With an RSP of $1600 this is at the top end of the Bowflex Range. So why consider this model? For a start it contains far more features than the entry level Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym reviewed here.
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The Bowflex SE2 is packed with exercises, over 70, which will allow every muscle group in the body to be targeted during a workout. Out of the box, the Bowflex is fitted with 210lb of weight and you can add more as your strength increases up to 410 lb.
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.
Actually despite its high list price, its usually avalible on some great deals. We have found the Bowflex SE2 for % off here:
What exercises can do do on the Bowflex SE2?
There are no shortage of exercises that can be performed on the Bowflex.
Its clear the Bowflex have given thought to the whole body, and each muscle group can be targeted individually or you can go for the big 5 compound exercise: Press, Row, Squat, Deadlift, Overhead Press.
All the SE2 exercises
All the SE2 exercises
How the resistance is delivered.
The Bowflex uses a strong 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.
As you get stronger then there is the option of upgrading the weight to a massive 410 lb.
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.
If you shop around you may find differing warranty options. Bowflex offer the following:
Frame: 1 year
Parts: 60 days
Power Rods: lifetime
Should you step up to the top model, the revolution Bowflex offer 10 years.
83 x 58 x 49 inches
96 x 78 x 83 inches (workout area required)
Most Popular Bowflex Home Gyms:
|Bowflex Blaze Home Gym||$799.00|
|Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym||Click to see|
|Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym||$999.00|
|Bowflex Revolution Home Gym||$2,554.61|
|Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym||$1,599.00|
Comparison with other Bowflex Home Gyms
|Model & Review||Bowflex Body Tower Review||Bowflex PR1000 Review||Bowflex Blaze Review||Bowflex PR3000 Review||Xtreme SE2 Review||Bowflex Revolution Review|
|Resistance||Bodyweight||210 lbs||210lbs upto 410lbs||201 lbs upto 310lbs||210 upto 410 lbs||22lbs upto 300lbs|
|Number of Exercises||20||30||60||50||70||100|
|Maxium User Weight||300 lbs|
|Workout Area Required||L 53" x W 50" x H 77"||L 103" x W 80" x H 82"||L 90" x W 38" x H 83"||L 96" x W 78" x H 83"||L 96" x W 78" x H 83"||L 120" x W 84" x H 83"|
|Warranty||Frame: 5 years||Frame: 1 year||Frame: 1 year||Frame: 1 year||Frame: 1 year||All components: 10 years|
|Wear parts: 1 year||Parts: 60 days||Parts: 60 days||Parts: 60 days||Parts: 60 days|
|Weights: N/a||Weights: 5 years||Weights: 5 years||Weights: 7 years||Weights: Lifetime|
Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym User Reviews
Enough from me, lets see what other users of the Bowflex Xtreme have to say.
The new version, launched for 2013 has 5.0 out of 5.0 for its reviews with one commenting: “Is as advertised. Work out on it every day and love how it performs. Wanted to be able to work out at home and this does the job.”
The previous version scored a credible 4.6 out of 5 and was regarded for its high quality and ease of use. In particular being able to transition between exercises quickly.
“I’ve owned the Bowflex for 1 month now and cannot believe how easy, fun and fast results have happened. Its simply AMAZING! I love it!”
Some reviewers are pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Bowflex, its like a Dr Pepper moment for them : “My first home gym purchase and boy am I glad I waited. This thing is, wait for it, F$@*n Awesome = Fawesome!“
Included in the box, you get the set up instructions along with a DVD walking you through all the exercises possible on the Bowflex. This is important as correct form is vital to ensure you get the most from the workout. As one user points out some of the weights feels a little light.
This is common with most Home Gym setups and is one of the (few) compromises that has to be made.
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Any issues or complaints?
There are quite a few upgrades that Bowflex offer, such as a weight reconditioner for $15, and additional weights. It would be nice if they could be bundled in. Apart from that the machine seems well made and up for the job! If you want some free weights to compliment the Home Gym then you could consider the Bowflex Selecttech 552 Adjustable Dumbbell Reviewed here
This gym is quite heavy and can mark some floors, we would recommend using some rubber matting underneath to protect your floor
The Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is an expensive choice. However with the Xtreme 2SE you still have the build quality and ease of use of its larger brother. The advantages are incredible price savings, and you don’t lose that much in the workouts. All it needs is an hour of set up you will be good to go.
We like the quick changes to the workouts, the good levels of resistance and the overall build quality. If you are looking for a home gym, then we would certainly recommend the Bowflex Xtreme 2SE.
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym Review Summary:
- 70+ exercises that cover the entire body
- 210 lbs. of Power Rod® resistance, upgradeable to 310 lbs. or 410 lbs.
- Multiple cable/pulley positions with the Quick Change Power Rod® system
- Bowflex® provides 7 free trainer built workout regimens
- Heavy-duty steel construction frame offering long-term durability
- Ergonomic adjustable seat with polyurethane high-density foam cushion
- Ab training strap, squat bar and lat bar included
- 5-way hand-grip/ankle cuffs