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Old 09-15-05, 12:31 AM
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Feedback on Bowflex

I have been getting some good mail offers for Bowflex-
Does anyone use the Bowflex?
Is it worth it?
Have you gained muscle using it?
I do have powerblock weights and a leg extension now in my apt- Do I really need the Bowflex as an overall on top of what I have?

Thanks in advance.
Old 09-15-05, 12:38 AM
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How much space do you have? The only reason to own one is to save space.
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I keep getting images in my head of people getting slapped in the face and nuts when the bowflex snaps back.
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I've used/enjoyed mine for years. I haven't really gotten into their whole strength training routine (it requires a pretty strict diet/routine) but I'm sure I'd be in worse shape if I hadn't been using it I'm not sure if they are still in the archives but do a search, I believe this has come up several times before. IIRC the concensus of the forum is that these types of things are not worth it though.
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It doesn't hold as many coats and wet towels as some of the other home gym type machines do.
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Get a set of adjustable dumbells and a good solid bench. That will cost far less and get you in much better shape than a Bowflex.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
How much space do you have? The only reason to own one is to save space.
Specifically, how much space in your garage/basement/storage room? Because if you're like most Bowflex owners, that's where it'll be in 3 months.
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General consensus is its not too hot from fitness buffs and bb'ers. If your getting it practically for free go for it otherwise its considered abit of a joke. I think a search at bodybuilders com would answer most of your questions from beginner to intermediate on that.
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What about those "dial-a-weight" free-weights they have (too lazy to Google them.)

Those seem to be an interesting space-saver and, I mean, how badly could you screw up free weights?
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Originally Posted by Draven
What about those "dial-a-weight" free-weights they have (too lazy to Google them.)

Those seem to be an interesting space-saver and, I mean, how badly could you screw up free weights?

I think Numanoid has a set. Ask him.
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Old 09-16-05, 07:44 AM
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Lately I've been exercising to Body Sculpt with Gilad on FitTV. It's free, but you can buy a set of 10 DVD's from his website. It's a mix of pilates and calisthenics and all you need is some light weights. He makes you do exercises that target muscles for a nice workout. Same result and a lot cheaper
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Originally Posted by Ketamine

You might want to do a Google search for PowerBlock. It's basically the same thing as the Bowflex Selecttech, but about half the price:

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I have the PowerBlocks and like them a lot. Quite the space saver.
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Originally Posted by Phil L.
It doesn't hold as many coats and wet towels as some of the other home gym type machines do.

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