What do you guys think of BOWFLEX?
- 01-06-2008, 08:31 AM
What do you guys think of BOWFLEX?
I'm 6'0 150 pounds I'm trying to bulk up and gain muscle, unfortunately all I have in my possesion are two measly 20 pound dumb bells and my dad's bowflex machine that's been laying around the basement. The machine to me is weird, it doesn't give me the same aggressive satisfaction that pumping iron does. One guy told me that the machine was pretty legit and useful. Compared to me he was fairly buff at the same height as me but at 180 pounds, same mesomorph bone structure and everything.
I don't have a membership to a gym and I don't really think there's one nearby here (except the YMCA) and I really don't like the idea of taking time to travel to a gym and back. Hopefully I can save up some cash to buy a real weight set and some leg machines (probably gonna be a while).
Overall though what do you guys think of the bowflex and is it possible to make any gains with this machine?
Also are there some cheap ways for working out the legs on my own without going to a gym?
- 01-06-2008, 08:41 AM
I had it and can honestly say spend the money on freeweights and some benches, you'll be much happier with what you can do with regular weights and different benches, the bowflex is expensive and is somewhat limiting in the amount of excersizes you can do
01-06-2008, 09:04 AM
My ex's father had a station similar to this one:
It wasn't a Bowflex, but I loved it.
He also had free weights, barbells, a freestanding VKR/Chin/Dip combo machine, and a treadmill. There is so much more variety in the local gym I go to, though. Hell, $40 per month gets you access to the gym (It's open 24 hours a day), pool, hottub, sauna/steamroom, and you can enter different classes, such as spinning classes, for free. The gym's hoping to get a Dr. Smoothie bar installed sometime within the next year, I think. I really hope that goes through. I love the Dr. Smoothie products. They're very refreshing.
I must agree that I don't feel the same intensity lifting at home, as I do in the gym. I love the feeling of being at the gym.
01-06-2008, 09:27 AM
01-06-2008, 09:52 AM
01-06-2008, 11:45 AM
If you can afford it, or can't get a better deal on a similar product I say why not?. What I want is the Tread Climber. It looks really fun and I am getting sick of my current home cardio machine. I will probally look around at other machines first though.
01-06-2008, 12:03 PM
01-06-2008, 12:24 PM
Fcuk BLOW-FLEX!! Free weights are more affordable and more versatile for different lifts. BLOWFLEX resistance just doesn't feel right to me. Rubber bands and pulleys don't give you the same type of contractions or results as good'ol IRON and STEEL!!! Also, Play it again is a great place to find low priced gear so definitely check that out!! I actually got my first bench there years ago with weight for like 150 bucks. Just my 2cents though.
01-06-2008, 12:44 PM
Bowflex has a brilliant marketing ad,but you'll never build any serious muscle with their machine. I guess it's better than doing nothing though!
01-06-2008, 01:43 PM
01-06-2008, 02:25 PM
01-07-2008, 01:50 AM
Speaking of deadlifts and squats, I would really appreciate some information on some cheap ways I could do these sort of exercises at home. If there is no way to do it cheap how much do these machines usually run for?
I remember reading around that it's really important to work out the lower body as well as the upper body since it works synergistically and can determine how your upper body develops.
01-07-2008, 02:36 AM
As for other cheap things, at home, I have one of those chinup bars that you hang from your doorway. $20 or so
Deadlift? I can only think of finding something heavy at home or in your yard, whatever that is.
You can always get an obese girlfriend and pick her up from the ground...then you'll also have a cheap bench press too when she's trying to climb on top of you in bed. lol
01-07-2008, 08:47 AM
Wait a month and start cruising your local craigslist. Lots of 'New Years resolutions' gone bad deals to be had on equipment.
I will agree, $109 for the Olympic BB set, get yourself a cheap bench and some Oly dumbell handles. Add plates from Play it again (~$.40/lb) when you need them.
“Besides, it is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.”
01-07-2008, 08:47 AM
01-07-2008, 09:04 AM
01-08-2008, 07:59 AM
01-08-2008, 09:19 AM
Get that giant wheel. I'm talking Conan style!
"I am legally blind and if I can Squat,deadlift and over all get myself to the gym then anyone can get their a$$ in gear and get strong!!" - malleus25
01-17-2008, 12:09 AM
I actually only have access to the Y here, and while one Y is fully equiped with all kinds of free weights, its packed all the time. So what I do is go to the other one that has some free weights and alot of machines to lift. But that stopped working for me so I went down to my local sporting goods shop, picked up a 300lbs oly set and a bench complete with squat rack, leg extension/ leg curl section at the end, and a preacher curl attachtment. All together that ran me about $300 but I'm able to do just about my entire leg workout at home without having to hit up a crowded gym. Next I went out and bought a 160lbs small bar set plus 50lbs, went online and grabbed some dumbell handles(much much much cheaper then buying unajustable dumbells) which ended up running me another $200 or so. But what I know have is the ability to just about every free weight exercise there is right at home. If you need to just suck it up and instead of getting birthday/xmas gifts ask for money or have people donate to your " at home gym fund". I strongly dislike bowflex type things, get for toning I'd expect but can't see much else.
01-17-2008, 01:50 AM
Nothing can replace free weights! If you want to get big the only way is to use free weights and olympic style lifting such as bench,squat,dead lift,ect. :dl::squat:
01-17-2008, 04:18 AM
Nevermind buying a weightset. Just use the bowflex. Pick that ***** up and carry it around. Do that until you're strong enough to press it up overhead, and do pushpresses. Lay on your back, crawl underneath and benchpress that ****. Get someone to sit on the seat once it's too light. Tie some ropes or chains to it and drag it up and down the street for sled pulls. Do pull ups on the pull up station(you can hang the pulldown bar from the hooks at the top). get someone to sit on the seat and read while you bend over and grab the feet and row it.(better yet, get a viking to sit on the seat and scream at you to ROW. Whipping optional.)
Bowflexes are great workout tools. Come'on you haters.
The Truth is, there is no Truth.
01-17-2008, 01:28 PM
01-17-2008, 02:47 PM
My parents bought one of these (which they never use) and I use it occasionally for a change every now and then. Good bench, can lay flat or incline.
The only bowflex product I use regularly are these:
I like the compactness of the dial-in weights.
Other than that, to the gym I go!!
01-18-2008, 12:45 AM
01-18-2008, 02:30 AM
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