Ever play word association? If you’ve studied psychology or marketing, you know that words can trigger powerful reactions. Consider the efforts of a new brewing company eager to pump up the image of its beers by using the word, “lagered.” But when folks in focus groups said the word triggered thoughts of being tired and dizzy, “lagered” was quickly abandoned.
It’s impossible to ignore the fact that Bowflex marketers and product developers anointed their new gym design the Bowflex Revolution home gym. Revolution? We looked. No folks plotting “a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.” Just lots of everyday people eager to own a home gym capable of getting them into good shape.
So, what is the Bowflex Revolution? We infiltrated the company to get the dirt on the Bowflex home gym on your behalf. Our search proved enlightening-and dare we say revolutionary?
Technical Information and Dimensions
- Length: 9-feet
- Width: 3-feet; 2-inches
- Height: 6-feet; 1-inch
- Workout area: 10-feet L x 7-feet W
- Bowflex Revolution folded up: 4-feet; 7-inches x 3-feet; 2-inches
- Weight: 336 pounds
- Bench design: compact
- Resistance: 220 pounds
- Space-efficient design
- 220-pound SpiraFlex Resistance can be upgraded to 300 pounds
- Leg press/leg press plate delivers 600-pounds of resistance
- Solid hand grips ensure stability
- Attain 170-degrees of movement via the Freedom Arms feature
- Preacher Curl attachment is included
- Includes a 5-position harness
- Comes with an instructional manual and workout DVD
Experience maximum security thanks to this gym’s tight and solid construction, but it’s your ability to re-configure things that could sell you on the bow flex revolution.
Remove the back support to create a multi-position bench. Count on the lower cable pulley system to develop your legs and perform curls.
Stow attachments in a custom rack that costs extra, but it’s worth the investment. Accomplish every Bowflex Revolution exercise on this list:
- Leg extensions
- Overhead extensions
- Leg presses
- Seated shoulder press
- Incline chest press
- Bicep curls
- Hamstring curls
- Preacher curls
- Concentration curls
- Pec fly
- Weighted crunches
- Rope crunches
- Triceps pushdowns
- Lat pulldowns
- Side lateral raises
- Upright rows
- Seated row
Warranty, Shipping and Bowflex Revolution Assembly
If warranty language tends to throw you for a loop, prepare to spin. According to Bowflex Revo literature, this gym comes with a “10-year limited warranty covering defects in material or workmanship,” but in fact, labor is only covered for 90 days.
Shipping and assembly could add cost to your purchase given the Bowflex Revolution weight that tops out at 336 pounds, so factor in shipping and set-up costs when computing the sale price. You’ll need an assembly crew. If you’re a rock star at following diagrams and instructions, you’ll still need several hours for assembly.
On the other hand, since both the arms and seat rail can be folded down when it’s being transported, and the handle attached to the engine’s back side can help tip the gym onto the wheels embedded in the base plate, at least you can relocate the gym if necessary.
The Revolution’s user manual (100-pages in total) gets rave reviews. It’s packed with information and filled with illustrations. A free Bowflex Revolution weight loss guide comes with each gym, so you can address nutrition and lifestyle issues in addition to making a physical commitment to building your body.
- In case you’re wondering where the engineers got their inspiration for the Revolution, look to previous iterations of Bowflex home gyms like the PR1000, PR3000, Blaze and Xtreme 2SE. The addition of the Bowflex Revolution Spiraflex system to tried-and-tested frameworks has elevated resistance training to new heights, so users can accomplish a longer list of exercise options.
- Expect a comfortable experience. Bowflex has addressed previous complaints like wimpy cushioning, especially in the seat and back support area. The Revolution’s seat is wider despite the fact that the bench is narrower. This boosts range of motion capacity so athletes can undertake moves like cable flys and incline chest presses.
- The Revolution’s sliding rail system, devised originally for the PR1000, features a locking pin so body positioning is more efficient, and users can make adjustments on the fly. But, it’s the resistance factor that most impresses athletes: it enables gym users to maximize a workout courtesy of the system’s adjustable Freedom Arms, cables, tension control knob and surprisingly light SpiraFlex plates.
- Revolution gym owners list ease of use, clearly-written literature, more range-of-motion capacity, lighter weight plates than those found on competitor’s products, Bowflex Revolution hand grips, and the “locking pin” function for fast changes and safety as favourite features and the reason they chose the Revolution over other gyms.
The Not So Good
- If you’re already busy enough to need more than one calendar, be aware of the fact that you will have to maintain your gym on a regular basis to protect your investment. There’s a removable cover that gives you access to the engine plus instructions on lubing and safety checks found in the user’s manual.
- It’s extremely important to wipe down your gym regularly so the framework and auxiliary parts don’t collect dust, dirt and perspiration. Further, loose bolts have proven to be a common problem due to the stress the gym experiences when it’s used frequently, so a monthly check is mandatory before a missing bolt leads to damage.
- Apart from maintenance, your dissatisfaction with the Revolution is most likely to be the labour-intensive assembly process, time-consuming cable tension installation, high price and low cable pulley set-up tasks plus that resistance weight limitation that can’t be expanded beyond 300 pounds. Need more resistance? This product isn’t for you.
Final Verdict: Is Bowflex Revolution Worth Buying?
Other Home Gyms reviewed by us:
- PR1000 Home Gym
- Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
- PR3000 Home Gym
- Body Solid GPR378 Pro
- Total Gym XLS
- Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE
- Total Gym 1400 Deluxe