Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym Review

Bowflex PR1000 Gym Review

Getting fit through exercise is becoming a more popular way to lose weight. People realize that diet pills, liposuction surgery and other extreme measures don’t only fail to provide lasting results but are also dangerous and could potentially harm the person implementing them. The only really good way to get rid of extra weight is to exercise and you can do that without leaving the house if you get the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym. I have to say it’s been my favorite home exercise machine since I got it and the results I’ve obtained while regularly using it have me looking better than ever.

At first glance, the Bowflex PR1000 home gym might look like a monstrous machine, but it’s nothing to fear at all. The only thing that needs to fear this machine is the fat that’s making you overlarge. The Bowflex line prides itself on giving users a single machine which allows a workout for just about every single muscle in the body. The weights and lifting positions do allow every muscle group to be exercised and I have found that by the time I am done with only an hour on this machine I’m feeling the burn all over my body.

It’s a good feeling too; that’s all that nasty fat being burned off and making me lean. After working with my Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym for only a couple of months, I am noticing definition and firmness where there was just flab before. I’m not doing any kind of 5 minute a day workout either though. I work about 30 minutes a day, probably more like 40, 20 for the arms and legs. Everything has tightened up and I look and feel like a much healthier person to my very great pleasure. I have more energy now than I did when I was younger and it just feels amazing.

Now, onto the cost of the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym; the price is not small. As far as I can tell from the prices on new ones, it is going for just under $450 right now after shipping and handling and taxes. It represents a large investment and this is not the kind of money you should carelessly throw away on something you won’t use once it’s yours. You may find a better deal at some specialty site or directly through the manufacturer though this is by no means a promise. The odds are good this machine will set you back a bit but think of the returns!

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The Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym is compact, light and still strong enough to make you strong as well. It provides enough steady resistance with the weights and cables to work your muscles and burn fat fast. The cost is bearable too, very low compared to the majority of other home gyms on the market. Like other Bowflex systems, this one needs about the same amount of space to set up. That’s because it is essentially the same machine. With that in mind, why would you pay another $500 for the newer version when you can get the same results from this?




Total Gym XLS Trainer Review


If you’ve been looking for a way to get into shape without leaving your house, you’ve probably tried a bunch of different things. Instead of getting the exercise you really need, you may have experimented with a fad diet or two with little success. That’s no reason to give up now. When I couldn’t get rid of the weight while staying home, I finally decided to get a Total Gym XLS Trainer. This machine has been a great amount of help to me in getting rid of my extra fat and keeping it off my thighs, gut and even my face.

While there is admittedly very little exercise you can do to give your face a workout, once the fat from your body begins to burn away even areas like the space under your chin will start to thin out. The Total Gym XLS Trainer is unique because it allows for a kind of prone position for the duration of your workout. There is a lot of pulling, stretching and tugging but very little impact so even if your joints are bad you can use this machine to get a really good workout. It works with a standing set of spokes for raising and lowering the main table.

Attached to this anchor are two holds which you may grip with your hands or slip the toe ends of your shoes into to exercise your legs as well. Once you’re all set and comfortable, you simply pull. This will roll your board along the tracks and prove to be all the exertion you need to get rid of your excess weight. I was also hesitant to believe how easily this machine worked at first but after using it for a few months now, I think it’s time to start telling others about the Total Gym XLS Trainer. I have never had a more comfortable workout in my life.

The Total Gym XLS Trainer isn’t as expensive as some other machines. Fact is, there just aren’t as many big, heavy parts to weigh this thing down and make it cost more. Even brand new you might be able to snatch one of these for $675 or less if you can find it at a real deal. Used models naturally sell for less but will be voided from any kind of manufacturer’s warranty. There are no weights either; your body and gravity’s hold on it provide all the resistance this machine needs. It is a cheaper, lighter and equally efficient alternative to other home gyms.

My experience with the Total Gym XLS has been a pretty good one. I really have no complaints and I think before I’m done I should mention one more thing. I’m a big guy naturally, 6’9’’ and stocky, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn this machine had a 400 pound user weight allowance. Many of the other home gyms I’ve seen aren’t fit for people over 300 pounds and that’s bad news for someone my size. If you’re a big guy like me then you should absolutely take a closer look at this home gym and fitness system. It’s got everything you need to make a healthier you.



Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym Review

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Getting in shape is hard. Even if you have the time for it, you still need to go to a gym or other place to exercise and that means you have to travel. Going from place to place eats up time you could be using exercising and for some people, that is the cinch that keeps them from getting fit. Bringing the gym to your home is a way to get around this, but who has money for all of those different machines, weights and cables which would cost tens of thousands of dollars? The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is the affordable answer.

Costing only a fraction of the price of all those weightlifting and bodybuilding machines and tools, the StrengthTech Home Gym comes in at about $1,200 brand new and shipped to wherever you specify. You might be able to get it for less than this, but $1,200 seems to be the median price for this great piece of equipment. It’s arguably worth every penny because it gives you about 20 different ways to work your body, all while seated and comfortable. Up to twenty 10 pound cast iron discs can be used to give a total of 210 lbs resistance, since the carriage for the weights also weighs ten pounds.

If you’re looking to work your legs, you can do calves, thighs and quads all on the same machine. This Body-Solid brand machine allows you to work all parts of your body with different exercises and in different positions using a unique system. Instead of forcing you to adjust cables and constantly change alignments on this machine, the EXM2500S comes with two seats instead of one. You don’t need to adjust a single cable; simply change seats and you go from working your upper body to exercising your lower body with ease. I haven’t seen this on many other home gyms.

Putting together the machine is going to be complicated unless you follow the directions which come in the owner’s manual. As long as you mind them from start to finish though, you can put together the Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym without a problem. You will only need simple tools to twist bolds and affix nuts, nothing complicated and nothing electric unless you’re looking to do this without any effort at all. I didn’t have any trouble putting mine together but some of the screws and such are the exact same size so mixing them up is possible but not really a problem.

I’ve had a pretty good experience with my Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym since I got it set up and started using it. The design really is genius and instead of spending an hour driving to and from the gym I can use that time to exercise at home. I can do that without using any gasoline, too. In a couple months it has literally saved me about $200 in driving and membership fees so I’m feeling a little better about how much it cost now. This is a good way to get in shape as long as you’re willing to put in a consistent effort.

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Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym Review

Bowflex PR3000 Review

If you’ve ever been up late at night watching TV with nothing better to do at around 3 in the morning then you’ve probably seen ads for the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym. It looks like a pretty amazing machine but how much does the thing cost, how big is it really and how much space would you need to keep it? Since I’ve owned Bowflex for a while now I can answer some of these questions and I hope you’ll stick around to hear that. It’s my favorite piece of home gym equipment and I think more people would love it if they tried it too.

While it is the most basic model from the company, the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is one of the cheaper varieties too. You don’t sacrifice much for the significant reduction in price either so I don’t see any reason to pay a lot for the brand new one. This machine works just fine. All you need to do is sit down on the comfortable arrangement and figure out which part of your body you want to exercise. If it’s your arms, reach up; if your legs need some toning, reach forward with them. You will either be pulling or pushing with your limbs to make this work.

I think the best thing about my Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is how easy the thing is to adjust. I can add or subtract weight without much effort at all by sliding plates on or off the bar at the back of the machine. The total amount of resistance can go up to as much as  210 pounds (95kgs) which is quite a lot. You will be working on this thing for a long time before you get up to that much and by that time, you really don’t need to worry about getting into shape any more. This machine absolutely works.

Besides that, it’s also cost effective. When you think about how much money you would spend on free weights, bars and benches, or gym memberships at high end places where you could get access to all that equipment, you’re talking about hundreds or thousands of dollars after a while. This makes the$900 price tag on most new Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym sets a little easier to bear. If you’re really serious about getting into shape like I was then this investment will pay for itself when you look and feel better than ever. Great results are possible with great tools to help.

The Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is an expensive system but you get an awful lot for the amount you pay. Consider the $900 an investment in a healthier you, one which will have far greater returns than a thousand dollars. When you wake up in the morning and have more energy or you can climb stairs without losing your breath, you will realize this. The machine is big though, kind of bulky too; you need to have a floor space about 8 feet by 6 ½ feet to set it up. This will be a turn off for some people but still is one of the best home gym investments.

The amount of exercises you can do with this home gym is incredible, it features:

Chest Exercises include:

  • Bench Press
  • Incline Bench Press
  • Decline Bench Press

Arm Exercises include:

  • Bicep Curls
  • Triceps Pushdowns
  • Triceps Extensions
  • Tricep Kickbacks

Back Exercises include:

  • Narrow Pulldowns with Handgrips
  • Standing Low Back Extensions
  • Stiff-arm Pulldowns
  • Reverse Grip Pulldowns

Abdominal Exercises include:

  • Seated Abdominal Crunches
  • Trunk Rotations

Shoulder Exercises include:

  • Crossover High Rear Delt Rows
  • Seated Shoulder Press
  • Shoulder Shrugs
  • Lateral Shoulder Raise
  • Shoulder Rotator Cuff (Internal and External)
  • Standing Low Back Extensions

Leg Exercises include:

  • Leg Extensions
  • Squats
  • Standing Hip Extension
  • Standing Hip Abduction
  • Standing Leg Kickbacks
  • Standing Calf Raises



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Are Ab Rollers Effective?

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The Ab Roller is definitely the best bang for buck device when working out your abdominals. It’s simply a device with grip handles on both sides of the wheel that will allow you to roll forwards and backwards. You can do these movements either on your knees (easier) or feet (more difficult/for experienced users) depending on how strong your initial core muscles are.

When rolling out make sure that you roll out as far as possible to allow full exposure to all your core muscles (hint: roll to the point where your chest begins to touch the ground). I won’t lie, I did try using the ab roller on my feet the first time and it didn’t work out so well.. I could only do one before dropping on the floor.. So I would recommend utilizing the ab roller on your knees first.

The Ab Roller will work out all your core muscles, develop your latissimus dorsi muscles and flexion muscles but I have found that my arms, shoulders and thighs had a lot of exposure when applying these 2 simple movements (rolling forwards then backwards). I was certainly sore the next day!

From the day that I’ve bought the Ab roller, I can say with confidence that my core muscles have been much more defined. I can now do a full roll-out; from a standing position, then slowly rolling out forwards until I’m parallel to the ground then rolling back to a standing position.

The Ab Roller is one of the few equipments that I still use today to improve and tone my core muscles and I strongly recommend that you add this exercise into your daily routine. It’s light weight, portable and a space saving exercise equipment!