Best Bowflex Home Gym: 6 picks and Reviews

John Broadway

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John is an experienced health and wellness professional with a history of working in corporate wellness, clinical research, fitness equipment, and non-profit organizations.

Over the past 2 decades, there hasn’t been a better marketable home fitness solution than Bowflex. With their innovative equipment and affordable prices, it is very difficult to find a better deal than what Bowflex offers. So let’s look at the best Bowflex home gym.

Are Bowflex home gyms worth it?

The best part about the Bowflex home gym is that resistance is not based on traditional free weights. This allows the user to efficiently switch between resistances. Plus, you don’t have to hurt your back by picking up heavy weights to add to the equipment. Space will be saved by not having multiple weight plates laying around as well.

Bowflex home gyms exercise possibilities range from 30 to 100 that allow the user to create a full body training session. As mentioned before, with the ability to efficiently switch between resistances you will be able to save time and move through the workout faster.

Compared to other high quality home gyms, Bowflex is very affordable and offers payment options to help you start achieving your health and wellness goals.

Power Rod vs Spiraflex

Bowflex home gyms are split into two different resistance categories. The common one that you’ve seen on Bowflex commercials over the years is the Power Rod resistance. The newer type of resistance is the Spiraflex.

Power Rod

I remember when Bowflex first unveiled the Power Rod on their home gym equipment. A home gym that relies on high quality bands instead of weights? It was a game changer in the fitness equipment industry.

The science behind the Power Rod is very similar to a bow string. When pulling the bow back to place and arrow in, the string is light at first. As you continue to pull the string back, the resistance increases.

Instead of feeling a constant resistance, like most exercise equipment, the resistance increases through the lifting phase and decreases while moving back to the starting point.

Spiraflex

Recently, Bowflex has started to incorporate the Spiraflex into their full body home gyms. Spiraflex was created by NASA as a way for astronauts to exercise while in space without gravity.

Instead of using actual weights or power rods, Spiraflex creates resistance through multiple bands in a circular plate. As the user lifts, the plate rotates to create constant resistance throughout the workout.

Spiraflex creates the same workout feel that you would have with traditional weight plates. The only difference is that the Spiraflex weights are lightweight and weigh around the same.

Which one should you choose?

Power Rods are a great choice for those looking to build strength and tone. Experienced lifters will get a great change of pace and workout with the Power Rods. Beginners and older populations should avoid the Power Rods until they build up enough strength to use the Power Rods.

Spiraflex is a great choice for those that want a traditional strength training feel. I would recommend these types of home gyms to all exercisers, especially older populations because adding and using the resistance is easier than the Power Rods.

Types of exercises you can do

Bowflex home gyms give the user the ability to do over 100 exercises. Here is a list of exercises that are included:

  • Bench Press
  • Pulldowns
  • Curls
  • Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Tricep Kickbacks
  • Sit ups

Best Bowflex Home Gyms

1. Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym Machine

Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym with Upgrades

Coming in at number 1 on our list is the Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym. As the name mention, this Bowflex machine was made to take your workouts to the next level.

The feature that separates this one from the rest is the cable system. On other home gyms, to switch to the pull down or leg exercises you have to change the cables. With this home gym, the cable system is set up and ready to go. This feature will allow you to rotate through a full body workout without wasting any time.

The Bowflex Xtreme comes with 210 lb resistance with the Power Rods and can be upgraded to 410 lb of resistance. The main seat is vertical and this model does come with an angled lat pulldown bar. This home gym also includes additional grip attachments. The attachments include regular, ankle, foot, and ab harness.

This home gym is 83” so it will not be able to fit in small ceiling areas. The home gym takes up an 8 foot by 6 1/2 foot area.

With this homes gym you’re paying for the ability to perform more exercises and the convenience of not having to switch out cables to move to different positions.

Pros

  • Mutliple cable system that allows user to switch between cables efficiently
  • Multiple grip attachments that increase exercise possibilities
  • Ability to perform squats and deadlifts

Cons

  • Multiple cable system can make set up difficult

Who it’s good for

  • Those that don’t have a lot of time to exercise
  • Those that are looking for a home gym that has over 100 exercises

Who it’s not good for

  • Those that are looking for a more traditional strength training experience instead of Power Rods

2. Bowflex Blaze Home Gym

Bowflex Home Gym Series

The Bowflex Blaze Home Gym is the best bang for your buck on our list. For the price, you’ll be receive a lot exercise possibilities compared to more expensive equipment.

The Blaze Home Gym includes 60 strength building exercises and the ability to do leg curls and leg extensions. Compared to other home gyms at the same price the Blaze offers almost double the exercises.

Like most Bowflex home gyms, Blaze has a weight resistance of 210 lbs. What sets the Blaze apart is the ability to upgrade to either 320 lbs or 410 lbs for those that want to lift heavier resistance.

The feature that I like the most with the Blaze is the ability to switch from a flat bench to an incline bench. This gives the user the ability to do incline bench press and military press.

Pros

  • Leg extension, leg curl, and squats are able to be performed on this equipment
  • Ability to perform over 60 exercises
  • Ability to upgrade to 310 lbs or 410 lbs of resistance
  • Great value for the features compared to the price
  • Ability to switch between flat and incline bench positions

Cons

  • No cardio capability

Who it’s good for

  • For beginners that are wanting a high quality starting home gym that they can progress with
  • For those that want a home gym that has a high resistance

Who it’s not good for

  • Those that are looking for a more traditional strength training experience instead of Power Rods

3. Bowflex PR3000 Workout Machine

Assault Fitness AirRunner, Black Frame/Charcoal

Up next on our list is an older but still amazing home gym model the Bowflex PR3000. This home gym is middle of the road with features and price. You’re going to get what you paid for with this home gym.

The PR3000 is set up as an incline bench with the ability for the seat to adjust to the users height. The seat can be removed to move into squats and deadlifts. Attached by the seat is also a leg attachment for stability and the ability to perform leg extensions.

The best feature on this machine is the ability to perform 50 different exercises and not have to make cable adjustments between the exercises. The only thing that will need to be changed are the grips and the resistance from the Power Rods.

Pros

  • Ability to perform deadlifts, squats, and leg extensions
  • Cable system allows users to quickly switch between exercises without having to change cable position
  • Adjustable and removable seat
  • Upgradable weight to 310 lbs of resistance

Cons

  • No lat pull down attachment

Who it’s good for

  • Those that don’t have a lot of time to exercise
  • Those that are looking for a home gym that has over

Who it’s not good for

  • Those that are looking for a more traditional strength training experience instead of Power Rods

4. Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym

Assault Fitness AirRunner, Black Frame/Charcoal

The PR1000 is one of the least expensive Bowflex Home Gyms but don’t let the price fool you, it has great features that other home gyms don’t.

The PR1000 has just over 25 exercise possibilities making this home gym a great pick for beginners. This home gym uses the Power Rod resistance.

The PR1000 comes with a lat pull down, leg curl, leg extensions, and horizontal bench press. What makes this home gym different from the rest is the built in rowing machine! I’ve never heard of a home gym that includes a built in rower. The weight bench on this unit does fold up to save space.

The only downside to this equipment is that it cannot be upgraded in weight.

The reason to buy this machine is for the low price, the ability to do cardio with the rower, and space saving ability by folding up the bench.

Pros

  • One of the least expensive Bowflex Home Gyms
  • Lat pull down, leg curl, and leg extensions capability
  • Saves up space by using the folding bench
  • Comes with a built in rower to do cardio exercises

Cons

  • Weight resistance cannot be upgraded

Who it’s good for

  • For beginners that want a good starting home gym that is not that expensive

Who it’s not good for

  • Those that want the ability to lift heavy weight resistance

5. Bowflex Revolution Home Gym

Bowflex Revolution Home Gym

The only home gym on our list with Spiraflex resistance is the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym.

The huge benefit of the Revolution Home Gym is the light weight plates that can be easily added or removed. The weight plates start at a max of 210 lbs but can be upgraded to 300 lbs. The padded comfort on this machine is the best out of all the Bowflex equipment.

The Revolution does have a couple of downsides. This equipment does not include a lat pulldown or the ability to perform squats or deadlifts. It also takes up a lot of floor space with its wide dimensions of 10 feet by 7 feet.

The big con with the Revolution is that its the most expensive Bowflex machine but it doesn’t offer the same features and exercises as the cheaper Bowflex machines.

In my opinion, I would not buy this equipment unless this is for older adults that may struggle with lifting weight plates or attaching Power Rods.

Pros

  • Spiraflex resistance allows for consistent resistance through workout
  • Weight plates are light and easy to attach and remove from equipment

Cons

  • Most expensive Bowflex home gym
  • Doesn’t include lat pull down bar
  • Takes up a lot of space compares to other home gyms

Who it’s good for

  • Those that may struggle with lifting heavy weight plates on machines

Who it’s not good for

  • Those that are wanting increasing resistance throughout the workout

6. Bowflex BodyTower

Assault Fitness AirRunner, Black Frame/Charcoal

If you’re just beginning to start exercising or like performing bodyweight exercises the Bowflex BodyTower is perfect for you! This is the least expensive home gym on our list and it also takes up the least amount of space

With an adjustable dip bar and foam roller, the Bowflex Power Tower offers almost 3 times the amount of exercise than an original Power Tower. This is also the one of the only power towers that has workout examples posted on to the machine. I personally also like the grip attachments for bodyweight rows, they are comfortable and give a better grip than the dip bars .

The only downside to this equipment is the design of the pull up bar. The triangle pull up bar can get in the way while performing tricep dips.

Pros

  • Adjustable dip bar and foam roller for more exercises than normal power tower
  • Exercise diagrams on equipment

Cons

  • Low height for pull up bar
  • Triangle pull up bar can get in the way during tricep dips

Who it’s good for?

  • Beginning exercisers
  • Short exercisers
  • Those looking for equipment that allows multiple exercises

Who it’s not good for?

  • Tall people
  • People that are over 300lbs

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Summary

When purchasing a Bowflex Home Gym, you can’t go wrong with any of their equipment. Bowflex has been around since the ’80s and have continued to listen to customers and created innovative home workout equipment. There equipment is made high quality and most of their equipment comes with at least a 1 year warranty if not more.

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