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xpeng 2,102 271 March 26, 2013 at 08:04 AM in Sporting Goods (3) More Bowflex Deals
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Promoted 03-26-2013 by brisar at 12:57 PM View Original Post
Bowflex has Bowflex Xtreme SE Home Gym + Power Rod 100lb Upgrade + Xtreme Mat for $499 when you enter promotional code MADNESS13 at checkout. Shipping is free. Thanks xpeng

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Edited March 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM by BostonGirl
Bowflex Xtreme SE Home Gym [bowflexhomegyms.com] + Power Rod 100lb Upgrade + Xtreme Mat @ Bowflex - $499.00 after Coupon
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#46
I would pass on this and get adjustable dumbbells and a cheap bench or a set of dumbbells. I have one of these and free weights and absolute loathe this thing. I'm about to sell mine for $100 if I can find a taker. These "power rods" give a really uncanny terrible sensation when using them. It's not the same feeling as the gym level equipment where you are lifting the weight via a pulley. These tend to have a easier time moving initially, then get progressively harder the further you bend them. So really only the last few inches of the process get the full weight you've got clicked in.

I've been told you can buy replacement rods but they honestly wear out too quickly and all do this awkward motion within a few months.
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i cant decide on this or the dumbell deal - im looking to lose weight rather than build bulk.
where is the dumbell deal?
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I do tour...all the time around town on my bicycle.
Ohhh; you're one of those.

Well be safe. I'll workout at home.
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#49
I wonder how many people like my self regretted buying this after two months of owning it. I was never so happy to sell something at a huge lost. The Select tech dumbell however is a great product.
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#50
Can anyone suggest from where to buy an elliptical or a treadmill and which option to choose form. I am looking at a budget of $600 - $700. Not sure if I can get a good foldable
treadmill in that price range. look around

Appreciate any links and stores. nod

TIA
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#51
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I think it's a good deal based on past prices and Craigslist so I just ordered one. Similar discussion over at another deal site. Many people say its' a great clothes hanger. I don't understand the reasoning. How does whether the individual has enough discipline to keep using it even part of the equation as to if this is a good deal? Did Bowflex make a bad machine and sell it at a bad price because YOU cannot get your butt on the machine and use it?? I'm just saying...
because these machines are a waste of time and money. you will see few to no results using one of these. learning how to do proper barbell lifts will give you better results, and is ultimately safer for you since you won't develop muscle imbalances. check out the book 'starting strength' (5 star amazon reviews) to learn more. you can use the program at www.stronglifts.com to apply the principles you'll learn from starting strength.
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Quote from oliverredfox View Post :
Measuring mine, about 6' width (maybe a tad more) and about 8'-10' length (it only needs 6' for clearance of everything) but the extra space is needed to do rowing and few other exercises in front of the machine. No exercises from behind it, just need about 6" of clearance behind for the rods to not bang into the wall.


I've done squats, dead lifts, and benches on it. So not sure where you get your info from... (I do prefer the feel of free weigh dead lifts over it, but it does work)
sorry, you are not doing real squats, deads, and benches on this machine. they DO NOT COUNT. the lifts that count are when you use proper technique with the full range of motion, with no assistance from a machine.

Quote from stevedawg85 View Post :
For $500 bux - get yourself an awesome set of dumbbells and even a bench and barbell from Craigslist. Much more effective for building mass and muscle.

When I started lifting 3 years ago, I was this close to buying a bowflex cuz I got pulled into the hype and commercials. I took ^this^ advice and don't regret itand wouldn't consider a bow flex ever again
great advice, this is so much better than getting a bowflex.
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#53
Well, I didn't have this model Bowflex, I believe mine was the original SE (non- Xtreme) which I owned from 2000-2004, sold because I moved cross country and didnt know if I'd have space. The rods were fine and weren't 'weird' or 'inconsistent' like some have said, maybe the construction material has changed/cheapened since I had mine, or perhaps some people are more sensitive to feel the variations I don't. I am not a fitness expert or snob, so maybe I have no clue what I'm talking about, but my 'stabilizer muscles' never seemed to be totally out of whack from other muscles, probably in part because I would occasionally 'incorrectly' lift in incline and decline alternations. If I went to a proper gym and worked out, maybe I would have had problems (what they would be I am not sure). Nobody ever looked at me and said, 'hey look at that freak with the disproportionate stabilizer muscles'. I guess I'm wondering if it's easy to spot that problem, or what real life situations that it might cause issues for you. I never did just benching like some people do, and felt I worked the appropriate complementary muscles through other exercises.

I got a decent enough workout from it, never tried using it to get fricken huge, just decent toned bulk (I am genetically slightly larger than average, 6'0 210-220 when fit, heavier at the moment), but nicely solid results. I mostly enjoyed being able to work out any time I wanted, and in the privacy of my own home, not having to travel to or make it to the gym during business hours, compete with the meatheads for time on equipment or have them laugh amongst themselves for how wimpy I am by comparison, while needing one of them to spot me.

Anyone on here complaining and balking about desperately trying to get rid of their units for gigantic losses really outta put up, say where you live and honor the deep cut sale price you claim to be willing to part with it (ehem, hundred dollar guy). I really can't see them degrading and devaluing their product THAT much since I had mine.
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Can anyone suggest from where to buy an elliptical or a treadmill and which option to choose form. I am looking at a budget of $600 - $700. Not sure if I can get a good foldable
treadmill in that price range. look around

Appreciate any links and stores. nod

TIA
For a treadmill or elipticals, I would definitely check Craigslist first. $600-$700 is kind of no-man's land for new treadmills- you're a little more than the crappy Walmart models but not quite up to the brand name (Sole, Precor etc.) level.

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sorry, you are not doing real squats, deads, and benches on this machine. they DO NOT COUNT. the lifts that count are when you use proper technique with the full range of motion, with no assistance from a machine.


great advice, this is so much better than getting a bowflex.
Your "DO NOT COUNT" seems a little harsh. I don't think that any serious powerlifters use this particular gym, but that doesn't mean that a person can't see reasonable results if they use the machine correctly.
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#55
This is a great product. I bought it last year when on sale for same price. Its compact and there's no bulky weights to switch between sets. I have dumbells and bench separate but haven't used often since I have this now. Definitely a different workout as this product keeps resistance tight throughout motion. I just tried dumbell curls after doing a few sets of BF curls and can tell the difference as when you get to the top of your dumbell curls, the resistance goes away, but w/ the bowflex it stays tight.

Yes, it was a clothes hanger for months at a time, but so were my dumbells and bench. Nothing to do w/ product but rather disciple to workout. I don't have time to drive to the gym and workout. That driving time is basically the time I have to workout. I get a good workout done w/in 35 - 45 min by staying at home. Switching between exercise takes a little getting used to, but nothing that I think takes away from the product, its just something you need to learn and adjust when you switch exercises.

Its stupid that they don't include the Power Rod® Rejuvenator that keeps the rods together when you are all done. They include a velcro loop w/ the product which the stitching broke on me after a few uses. I spent the money $20 or so and ordered the extra piece that should be included w/ the price of this unit. Buy this now w/ the product so shipping is included w/ the main unit. Good luck!!
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#56
I bought this one a few years ago on one of the deals here.......They couldn't keep up with demand and kept pushing back the shipment. Finally after raising enough stink, they gave me the SE2 for the same price.

It was nice, but it was HUGE, thing took up a TON of room! Eventually sold it for the same price I got it.
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I bought this one a few years ago on one of the deals here.......They couldn't keep up with demand and kept pushing back the shipment. Finally after raising enough stink, they gave me the SE2 for the same price.

It was nice, but it was HUGE, thing took up a TON of room! Eventually sold it for the same price I got it.
Another great story!
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#58
I bought this last year at this same price - actually found it funny how everyone called it a great coat hanger for their garage.

Well, what do you know? Mine's pretty much that right now.
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Quote from madymo3d View Post :
I think it's a good deal based on past prices and Craigslist so I just ordered one. Similar discussion over at another deal site. Many people say its' a great clothes hanger. I don't understand the reasoning. How does whether the individual has enough discipline to keep using it even part of the equation as to if this is a good deal? Did Bowflex make a bad machine and sell it at a bad price because YOU cannot get your butt on the machine and use it?? I'm just saying...
GREAT COMMENT!!! It's very true that most people will blame something else rather than their own will and discipline to get into shape. If I had the room I would so order this rather than going a mile down the road to a gym for decent equipment to use. Though in retrospect I remember back in boot camp I stupidly asked a DS if we where ever going to use the gym. His reply was simple, "Look down... u see that grass... there's your gym". He made a good point... as a society we've just gotten too lazy and look for easy ways to do things instead of just getting up and doing it.
I apologize for going off topic, but I personally think that's back great price for this machine... and I've used my friend's before... worth the money in my opinion...
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Quote from madymo3d View Post :
I think it's a good deal based on past prices and Craigslist so I just ordered one. Similar discussion over at another deal site. Many people say its' a great clothes hanger. I don't understand the reasoning. How does whether the individual has enough discipline to keep using it even part of the equation as to if this is a good deal? Did Bowflex make a bad machine and sell it at a bad price because YOU cannot get your butt on the machine and use it?? I'm just saying...
Can't agree with you more!
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