Lots of folks are willing to sell a Soloflex or Bowflex at a fraction of retail, if you decide to get one. I've had a Soloflex for about 10 years, and I like it but I sometimes use it stupidly and hurt myself, and then I don't use it again for a while. When it's not being used for its intended purpose, it's a decent place to dry clothes. YMMV, of course.
I just downgraded from a home gym to a DVD workout. Check out the BeachBody.com site. They have a wide range of exercise DVD's incorporating either bands or dumbbell sets (think bowflex dumbbells), chin-up bars for the P90X and aerobic exercises.
I have a bow flex dumbbell set, a chin-up bar, a band set with assorted bands and the Power 90 Boot Camp DVD set.
I say I downgraded, but in fact I think I am getting a better workout with the DVD's than I did with the home gym. It's also portable as I can play it on a lap-top or dvd player if I am travelling or away from the home. Just consider your options.
Both Bowflex and Soloflex are based on the principles of resistance bands with Soloflex actually using resistance bands on steroids to provide the resistance. Like all other resistance (weight) machines they restrict your range of motion and force you to move in a preset arc. The are needlessly expensive as are many of the other high touted and advertised exercise programmes and equipment. Both machines show up on the used market, I recently saw a Bowflex in a thrift store. The have frequent flier miles on Craigslist and other second hand fitness equipment stores such as Second Wind.
You actually need neither for a good strength workout, Lifeline USA sells some resistance band based home workout systems which are excellent alternatives. www.Lifeline USA.com . Another alternative is suspension training such as TRX but there are cheaper alternatives to the TRX equipment which are as good and do the same thing. Investing in kettlebell classes to learn proper technique then investing in the proper weight kettlebells is much cheaper than a Bowflex or Soloflex.
I have experience with Soloflex, I own one and have had one off and on since 1984 but mine is currently up for sale since I have alternatives which I use and prefer.
I was wondering if any one owed a bow-flex machine or some other similar machine?
My bf and I have a gym membership but are buying our first home this summer and I am thinking we will get rid of the gym membership and do a home gym if we have the room.
We already own a Nordic track elliptical machine, a mini trampoline and so I want the next piece to be something for doing weights that we can both use. ( so free weights are probably out ) but I do remember seeing the blow-flex machine and I don't know if that what I want us to get or what else there is out there these days.
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