Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym Review

Bowflex Pr1000 Home Gym Review

As it gets harder to get to the gym, through traffic, finding parking then constant waits for equipment. Its easy to understand why people are looking to work out at home. If you have the space, then home gyms can save both time and money.

This brings us to the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym. The little brother to the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE reviewed here.  The PR1000 from Bowflex is one of their most popular models, and its usually on a great deal.  We have found it for % off here:

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What makes the Bowflex PR1000 Stand out?

This is a slim line unit packed with over 30 exercises. For a price of under $500 it works out as good value.

Each of the 30 exercises is designed to target a single group of muscles, and it is clear that Bowflex have given thought to each of the groups targeted. Through your workout its easy to switch muscle groups and complete a full body routine. Alternatively you can focus on parts of your body such as arms, shoulders etc.

Out of the box, the Bowflex is fitted with 210lb of weight however unlike the more expensive models this weight cannot be upgraded. The weight increments go up in 5lb sections.

Weight resistance is delivered through the Bowflex Power Rod system, which means that you cannot add iron to the system. What it does do is allow for a very compact unit, and with its innovative pulley system the cables remain fixed and do not need to be adjusted for every workout.


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There are no shortage of exercises that can be performed on the Bowflex. The list of exercises appears well thought out:

Of the main exercises you have:

Chest: Bench / Incline / Decline Press
Arms: Triceps Pushdown / Bicep Curls
Back: Pull downs
Legs: Leg raise, Calf Raise, Leg Press
Shoulders: Shoulder Press.

The main ones missing for my liking are the Squat, and the Overhead Press. However the number of exercises does mean that these muscles are covered with other combinations.

How the resistance is delivered.

The Bowflex uses an innovative cable system to safely deliver the weight. Out of the box the maximum is 210lb, which can be increased in 5lb increments. The advantage of the cables, and they do look complex, is that you do not need to reconfigure the machine to move from one workout to the next. Finish squats and you can go straight in to chest exercises .

This cuts workout time and means that you can focus on the exercises, not playing with the kit.

Most Popular Bowflex Home Gyms:

Product nameRating Price
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
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Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym
Bowflex Revolution Home Gym Bowflex Revolution Home Gym
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym

Ease of use

Most of the exercises revolve around the seat, This has been well designed to be easily and quickly adjusted and provides plenty of knee and back support as well as being comfortably padded. The material is strong and looks able to support the weight of the lifter and the weights.

There is a handy instruction card to show how each exercise is preformed. With the weight limited to 210 lb then it will be essential to lift with proper form. Good slow movements will allow for muscle growth, rather than swinging and using momentum.


If you shop around you may find differing warranty options. Bowflex offer the following:
Frame: 1 year
Parts: 60 days
Power Rods: 5 years

Unboxing Video


81 x 84 x 38 inches (workout area required)

157 pounds

Comparison with Other Bowflex Home Gyms

Model & ReviewBowflex Body Tower ReviewBowflex PR1000 ReviewBowflex Blaze ReviewBowflex PR3000 ReviewXtreme SE2 ReviewBowflex Revolution Review
MSRP$499.00$799.00$1,099.00 $1,299.00 $1,599.00$2,999.00
ResistanceBodyweight210 lbs210lbs upto 410lbs201 lbs upto 310lbs210 upto 410 lbs22lbs upto 300lbs
Number of Exercises2030605070100
Arm Exercises251642421
Chest Exercises4483618
Ab Exercises325238
Back Exercises23941815
Shoulder Exercises241461622
Leg Exercises561371217
Cardio RowNoYesYesNoNoYes
Maxium User Weight300 lbs
Workout Area RequiredL 53" x W 50" x H 77"L 103" x W 80" x H 82"L 90" x W 38" x H 83"L 96" x W 78" x H 83"L 96" x W 78" x H 83"L 120" x W 84" x H 83"
WarrantyFrame: 5 yearsFrame: 1 yearFrame: 1 yearFrame: 1 yearFrame: 1 yearAll components: 10 years
Wear parts: 1 yearParts: 60 daysParts: 60 daysParts: 60 daysParts: 60 days
Weights: N/aWeights: 5 yearsWeights: 5 yearsWeights: 7 yearsWeights: Lifetime

Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym User Reviews

Enough from me, lets see what other users of the Bowflex Pr1000 have to say.

This version, is one of the top selling home gyms on Amazon, and has received over 250 reviews, averaging 4.4 out of 5.0 stars

“The best workout gym ever!!!” with free delivery and a $100 saving in tax one reviewer really liked the service from Amazon.

I wanted a gym at home instead of joining a gym and wasting money on membership fees and having to wait in line for the weight area to become free.

Amazing I don’t think much else needs to be said the only complaint I have is the leg press on this machine isn’t exactly useful.

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Any issues or complaints?

The only real negative is that the leg exercises on this machine are a little light, which is probably a fair comment. If you are looking for heavier weight leg exercises then you might want to consider the more expensive PR3000 which is upgradable to 310lb and has over 50 exercise.  You could compliment with a set of adjustable dumbbells such as the Bowflex 552 Adjustable Dumbbells to help with the legs.


For the price you get an extremely well made and versatile home gym. Its compact and easy to use, and defiantly going to provide years of use.

We like the quick changes to the workouts, the good levels of resistance and the overall build quality. If you are looking for an entry level home gym, then we would certainly recommend the Bowflex PR1000.

Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym Review Summary:

  • Get a total body strength workout with affordable home gym, includes rowing machine rail
  • Provides as little as five or as many as 210-Pounds of resistance
  • Over 30 strength exercises
  • Includes horizontal bench press and lat pull down
  • 300-Pound maximum user weight, requires 100 x 78-Inch minimum workout area
  • Shipping box : 54" x 33" x 8" ; Assembled unit : 84" x 38" x 82"