2.0 out of 5 stars | Great for rehab, terrible for workout goals.
Not worth buying. After reading reviews for this machine, I thought it would be a good, inexpensive alternative to a weight machine but imediately after getting it all put together I found out otherwise. This is a resistance machine, it tells you that. But when it says 50lbs (which is the highest it can go) it really means more like 25. This is NOT a muscle building machine by any means. I would suggest you'd be better off with a $10 resistance band. Very disappointed I spent so much for so little. But it would be a pain in the @$$ to take apart and send back...so now I'm stuck with it. Overall I think it's a decent machine if you are looking for light rehab training. The majority of the resistance bars are useless for me. Seat is a little wobbly (I'm 200lbs). Otherwise, steer clear. You can get better results from a workout video and your own body weight workouts.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2018 by Girlrilla
5.0 out of 5 stars | Easy to use & Does more exercises than you know.
Super fast shipping. Cardboard box was wet due to heavy downpours and it was still intact.Everything inside was package well & secure. I have included pictures of hardware and items packaged perfectly inside.The box is very heavy, delivery man used a dolly and I had a helper to move through out my house to get it in the desired room. Resistance rods are 105 lbs on each side... they feel like they are not true to its weight (example:10 lb feels like 5 lbs) There are many other exercises you can do that are not included in the manual/exercise book... I got the extra tips from my physical therapist.This PR 1000 is to fit fit/ toned... not for adding bulk. If you are a gym rat then go to the gym. This home gym is great for the whole family pre teen to seniors ... great for beginners and those who want/need activity instead of being a couch potatoe. It works your whole body. putting it together does require 2 people. The directions are clear pictures. it was easy ... however it took 2 1/2 hours... due to unpacking all items, sorting, & making sure I was doing everything right. It comes with a belt you wear around lower waist so you can row/leg press & 2 hand pulls. Some people complain that they have to change the rods and/ or location of pulleys depending on what exercise they want to do ... my own opinion on that is ... how lazy can one be ? If you were using a weight stack machine you would still have to remove the pin and adjust your desired weight... if they think it slows you down... it’s okay to take a breather. I purchased the e-z curl bar directly from the manufacturer to add to my home gym ( Amazon doesn’t sell it) There is a Video on Bowflex’s website showing you how to do the exercises and recommend reps... however I find it useless because it is printed in the manual. Media rack is a plus for music/ videos ( older model doesn’t have it) This bowflex pr 1000 home gym is priced cheaper on Amazon than from the manufacturer itself and its a lot cheaper than having a family membership at my local gym... plus it so convenient No driving miles to get to the gym, extra gas and time& fitting gym time into everyones schedule. it is a solid, well made product... all welded areas are done good. The seat back ... when you want it to lay down ... it doesn’t lay & LOCK into place... your weight keeps it down. (think of a over stuffed blanket/toy chest that doesn’t lay flat , until you sit on it.. when you get up ..it doesn’t still lay completely down). One of the soft foam rolls has a slight tear/ cut wrong ... but I’m guessing it will still hold up just as well as the other 3 rolls included. If you happen to need help while putting it together, bow flex employees are only a phone call away and they are willing to help even if you didn’t directly purchase from them.There is a little bit of weight to lift in order to fold it up (to reduce footprint size).To fold it up, you need to remove the bench seat backing( put it elsewhere in your home...manual doesn’t give this step/direction. However... it is very easy to fold. I am happy with my purchase, it fits our purposes.I would recommend this product.
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018 by Always read reviews 1st
5.0 out of 5 stars | This is a great system - especially in that it provides an aerobic ...
This is a great system - especially in that it provides an aerobic rowing option - yup...rowing! This thing is actually fun to use. Has a holder (two red things on main vertical beam) that adjust to hold whatever device you put in there...for your phone/tablet to watch video while you row or listen to music etc while working out. This is a very high quality made device. Easy to assemble (states two persons required - I did it alone in about 2 hours going at a casual pace, however I would recommend asking for help moving the box as it weighs 144lbs...did that alone too...but was definitely a challenge getting it to our basement). Took up less space than I thought, meaning I thought I would have to leave a lot of space to the sides to account for the power rods to bend outward...but they stay close to the machine somehow so I was able to put it a lot closer to a wall than expected on one side. Also - the long front part folds up to get it out of the way if needed. Using this system has been easy and the booklet includes many different workout routines. Assembly tip - do not use the included weird "wrenches", if they could be called that, go find a separate wrench and separate socket wrench with right sized socket to use on the nuts and bolts.
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2018 by Freddyman
5.0 out of 5 stars | Easy set up, works great for toning and light strengthing.
Easy to set up, this is a great machine for toning and strengthening muscle groups. I bought this to help my lower back and it is great for this. It is not for a serious body builder as the weight does not go high enough but for most who want to get in better condition at home it works quite well. I'm very happy with it. I used to life quite heavily and run marathons/triathlons but with a lower back injury and pinched nerve those days are behind me. This helps to keep me in shape and give me relief from the pain. Highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2018 by diver64
5.0 out of 5 stars | arrived promptly ... good shape .. seems to do as advertised
I bought it for my wife ... she loves it ... so far so good ... no one has started hanging clothes on it
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018 by David Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars | Works for Me!
I must preface this review by the fact that I am 80 - but in good health. The Covid issue caused me to look for another way to maintain some muscle mass and bone density besides going to my normal group classes at MVP gym. I have recently returned to bike riding and kayak pedaling (Hobie Mirage), for my aerobic training and the Bowflex does all my resistance training. Yes, I agree that if I was 30-50 again, I might outlive the resistance strength of this machine, but look folks, if you are not bodybuilding to the point of having more strength than you need - this is great. My 84 year old wife works out on this too, as it is very easy to change "weights" and we both like the fact that it is silent! About the weights - it doesn't have any . . . and even though the whole unit is sturdy and solid, I can easily fold, slide onto a hand dolly and move anywhere in the house! Not so easy when you have a lot of weight involved. I have just finished radiation treatment for prostate cancer but will continue with hormone therapy for another year or so. So I need to maintain muscle mass during this treatment, and this is the right machine, at a very right price (also easy to assemble). Thanks Bowflex for keeping this unit in your lineup.
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2020 by Steve