One of the cheaper models of the popular bowflex home gym line is the bowflex motivator.
But will you be satisfied with it, or should you be considering something that may be a little more expensive but in the long run gives you the benefits you want?
Like most, you may have decided that it was time to tone up and get in better physical shape and to improve your health.
It's because of this, and the marketing, that you may be looking at the various bowflex models to try and decide what's best for you.
Here are some of the features of the bowflex motivator along with a brief explanation of each point:
The bowflex motivator enables you to perform 55 different exercises.
The question is: Will these 55 exercises do what you want? The answer:
On all types of home gyms you can do a few dozen different exercises but very few of those exercises are beneficial.
55 exercises on the bowflex motivator may sound like a lot but when only a few will give you the results you need, leaving all the others totally ineffective, then 55 exercises really is not a benefit.
This is a standard addition but is not unique. It does help to exercise your lats (upper back) fairly well, but no better than any other home gym.
Although bowflex claims that you can build both back and shoulder muscles quickly with their lat towers on all the different models - you'll actually just work your back!
The only part of your shoulder that will get any work are your internal rotators - muscles located deep in the shoulder that you'll never see.
Your shoulders will get worked a lot more when doing chest exercises. There are many other online bowflex review and informational pages that will explain this in even greater detail for you.
While these are important exercises, they are secondary in effectiveness to other more critical leg exercises such as: squats, leg press, "Russian good mornings", etc.
Leg extensions and leg curls should be used at the end of your leg routine and not be the primary exercises you use for this part of your body.
You can upgrade it to either 310 or 410 pounds. If you are relatively strong to start with, you'll find that 210 pounds just isn't enough for most exercises.
This is one area that definitely needs an upgrade. For the majority of people this bench may prove to be very uncomfortable, I know it is for me and other individuals I've received feedback from.
To tell you the truth, it's a real pain to always have to fold it up and put it away. You'd be better off making sure you have the space for it first, then set it up and leave it there.
Also, if it's always out and ready for you to start exercising you're more likely to use it on a consistent basis. The last thing you'll feel like doing after a hard day is to pull out and unfold and set up a home gym, even before you can start exercising.
The power rods (the bowflex weight resistance technology) do come with a good life time warranty.
Weight stacks and some others weight / resistance set-ups on other types of home gyms do not have a warranty this good.
The warranty that comes with it covers only the basic materials, construction, parts, etc. and it`s only a 2 year warranty.
This is not a good feature because after all health and fitness is a lifestyle change.
You won't just be exercising for a couple of years then stopping. What do you do after 2 years if the frame on the bowflex motivator cracks?
While this is one of the cheaper models, it's still over priced for the type of workout you get.
It may be good for some individuals who aren't looking for drastic results to begin with, but if you are looking at improving your health, burning off noticeable body fat and / or building lean muscle in order to change your physique, then you may be better off looking at either a more expensive version of the bowflex or some other brand of home gym.
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