Bowflex

Bowflex

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About Bowflex

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Bowflex is a brand of home fitness equipment that offers indoor bikes, treadmills, tread climbers, adjustable dumbbells and its most popular product, the Bowflex Home Gym. Bowflex designs its products to help you maximize your home fitness plan through strength and cardio workouts.

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Pros

  • Advanced technology
  • Compact designs
  • Wide variety of equipment

Cons

  • Inconsistent power rod tension
  • Extra cost to upgrade weight

Bottom Line

Bowflex offers a range of exercise equipment in several budget ranges. It uses innovative technology to provide a high-quality home workout. It may not satisfy experienced gym enthusiasts, but it’s a good choice for others.

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I ordered it, it showed up quickly, and I followed the instructions to set it up in a timely manner … I love everything about it. It is the perfect size, color, shape, and isn't ...

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I like the 11 pre-programmed workouts, the upwards of a 15% incline, app sync abilities, bluetooth capability, as well as the overall appearance and ease of use. … Overall, it is ...

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What is a Bowflex?

Bowflex offers multiple kinds of workout equipment, including:

  • Treadmills
  • Max Trainers
  • Bikes
  • TreadClimbers
  • Accessories, including dumbbells, kettlebells and curl bars

Some of Bowflex’s most popular products are its Bowflex Home Gym, Bowflex Cycle Bike, Bowflex Max Trainer and Bowflex TreadClimber. The Bowflex Home Gym lets you perform more than 100 different exercises with a single machine, depending on the model used. The TreadClimber combines the benefits of a treadmill, elliptical and stair climber for an intense cardio workout, while the Max Trainer and Cycle Bike resemble traditional ellipticals and bikes.

Using a Bowflex

The Bowflex home gym works by providing resistance using either Power Rod technology or SpiraFlex technology. The Power Rod system uses a cable and pulley system attached to flexible rods. Each repetition increases the tension in the rods, which also increases the difficulty. Since gym machines typically have steady resistance throughout the workout, you may need to do more reps with the Bowflex Power Rod system to reach the same effect.

SpiraFlex is NASA-developed technology designed to help astronauts exercise in space. SpiraFlex uses discs that connect to spokes and bands that provide resistance as they rotate. The discs come in different resistance levels and can be connected to provide an even tougher workout. SpiraFlex provides a steadier resistance throughout your reps, making it more like a workout with free weights.

Bowflex price

There's a Bowflex product for most budgets. For a home gym, the more affordable Xtreme 2 SE model is $1,499, while the higher-end Revolution model is $2,899. Treadmills and tread climbers range from $1,599 to $1,999. The Bowflex C6 Bike costs $999. The SelectTech adjustable weights, including dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells, range from $150 to $679.

Bowflex FAQ

How much does a Bowflex weigh?
The weight varies based on the Bowflex machine you choose. The weight of the Bowflex Resolution is 336 pounds.
Is a Bowflex any good?
Bowflex machines are suitable for resistance training. Resistance through cables helps beginners build their strength and coordination safely. For experienced lifters, cables can help them lift more weight than if using free weights.
What is the best Bowflex to buy?
The best Bowflex to buy depends on your budget and workout needs. The Xtreme 2 SE is a more affordable model, while the Resolution provides a more versatile workout with over 100 possible exercises.
Can I return my Bowflex?
Bowflex offers a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Products can be returned within six weeks of delivery. Customers get a return merchandise authorization (RMA) number and then send the product back for a refund minus shipping and handling.
Can I finance my Bowflex purchase?
Bowflex offers financing for its products. Customers can purchase products using a Bowflex credit card and pay in installments. Bowflex provides the option to buy before applying or apply and then buy.
How easy is it to assemble a Bowflex product? Is there a service that can do it for me?
Bowflex products come with straightforward instructions for assembly — you just need several tools and time. If you’d rather not assemble it yourself, Bowflex offers an in-home assembly service.

Is Bowflex worth it?

Bowflex equipment lets you complete a gym-style workout in your own home, and the company’s satisfaction guarantee allows you to try out Bowflex’s products before fully committing to the purchase. We recommend Bowflex’s products for anyone interested in working out at home regularly.

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Rated with 4 stars
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Original review: Dec. 5, 2020

Bowflex is a very good product for anyone to get in shape and stay in shape. The machine give you a great workout and basically that is all we need to be and stay in shape. All you need is to keep it up and it will happen.

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Rated with 4 stars
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Original review: Oct. 17, 2020

Great for a high intensity shorter workout. Definitely pay to have it assembled for you as it is not easy to do yourself. I usually skip the pre-programmed workouts because they are way too intense!

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    Rated with 4 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Oct. 6, 2020

    We have a Bowflex treadclimber machine. The company spends a lot of dollars convincing you of how easy it is to use and you will look fabulous in 5 minutes a day. It is actually only for the fit.

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    Rated with 4 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Oct. 4, 2020

    Bowflex for me is all about convenience. You can either get the standing free model that I had or the one that actually can just go right under your bed. It's a well-built piece of equipment and it tar.

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Oct. 2, 2020

    I love our Bowflex! My husband, my 21 year old son, and I use it almost daily. Sometimes we have even had to plan around each other's schedules. Great quality, and well made. Great workout!

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: May 8, 2021

    I bought the C6 bike in a January sale. Thought buying off the website would be a good idea, direct from source. Bike was delayed which we understood with Covid times. But, within 3 weeks pedals became wobbly, first on right then left. We took off the pedal and saw poor threading on the crank arms. Bowflex was good to agree to replace parts. BUT, that was early April and now the parts come in pieces, some not expected until June 29th. Not even an instruction manual to replace a crank arm. (Was not part of our initial set up.) Very hard to get a response from the company. Buyers remorse for sure. I have a broken bike in my basement for two months or more. I would never recommend buying from this company direct.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: May 5, 2021

    Ordered a gift in January with the understanding that they were a bit delayed, perhaps covid, etc, fine. Get emails telling me it’s still on the way, just later dates. The latest has an “estimated” shipping date for another 20 days out from today, which will be over 5 months waiting. I should have gone through a third party but thought going straight to the company would be best. Wrong!!! Can only cancel by calling, during their working hours which are pretty much in line with mine, making it hard to call. Emailed to check status and the emailed response didn’t bother to read what I wrote and then told me they can’t find my order in the system. Did live chat today and they see it’s fulfilled and can be shipped any day with the 25th being the latest.

    I find it very hard to believe at this point and am so upset by the lack of professionalism or concerns about fulfilling customer orders. I’m sure at this point they have stock back in the stores and I know it’s all over FB Marketplace, but I really trusted that a company with such a large following would do better than this. I’m beyond disappointed and just want the stupid product or refund.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: April 30, 2021

    Purchased M5 which broke down after very little use. Waited in lockdown for months for engineer to fix under warranty. He visited and said he needed to order parts. Waited months again with no response. Finally they offered £60 for a £1400 machine, similar to their response to another reviewer. Warranty says fix, replace or refund purchase price so warranty is worthless. Would not buy again as only suppliers in UK are Fitness Superstore whose aftersales service is non-existent and they don’t honour the warranty. Machine itself was great while it worked and would have purchased again if I could trust the warranty. Fitness Superstore are a bad advert for Bowflex.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: April 28, 2021

    I bought a the Bow Flex VeloCore Bike, with the larger monitor back in mid March 2021, it was delivered delivered about 5 weeks later. When I open the box and started with putting it together I notice that a long section that hold the monitor in place was bent out of shape, it was no way I could continue with the defective part. So the day the bike came and I found the part defective I called bow flex which they would send a replacement part and used my factory warranty. Now this was in mid-march and I was told it would not be shipped to the Dell factory until May 19, 2021, that would mean I may not see this part until close to the end of May 2021.

    I have the bike put together all but this part, I can not use this bike until it arrives. If that was not enough I was missing an accessory part which did come a lot sooner. Now as I still wait to use my new Bow Flex bike, I get the first payment due... I had to call the bank up and explain that I'll still waiting for this part and not even used it yet, so I did get them to hold off until I can call them back. A buyer of a product should not wait that long for a replacement part, if they are having issues with it being ship from China, maybe they need to find a plan B or it just shows they want your money now attitude. Bad customer service... Going on 2 1/2 months now, Good product but terrible shipping experience. They get a D- on shipping...

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: April 23, 2021

    I purchased the Bowflex M5 from Fitness Superstore UK in August 2019. It failed in February 2021, when a shaft sheared in the main mechanism. Prior to the failure I really enjoyed using the machine. Fitness Superstore have been terrible to deal with and have offered a derisory amount as compensation for the machine still in warranty. If they had dealt with this in a more satisfactory manner I would have continued to be an advocate of the Bowflex cross trainer but the way this has been handled I would simply say avoid this machine.

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    Bowflex Company Information

    Company Name:
    Bowflex
    Year Founded:
    1986
    Country:
    United States
    Website:
    bowflex.com