Bowflex Xtreme 2 Home Gym Review
Finding a machine suitable for the title of 'home gym' can mean a lot of comparing and a lot of scrutiny. We understand, if you’re not familiar with gym equipment, this can prove to be a difficult task, but there’s no need to worry. Luckily, we've done that for you and compiled all the data that we think is necessary to include to help you make an informed decision.
We've looked at the specs, the advantages and disadvantages, what the machine promises verses what it provides and how other users have felt about the product. We've also compared it against other machines, both in the Bowflex line and outside of it, so that you have the most information possible. The Bowflex Xtreme 2 Home Gym is a real eye catcher and today, you’re going to find out why ..
What is the Bowflex Xtreme 2?
We would like to start out by introducing you to the Bowflex Xtreme 2 with a picture. If you take a look at the picture that we have posted for you below, you’ll see that it really is a home gym. It appears as if it offers everything you need packed all in one.
The Bowflex Xtreme 2 is a home gym, designed – as the name suggests – for those who are looking for a decent work out without having to leave the comfort of their homes. Gyms can be scary places – and frustrating if you have a routine in mind and are hindered by other gym goers.
A home gym is designed to offer multiple forms of exercise in one easy machine. The Bowflex Xtreme is no exception to this rule. This incredible machine boasts over 70 exercises (that’s right, we said 70 exercises) for a total body work out – meaning you're not just focusing on one area. This is great news, because you’ll be able to get in shape without having to use any other piece of equipment.
The machine can be used for all major muscle groups. When compared to other machines out there, such as the bowflex pr1000, this machine definitely surpasses in total number of exercises. The bowflex pr1000 only advertises itself as 30+, and the Bowflex PR3000 – an upgraded model of the pr1000, advertises 50+.
In value for money alone, compared to the bowflex pr1000 and the Bowflex PR3000, this machine already offers so much more. It comes with a DVD to help you on your way, especially if the exercises are new to you.
Mind you, when you first get this home gym, you’ll be required to put it together. Thankfully, it does come with assembly instructions, so you won’t be left there standing out in the cold all alone. If you are not the type of person that assembles stuff and you have no clue what to do, even with instructions, Bowflex has customer support that can do it for you.
Here’s a picture of the instructions for you:
Why Buy It?
Everyone has their own reasons for wanting exercise equipment in the home. It's easier than having to force yourself to leave the house and go to a gym, it also tends to pay off more in the long run than a gym subscription every month. You'll soon rack up the same amount of cost and it comes with restricted use times, and other people – a home gym does not. You can use it at any point, without interruption.
Look at the picture below – you see, if you want to exercise outside your homes garage, you can do that …anything is possible with the Bowflex Xtreme 2 Home Gym …
Or, you could simply put it in a vacant room in your home:
Of course, some people refer to buy separate pieces and keep their machines for specific body parts and that's absolutely fine. There are many things out there, like the Welso treadmill, or the Schwinn exercise bike or even the Schwinn 230 recumbent bike, that can be used for cardio, but finding a fully functioning weight machine that can offer you seventy different types of exercise is definitely a catch. If cardio is an interest, however, Bowflex do offer such machines such as their Bowflex Max Trainer, so if you're loyal to a brand, there's nothing to fear.
Having one machine with so much variety saves on room in the home – which is usually a big factor for home gym buyers. The Bowflex Xtreme 2 comes in at a workspace requirement of 96” x 76” x 83”. The bowflex pr1000 comes in just a little bigger at 103” x 80” x 82”, and matches the same space needed for the Bowflex PR3000.
As expected, in the box, you receive a DVD and a user manual. The user manual will help with exercises, and contains 79 different images in to give you an idea of what exercises you can do. It also comes with installation instructions, so you can put it together yourself if you're so inclined, which can help save a little money on the cost of the machine. With the Bowflex Xtreme 2 (and most other Bowflex products), you can opt to pay a little extra to have the machine built for you on delivery. The cost of this racks up to around $200 for convenience, but it is said that the machine is very easy to put together if you follow the instructions and is not complicated.
You also have the ability to upgrade your resistance bars – the ones that come with it as standard are only 210lb, but if you're looking for a more extreme work out, then these can be upgraded up to 410lb by purchasing the additional rods from Boxflex or other known sellers.
Bowflex Xtreme 2 comes with three different warranties. The first is for one year and covers the frame – any issues with the frame during this time period, calling Bowflex will correct it. The second is the parts. All parts come with a sixty day warranty to cover damage. Thirdly, the power rods have their own warranty which covers them for a lifetime. If a power rod is damaged, they will send replacement ones free of charge throughout the entire duration of you owning the machine.
If you're looking for something that won't take up an obscene amount of room in your apartment, but still gives you an amazing bang for your buck, this machine is definitely one that should be in your short list. There are very few disadvantages to it, and the ones we have found are more gripes than issues with the machine. Such as the power rods expanding outwards and taking up a little more room, or the fact there is no way to do stationary rows on the machine.
The machine itself offers so much in terms of variety that it's impossible to get bored with. There are numerous arm, leg, back and chest exercises – along with others – that you'll be able to activate the desired parts of body without having to spend lots and dedicate most of your room to exercise equipment.
It's definitely worth the cost if you're serious about a good, robust home gym, and while it's only suitable for one person at a time, it's adjustable that anyone in the home will be able to use it at their own pace and comfort levels.