Best Bowflex Home Gym Reviews - Updated 2019
So, I wanted to put together a quick summary of the best bowflex home gym models you can buy 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 that you get the best home gym for your money and you can get in the full body 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 machines for your home gym.
Best Bowflex Machine 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 Xtreme 2SE Home Gym
The Bowflex Xtreme 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. The Bowflex Xtreme 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.
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 lifetime 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 Pr1000 Home Gym (Now Xtreme Home Gym)
PR1000 is the least expensive out of all the models sporting over 25 exercise possibilities. This is a great starter gym for the price. It does use the Bowflex patented power rod resistance system.
Updated 10/11/2019: The PR1000 is an old model. It has been upgraded and is now called Bowflex Xtreme Home Gym.
There is a built in pulley 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 200 pounds of resistance if you have all 5 rods attached to the cable system.
The gym dimensions are 85 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. To be safe you should have 87 inches of room. It is 86" when folded up.
- Rowing option
- Media rack to store ipad or phone
- Folding bench option. Incline and flat options.
- Entry level
- Cheapest out of all the models.
- Squat Station
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 200 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 rod system 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 Bowflex 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 with the Bowflex Blaze 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 rod system 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 Revolution Home Gym
Ok last up is the Bowflex 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. Without a doubt you will be able to get a full body workout with this gym.
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 Bowflex 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
FAQ About The Best Bowflex Home Gym Models
Bowflex Xtreme 2 vs Xtreme 2 SE
This is a common question I get asked. Simply stated the Xtreme 2 SE is the new model. So, just make sure you choose the new model on it and you will still get all the great benefits of that gym. Here is the new model on amazon if you want to check it out.
Bowflex PR1000 vs PR3000
The first major difference is that the PR3000 is five hundred dollars more expensive than the pr1000. With the 1000 you can do 25 different exercises and it has 200 pound rods. the bench does convert to a rowing seat.
The pr3000 can do up to 50 different exercises and can go up to 210 pound rods. It is also upgradeable to 310 pound rods whereas the 1000 is not. Also not that the bench press on the 3000 is vertical and the 1000 is lying down horizontal.
Bowflex PR3000 vs Blaze
Blaze has resistance rods from 210-410 where the 3000 is 210-310lbs. The blaze has a horizontal bench and the 3000 is vertical. The blaze has these extras which is a squat bar, it folds and has the aerobic rowing option. Price wise the blaze is $200 cheaper than the 3000.
Bowflex Xceed vs Xtreme
The Xceed model is a thousand dollars cheaper than the xtreme 2SE but don't let that fool you that it's not worth looking at. It's resistance ranges 210-410 lbs just like the 2se. The 2se has 70 exercises you can do whereas the Xceed has 65 available. The main difference between the two is that the Xceed bench does not fold up and it does not have dynamic rowing.
Bowflex Reviews - Home Gym Summary
Well, hopefully you have a better idea of which is the best bowflex home gym 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 is one of the best home gyms, 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.