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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym Review
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym Rating: 4 stars out of 5 for being a good all around home gym.
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I couldn’t consider myself a responsible Treadmill Master if I didn’t help my loyal readers develop a well rounded fitness routine. A well rounded workout means strength training. I had the hardest time getting in to a strength routine, I always liked cardio! But it’s okay, I started and maintained a strength routine and you can too! That’s why I’m going to blog my first Home Gym Review. I hope you like! Here it is, my Bowflex Xceed Home Gym Review.
If you do some research you’re probably going to come across the terms selectorized and band resistance. Selectorized is a fancy way of saying a home gym uses a weight stack for resistance. Band resistance means a home gym uses resistance bands for resistance. Bowflex Gyms use band resistance and the Bowflex Xceed is an excellent example of how well a resistance band home gym can perform. Let’s examine the Bowflex Xceed Home Gym a little closer.
The Bowflex Xceed comes with a variety of stations that enables users to target legs, arms, chest, back, and shoulders. But the same is true of just about any strength training equipment. A rock can be used to “target” your entire body simply by lifting it. Because this term is so misleading I judge a home gym based on how many exercises a user can perform. This home gym can be used to perform about 65 exercises give or take a few a few; most of the popular exercises such as pull downs and leg press can be performed but I would really take a good hard look at this gym and incorporate some of the less used elements like the pulley station; you’ll work out a lot of other muscle groups and prevent atrophy.
One of the more useful things found on this home gym is the adjustable seat. A lot of home gyms design their gyms with stationary seats because it’s easier and cheaper to make them that way. Bowflex has met the challenge of creating a home gym that can comfortably accommodate users of a wide variety of shapes and sizes by incorporating a seat that can be adjusted according to a user’s height, leg, and arm length.
If you look at the base of the frame you might notice an X shape. The X shape keeps the Bowflex Xceed very stable during workouts. Unstable home gym frames can cause a strength trainer to suffer from a case of “the shakes”, a condition seen also seen in treadmills and elliptical trainers that can prematurely wear down the frame of your equipment, generate a lot of rattling noise, and compromise the quality of your workout.
The last thing I want to talk about is resistance. Band resistance is significantly cheaper than selectorized or weight stack resistance. The Bowflex Xceed offers 310 lbs. of resistance compared to most other weight stack home gyms that offer 210 lbs. of resistance in $600 price range. That’s over 100 lbs. more resistance. If you plan on building a lot of muscle and want a lot of room to grow, the Bowflex Xceed is an excellent choice.