WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Bowflex PR 1000 home gym's universal exercise station is capable of over 30 strength exercises for both upper and lower body. Rather than using weight plates, it uses a power rod resistance system. Bowflex exercise machines use flexible polymer rods that creates greater resistance compared to free weights and pulleys. When combined with hand grips, ankle cuffs and rollers, these “Power Rods” complement upper-body and lower-body strength training exercises. You can also get a great cardio workout with this home gym. It doubles as a rowing machine with the built in sliding seat.
Built with a high-tech composite material and able to fit in a minimum workout area 100" x 78” the bow flex PR 1000 offers a total workout. It has a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. With current pricing under $500, this home gym is a great deal.
INDEPTH PRODUCT REVIEW
Since the Bowflex PR 1000 uses power resistance rods rather than weight plates and cables, the maximum amount of resistance is 210 pounds. While this is more than adequate for most users, serious weight lifters would be happier with a different home gym such as the Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System.
An added benefit of the power rod system is that it provides resistance without inertia. This means you can exercise without straining your joints and you it requires constant effort. You can't cheat your way through the exercises.
Here are some of the exercises you can do with this home gym:
- Standing Face Pulls
- Horizontal, Incline and Decline Bench Press
- Shoulder Press and Raise
- Lat and Rear Delt Rows
- Narrow, Stiff-arm and Reverse Grip Pulldowns
- Low Back Extension
- Bicep and Wrist Curls
- Abdominal Crunch and Trunk Rotation
- Leg Extension, Kickback and Press
- Calf Raise
- Hip Abduction
As a bonus, the PR1000 comes with a Workout Placard, which describes everything about proper workout positions. This helps ensure that you maintain proper form when performing each exercise.
- Unable to upgrade resistance
- No many exercises for hamstrings
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