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4.0 out of 5 stars Not 210 pounds. No way. No how., October 12, 2009
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This review is from: Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym (Sports)
I don't usually review items I buy but I think the major flaw with the Bowflex line and the PR3000 needs to be stressed for people who don't have a chance to check them out prior to buying one.

I tried one prior to purchase and also read the reviews so I was prepared to add additional rods to my PR3000, which I really like by the way. So for you guys and gals who have been lifting free weights at the gym, here is my try at telling you what you need....

I am 6'3" tall and the machine fits me well. When I go to the gym, my chest workout after warming up is 3 sets of 8-10 reps with 135# (olympic bar with 45# plates on each end). By the end of the 3 sets, I'm flat done. When I got the Bowflex, I used the entire 210#, did 3 sets of 20 and could have done more.

Today, I put on the 310# and the 410# upgrade. With the 410#, I can do 8 reps and I'm done. The 310# weight just about equals the 135# I was using at the gym. I also tried moving the seat forward (4" block behind my back) this made the 210# weight stack better but not good enough, also was bending the rods pretty far.

All in all, I don't agree with the reviewer who said that the PR3000 is not enough, I downloaded the book for the Bowflex Ultimate II and use a lot of the exercises from that book. But I do agree with everyone that say not to consider 210# to be adequate in most cases. I could not find anything on the Nautilus/Bowflex sites that explains how they determine their weights but believe me when I say, I could not find anyway to justify 210# rating on this equipment.

Also, ebay sells a hook for the rod stacks that makes it a lot easier to hook multiple rods together. Necessary if you go to 410#.
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2012 11:35:58 AM PDT
Ryan Stigge says:
I just want to clarify, you were able to install the 410# upgrade on the pr3000?

The reason I ask is the bowflex website says the 410# upgrade does not work with the pr3000.

How easy was installation? Does is work properly?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 2:59:26 PM PDT
D. Veith says:
Better yet, go to ebay and look for "
410 lb RECONFIGURED POWER ROD BOX UPGRADE for BOWFLEX...NEW.

Just saw this.. There is also a 610 lb upgrade.
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