You have most probably seen advertisements for the Bowflex exercise and fitness machine on television, promising that you can get a great workout in a short time with it. Before you purchase one, however, you should take some time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of using a Bowflex exercise and fitness machine. Some of the concerns you should address are the durability of the machine, average workout times, and its compatibility with supplementary equipment.
First, a Bowflex exercise and fitness machine helps improve muscle flexibility. It uses power rods attached to pulleys to give you your workout, instead of the weights you usually find on a standard exercise machine. The seat on the Bowflex exercise and fitness machine can also be adjusted to change the angle and direction of your body, giving you a full-body workout and working all of your muscle groups. This helps improve the strength and co-ordination of muscles throughout your body.
If you want a more effective workout, then you should use the Bowflex on a regular basis. Although it is stated in the advertisements on television that a workout three times each week for thirty minutes each is sufficient, the quality of your workout is dependent on how well you use the machine. In order to have a successful workout plan, you should create a schedule that you are comfortable with.
An added benefit of purchasing a Bowflex exercise and fitness machine is the supplementary equipment sold alongside it that can be used in conjunction with it. For example, you could also use a TreadClimber, which is a stair climber/treadmill hybrid exercise machine. If you have adequate space in your home, you could even consider purchasing a Bowflex Revolution machine. This machine helps to tone your muscles, and is so effective that it is even used by astronauts in space to maintain the strength in their muscles.
While the Bowflex exercise and fitness machine can be used to work the muscles throughout your body, the machine itself will gradually lose flexibility. This is due to the plastic parts used in the construction of the Bowflex, as plastic generally wears out faster than metal does. Thus the Bowflex is more likely to break down than other machines. While you can order replacement parts for the Bowflex, it can take several weeks for replacement parts to arrive. The Bowflex exercise and fitness machine comes with a 12 year warranty, so you will not have to pay for replacement parts. However, just waiting for the parts to arrive can be very frustrating, and this will disrupt your normal training regimen.
Another disadvantage of using a Bowflex exercise and fitness machine is that it can only generate so much resistance. Because the machine uses power rods to generate resistance instead of weights, this limits the maximum amount of resistance that can be generated with it. IT can generate a maximum of 410 pounds of resistance, which may be enough for the average user, but if you are a body builder you will likely wish to have more resistance than that for your workout.
The final disadvantage of buying a Bowflex exercise and fitness machine is the cost. It is rather expensive, being priced somewhere between nine hundred and two thousand dollars. While you may purchase a Bowflex exercise and fitness machine from a third-party store, the warranty offered there is probably for a shorter time period than that offered by Bowflex.
With these various pros and cons of getting a Bowflex exercise and fitness machine, you should think carefully before deciding to spend money on one.
Dave is a Kinesiologist, former Personal Trainer, and contributing author at http://www.theexerciseden.com