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Bowflex Revolution Review

Introducing the big daddy of the range: the Bowflex Revolution.  While other Bowflex machines provide resistance through the Power Rod system, the Revolution uses SpriaFlex resistance plates.  If you are looking to pile on lean hard muscle this claims Bowflex is the best way!

The Revolution is designed as a top level machine that is compact enough for home use, and yet provides a huge number of exercises.  You might imagine a home gym to be big, bulky and heavy.  The Bowflex is none of these and is incredibly compact perfect for home use. I have managed to find an offer with % off the gym!

Bowflex Revolution Overview

The reason I have never bought a home gyms is mainly due to the size.  They can take up masses of room, and I imagine them being used to hang clothes on when my back is turned.

Bowflex are wanting to change this view, with an incredibly compact machine, that can be used for strength training and endurance.  Because of the size of this machine we would recommend using a mat system to protect the floor, here is our guide to the best home gym flooring

The Resistance – SpiraFlex Technology

Bowflex take their name from the unique delivery of the resistance.  All other Bowflex gyms from the PR1000 to the Xtreme SE2 use a system called PowerRods.  In the same way that an archer builds muscle bending a bow, the users of the Bowflex Gyms add strength bending these powerful flexible bars.

For the Revolution it all changes.  Again the system is very different from normal weights.  The system is called SpiraFlex.  It works by storing up resistance in light weight plates fitted with springs.  Each weight plate is incredibly light, the resistance comes from the unique way that it is fitted and twisted by the machine.

The Revolution out of the box is fitted with up to 200lbs of resistance, and this can be increased to 300lbs.  The increments are a useful: 5, 10, 20 and 40lbs.

Space Age Technology.

Because of the way that the resistance is delivered, there are no weights being moved up and down.  This makes it perfect for use in space, where you need gravity to work traditional weights.Bowflex Revolution Folded

The same resistance system is used to condition Astronauts on the International Space Station.

How does the Revolution work?

The Revolution has an incredibly intuitive system to use.  At the heart of the machine is  a comfortable padded seat, which is removable depending on the exercise.  There are a number of pulleys that are connected to the weights.

At the base you find the weights (SpiraFlex) and the arms that extend out from the compact storage space.

To set up the machine we would advise watching the enclosed DVD to familiarize yourself with the set up.  While its by no means complicated, there are a huge number of exercises that can be performed and its important that its setup correctly.

The biggest challenge with this home gym is the adjustments.  With the arms adjusting to over 10 positions depending on the workout it will take time before you can fluidly move from one exercise to the next.  All of the positions are clearly explained in the manual so it won’t take long before you are going from one workout to the next.

We like the variety of exercises on offer.  These are expanded by the use of different attachments that come as standard with the Revolution.  For example there is a squat harness, leg attachments for Curls, foot harness for thigh, glute and quad exercise.

Most Popular Bowflex Home Gyms:

Product name Rating Price
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
$799.00
Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
Click to see
Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym
$999.00
Bowflex Revolution Home Gym Bowflex Revolution Home Gym
$2,554.61
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym
$1,599.00

Dimensions:

The Revolution measures just 5’5″ x 3’2″.  This is about as compact as it can be.  To get round the machine Bowflex advise 7′ x 5’4″, however this is probably a little high

If you do not need the optional Lat Tower then they height is just 6’1″.  However this increases to 6’11” if you do use it.

Variety of Exercises

There are over 90 exercises available through the Bowflex Revolution.  This includes the main compound exercises such as Squat, Bench Press, Overhead Press etc.

Extra Accessories

If you are feeling flush then then you can upgrade your Bowflex.  These can be added at a later date as you master your machine.  For example there is a Weight Store, Ab Back Pad, and Lat Tower.

As your strength increases you can also add more weights up to 300lbs

Warranty

Given the quality of this machine its no surprise that it is backed by a great warranty.  The Revolution ships with a standard 10 year warranty.

Set up

The gym arrives in 6 big boxes.  It will take a few hours to set up , less if you have a friend to help. All the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

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Comparison with other Bowflex Home Gyms:

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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
PlatformN/AHorizontalHorizontalVerticalVerticalHorizontal
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

Pros and Cons

This is a very high quality machine and made to the same standards that you would find in your local gym.  There are a couple of issues, and none of these would put me off recommending the Revolution XP

Cons

  • Complexity. You will need to spend time learning all the workouts.  With over 90 to choose from, and weight selection to consider it will take time to set up for the few times.  Bowflex do a great job of explaining all the exercises in their manual and DVD, so you will not be left alone trying to work it out.
  • Price. At over $2000 the price is up there with other high end exercise equipment.  Are you getting value?  Definitely.

Pros

  • Size, while bigger is usually best, the compact size of the Revolution is amazing and really makes it welcome in the house.
  • Number of exercises: With over 90 exercises available at high weight this machine can take you from a novice to a body you will be proud of.  Bowflex promise results in just 6 weeks.  With effort and dedication there is no reason to not believe this.

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Summary:

If a hard lean body like you see in the Ads is your goal then the Bowflex is pretty much perfect for the job.  The huge number of exercises will let you build routines that can target every muscle in your body and work it hard!  This, for us, has to be the best weight machine on the market.

Bowflex Revolution Home Gym Review Summary:

  • 100 exercises for a full body workout
  • SpiraFlex® technology works independently of gravity to provide resistance without inertia
  • Independently moving arms with 10 positions and 170 degree adjustments
  • Work with up to 600 lb. of resistance with the leg press station
  • Vertical bench press allows a wide range of exercises and folds for storage
  • Sliding seat rail allows you to perform aerobic rowing and leg presses