Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym Review

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If you want to exercise to lose weight, shape up, and add some muscle mass to tone and sculpt your body, you’ve basically got two choices.

Workout by yourself, or join a gym.

Signing up with the local gym is not to everyone’s taste.

The typical gym can be expensive, and the environment can be intimidating.

It’s also not  always practical to visit the gym 3 times a week.

With today’s busy lifestyles, there usually isn’t time, and it can be difficult to find the motivation.

Working out at home can be a better option, but there are still disadvantages.

If you want the same “gym experience”, conventional wisdom suggests that to have a proper home setup requires thousands of dollars, investing in free weights, power racks and huge machines, which can take up an entire room of the home.

What if there was an answer to this.

Compact equipment, taking up little room with which you can do every exercise on one single machine?

Enter the Bowflex PR1000

Bowflex has been around since the mid 80’s, and has been innovative in producing home workout equipment to solve the problem of the very issue mentioned above.

How does Bowflex PR1000 work?

The Bowflex offers a traditional style weight bench with accessories to allow over 30 different strength exercises, targeting the whole body, without weights, or heavy machinery.

This may seem no different to any other weight bench or home gym, but the uniqueness is in how the equipment works.

No weights needed

With the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym, it is possible to do any number of traditional weight bearing exercises like the bench press, lat pull down, cable row, leg extension and more, without weights!

How is this possible?

The Bowflex patented design uses a pulley system attached to variable “power rods” to achieve tension, meaning the resistance does not rely on gravity.

This efficient system allows the user to hook up different resistances within moments.

The benefits to this is to save cost and space, and to remove the obstacle of continuously shifting weights around between each exercise or workout.

When not in use, the bench can be folded up, and the power rods bundle up allowing the whole appliance to be stored in a smaller space in comparison to weight loading home gyms.

Possible negatives

Maximum 210lbs of resistance.

As the Bowflex PR1000 is designed as an entry level strength training, all in one machine, it has it’s limitations. Bowflex know that the machine cannot be used for advanced users or bodybuilders, so have not aimed at this market.

The PR1000 is directed towards home users looking to train 20 minutes a time, 3 days a week, using a cardio/strength training mix with higher reps and lower weight to tone the body and burn fat, not necessarily to build bulk.

For this kind of use, 210 lb is more than enough to provide adequate resistance.

Resistance not fluid across range of movement.

It may take a while to get used to resistance training using rods for tension.

It differs from free weights as the “pull” of the tension is not the same throughout the full movement.

For example, if you stretch a rubber band, you’ll find it easier to pull at the beginning, but the more you stretch it, the more the resistance.

A free weight will have the same “pull” across the whole movement.

This does not make much of a difference and will not effect the final outcome of each workout session, it just requires a little getting used to.

Conclusion – should you buy?

Bowflex’s goal was simple:

Provide a low cost, entry-level home gym that can work the full body, and take up minimal space once folded away.

It does this very well. If this is what you are in the market for, it will suit you very well.

If however, you are looking for a full on home gym, are not worried about space issues, or cost, there are bigger machines on the market.

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