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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-15-2007, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone use a Bowflex machine?

I am thinking about getting one. I am wondering if they are worth a damn, constructed well, will last, and if they will really give you results.

I completely understand that it is not a miracle machine and that it has to be used, I am just wondering if the mechanics of it are conducive to getting a good workout, or is it a piece of crap like everything else they sell on TV.

I absolutely do not have time to go to a gym, but could see using it religiously in my house.

I am not into the after work workout schedule, nor the packing clothes and food to take with me in the morning, taking a shower at the gym before work, etc.....

Let me know if ya have one and it they are worth getting.

If this belongs in the workout forum then I guess that's where someone will put it.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 12:02 AM
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if you can't do a gym they aren't too shabby. You won't get really big off of one but I can see you staying in relatively good shape.
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They are actually pretty decent. I used to "test" all of this stuff for Nautilus so that they could evaluate their competition. I was impressed with the Bowflex.

With really good form and understanding of the biomechanics, just about any home gym can be effective. Yes, even to build mass. Don't think so? Let me train you on one for one workout and see how you feel the next day.
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For the hassle-free, space-saving advantage, they're awesome. I've got one and can make a pretty good work-out with it, but they might be a little on the "light" side for you.
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For the hassle-free, space-saving advantage, they're awesome. I've got one and can make a pretty good work-out with it, but they might be a little on the "light" side for you.
I am really not trying to go for bulk. I would much rather be defined and lean. I wanna be a lean old man !

Can I come check yours out sometime?

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 07:32 AM
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I have one for sale in the misc forum. Its a great machine, you can defiantly get a good burn from it. The only thing I didn't like was the leg work outs, but the upper body and midsection stuff you can do is great, especially on a whim.

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Bowflex is fine if that is what you have to work with.

Most people that say the Bowflex sucks are people that stopped using it after two weeks but are still making this rediculous 36/month payments at 30% interest for like 10 years.

The Bowflex is made for the general population that isn't looking to be a bodybuilder or powerlifter.

If you are self-motivated and you think you will enjoy spending 30-60 minutes a few times a week on it the Bowflex is a great investment.

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I "played" w/ one at Sears, not enough weight on them.

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They make great clothes hangars just like a majority of home gyms that are sold.

But seriously, they are pretty nice for what they are. My buddy in Austin has one and he swears by it... he just doesn't use it a lot.

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I am really not trying to go for bulk. I would much rather be defined and lean. I wanna be a lean old man !

Can I come check yours out sometime?

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Ya, no problem. I might have to get rid of it with kid #3 on the way
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 09:58 AM
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yes i played with one and then sold it! was a joke for a big guy!
for a fat ass would prolly do wonders, or even a up and comoing kid- teenager!
if your looking to lean your body it will work but to bulk up NO!
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I had one and it was a great machine as long as I used it. It was built well, saved a lot of space, and versatile. After using it 4 times a week for 8 months I got bored with it, sold it, and replaced it with free weights, which I enjoy much more than the Bowflex. I would highly recommend buying a used one as they are ridiculously over-priced new.

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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Ok then..... well I might look into getting a used one.
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Just got done working out on ours and my arms are HURTING!

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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 10:35 PM
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first time to workout with one and really not impressed muscles started buring after sets of like 25-30 not enough weight, but then again thats jus me
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