Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym Review
Home gyms are popular purchases for people who are interested in fitness due to the range of activities and exercises that they offer. They're also much more personal than using a public gym – as the name suggests, they're all workouts you can do at home, on the machine. While there are many different home gyms currently available for you to choose from, today, we are interested in the Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym.
Bowflex are not new to the exercise world either. They're a well-known name that are responsible for other machines such as the Bowflex Max Trainer, the Bowflex Selecttech 552, the Bowflex M5 and the Bowflex PR100. They've definitely got experience in the area and know what customers want and need from a home gym.
What is the Bowflex Ultimate 2?
The Bowflex Ultimate 2 is a great piece of machinery designed to give you a full body workout from the comfort of your own home. It gives an ultimate workout all in one, and with a large amount of different exercises available, it keeps it fun and exciting with multiple different routines available to you each time you use it.
For the amount that it offers, the machine itself is not too expensive either. If you compare the price to a years' gym membership – and how often that might be used compared to a machine in your home – it's definitely worth it, usually coming in around $1,400. It's definitely an investment, but one that should keep you motivated and wanting to get your money's worth out of it.
It's a pretty big machine with the fully assembled size coming in around 82 h x 92 l x 46 w inches, so you'll need to ensure that you have space for it in your home and that you won't be intercepting other objects when you're working out. It also weighs in over 500lb when assembled, and comes in multiple boxes when shipping.
Putting it together is possible, and Bowflex assist with detailed manuals to help you get all the right parts in the right places without too much effort. The size of the machine alone might mean it takes you a while to put together, and it might feel like a challenge, but it is absolutely possible to do alone and comes with the tools to help you.
Here’s a picture of what the manual looks like:
Why Buy the Bowflex Ultimate 2?
As well as giving an ultimate work out, the Bowflex Ultimate 2 is great for a home environment thanks to the fact it is suitable for everyone – just like the machines you might find in a gym, everything is adjustable to suit the user and can offer a benefit to everyone in the house hold.
Of course, some people are more interested in single work out machines, such as the the Proform 505 cst treadmill, or the Proform elliptical, but with this, you get much more out of it and a better, more spread workout.
It boasts a total of 95 different exercises which range through abdominal, back, shoulder and leg exercises, with chest and arms also covered, giving a complete and total work out and allows you to focus on specific body areas on certain days – much like you would in a public gym, without having to worry about other people waiting to use the machinery after you.
With a machine like this, doesn’t it look like you could do a whole lot of exercises?
It also comes with guides to help you get started. There's a workout DVD with the machine, as well as quick reference posters giving a detailed instruction of each available exercise to keep you moving and ensure that you're getting your form right all the way through.
It comes with a power rod resistance of 310lb but this can be upgraded for those who are looking for more of a workout up to 410 through additional accessories. There are also additional accessories such as an ab crunch accessory, a squat station, a preacher curl, and leg attachments – amongst others available. It's also possible to purchase a rack to keep all of the accessories neat and together, rather than having to find new places to store them, or having to leave them laying around the machinery.
Despite the size of the machine, it is foldable to save space when it's not being used. It folds to around 44' x 46', reducing its size by a good amount. While the weight means that it's completely stable, and solid, it also means that it's very difficult to relocate it once you've assembled it so make sure that you pick somewhere that you're happy for it to stay long term. It is movable, but it will be a pain to do so.
The Bowflex Ultimate 2 has a lot of benefits to it, and makes it worth the money – especially compared to a long term gym membership. It's a study machine that offers a lot of different exercises to keep things interesting and ensures that you're not neglecting any particular muscle group like you would be on other machines.
Depending on how you purchase the machine, you can be covered by warranty too – if you purchase a refurbished one, you get a six month warranty that covers any faults. If you purchase from Bowflex, the rods are guaranteed for life and can be replaced at any point after purchase if and when needed.
The Bowflex is a well designed machine that will give your muscles the best work out, and allows for it to be interchangeable and adjusted for your skill set, meaning that you can continue to make it more of a challenge for you as your skills grow.
It's definitely a worthwhile purchase if you're serious about working out and would like to do it in the comfort of your own home, without other people watching you. It's study, designed to last, and has enough exercises that you won't be left wondering what else there is to do on it after the first couple of weeks, and is complete with guides to help you figure out the different exercises, letting you find your own routine and stick to it.