Not everyone wants to pay a monthly membership to workout. There are people like you and me who like to workout at home in our own gym.
There are various options that you can do to setup your gym at home and it will come down to how much space you have, your goals and budget.
Using a home gym to do circuit training is an easy way to get in shape that does not require a lot of time. It does not require a lot of space to setup and is a great way to get consistent workouts done at home.
Bowflex has been at this for years and is a leader in the industry. We’ll look at the best bowflex gym options you can purchase to get your home gym setup in a snap!
Top Rated Bowflex Home Gym Table Comparison 2017
|Bowflex Blaze Home Gym *||$799.00|
|Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym *||n/a|
|Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym *||$759.00|
|Bowflex Revolution Home Gym *||$2,999.00|
|Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym *||$1,478.21|
So, I wanted to put together a quick summary of bowflex home gym models for folks who are looking to purchase one. I’ll break down the different models and what is unique about each one to help narrow down your research on what will workout best for you.
The fact that you are looking for one tells me you are serious about getting into shape. This is a big purchase and should be well thought out so you are happy with it in the long run and you can get in the workout you want in the privacy of your home gym.
Anyone going this route wants to save time and wants to avoid a monthly gym membership as well. So, let’s get this party started and see what options you have in buying a bowflex home gym.
Bowflex Home Gym Models Reviews
Here are the 5 different models that bowflex manufactures: Bowflex Pr1000, Bowflex Revolution, Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE, Bowflex Blaze, Bowflex PR3000. Let’s jump into a summary of each of them, what they cost and what comes with them.
Bowflex Pr1000 Home Gym
The PR1000 is the least expensive out of all the models sporting over 30 exercise possibilities. This is a great starter gym for the price. It does use the Bowflex patented power rod resistance system. There is a built in cable system that you actually attach the rods to provide the weight resistance that you need for your exercise. The weight resistance range starts at 5 pounds and goes up to 210 pounds of resistance if you have all 5 rods attached to the cable system.
The gym dimensions are 81 inches in height, 84 inches long and 38 inches wide. So, at 6 foot and 3/4 of an inch you should fit in any room that you have in the house without any issues of it touching a ceiling. The actually recommended workout area to store the gym is 100 inches by 78 inches wide.
Total Exercises – Total: 30+, Arm Exercises: 16, Chest: 8, Abs: 5, Back: 9, Shoulder: 14, Leg: 13.
Rowing option: Yes.
The unit does have a horizontal bench press, lat pull down, leg curl and extensions. There is also a built in rowing machine handles to get a bit of cardio in as well. What’s unique about this unit, is that you can fold the bench for easy storage if you are limited on space.
One important note though, you can not upgrade this to the 310 pound rods. You are stuck with the 210 pound resistance and it cannot be upgraded. Again this is a great gym for beginners, people who don’t need a lot of weight and for people who want a cheap home gym that won’t break their pocket book. So, there is a 1 year warranty on the frame itself, the power rods have a 5 year warranty and there is a 60 day warranty on any parts that break.
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
Next up is the blaze model which has some subtle differences over the PR1000. It does have everything that the Pr1000 with the addition of being able to upgrade to the 310 pound kit or 410 pound kit. It is 2 inches higher and 6 inches longer. Here are are actually dimensions: L 90″ x W 38″ x H 83″.
You have a lot more exercises that you can do with the model totaling 66 exercises. It has a lat pull down bar option where the pr1000 does not have one. Also included is a leg extension attachment so you can work your quads and hamstrings.
The warranty is different from the pr1000 too. It has a 1 year warranty on the frame, 60 days on parts and 5 years on the rods. So, in this case the Blaze does not have as long as of a warranty on the frame vs the pr1000.
Total Exercises – Total: 60+, Arm Exercises: 5, Chest: 4, Abs: 2, Back: 3, Shoulder: 4, Leg: 6.
Rowing option: Yes.
Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym
The main difference in the PR3000 compared to the Blaze is that it has a vertical bench. So, this means you will be doing your bench press sitting up vs laying flat on the bench.
The Leg attachment is better than the PR1000 or the Blaze. It’s more of what you would expect at the gym. One thing to mention here is that the bench does not flatten out like it does with the pr1000 model. So, there are few exercises you can do with it.
This can be upgraded to the 310 pound kit though. So, that is an advantage over the 1000. That should be enough for 90 percent of us. If you need 410 pounds of resistance you have to go to a different model though.
So, the main difference here is the bench being vertical instead of flat, leg attachment and lat pull down. The dimensions of the PR3000 are L 96″ x W 78″ x H 83″ which is a bit longer than the first 2 we looked at.
I would mention that the Frame has a 1 year warranty, parts are 60 days and the power rods are 7 years. So, the rods warranty is the longest we have seen so far.
Total Exercises – Total: 50+, Arm Exercises: 4, Chest: 3, Abs: 2, Back: 4, Shoulder: 6, Leg: 7.
Rowing option: No.
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym
This comes with the standard 210 pound rods and is up-gradable to the 410 pound kit. The main difference with the Xtreme 2se gym is that you don’t have to change the cables for your exercises like you do the others.
So, you can literally do squats, bench press, lat pull downs etc.. without changing cables. It helps to keep your workout moving along and you don’t waste time changing cables.
Like the blaze model it does come with an angled lat pull down option. It has a vertical seat like the 1000 and 3000 gyms. Here are the dimensions L 96″ x W 78″ x H 83″. So you basically need an 8 foot by 6 1/2 foot workout area.
What you are really paying for the ability to do more arm, back, shoulder and leg exercises with this model, not having to worry about changing cables for each exercise and being able to upgrade it. It also has an ab harness that the other gyms we have reviewed don’t have. It’s a nice addition to do crunches like you would do at a normal gym.
Multiple Grip options
I did notice that it has more hand grip options than the others as well. You have the regular grip, non grip cuff, ankle cuff, shoulder and foot cuff. This is pretty sweet because it adds a new dimension for leg exercises that the others didn’t have.
It has the standard 1 year frame and 60 day parts warranty. What is different is that the power rods have a life time warranty on them. So, I’m guessing that is really built into the higher price of this model.
Total Exercises – Total: 70+, Arm Exercises: 24, Chest: 6, Abs: 3, Back: 18, Shoulder: 16, Leg: 12.
Rowing Machine: No.
Bowflex Revolution Home Gym
Ok last up is the revolution model that is the most expensive bow flex home gym that they offer. This is way too expensive for me to spend on a home gym but I’m going to list it out what you get with it incase you are that person who wants the top of the line that bowflex has to offer.
The resistance system is different. It comes with 220 pounds of SpriaFlex Resistance. They say that this technology actually duplicates the feel of free weights like no other home gym.
You should expect much smoother action when you are pushing or pulling. So, you adjust the weights by adding more or less plates like you would with free weights at your local gym. You can upgrade the unit to 300 lbs for upper body strength lifting exercises and up to 600 lbs for leg exercises.
A unique feature about the revolution is that it has moving arms that can adjust to 10 different positions and up to 170 degrees. You can really tweak your angle here for chest exercises or back exercises to make it more challenging. Another slick option is that this can be very compact when you fold up the bench. When it’s folded up the area looks like this: 4′ 7″ x 3′ 2″. That’s pretty dang small and convenient if you want to keep things neat and are short on space.
Here are the dimensions for the unit: L 120″ x W 84″ x H 83″. You’ll notice that is the longest out of all the home gyms. It also has the longest warranty of 10 years on it.
Total Exercises – Total: 100+, Arm Exercises: 21, Chest: 18, Abs: 8, Back: 15, Shoulder: 22, Leg: 17.
Rowing Machine: Yes
Well, hopefully you have a better idea of what each of the bowflex gyms have to offer. All of these are discounted a lot on amazon so make sure you look there and check out more customer reviews before you buy the product. The Xtreme 2SE is bowflex’s best seller and has the most bang for the buck. Let me know if you have any more questions and I would love to hear about your results with the gyms!
In the event that you have talked yourself out of building this type of home gym I still have other options for you. You can check out my adjustable dumbbell guide and my adjustable bench guide to help you build out a set of dumbbells and the right bench to using in your home gym. Hit me up in the comment section if you have questions.