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9/30/12 3:48 P

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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.

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9/27/12 11:30 P

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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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9/25/11 11:04 A

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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.

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WRITEMANN1's Photo WRITEMANN1 Posts: 8,920
3/18/11 7:13 A

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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.



"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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MRDPOLING's Photo MRDPOLING Posts: 10,481
3/15/11 12:24 P

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Check Craig's List in your area. I see Bowflex's and generic ones listed on there for next to nothing compaired to the new ones.

Also, I have had a Soloflex in the past, I wouldn't recommend those as they are very hard to work with. You have to be able to contort your body to be able to get under the bar for presses and such.

I've seen some cool total body machines on there too that use weights that have tempted me as well.

Also, a good set of Dumbells would be a great addition to any home workout. There are workout plans online that are total body workouts and all you need is some dumbells and a mat.

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3/14/11 10:57 P

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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?

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MRDPOLING's Photo MRDPOLING Posts: 10,481
3/14/11 11:46 A

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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.

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3/14/11 6:32 A

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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.

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

I teach because I love to Learn!


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ROCKER164's Photo ROCKER164 Posts: 54
3/13/11 9:34 P

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Hi all! Does anyone own a Bowflex machine and can provide an opinion? I am seriously considering a purchase of one and I'd like to get other opinions before I do.

Thanks!

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