There aren't many people who haven't heard of the Bowflex home gym. It has become one of the biggest names in the fitness industry for conducting full-body exercises in the comfort of your own home, all for much cheaper than purchasing or investing in a long-term gym subscription. What started as an infomercial-only product quickly developed into an international phenomenon available at many stores and online retailers.
In this article, we will review three of the hottest Bowflex systems and compare their pros and cons, as well as list some common Bowflex exercises that you can do at home with the machine.
Bowflex Extreme 2 Review
The Xtreme 2 is a built-in home gym that is great for beginners and those that are looking for a one-stop solution. This model adapts with you as there are certainly optional attachments that can be added as you work your way through the workouts and weights. The lateral tower allows you to target your back and top muscles, while various other stations engage your calves, wrists, hips, and arms. The super setting is made simple as the pulley system is "no-change", meaning you can stitch workouts without needing to pause and readjust the machine.
Pros: The Xtreme 2 should be considered if you need a variety of workouts, an adjustable and ergonomic seat, and a power rod instead of resistance bands (which prioritizes safety over free workouts)
Cons: Assembly is of greater difficulty than the other systems, as there are many parts and pieces to be put together. the good news is that once assembled, the Bowflex system will last a long time with proper care. There are also other budget-friendly options, as the Xtreme 2 can cost at least $2,000, making it more impactful on the pocketbook.
Price: $2000 or more.
Bowflex M3 Review
The Bowflex Max Trainer M3 is an alternative to the Xtreme 2 system, as it does not target your full body. The M3 is a top alternative to other in-house cardio equipment, such as treadmills and stationary bikes. The M3 boasts its calorie-burning capabilities, such as being able to burn up to two and a half times the calories in the same amount of time as running on a treadmill. Moreover, this machine functions similar to an elliptical, in that your upper body is also engaged during the workout with its built-in arm motion machines. With 8 different resistance levels and two different workout programs, the M3 is one of the best choices for the Bowflex cardio lineup.
Pros: The M3 model is much more cushioned than a treadmill or traditional elliptical machine, making it a near-no-impact workout machine that is easy on the joints and ligaments, and benefits the body by not losing any energy due to shock absorption. Moreover, the M3 model is compact, has a great heart rate monitoring system, and includes comfort features such as a water bottle holder and rack to place your electronic device to pass the time during your workout.
Cons: Although the assembly is not as daunting as the full-body Xtreme model, the length of assembly of the Bowflex machines are worth mentioning. Luckily, you can also pay extra for setup when checking out. The resistance levels and the extremely basic console also make this an option that isn't very attractive to those who are just getting started on their fitness journey, as it caters more to those who already have experience with cardio machines and a higher degree of fitness.
Price: $1,500 or more.
Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Review
The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is also a cardio solution meant to be a competitor to treadmills and other similar products. Much like (and better than) the M3, the max trainers boast that you can more than double the speed at which you can burn calories, and provide more of a range for your workout with 20 different resistance levels. This makes it much more beginner-friendly and provides a great lower-body and upper-body workout that is smooth and more effective than elliptical trainers and stair-steppers. Introduced in 2016, it was the top model in the max trainer series.
Pros: Just like the previous M3 advantage, the max trainers have a no-impact smooth glide effect on your body. This means that it is extremely gentle on joints and ligaments, allowing you to have a much more sustained workout and notice results quicker. A wide range of resistance bands is a welcome sight that aims to include more preferences and workout styles. The number of workouts doubled from two to four and has excellent features, which include app integration, more user profiles, and preset programs, and is still extremely compact.
Cons: The M7 shares some of the same disadvantages as the max trainers and Bowflex systems in that it is difficult to assemble. This particular model also has an extremely short warranty.
Price: The M7 is currently discontinued and replaced with the M6 version, but can still be purchased second-hand through some retailers.
Bowflex is an extremely versatile home-gym solution, and the exercises depend on the machines available. In this article, we reviewed 2 cardio machines and 1 full-body home gym. The cardio systems are extremely intuitive and have built-in exercises and programs. The full-body home gym allows you to do all your favorite and popular workouts: Rows, curls, chest/back/ shoulder presses, kickbacks, squats, and much more.
Can a Bowflex get you ripped?
Just like with any piece of equipment, becoming physically fit is a combination of diet and exercise. Bowflex machines can help you exercise in the comfort of your own home, making working out easier without the commute.
What is Bowflex jrny?
The Bowflex JRNY platform helps you set up your profile and recommends personalized workouts. These workouts change depending on your journey and progress.
Where is Bowflex made?
Bowflex is the line of products made by Nautilus Inc., which is developed and marketed in Vancouver, WA in the USA.