Like a lot of folks my age (30-ish), I’m looking to start taking better care of myself by eating better and exercising more. I’ve been looking for a comprehensive home gym to help me in my quest to work off my beer belly and develop some strength.
There’s a lot of products out there, and finding the right one can be confusing. I’m not exactly up on all the fitness lingo — I know what a curl and a squat are, but what a delt could be completely eludes me. After reading through a lot of product reviews, I think I’ve found a home gym that might work for me, the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym.
I’ve seen a lot of Bowflex commercials over the years, and I’ve always been pretty impressed by their products. They appear to be well-designed and sturdy, and if all the celebrity endorsements are true, then we’re dealing with a pretty reliable home gym.
A Variety of Exercises
The Bowflex PR3000 has a good variety of exercises that you can do to strengthen several muscle groups, from your shoulders to your legs.
The machine consists of a no-change cable pulley system, hand grips for lats, roller cushions for leg exercises and a vertical bench press. The main attraction here, like in all Bowflex machines, is its pulley system and Power Rod units, which provide the same resistance of weights, but without the potential for joint pain that usually goes along with working out with free weights. There’s a good variety of resistance, with settings as low as five pounds for neophytes or folks with injuries or weight restrictions or as high as 210 pounds for more experienced home fitness enthusiasts.
Like I said before, this machine is versatile. With the Bowflex PR3000, you can pick from about 50 exercises, including exercises for the abs, arms, chest, shoulders, lower body and back. A comprehensive work out is important for me, because I want all the benefits of going to the gym without the membership ripoff and the bad music you get there. Here’s a list of some of the exercises you can do with the Bowflex PR3000
Bowflex PR3000 Exercise List
- Bench press
- Incline bench press
- Decline bench press
- Triceps Extension
- Triceps Pushdown
- Stiff-arm pulldown
- Narrow pulldown
- Lateral shoulder raise
- Seated shoulder press
- Crossover rear delt rows
- Shoulder shrug
- Shoulder rotator cuff, internal/external
- Standing low back extension
- Trunk rotation
- Leg extension
- Hip extension
- Standing Calf Raise
- Standing Hip Adduction
- Standing Hip Extension (knee bent)
- Standing Hip Abduction
As you can see, there’s not a lot you can’t do with the Bowflex PR3000. If you buy this exercise machine, be sure to have plenty of room for it. You’ll need about a 9′ by 6′ workout area to use the Bowflex successfully.
When I go to the trouble of buying a piece of expensive exercise equipment, I want to get my money’s worth, so that’s why I’m happy that Bowflex has an extensive warranty policy that covers the frame and the rods for a good length of time. I’m less happy with the parts warranty, but these parts should be relatively inexpensive to replace and, if my previous experience with Bowflex products is a guide, I won’t need it anyway.
For a quality, comprehensive exercise machine that’s fun to use and provides a variety of exercises, the Bowflex PR3000 hits the target.