It is easy to say that any of these options are not worth it.
Plenty of people throw shade on commercial gyms, or say CrossFit is a cult, but both those options work, and so does the Bowflex all in one home gym option, if you put in the work.
Bowflex machines are well built, well designed, easily fit in a home gym, offer short workout times and will get you the results you want if you do your part.
In my opinion, YES! Bowflex homes gyms are worth it.
One thing that I admire about Bowflex is that they really focus on user experience.
They care about how you use the machine and the benefits you get from it after you have it set up in your home gym.
Many of their all in one home gyms come with workout manuals, downloadable apps, DVDs or on board placards that demonstrate the exercises available.
Bowflex also maintains a YouTube video library with workout videos for its most popular models.
If you like the Bowflex Max trainer, check out this 14 minute workout video for this calorie blasting cardio machine.
If you like HIIT style training you will be happy to know that the Max trainer also allows for a 4 minute HIIT workout.
If you decide the all in one Cardio and Strength training home gym, The Bowflex HVT is the right choice for you, there are several workout videos and inspiring success stories available on the Bowflex YouTube page.
Check out this 18 minute full body HVT workout that hits all major muscle groups for some intense strength training, and incorporates calorie burning cardio at the same time.
Fat Swell Smart created this 7 part in-depth instructional video series for this awesome all in one home gym. He goes over correct form, pulley position, exercise variations, tips for how to hold and grab handles, and more.
It is truly the best resource on YouTube for the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE.
Review: The Bowflex Xtreme 2SE is the most popular home gym offered by Bowflex.
While it has no bench, it does have a comfortable seat, 210 lbs of resistance that you can upgrade to 410 lbs, several cable based exercises like lat pull downs, leg extensions, squats, bicep curls, presses and more.
The best part of the Xtreme 2SE?
You never have to change cables between workouts. This is different from many other all in one gyms out there and a huge bonus that saves you time and keeps your workout flow moving.
210 lbs of power rod resistance is upgradable to 410 lbs.
Pull down lat bar / Leg extensions cables included.
70 different exercises can be done on the Bowflex Extreme 2SE.
NEVER need to change cables to switch exercises.
Does not include a long bench.
This is, in my opinion, is the best Bowflex gym to buy for a garage or home gym setup.
Review: The Bowflex PR1000 comes with a weight bench unlike the Bowflex Extreme, but it just does not have the functionality of the Xtreme gym, and the price reflects that.
It does offer 210 lbs of resistance, 25 different exercises, and converts to a rower for a good cardio workout.
This all in one home gym is ideal for someone who wants to incorporate a lot of cardio, some lifting, wants to lose weight, or wants one machine that covers cardiovascular fitness and strength training in one unit at a great price.
Bench converts to a rower.
Built-in media rack – place your tablet in & use Bowflex app for follow along routines.
Great price considering the high quality and versatility it offers.
210 lbs of resistance may not be heavy enough for moderate to heavy lifters.
Knock out your cardio workout and strength training with just one reasonably priced machine.
Review: The revolution home gym is revolutionary because the way it provides resistance is different from the power rod system Bowflex is known for.
The revolution machine uses SpiraFlex plates that provide smooth consistent resistance that is just as heavy at the beginning of the lift as it is at the end. This is in contrast to the power rods which give more resistance as you go.
The Revolution also has the Rowing erg for cardio and a leg press exerciser, as well as over 100 other exercises available, plus it folds upright to take up less space.
210 lbs of resistance with upgrade to 300 lb available.
More than 100 exercises can be performed on the Revolution.
Folds upright to save space.
The unit is also large, even when folded upright.
Smooth consistent resistance and over a 100 exercises for the ultimate all in one home gym.
Review: The Bowflex treadmill BXT216 is a robust cardio machine. It has a generous 22” by 60” belt that can accommodate virtually any rider.
It has a max weight of 400 lbs and is well suited to big guys too. The 9”color LCD display will keep you entertained as you walk or jog and with 11 workout programs to choose from you won’t grow bored.
With the HR monitor, speed control and incline control integrated into the hand rail, you will always stay in control of your workout.
400 lb weight limit.
9 “Full color backlit LCD display.
Large 22” by 60” belt.
Integrated controls and HR monitor.
Stats screen does not show runners pace.
The best Bowflex cardio machine for large, big and tall users.
Review: The Bowflex HVT is designed to allow for both Cardio and Strength training on the same machine. HVT means High Velocity Training so the movements are fast, and the workouts can be completed in as little as 18 minutes.
This machine uses a combo of cables with a flywheel that provides resistance with 16 levels of resistance available.
The HVT has a thoughtful design including an informative screen that shows HR and graphs it as you go, water and phone holder, high quality handles, an included spiral bound workout book and a sturdy workout platform.
The exercises in the preprogrammed routines are easy to learn and perform, yet they are challenging to perform, so you get a good workout.
3 Built-in routines plus a manual mode.
Do cardio and strength training at the same time.
The exercise routines included are complete and easy enough for a beginner to do.
The manual mode allows you to create your own workout using a Bowflex app.
Takes a while to put together and can be challenging to assemble.
Excellent machine for a beginner or intermediate athlete who wants cardio & strength training all in one machine.
This compact home gym is offered at a great price considering all it can do. The weight can be upgraded to 410 lbs so it works for just about all athletes, you never need to change cables to change exercises and it is a machine that grows with you.
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