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Posted: 10/8/2007 3:47:49 PM EDT
Bow Flex

I want a machine that will take minimul space but i can have a lot of excercises.

Should i get the Power Rod® Resistance or SpiraFlex® Plate Resistance?

Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:49:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By H3At:
Bow Flex

I want a machine that will take minimul space but i can have a lot of excercises.

Should i get the Power Rod® Resistance or SpiraFlex® Plate Resistance?



What do they cost?
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:50:01 PM EDT
Only if your gonna use the damn thing.

Overpriced workout equipment is fine IF YOU USE IT.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:50:33 PM EDT
Get whichever one you can find on craigslist for $50 from the previous owner who's been using it as a towel rack for the last 11 1/2 months.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:52:28 PM EDT
Oh hell yeahh im gonna use it... I need to do some strength training... I will be joining up with the National Guard next year.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:53:19 PM EDT
Free weights or turn your man card in.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:53:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mazeman:

Originally Posted By H3At:
Bow Flex

I want a machine that will take minimul space but i can have a lot of excercises.

Should i get the Power Rod® Resistance or SpiraFlex® Plate Resistance?



What do they cost?


Best one is 2300.00 planning to get that one
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:53:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 4:00:40 PM EDT by BangStick1]
Sure, I've got a 'dust collector' I'll sell ya.


If ya do buy, be sure to go ahead and get all of the accesories and extra weight capacity you may want.

They tend to change their models and may not have the parts for your machine in the future.


Unless you live in the sticks, probably better off with a gym membership.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:53:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Paveway_:
Free weights or turn your man card in.



lol
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:54:12 PM EDT
Bro, get a bench. Barbell. And a few dumbells. And a weight set.

You'll get much better results.

Resistance training will only take you so far.

IMO.

With a bowflex, you'll be able to do a few things that you couldn't do with the equipment mentioned above. (lat pulls, rows....)

Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:54:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 3:55:51 PM EDT by 69hpbt]
bowflexes rods rock more stuff to hang clothes off of. much better than my damn treadmill
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:56:04 PM EDT
I used mine as a coat hanger. You won't use it after a week of owning it.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:56:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 3:57:47 PM EDT by TGMoore]
How much are you excercising now? If you are someone who already has a well thought out and implemented exercise plan and want to shave off time going to the gym, then by all means buy one. However if you are trying to get into working out and think having one of these in your house will encourage you to work out you are probally wrong. You can get a membership to the YMCA for around 20 bucks a month. They have a hell of a lot more exercises then the bowflex does.

2300 divided by 20= 115 divided by 12 months a year = 9.6 years
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:56:10 PM EDT
WHOA WHOA WHOA........

$2300 buck will buy you a lot of gym membership. GET A MEMBERSHIP TO A GYM WITH FREE WEIGHTS, RESISTANCE MACHINES, CARDIO EQUIPMENT..etc.


Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:56:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 3:58:38 PM EDT by SJSAMPLE]

Originally Posted By H3At:

Originally Posted By Mazeman:

Originally Posted By H3At:
Bow Flex

I want a machine that will take minimul space but i can have a lot of excercises.

Should i get the Power Rod® Resistance or SpiraFlex® Plate Resistance?



What do they cost?


Best one is 2300.00 planning to get that one


Are you really gonna do $2300 worth of exercises?

Most people stick to the large muscle groups - upper body, arms and chest.

A cheap set of free weights offers;
1. Significantly lower investment.
2. Lower footprint.
3. Much higher reward per $$$.

The guys and chicks in the commercials look great.
If you ever looked like that, it might be OK.
If you never looked close to that, re-evaluat the $2300.

Think about joining a local gym.
Much cheaper (even after TEN YEARS) and you will receive enough motivation from people who are in better shape.

Just sayin'.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:59:18 PM EDT
If you have a "floor" and a "chair" you are 80% of the way there.

Don't waste your money on crap.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:01:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 4:01:55 PM EDT by IAMLEGEND]
I think the guys saying free weights are right.

If you have to get one of those contraptions I'd suggest this: linkeroo

It's just like the one Chuck Norris uses.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:03:17 PM EDT
Don't get the bow flex.

Get this: Ironmaster dumbells

A power cage that lets you do pullups.

Flat/incline bench.

And a 300lb Olympic weight set.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:05:33 PM EDT
Yes, you then can play in a rock band without a shirt, and be a quality control manager.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:05:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TGMoore:
How much are you excercising now? If you are someone who already has a well thought out and implemented exercise plan and want to shave off time going to the gym, then by all means buy one. However if you are trying to get into working out and think having one of these in your house will encourage you to work out you are probally wrong. You can get a membership to the YMCA for around 20 bucks a month. They have a hell of a lot more exercises then the bowflex does.

2300 divided by 20= 115 divided by 12 months a year = 9.6 years


+1, try a simple plan that you can try for a start and if you stick to it.

Depends on where you are at now.

If you think you need one of those, they are in the paper all the time waayyyyyyyy cheaper than that.

Don't burn up your credit card for that sort of price.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:08:10 PM EDT
Whats the benefit of working out?Makes my muscles hurt and i get tired afterwards...
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:09:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 4:10:28 PM EDT by ndolson]
I know the infomercials are cheesy, and many people here will talk shit against it...but I loved my bowflex.

I added 50lbs to my bench press in probably 6 weeks, let me target lots of muscle groups quickly and effectively, got my body looking VERY good.

What is most important in any excercise routine is that you stick with it, and that it's enjoyable to you (which will help you "stick with it").

Personally, I don't like (nor do I have the time) to go to the gym I joined. But when I had my bowflex, I used it EVERY day that was scheduled in my workout routine. I joined my gym on the day of the superbowl, and have gone maybe 15 times Not only is it inconvenient for me to have to go somewhere to work out, I don't like the "gym atmosphere". Some people need that motivation where they actually have to LEAVE in order to work out...I'm the opposite.

Forget the cheesy informercials, it'll do anything the average person wants with it. If you want to look like arnold schwartzenegger then ya, you'll probably need something better/more advanced.

But I used it with great results. When I get the extra money, I'll be getting another.

My .02

*ETA* I did not get the top of the line model...I think it was the XTL with the lat pull down and leg excercises deal. I also upgraded to 310lbs because I could do 210 bench press quickly.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:10:48 PM EDT
Buy stuff like this at yard sales for pennies on the dollar. Exercise equipment will probably be in like-new condition.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:11:01 PM EDT
it's worth it if you are committed to using it. i brought one last year and lost 30 lbs and built up a lot of muscle, the great thing is the many work-out options like over 60, but honestly i use only about 10 of them consistently.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:11:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jnojr:
Buy stuff like this at yard sales for pennies on the dollar. Exercise equipment will probably be in like-new condition.


I agree...I see them pretty much unused on Craigslist for half price at least. That's where I"ll buy mine again.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:11:41 PM EDT
I like mine, I've had it for a few years now, and yes, I still use it (although not as consistantly as I once did....). It gives a good and different workout than free weights/circuit weights/universals.

If I could do it again, I'd get a nice incline bench and a good set of weights.

YMMV.


If you want to give the Bowflex a try, get a used one out of the local classifieds. Who knows, you may love it.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:13:37 PM EDT
Walk stairs start the first day with 10 up and 10 down. Add 1 up and 1 down each day.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:16:28 PM EDT
Do calisthenics you wuss...

if you get bored do it with a weighted backback.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:25:18 PM EDT
You can find bowlfexes any where between $50 and $500 on craigslist.


So since given buying used is not an insane price,

What is good about them (Again OTHER THAN PRICE), and what makes free-weights superior?
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:27:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KC-ROUGHNECK:
WHOA WHOA WHOA........

$2300 buck will buy you a lot of gym membership. GET A MEMBERSHIP TO A GYM WITH FREE WEIGHTS, RESISTANCE MACHINES, CARDIO EQUIPMENT..etc.




That would buy me 6 years at our local gym, with much more equipment. And girls too.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:52:14 PM EDT
Alright thanks alot fellas for the advice... will get myself a bench
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:58:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Paveway_:
Free weights or turn your man card in.


+10

If you manage to break your free weights, my hat is off to you.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 1:09:37 AM EDT
Spend the money on a gym membership. I have found that I'll go to a gym, equipment at home just collects dust.
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