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The Best Home Gym Exercise Equipment 2014 Reviews

Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym

 

Product Description


Amazon.com

The Bowflex PR1000 home gym is a great way to strengthen your muscles and add a bit of cardio training to the mix with over 30 strength exercises and a built-in rowing station. With up to 210 pounds of Power Rod resistance, this versatile machine helps work the abs, arms, chest, back, shoulders, and lower body. It includes triple-function hand grips for lat pull-down, a horizontal bench press, and four-inch upholstered roller cushions for leg extension and leg curl exercises. The rowing machine rail also folds when you're done with your workout The PR1000 utilizes Bowflex's patented Power Rods, which provide resistance, or weight, that feels as good as or better than free weights--but without the inertia or risk of joint pain usually associated with free weights. You can hook one, two, three, four or all of your Power Rod units to the cable pulley system and go from as little as 5 pounds all the way up to 210 pounds of resistance.
They're precisely manufactured from a high-tech composite material under the highest quality control measures, then sheathed and tested 4 separate times to ensure quality and durability. The Power Rod units are so strong, you can flex them repeatedly but you won't be able to wear them out.
Features and Specifications:
  • Sliding Seat Rail adds aerobic rowing training for calorie-burning, cardiovascular warm-up and cool-down (also great for leg presses and seated leg extensions)
  • Multi-use Hand-Grip/Ankle Cuffs designed to add flexibility and performance to any workout
  • Workout Placard displays workout descriptions for easy reference while you're exercising
  • Number of available exercises: 30+
  • Height: 81 inches (205 cm)
  • Length: 84 inches (213 cm)
  • Width: 38 inches (97 cm)
  • Minimum Workout Area: 100 by 78 inches (254 x 199 cm)
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds (136 kg)
  • 210 pounds of Power Rod resistance
  • Four-inch upholstered roller cushions for leg extension and leg curl
  • Horizontal bench press
  • Triple function hand grips for lat pull down
  • Built-in cardio rowing machine
  • Folds for easy storage
  • Cannot be upgraded to 310lbs
Exercises:








  • Bench Press
  • Decline Bench Press
  • Incline Bench Press
  • Seated Shoulder Press
  • Front Shoulder Raise
  • Crossover Seated Rear Delt Rows
  • Scapular Retraction
  • Narrow Pulldowns
  • Stiff-Arm Pulldowns








  • Seated Lat Rows
  • Reverse Grip Pulldown
  • Seated Low Back Extension
  • Triceps Pushdown
  • Triceps Extension
  • Standing Biceps Curl
  • Wrist Curl
  • Seated (Resisted) Abdominal Crunch








  • Trunk Rotation
  • Leg Extension
  • Calf Raise
  • Seated Hip Adduction
  • Seated Hip Abduction
  • Leg Kickback
  • Leg Press
Manufacturer's Warranty
Frame - one year; Rods - five years; Parts - 60 days

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Users' Reviews

By Ellery King on February 5, 2010

Verified Purchase
I have been a personal fitness trainer for many years and at first I too was a skeptic about the whole resistance rod thing. I have read other reviews where people who bought this particular unit say that 210lbs is not enough weight to get a good work out.

I would suggest to those of you who think you need more weight than that to try slowing the motion of your reps on whatever exercise you are doing way, way down. Say for instance you are doing bicep curls: As you curl up, do so with a slow count of 8. At the bottom of the movement start the count at one, then SLOWY curl it up to the top of the movement ending on eight, then do the same on the way back down to the bottom of the movement to get the negative resistance, which makes each single rep more like two reps both positive and negative, up then down.

This will cause you to have to MUSCLE the weight up and down as opposed to using momentum. I would also suggest that you try working each muscle group to failure if you can handle it. This method can make 20lbs seem like 50 after just two sets if you do it correctly. Mind you, you will be so very soar, but in a good way and the results will no doubt satisfy

159 of 177 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2008
This just arrived today. Took about 2 hours to assemble, but it's pretty easy. I almost bought this from another site, because they were going to assemble it (would've been 200 extra dollars for that) and I am very glad I did it myself.

This unit is extremely sturdy and well put together. I was a bit nervous to buy this because I have young kids I did not want to trash it. Believe me, they couldn't! This is far too well-designed and durable.

Worked out for about an hour, and I love it. Lots of exercises you can do (both muscular and cardio) and you can really feel it.

As others have noted on other models, I can see how the weights (200 lbs) might not be enough, but I am not looking to become the Incredible Hulk. This unit is perfect to stay fit and not let those holiday meals get the upper hand.

I really recommend this to anyone who wants to work at home and does not want to be bored with the same old routine (treadmill, stationary bike, etc.)

Great job, Bowflex!
By Bruce Lee on December 12, 2011
Verified Purchase
**Update 2 years later below***This review is for the Bow flex PR1000 and my use of it over the last 3 months.

I don't think it's necessary to go into great detail concerning the shipping etc. but the machine is packaged very well.

Assembly time- With me and a friend it took about 1 hour.

Quality- I was surprised on the quality of the machine. It is sturdy and very well made. After three months it is holding up as it did on the first day.

Workouts- There is a lot of workouts you can do on this machine. I would highly recommend the bow flex body plan book as it is a valuable reference.
Concerning the workouts the point of the Bow flex is resistance. Each motion of exercise should be controlled.

Workout results-With dieting I have lost 35 lbs. and using the bow flex only 3 times a week for approx. 30 minutes a workout.

Other Models- I was somewhat overwhelmed at the different models and Bow flex nor do reviews on Amazon really help in this area. After doing exhaustive research I found the main difference between this model and the Pr3000 is mostly the Pr3000 comes with 100 extra lbs. of resistance. For another 500 bucks, they can keep it.

*Side note. There are numerous articles and videos showing how you can add more power bars/replace with higher weight without buying a more expensive model. It's actually quite easy.
Free weights vs. Bow flex. You will have friends and so called experts argue one over the other. Through my own experience now and in the past, the bow flex concentrates on and makes you use smaller muscles you thought you never had.

Will you top out the weights/power bars is a concern I had when buying this. At this point the answer is no. If you're looking to be the next Mr.
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