I had one years ago. The rubber weight straps started cracking and snapping after about a year. I think it's a great way to get started, but I saw much better results once I started going to a gym and using free weights.
I have one that I picked up off kijiji for 300 bucks I looked at it for about a year then something in my head said you should use that so now I bike then use the bow flex and I love it. get a good workout on it.
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I have one and its great! If you are really looking to bulk up you want free weights but if you want to have a machine that makes it easy to maintain strength or build lean muscle its awesome. Wide range of exercises easy to use.Safer than free weights if you have to work out by yourself.I got mine cause I live 60 miles from the nearest well equipped gym.I can get my workouts in in the morning before work to keep me consistent.
Just another quick take: the same muscle that 'motivates' you to Not go to the gym, for whatever reason, doesn't recognize location!! Take a more Focused look at why you are Not in the gym as much anymore. Do a personal time-management survey. You might discover a new 'path' to the gym.
That's actually my motivation in looking at the machine--to work out at home. I usually go to the gym, but it's getting hard to get there in the morning and I'm missing too many workouts in the evening. I'm thinking if I had a quality machine at home, I may be more likely to get the morning workout done before I start my day. Anyone have any other thoughts on that?
Yes I do own one... but I hardly ever use it becuase I don't have the drive to work out at home. I need the others at the gym to get me motivated. There are just too many distractions at home to keep me focused.
If you do plan to get one, I strongly suggest getting one of the off market generic ones from like WalMart to start. That way if it isn't for you, you are only out a couple hundred verses the insanely over priced Bowflex Machine.
Don't own one, but worked out with a friend that does. Only a couple of negatives: 1) you pretty much have to 'live' on the machine to see any benefits, 2) the company sends you a LOT of adverts trying to get you to buy more add-on's and dvd's.
It's a decent work-out if you don't live within driving distance of a gym or YMCA.
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