Bowflex Revolution Review
Bowflex has been producing home gyms since the mid-1980s and most of us are familiar with their patented power rod technology. However, with the Bowflex Revolution, they have introduced a new resistance technology, which they have called SpiraFlex. The Revolution is Bowflex’s top of the line home gym. It is a heavy-duty model that boasts in excess of 100 exercises and a max resistance of 200 pounds, which includes an 80-pound upgrade.
In this article, we provide you with an in-depth review of the Bowflex Revolution.
Limitless number of exercise options available
SpiraFlex technology used to create resistance is unique and very effective
Works for both the upper and lower body
Maximum weight resistance is 600 pounds
The warranty lasts 10 years, promising durability
Quite large and weighs 300 pounds, making for a difficult assembly
The Spiraflex technology revolves around cleverly designed plates, each of which is constructed with a heavy-duty elastic strap housed inside the plate. When you perform an exercise, the Spiraflex plates rotate around the center. This stretches the elastic strap and creates resistance. The plates combine with a mechanism inside the machine to create constant resistance throughout the entire range of motion. The result is a more consistent gym-quality experience. The Spiraflex plates look a lot like free weight plates. They are assigned a pound rating based on their resistance as follows: 5, 10, 20, and finally 40 pounds.
The great thing about the plates is that, even though they differ in created resistance, they all weigh about the same, which is just a few pounds. That means that the real power of the workout is in the resistance, not the weight plate. This makes it so much quicker and easier to stack these lightweight plates onto the Revolution home gym and get a great workout. The lightweights of the plates also make them a whole lot safer to use than traditional free weights. The original Bowflex Revolution provides you with 220 pounds of resistance. The XP Home Gym comes standard with 200 pounds of resistance. There is also an 80-pound upgrade available for each machine. A major advantage of the Spiraflex resistance packs (that’s what they call the weight plates) is that it provides resistance through the entire range of motion. The result is a more consistent training experience and greater time under tension. This allows for a greater burn, a better workout, and faster results. Because no metal parts are used in the Spiraflex technology system, there is a reduced likelihood of parts breaking down.
The Revolution comes with a high-quality leg press station. It also provides you with a weighted harness set up so that you can simulate a heavy squat workout. The Bowflex Revolution provides you with a far greater exercise range than you find in most home gyms. There are a large number of configurations that allow for differing angles to be able to work your muscles, including the flat, incline and decline bench. It also includes a preacher bench attachment so that you can do targeted bicep work. The independently moving arms allow for 10 position adjustments over a 170-degree range of movement. A leg extension attachment, as well as a leg press, allows you to hit your quads.
The Bowflex Revolution provides you with a number of accessories units to extend your exercise options. These are: Leg Press Plate, Leg Press Seat Back, Preacher Curl Assembly, Resistance packs, Handgrips & Foot Harnesses. This is more than enough to keep most people busy for a long time! But if you are an experienced lifter, you probably won’t get enough resistance for exercises like the leg press. You will also find the preacher curl set up to be quite awkward and not to feel natural. To set up the preacher curl you have to attach a curl bar to the leg extension attachment. This does not provide you with a full range of motion, making the exercise pretty ineffective.
The biggest problem that users have experienced with the Bowflex Revolution is that it is not designed for larger people. If you are around 6’3” or taller, you will find that you are just a little too large for the machine, making it uncomfortable to do such exercises as lat pulldowns. On leg extensions, you will not be able to get enough extension to press to a full range of motion.
Ease of Use
The Final Word
However, when you take the price, and the fact that it is not really designed for larger people into account, we feel that the Total Gym FIT is a better overall option. The Total Gym offers around 85 exercises and can be used by exercisers of all shapes and sizes. It is also a lot lighter and can be folded away for storage. With the new weight bar attachment, you can also add weight plate resistance for a more advanced workout.