Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
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- Get a total body strength workout with affordable home gym, includes rowing machine rail
- Provides as little as five or as many as 210-Pounds of resistance
- Over 30 strength exercises
- Includes horizontal bench press and lat pull down
- 300-Pound maximum user weight, requires 100 x 78-Inch minimum workout area
- Shipping box : 54” x 33” x 8” ; Assembled unit : 84” x 38” x 82”
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The Bowflex PR1000 home gym is a great way to strengthen your muscles and add a bit of cardio training to the mix with over 30 strength exercises and a built-in rowing station. With up to 210 pounds of Power Rod resistance, this versatile machine helps work the abs, arms, chest, back, shoulders, and lower body. It includes triple-function hand grips for lat pull-down, a horizontal bench press, and four-inch upholstered roller cushions for leg extension and leg curl exercises. The rowing machine rail also folds when you're done with your workout
Size: One Size
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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!
Like many things built in Asia, they don't seem to use locking nuts or even lock washers - they use flat washers everywhere. And as I expected, after two weeks of use, the bolts holding the upper bar have already come loose. Despite that I originally tightened them to the max. A small issue, but nevertheless annoying as now I have to go and buy source lock washers and re-assemble the unit. Despite this, the unit is robust, the finishes are excellent and quality seems good.
As far as the apparatus, it took some getting use to after being accustomed to using traditional weight-resistance apparatus. For one, clipping and unclipping the cables to the rods takes some getting used to. Originally it took a fair amount of time but now I'm finally getting to be proficient at it. Adding or subtracting weights by the use of click pins on traditional equipment is much easier and quicker, but they don't have the convenience of Bowflex. Its a trade-off. Secondly, the manual - they should have the Day 1, 2 and 3 routines set up in a way that one uses the same setup for a number of the exercises, then change to another setup for the next and so on. Instead they jump all over the place which means a lot of clipping and unclipping of cables.
And lastly, I find that the resistance using flexible rods seems to vary as one does the exercise - it seems easier at first and then stiffer as you bend the rods more. Whereas with weights the resistance is the same all the time. Maybe its just me and I need to get used to this. But then again, the Bowflex is much more convenient and complete in terms of the muscle groups that can be exercised compared for a very reasonable cost.
Pros: Easy to assemble, easy to store and very sturdy.
Cons: None so far.
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