Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym Review
Bowflex has been revolutionizing the home fitness industry for more than three decades. Their power rod resistance system has become well known as a replacement to the traditional iron plate forms of resistance. The PR1000 home gym was introduced to the market in 2008 and has proven to be one of Bowflex’s most popular selling home gym offerings.
In this article, we go in-depth on the Bowflex PR1000 so you can determine if it is a good fit for your home gym.
Quite sturdy steel frame which is foldable
Durable faux leather bench upholstery
Bench with both incline and decline
Built-in Rowing machine
Power-rod weight resistance system
Cannot be upgraded, maximum weight which can be used is 210 pounds
Power-rods tend to use elasticity over time
The combined potential maximum weight allowance on the PR1000 is 210 pounds, which is not a great deal if you are intent on building muscle. You are unable to add extra resistance to the system, so you are not able to progressively increase your workouts over a period of time.
But the iron rods give more benefits that what we already mentioned. You can gain more functional strength, which will allow you to go through life with ease thanks to your newfound power. Your support muscles and the tendons and ligaments surrounding them will become stronger as well, which in turn prevents injuries. You will be able to change which muscle group you're focusing on quickly, and your muscles will develop more. Plus, it's easy to use! The power rod system feels different than using traditional weight machines. The positive part of the movement (concentric) is more fluid than on normal weight machines. However, the big negative when using power rods is that it has very little in the way of negative, or concentric, resistance. With studies confirming that the eccentric part of the movement actually builds more muscle than the concentric, this is a problem if you are buying a Bowflex power rod gym to build muscle.
The rest of the machine can withstand a lot of wear and tear damage, and it will generally last for a few years. If something fails though, other parts are also covered by a warranty that is not as long as the one for the power rods, but still good enough. The frame of the machine has a one-year warranty, which is pretty decent. Other parts have a 60-day warranty. This can stand to be a bit longer, mostly because those parts are prone to breaking and tearing and whatnot. However, if you purchase the machine from Bowflex, you can return any piece of the machine within six weeks of purchasing it, for any reason whatsoever!
The Bowflex PR1000 includes a rowing machine rail. This allows you to add a form of cardio training to your workout program in order to burn fat and get aerobically fit. While it is not the best rowing machine out there, it is functional, allowing for a full range of motion to get those calories burning. The PR1000 comes with a range of hand and foot grips to enhance your hold while exercising. Comfortable cushion padded grips allow for a strong, secure hold. You also get a leg press belt which secures around your waist and allows you to safely perform such exercises as the leg press.
The dimensions of the PR1000 when setting up for use are 84 x 38 x 81 inches. So you'll need a room which has a high ceiling. The machine gets it's width thanks to the rods, and they cannot be folded away, so keep that in mind, and remember that you will need even more space for leg curls and extensions! The minimum floor space that is recommended is 103 x 80 x 82 inches. The shipping weight of the unit is 148 pounds. It can accommodate users who are up to 6'7" tall. The PR1000 arrives in a box. It is relatively easy to set up. Your purchase arrives with a step-by-step instruction manual. It should take between 90 minutes and two hours to put together. By the way, your purchase also comes with a well written and comprehensive workout guide so you can get started immediately regardless of your experience level. The PR1000 can be folded easily, so you can store it away when you're not using it.
The framing is made of high-quality commercial steel. The solid frame can withstand up to 300 pounds, or about 140 kgs, and the bench can support as much weight as the frame can, although the cushions may wear down faster in that case. The frame is coated with paint that is anti-scratch and anti-corrosive, protecting it from wear and tear damage. Tension cables are made from high strength braided steel. The power rods that provide the resistance system are even stronger than steel.
The seat on the PR1000 is very comfortable, making use of a durafirm leather padding. This material is tear-resistant and looks great to boot.
Ease of Use
The PR1000 is ideal for people who just want to get into shape, burn some calories and have fun while doing it. You can also gain some amount of strength while using it, although you will be limited as time goes by. The machine has a straightforward design that is easy to understand, settings which are adjustable to the needs of a beginner. which will guide them through each and every exercise. It's also great if you want to maintain your shape. You will easily readjust the settings to your skill level, and won't need to waste a lot of time readjusting and relocating everything.
The Final Word
However, people are experienced weight lifters will have to expect a major adjustment curve as they transition to the different type of resistance that comes from power rods. Combine this with the inability to progress beyond 200 pounds, and the lack of eccentric resistance and we have to conclude that the Bowflex PR100 is not the best choice if you are looking to seriously build muscle and boost your strength levels.