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Monday, July 13, 2009
Home Gym Rating: 5 stars out of 5 for being affordable
Alright, it’s football season. If your family is like mine you have an aspiring football player in your family who needs a home gym so he can train and kick some butt on the field next season. Your family is also trying to figure out how to get this done cheaply because half of the family is laid off! So, how do you get a good home gym without breaking the bank? Well, I have several options for you and I’ll go in to detail about the first option right now. I present my Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym Review.
Bowflex packs 30 exercises in to the Bowflex PR1000 for about $600. The PR1000 is the most cost effective home gym you’re going to find for about $600. Users can perform all the most common workouts including bench press, triceps push, and leg raises. Some of the cheapest of the cheap home gyms miss a major muscle group like legs, chest, arms, or back. More often than not, those cheap “all in one” gyms you’ll get for a $150 bucks end up being expensive pieces of junk. Stay away from those!
The Bowflex Pr1000 Home Gym uses rods to deliver resistance rather than a weight stack. The rods included with the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym provide as much as 210 lbs. worth of resistance. That’s going to be plenty of weight for just about anyone. 210 lbs. of resistance is going to cover 90% of the population, probably more, but if you do need more resistance than that you’re probably going to have to upgrade to the $1000 Bowflex PR3000. It has a lot more exercises and a lot more resistance, but costs about $400 more. Worth it though, if you have a college bound ball player.
Overall, the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym is the best overall pick for the frugal consumer. You get enough weight resistance and can target every major muscle group. It’s made by Bowflex, a fitness equipment manufacturer and designer that has been around for years putting out quality equipment and ti’s backed by a year long warranty. By the way, my track record with Bowflex tells me you’re probably never going to need to use the warranty anyway.