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Posted: 3/13/2005 6:09:31 PM EST
After managing to avoid going to the gym for the past 2 years (while paying for it), I cancelled my membership and am getting a home gym.

I am looking at the Bowflex Xtreme 2, which will run $1700 after all is said and done. That's more than I really want to spend, but I am hoping I will get what I pay for. The Total Gym is also an option, but the Bowflex appears to have fewer parts that my dogs can eat/destroy.

Any Bowflex users?
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:12:52 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2005 6:13:50 PM EST by CS223]
Bowflex makes good gear, look for a used system in your area, we have a store called "Play It Again Sports" that sells second hand exercise stuff. Check on ebay. Even the older ones are just as good and they stand behind what they sell.

Like anything else, it doesn't do you any good unless you are self motivated.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:14:34 PM EST
That 50 year old Bowflex body chick is pretty hot.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:16:36 PM EST
what about a wieder crossbar....it's a little cheaper.


-HS
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:19:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2005 6:20:15 PM EST by Smitty59]
I've had one for several years and I really like it. It's very versatile and easly to move around and store.

I now have a room where I keep the Bowflex and an elliptical machine, so it's setup and ready to go all the time.

As stated before you will get good results but you do have to use it. I think it's much easier to consistently work out when you have the tools in house rather than having to go to the club.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:19:52 PM EST
Got a bowflex sport here (the cheap one) Unfortnatly I haven't used it in a couple of months and it has become a $800 cloths rack . But besides that I do like it. The convence is outstanding, I love being able to use it anytime. The only thing I really don't like about it are the power rods. If I set the resistance to 200 or what ever it doesn't seem to reach the full 200 lb resistance until you pull it as far as you can go. If you have any questions feel free to IM me.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:23:14 PM EST
I will definitely use it in my house. The gym problem was not a motivation issue. I am just a neurotic germ freak, which is why I never went to the gym. All of those sweat covered machines just didn't do it for me.

I really only leave my house if my girlfriend drags me out of it, if I am going shooting, or when I go to work. I will probably use it every day.

I'll check out Play It Again tomorrow......
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:33:44 PM EST
Free weights.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:34:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By SNorman:
Free weights.



Exactly, bowflex sucks.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:36:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By SNorman:
Free weights.



Free weights are better, but when you don't have an entire room to deticate to gym equipment or someone to spot you when you want to work out, then bowflex is better.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:38:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2005 6:39:11 PM EST by asu174]
I have thought about free weights, but I am looking for an all-in-one machine. I will get too lazy with free weights and never use them.

I'm not looking to get huge or anything. I just want to get "fit".
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:39:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By Va_Dinger:

Originally Posted By SNorman:
Free weights.



Exactly, bowflex sucks.


I would think each would be a good thing, free weights every other day and bowflex the days you do not use free weights and use the bowflex to burn fat. But a treadmill works

If you plan to use free weights and you got some fat you need to work harder to burn that fat off. If you just work out but do nothing to loose the weight you'll just get stronger and seem fatter.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:42:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By olyarms:

Originally Posted By Va_Dinger:

Originally Posted By SNorman:
Free weights.



Exactly, bowflex sucks.


I would think each would be a good thing, free weights every other day and bowflex the days you do not use free weights and use the bowflex to burn fat. But a treadmill works

If you plan to use free weights and you got some fat you need to work harder to burn that fat off. If you just work out but do nothing to loose the weight you'll just get stronger and seem fatter.



A good workout plan includes both free weights and cardo. I do not consider a Bowflex to be cardo. I suggest a simple workout plan using a combination free weights and jogging, swimming, etc.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:44:15 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:44:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By Va_Dinger:

Originally Posted By olyarms:

Originally Posted By Va_Dinger:

Originally Posted By SNorman:
Free weights.



Exactly, bowflex sucks.


I would think each would be a good thing, free weights every other day and bowflex the days you do not use free weights and use the bowflex to burn fat. But a treadmill works

If you plan to use free weights and you got some fat you need to work harder to burn that fat off. If you just work out but do nothing to loose the weight you'll just get stronger and seem fatter.



A good workout plan includes both free weights and cardo. I do not consider a Bowflex to be cardo. I suggest a simple workout plan using a combination free weights and jogging, swimming, etc.


I was thinking of the treadmill bowflex thingy my bad I guess we are talking about the band thing? haha.

But yeah, I just know alot of people think by going out and lifting every other day for an hour or two think they will loose weight. But instead the just get bigger and push the fat out.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:08:40 PM EST
Rewind 14 months ago. Weighed 290lbs, bought a Bowflex, followed the plan. 10 months go by and Im down to 193lbs and entered the Army. Just got done with OSUT at Benning last month scoring a 263 on my APFT.

YMMV.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:02:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By HillBillySasquatch:
what about a wieder crossbar....it's a little cheaper.


-HS



Good call! I hope they aren't crap though....
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:03:54 AM EST

Originally Posted By Va_Dinger:

Originally Posted By SNorman:
Free weights.



Exactly, bowflex sucks.

agreed
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:04:47 AM EST
A bit off topic, but MAN, that 50 year old woman in the BowFlex commercial is smokin hot!
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:07:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:
A bit off topic, but MAN, that 50 year old woman in the BowFlex commercial is smokin hot!



That's because she's not 50.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:15:35 AM EST
I like mine .
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:16:47 AM EST
This thread is for girlie men with puny muscles without a poll.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:19:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By deadcat:
Rewind 14 months ago. Weighed 290lbs, bought a Bowflex, followed the plan. 10 months go by and Im down to 193lbs and entered the Army. Just got done with OSUT at Benning last month scoring a 263 on my APFT.

YMMV.




impressive
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:29:06 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/14/2005 6:30:26 AM EST by gilfrd]
Or..
Rewind 6 months ago I was at 245lbs.

Walked twice a day and ate a handful of food every 2 hours.

Now down to 157lbs. Saved $1500.00 +/- by NOT buying a Bowflex.

It sounds insane but it worked so well I cant stop losing.

Get some!

Had my annual physical last week and got the results Saturday, I'm in perfect health.

BP is 100/70 down from 140/85.... thing is, it's cold all the time now!!


ETA: Ney
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:36:00 AM EST
asu174

I sent you a E-mail


Neanderthal
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:41:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By olyarms:

Originally Posted By Va_Dinger:

Originally Posted By SNorman:
Free weights.



Exactly, bowflex sucks.


I would think each would be a good thing, free weights every other day and bowflex the days you do not use free weights and use the bowflex to burn fat. But a treadmill works

If you plan to use free weights and you got some fat you need to work harder to burn that fat off. If you just work out but do nothing to loose the weight you'll just get stronger and seem fatter.



Weight traning has been shown to be better for losing weight than cardio only. Weight training adds muscle which increases, relatively permanently, your base metabolic rate since you now need more calories daily to maintain lean body mass. Of course if you eat like a pig you'll get stronger and fatter.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:43:20 AM EST
Running......its free. (and it works)
Even if you go with the workout machine...I still recommend getting a few cardio workouts a week. Even a few miles a few times a week is great. You dont need to run 5 miles every morning....I started running to lose weight about a year ago...for the first 6 months, I never run more than 3 miles...and most of that was running for maybe 1 - 1.5 miles and walking the rest. A 45 minute investment...and in 6 months, with a moderate diet, and almost no other exercise, I lost about 40 pounds, and about 4" on my belt size.

YMMV, but I swear by running every other day.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:54:59 AM EST


YMMV, but I swear by running every other day.



It's 115 degrees out 6 months of the year here, so running won't work for me.
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