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JACKIE542 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/15/12 4:00 P

Thank you everyone, I have a plan now.

KEITHA39 SparkPoints: (28,261)
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6/14/12 11:57 P

I also recommend things like dumbbells and resistance bands.

BUFFEDSTUFF-- Posts: 2,520
6/14/12 9:23 P

Hello Jackie, and welcome to world of becoming strong and fit. To answer your question, I have never personally used the bowflex machine so I am no expert, I do know people who swear by the bowflex. So if that is the route you wish to travel, do your research on the web you will find the pro and the cons and then make the best choice for you.

When it comes to home gyms...machines, it is all about what will work in your lifestyle and what goals your are trying to achieve... example a hardcore body builder type would have not problem falling in love with the a product like the titan but for a novice they might be overwhelmed.

So do your research, take the time to discover what will work for your lifestyle and I wish you the very best as your strive to reach your goals and good luck to your son also. This is a great time of the year to build a better version of yourself emoticon

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,428
6/14/12 9:13 P

I agree with the other posters. Free weights (such as a set of adjustable dumbbells) are a better bet.

Machines generally run in a defined track, and thus only work one muscle at a time.

But with free weights, you body has to recruit a whole lot of additional smaller muscles to keep you balanced and stabilized, and as such gives you a better, more balanced all-body workout.


LILLITO Posts: 168
6/14/12 6:56 P

i used the total gym in rehab and liked it enough to buy one. just can't bring myself to put it away between uses--nothing [not even laundry] is easy to put away!

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
6/14/12 4:09 P

I'll 2nd (3rd, 4th) the idea of investing a a set of free weights. Get an Olympic bar and weights, some dumbbells (you can get ones that you can add the Olympic plates to, that's what I have), a bench and a rack. I love mine. LOVE.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/14/12 3:44 P

Since you mention Bowflex you're probably thinking about something for home rather than a gym, right?

Free weights are the best way to go - no machine necessary. But there are resistance band configurations out there that offer excellent full body workouts with a few rubber bands you throw over a door. This provides a "machine" that you can use to target every muscle in your body, and yet packs away into a shoebox! :)

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 25,328
6/14/12 12:40 P

I agree.
We get so much more out of a workout with free weights than any machine in the gym.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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6/14/12 12:14 P

No such thing. :)

All those machines do basically the same thing, and honestly... are a waste of money. If you want to build strength, invest in free weights or resistance bands... they're far cheaper, and way more versatile. There's no reason to spend hundreds of dollars on brand name machines that for the vast majority of people, end up collecting dust and becoming very expensive clothes hangers.

They are effective, but they're BORING. With free weights and resistance bands - you have portability, flexibility, and they can grow with you.

JACKIE542 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/14/12 12:09 P

Hi, I am 50+ and would like to know which machines are considered best for strength and maybe firming. My son in his 20's would like to probably use it too.
Is the bow flex a good machine?

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