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Bowflex vs. Home Gym/Nautilus(14 posts)

Bowflex vs. Home Gym/Nautilustrijunior
Oct 29, 2003 1:46 PM
Looking at getting a set for some weight training. WHat do you guys think.

The chicks in the Bowflex commercials are HOT!!! nmbiknben
Oct 29, 2003 1:54 PM
Sorry, It's the first thing that came to mind. :-)
Does the one wearing white haave a navel pierce?pitt83
Oct 29, 2003 6:13 PM
Not 100% sure, I think she does. Very naughty!
re: Bowflex vs. Home Gym/Nautilusgf99
Oct 29, 2003 3:24 PM
How much space do you have? If you're putting it in a small room, check out the link below. I have that machine plus my trainer & TV in a spare bedroom which has worked out good. Bowflex may be just fine, but I'm more inclined to trust something with a real weight stack (old, proven technolgy). Alternatively, a good quality adjustable bench with a range of dumbells is the most economical option.
waste of $ColnagoFE
Oct 29, 2003 3:38 PM
I think for the $ you would do much better buying a bench, power cage and a set of olympic weights and bar. Much more effective and likely cheaper than the Bowflex.
Wayyyyyyyy cheaper.KG 361
Oct 29, 2003 7:38 PM
I bought a new Nautilus free weight set 2 winters ago for less than $400 that included an adjustable bench, pulldown bar, several bars (straight, ez-curl, and a straight curl bar) plus a squat rack and a cable for curls and backwork. I just saw a Bowflex at Costco for about $1200.
Oct 30, 2003 7:55 AM
Hey Guru-Colnago, what's a powercage?

Oct 30, 2003 8:27 AM
Here's a link to some cages and racks...

You don't have to have one of these, but they are nice if you are lifting heavy without a spotter. Some have handles so you can do chins and pullups on them too.
here's plans for building your ownColnagoFE
Oct 30, 2003 8:29 AM
Go to the gymdgangi
Oct 29, 2003 8:20 PM
Forget the Bowflex and all other "home" weight sets and get a membership to your local gym. No home weight system designed for your home, no matter how much you spend on it, will be as good as the setup at your local gym. Your gym has individual equipment for each body part that is MUCH sturdier (and safer) than the flexy, cheezy home gym stuff.

The only things worth having at home are a bench, bar, plate weights, and dumbbells, and you are limited to what you can do with such a setup. Your gym has all that plus Smith machines, squat racks, an endless supply of various Nautilis-type machines, etc. etc...

...not to mention the pretty ladies. :)

second hand advicelitespeedchick
Oct 30, 2003 5:52 AM
My television-watching partner (aka husband), cannot watch a bow-flex commercial without ranting about the stupidity of the thing.

He's a former competitive powerlifter and a chiropractor, so its a well-qualified rant.
I have a bowflexandy02
Oct 30, 2003 6:12 AM
My wife and I both love our bowflex. But they were bought by natilus, not that should matter but you may be able to get them from a natilus dealer soon. I can push more free weights then I can on a bowflex. In summary it is a good machine, easy to set up and use, easier to move then weights and fun. We have talked about getting a new one so we can both lift at the sametime (only a winter problem).
can't comment on bowflex but,lonebikeroftheapocalypse
Oct 30, 2003 6:36 AM
I do own a soloflex. I don't think the values on the weight straps are actually equivalent to freeweights but you do get a good safe work out with it. The biggest downside is that the straps eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Yeah, there are pretty ladies at the gym but there are even more fugly dudes with absolutely no modesty in the locker room. Thanks I'll work out in the comfort of my own home.
home freeweightsmarcoxxx
Oct 30, 2003 9:18 AM
can't see bowflex or other weight machines ever being better than good old fashion free weights. I have a small collection of dumbells and adjustable bench that i have been using. unless you have money to burn freewts can't be beat, soooo much better all round workout imo.