Bowflex PR3000 – Best Home Gym for Family
I’m sure you have seen Bowflex commercials on TV with their well toned and defined muscles now and then. One of the better known and well performed all-in-one resistance machines is the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym.
Wide Range of Exercises
With the three levels of hand grips – high, medium and low – you can get a really wide range of workouts for different types of muscle groups just with just this home gym alone. You can be assured that you can replicate almost all free weights training moves with smooth motions of the pulleys, and also remove the seat so that you can have optimal space for any standing exercises.
Bowflex advertises the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym as a cable change-free machine, and for most part, it is. The only exception is moving from an exercise like a bench press, which uses the low leveled hand grips, to a standing leg exercise. For this, you will need to detach and reattach some of the parts, namely the hand grips and leg attachments. It can be troublesome especially when you want to keep your workout momentum and rhythm. A tip: plan your routine so that you can minimize any changes on the structure of the machine.
The change in resistance feels good; gradual and good for your joints as they adapt and strengthen. The only downside is that the increase of the resistance are often not steady throughout your repetitions – which means, you’re probably not getting the maximum benefits of your total workout.
Setting it Up
I must say, the assembly manual is not exactly easy to follow. With all the components of the machine, setting up the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym can be a bit intimidating. However, if you are mechanically inclined and patient in following instructions and inspecting the drawings, it should come easy for you. If you are not the DIY kind, I suggest that you get someone who is more capable.
The Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is a great machine for those who have more ‘fragile’ flooring. One user said that he has tiled floors and the floor have not shown any wear and tear at all thanks to the rubber feet that cushions the metal off the floor. It also makes moving around the machine an easier task (I must warn you that it is genuinely heavy).
Good for Everyone
Performance means nothing if the machine cannot be used by a lot of people. This Bowflex machine is great because you can adjust almost everything for very different sized people. For example, if you are someone who looks like you should play for the NBA, you can share this with your partner, family members or flatmates whom are not as tall as you simply by just adjusting the hand grip levels. Also, if you are on the heavier side, don’t worry about the machine crashing – it has helped someone who was 300lbs loose the weight and kept it off.
With the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym, you will not need to get a new home gym once you have strengthened and used to the resistance it gives. The basic home gym will provide you with 210lbs of power rods which is good if you have just started working out. As you increase your fitness level and you want to bulk up, you can bring your Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym with you by getting the 310lbs and 410lbs upgrades.
Overall, I think that that the Bowflex PR3000 is a great home gym for those who are looking for to start a commitment with their body. You get the most of your money with the range of exercises that you can do with it. Also it can be the best home gym for the whole family, even if dad and son are of different level and build!