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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-17-2007, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking into getting rid of my Bally's membership and just doing weights @ home from now on. Between all the things I have going on + 2 jobs, I sometimes have a hard time making it to the gym. I have plenty of motivation but not as much time to run out to the gym and I would want to + the hrs aren't always the greatest.

Would you recommend the Bowflex in general? What model do you have? Would you recommend it or a different model & why?

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-17-2007, 05:39 PM
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Bowflex is junk. Mebby good for maintaining an already built physique, but not for building it.

The best you can do to stay in shape/build, is freeweights.

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but not for building it.
Why is that? They sure to advertise that you can build up nice with this thing.

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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-17-2007, 05:51 PM
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If you have the room I would just go with A Universal set. You can get a good adjustable bench and Olympic bar and weights for the same money.

Look on craigslist or other places for it. You can then get just what you need.

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I am looking into getting rid of my Bally's membership and just doing weights @ home from now on. Between all the things I have going on + 2 jobs, I sometimes have a hard time making it to the gym. I have plenty of motivation but not as much time to run out to the gym and I would want to + the hrs aren't always the greatest.

Would you recommend the Bowflex in general? What model do you have? Would you recommend it or a different model & why?
Where do you live? Have a garage?

If so, build an Olympic platform, get some weights(A good bar and set of 320lb weights is about 650-990 depending on how good of a bar you buy), a bench and a squat stand, you can do all the core lifts along with most anything else you could really want to do with just that.

FYI, after spending all that money, your still paying about $500 less then if you get a Bowflex at an employee discount.

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If it comes down to the price as the determining factor than I would rule it out as there are plenty of good used models on Craigslist for a decent price which is $100s less than a new model… some are even ½ price.

I don't have a ton of room as I live in a smaller 2 bedroom townhouse right now so getting a full setup would be very restrictive.

Seems like people dislike the Bowflex so my question is: why?

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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-17-2007, 06:05 PM
 
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Cool Bowflex

I"ve had a power pro basic machine for 8 yrs. IF your committed it works . My machine has sold 2 others, ( guys from work came over and tried it out with their workout plans).
Now I'm not AAHHNOLd or anything I use it mostly for core development and maintaining in the winter. But I have 12 different exercises I do every other day winter/ every 3rd in the summer. I do like 6 upper body and abs on monday and 6 lower body and defintion on weds. Takes about 20-30 mins. I'll watch around the horn or pti in the basement and crank out my workout.
I've got 310# on mine, probably gonna add a squat attachment or get powerblocks this year.
The only thing that ever broke was the seat brackets at 4 yrs. and they replaced then under warranty priority mail. I have a bicycle racing friend that has a 1987 model that pretty much sold me.

It's all what you want,I haven't tried any of the new stuff they've come out with. But the guys that tried mine and bought both lifted as a hobby/ lifestyle.
PM me if you got questions or wanna talk more about'em. Todd H.
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-17-2007, 06:40 PM
 
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If you are limited on space try a total gym. The one chuck norris endorses. When I first got mine I thought I was gonna send it back but after using it a few times I realised it gives a good work out. They only thing about it and the bowflex is that it requires constant routine in order to work the way you want it to. Good luck on deciding what to get and hope it works out the way you want.
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I have a bowflex and it has worked for me. I haven't used it in a while, so I've lost anything that I gained. If you are looking for a bowflex, do yourself a favor and buy a used one. Don't spend the money on a new one. Their just too expensive. The nice thing about them is they fold up and can be put into a closet. Oh by the way!!! They also double as a clothing dryer, and dust collecter. Good luck!

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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-17-2007, 11:00 PM
 
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got one in the basement and I just back up from using it, I feel great. It's freeweights with the safety of a machine. Max yourself out and not drop a bar on yourself but you also have to keep the weight in place by yourself and not have it guided by rails. I'm trying to get into an every day routine, I hope this is a good start
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They aren't nearly as good as free weights...bowflex has almost no resistance at the bottom of a lift.
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I'm a simple guy and minimalist when working out... run, sprint, then resistance with nothing but a little gravity and a 30lb dumb bell... I'd like to have a bench and another dumb bell, but I really don't think I need it.

Without getting too technical, sprints increase your HGH (Human Growth Hormone)........... then a few push-ups, sit-ups, military presses, and pull-ups... I'm in the best shape I've ever been in.

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I bought a machine from Pacific Fitness years ago, I think they got bought
be Precor now. It's compact, reliable and does most everything I need it to.


Is it a free weight workout ?? No.



But it sure is convenient.

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post #14 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-18-2007, 09:57 AM
 
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Bowflex is good to film bad 90's porno scenes on...I'm not sure about working out on it though.
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I'm a simple guy and minimalist when working out... run, sprint, then resistance with nothing but a little gravity and a 30lb dumb bell... I'd like to have a bench and another dumb bell, but I really don't think I need it.

Without getting too technical, sprints increase your HGH (Human Growth Hormone)........... then a few push-ups, sit-ups, military presses, and pull-ups... I'm in the best shape I've ever been in.

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Yea I heard about a sprinting program to release max levels of HGH. Never looked into it. My bet would be that sleeping a a full night might even have more benefit in terms of HGH release. That's a shot in the dark statement though.
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Yea I heard about a sprinting program to release max levels of HGH. Never looked into it. My bet would be that sleeping a a full night might even have more benefit in terms of HGH release. That's a shot in the dark statement though.


Sleep is important...

I looked into the sprinting deal... you gotta push it to your max almost to the point where you can't go anymore... so with that said, you need to be in decent running shape or else your just asking for injury... I know from experience
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Sleep is important...

I looked into the sprinting deal... you gotta push it to your max almost to the point where you can't go anymore... so with that said, you need to be in decent running shape or else your just asking for injury... I know from experience
Or you could just buy some HGH cheap in Mexico and call it a day
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I know I'm a little late, but I've had a Bowflex for years. It works fine for me as part of my routine. I just need to keep my lazy ass in motion.

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I have a set of the Select-tech Bowflex dumbells with stand if you want. Selectable up to 52.5lbs.... $100
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I have a set of the Select-tech Bowflex dumbells with stand if you want. Selectable up to 52.5lbs.... $100
Too late

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I have a set of the Select-tech Bowflex dumbells with stand if you want. Selectable up to 52.5lbs.... $100
I'll take them, that will save me a ton of space.
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