym ever!!!,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)Let's just say that Amazon is AWESOME!! Instead of paying over 150 dollars for shipping and over a hundred for tax, this was worth every penny! Assembly was really simple except for the seat bar, you almost need two people for that one to balance it out...but I got it on with some patience. Everything was easy to put together and the machine looks incredible!
Now I have worked out on free weights for over 8 years now, getting the Bowflex was a big step for me, but I wanted a gym at home instead of joining a gym and wasting money on membership fees and having to wait in line for the weight area to become free. The first exercise I did was bench press, I was immediately impressed by how great the machine made my muscles contract. My arms shook a lot in the beginning probably because I was not used to doing bench press without a bar, but I got down to the rhythm of it in just a few repetitions. After using the machine and getting an amazing ab workout, I woke up this morning feeling like a truck hit me...which is exactly how I like to feel the morning after a good workout! Sore is a good sign that the machine works! My max on bench press is 275 pounds and 285 on decline, so for a machine that has a max weight of 210 pounds to give me a great workout is just what I was looking for.
I would recommend this machine to anyone because 1.) The price you can not beat with free shipping and no tax 2.) It works your body just like free weights do 3.) You will probably spend the same amount that you pay for this thing over a two year period with a gym that does not belong to you at all 4.) MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! You can work out at home ANYTIME you want and not have to worry about how you look, the weather or the extra expense of driving all the way over there! I think this is a great product, and so far it has made my entire body sore, exactly what I was looking for. I hope the review helps :-).
173 of 199 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Limited Home Gym,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)I assembled this Bowflex in less than two hours without any difficulty. The build quality is very good, and the manual is rich with information for configuring a work-out. After one week of use, however, I regret my purchase. This unit's maximum resistance cannot be upgraded. It's rated for 210 lbs, but it doesn't even come close to that free-weight equivalent. The resistance numbers are arbitrary. For example, the resistance of a combination of a 30 lb and a 20 lb rod feels half as heavy as a 50lb rod. I am athletic but not massive, and I could bench the entire "210 lbs". Biceps curls and triceps pushdowns are fine. For leg exercises, the weight is inadequate, period.
This machine offers aerobic activity in addition to strength training. It just doesn't offer the resistance for body building. That said, using this machine has convinced me that Bowflex and resistance technology could offer a good strength workout, just not in this limited configuration. I recommend the PR3000.
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PR1000 adquate but get a PR3000 instead,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)This review is broken into the following sections:
* Ordering and Shipping
* The Machine
Ordering and Shipping:
I purchased this for a good price via Amazon. Shipping went well, product arrived in a timely manner.
I assembled the machine yesterday. For a short woman in her 50's whose only "helper" was her dog, I found the assembly went pretty well (4 hours). In a couple of places the instructions could have been a bit clearer. I can see how assembly would have been a snap if I had had a different helper or if I were taller - or if I already had a bowflex body :-) for tightening down all the bolts - but all it all, assembly wasn't too bad.
The machine includes an Owner's Manual which describes two things.
1. Various exercise routines (list of exercises) you can follow depending on your goals and current level of fitness. These purport to be aligned to adhere to the 20 mins-per-day, 3 days-per-week mantra that is part of their advertising.
2. A title of each exercise, the equipment to use for the exercise, and a drawing attempting to depict the movement being done in the exercise. This is the first place where I found the "system" to be lacking. Not having been a gym rat, I had had only minimal previous experience with gym equipment and the drawings aren't clear what movement is expected. They also provide a card that gives the initial and final position for some of the exercises, but again, no information on what one is to do to get from A to B. Between the manual, the card, and a few videos out on the Internet, I could figure out what most of the exercises are, but this area is sorely lacking. Since this is supposed to be an entry-level machine, it would have been expected that Bowflex would provide better guidance in this area. So I docked them one star for this.
The machine itself appears to be of good quality. And after the first workout, I am sore, which is what's to be expected. But I am an overweight, out-of-shape, 50-yr-old woman and even I could Leg Press the full weight (210lbs) on my first workout. And unfortunately, as others have observed, you cannot upgrade the PR1000.
This seems to me to be the second drawback, for which I docked them their second star. Coupled with the relatively low maximum weight, I could see the inability to upgrade being a big limitation for most men and any strong woman who is already in great shape. If that's you, I would skip this machine and spend the money on another model - or plan to supplement it.
Since I don't come anywhere near to maxing out the weight for any of the upper-torso exercises, the machine is still very useful to me. If my upper body is able to max it out in a year or two I will be delighted. But for a really effective full-body workout, I'll have to pull out my old "Thighs of Steel" and "Buns of Steel" videos to supplement my treadmill/Bowflex regimen.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review after three months.*Update Two Years Later*,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)**Update 2 years later below***This review is for the Bow flex PR1000 and my use of it over the last 3 months.
I don't think it's necessary to go into great detail concerning the shipping etc. but the machine is packaged very well.
Assembly time- With me and a friend it took about 1 hour.
Quality- I was surprised on the quality of the machine. It is sturdy and very well made. After three months it is holding up as it did on the first day.
Workouts- There is a lot of workouts you can do on this machine. I would highly recommend the bow flex body plan book as it is a valuable reference.
Concerning the workouts the point of the Bow flex is resistance. Each motion of exercise should be controlled.
Workout results-With dieting I have lost 35 lbs. and using the bow flex only 3 times a week for approx. 30 minutes a workout.
Other Models- I was somewhat overwhelmed at the different models and Bow flex nor do reviews on Amazon really help in this area. After doing exhaustive research I found the main difference between this model and the Pr3000 is mostly the Pr3000 comes with 100 extra lbs. of resistance. For another 500 bucks, they can keep it.
*Side note. There are numerous articles and videos showing how you can add more power bars/replace with higher weight without buying a more expensive model. It's actually quite easy.
Free weights vs. Bow flex. You will have friends and so called experts argue one over the other. Through my own experience now and in the past, the bow flex concentrates on and makes you use smaller muscles you thought you never had.
Will you top out the weights/power bars is a concern I had when buying this. At this point the answer is no. If you're looking to be the next Mr. Olympia then you wouldn't be buying this anyways. But the short answer is this will get you in shape, tone or add some bulk, depending on your workouts. And will continue to do so for years to come.
Space required- This is not a small machine so a good 8x10 area is recommended for use.
Does it work? - The answer is yes as long as you use it.You will see results as long as the machine is used and you diet.
Overall rating- The Bow flex pr1000 definitely is worth the money. The machine is well made and will do its job.
**Update Two Years Later*
This machine has helped me lose 60llbs of fat in a healthy way, that is not starving myself but by exercising. I have been going to a local gym and still the use bow flex when I am short on time or the weather is bad.
I can now speak from experience from using both the Bow flex and free weights in a gym. The bow flex will still do its job and do it well. The key is still to do the exercises slowly. For example, when doing a bench press don't jerk up, push up counting to three, hold, and then come down in three.
It will hit the little muscles and will really sculpt you.
Works excellent, rods are fine, it has stayed together nicely.
The bowflex works if you use it!
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowflex 1000 Home Gym,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)I absolutely love this item. I lost 7 pounds in the first five days and after almost one month the only times I cheated was when I worked out on my "off days."
Assembly was quick and easy. I was done in about an hour and a half and was and remain more than satisfied with the quality of this machine. I am very impressed with the it's design and engineering.
The bad news is I broke a rod on my first rep of my first exercise. That didn't bother me too much as it was fairly easy to use the machine without one rod. Also, the service department was quick to respond.
The only other drawback is that there is not enough weight to work the legs. However, I imagine it won't be too difficult to get a rod pack offering more resistance.
Bottom line is the drawbacks of this machine are minor and are vastly outweighed by the numerous advantages. I have combined the Bowflex workout with a daily walk, improved diet and hydration and have seen quick and dramatic results.
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)I put this together myself, which is a pretty good workout in itself. (OK, my husband helped a bit, but I did 90% of it.) It's sturdy, but not rock solid. It's fairly small for a work out machine, and the bench can fold up, so the footprint is about 4'x3'. It's about 6 1/2 feet tall. I'm 5'4" and it's tall enough for me. My husband is 5'11" and this is just barely tall enough for him. The bars "weight" is 105 lbs for each side, which might not be enough for a body builder, but it's good for us. After a half hour work out, my muscles know I've been doing something.
The booklet that comes with the machine has several exercises, but going out to the web will get you a lot more exercises.
This is a very good exercise machine for the casual exerciser, as long as you're not too tall. It's easy to use, it doesn't take up too much space, and it's not prohibitively expensive. It's sturdy, and you can work out all your muscles.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bang for the Buck,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)I have wanted a Bowflex for quite sometime, but was having a hard time justifying the price. I came across the PR 1000 on Amazon.com and found the the price I was looking for. It took about 3 hours to put together and the machine looks sexy sitting in my bedroom. My only complaint is that I was missing 1 nut, but that was an easy fix at the hardware store. I wanted the Bowflex because I am a middle aged man with a spare tire and I dont get much exercise at my desk job. The first thing about the machine is that when I sat down to start the exercises, I noticed how sturdy it was. There was no rocking around on the seat and everything was in easy reach. I also liked the fact that was no jerking motion like you get with free weights. Every exercise is smooth. I began to feel the burn after the first 5 reps and was really getting into using this machine. I highly reccomend this unit to anyone who gets little exercise like I do. It gives me just the right amount resistance that I am looking for. I am not looking to become Mr. Olympia. I just needed a machine that will allow me to thin down and tone up. The Bowflex PR 1000 gets 5 stars and 2 thumbs up
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Hate Exercise,
This review is from: Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym (Sports)I am 68 years old so no exercise is fun for me but, it is much less of a hassle with this new Bowflex. If you follow the directions which recommend two people for the set-up I can see doing it easily in one hour. It took less than two hours to assemble alone. The exercises are easy and changing the set-up for a different exercise is easy as well. While some have complained that you can't upgrade the resistance rods for more weight, I am not a body builder so there is quite enough weight on this model to suit me. It looks fresh and clean in the room, you can do rowing exercises with it that you can't do on many more expensive models and it folds up so you can easily clean under it or use the floor space for some other form of exercise. The price of the product on this site was the best out there. The machine was shipped (FREE) almost immediately and arrived in less than a week.
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