To be honest, the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym is certainly the way to start off building that body with ripped muscles. When you think of strength training, think of Bowflex PR1000 because it has got 30 strength exercises plus a built-in rowing station designed to help you work on the arms, chest, back, shoulders, and of course the lower body. It has up to 210 pounds of Power Rod resistance to further make your workout more intense.
As at the time of writing this review, this unit has a very good customer approval rate. What else that is so great with this machine is the fact that it has features that are geared towards helping users achieve their fitness goals such as the triple-function hand grip for lat pull-down, a horizontal bench press, and four-inch upholstered roller cushions for leg extension and leg curl workouts.
Think of it, this machine is not only awesome with great features but the price is also right. You can add the Bowflex PR1000 to your home gym with less than $500 thereby saving the cost of gym memberships for you and probably your family members as well and you also stand the chance to enjoy the convenience of working out in the comfort of your home.
This machine is made for users less or up to 300 pounds/ 136 kg in weight and the frame is made of steel. Its design makes it very sturdy and the steel parts of it are coated in anti-corrosive paint that should prevent rust. The unit is a large machine but not as large as many other home gym systems but it is considerable bulky with dimensions of 84’’ L x 38’’ W x 81’’ H. At least it will fit in a room with 7 feet ceiling height and you will need some clearance of at least one foot on both sides of the head and bottom and two feet by the sides for safe operation because the resistance rods will expand to the sides while in use and so they will naturally need more space to expand without hindrance. Moreover, you will also require more space than one foot at the bottom as mentioned above if you intend to perform the leg extensions and rowing workouts.
The frame has 2 big and 1 small stabilizers equipped with rubbers to ensure stability during an exercise and protect your floor. Just like most home gym systems, the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym is not designed to be moved around after assembly because it does not even have transport wheels. Therefore, make sure it is assembled on the spot it is going to be utilized to avoid the need for relocation.
The rowing machine rail also foldable, therefore you can fold it up when you are done working out and this machine can accommodate tall individuals of over six feet tall.
The bench of this unit is made of quality leather upholstery with 2’’ thick foam to maximize comfort. It is also adjustable to 45 and 180 degrees and the backrest can be detached from the seat, and this is mostly necessary when you need to perform rowing exercises.
This machine is unique because even though it offers strength training as its primary purpose it also offers cardiovascular exercise opportunity as well. The rowing exercise could be used as a warm-up exercise before embarking on your strength training.
Rowing exercise and leg presses are made possible by the roller system (which consists of a sealed ball bearing for long lifespan) that is integrated into the seat so that it glides on the main horizontal bar of the frame.
Through a lock pin, the seat can also be locked into the bar in various positions.
The Leg Attachment
The leg attachment of the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym is covered with about 4’’ cushions for optimal comfort to the legs during leg extensions and curls workouts.
The cables are made of steel (which makes them very durable) and they are responsible for the connection of the grips and resistance rods.
The Rings and Hooks
The Rings and Hooks on this home gym system are made of steel coated with a chrome finish that is meant to prevent rust. They can basically support a tremendous weight of force without having to worry about breakage.
There are several sets of pulleys available on this system just as you should expect. These pulleys are made of industrial heavy-duty urethane material with quality ball bearings while the handgrips are covered with rubber-like foam to increase comfort during exercises.
These handgrips are multi-functional because it could be used for standard grips, cuff and foot grips and moreover, an accessory like the leg press belt is also included which could also be used for other workouts.
The Resistance System
The resistance system of the Bowflex PR1000 is a unique one. It is made up of rods and cables that could be hooked up on any of the rods depending on the level of resistance you want. Typically, the rods are the source of resistance. These rods are made so strong and flexible that it cannot break whenever it is being used for resistance. They are coated with rubber material and holes at the tips where hooks can be hooked on them.
There are several resistance rods for each side. In order to generate resistance, a set of rods are used at a time and these sets of rods have the capacity to generate different levels of resistance. Basically, they can generate as little as 5 pounds of resistance to up to 210 pounds of resistance.
There are 30 exercises available which target the arm, abdominal/abs, back, chest, leg, and shoulder.
- Maximum User: 300 pounds/ 136 kg
- Assembled weight: 131 pounds/ 59.4 kg
- Assembled dimensions: 84’’ L x 38’’ W x 81’’ H
- Resistance System: Power Rods
- Standard Weight Resistance: 210 pounds/ 95 kg
- 1 Year for Frame
- 5 Years for Rods
- 60 Days for Parts
- The frame is foldable
- Very sturdy home gym system
- The leather bench is durable
- The bench has 2’’ thick cushion for optimal comfort
- The rollers are covered with 4’’ upholstery cushions for optimal comfort for leg extensions
- It has a maximum of 210 pounds resistance
- It has got triple-function handgrips
- It has gliding seat for cardiovascular rowing exercises and leg presses
- It has a unique resistance system of Power Rods that does not require weight to generate resistance
- There is a sticker with several types of workouts that could give orientation to a user.
- It has got up to 30 exercises
- The bench can be adjusted to two main positions of 45 and 180 degrees.
- The handle grips are versatile in that it can support three types of grip placements
- All the moving parts have quality ball bearings
- First, the resistance system cannot be officially upgraded to more than 210 pounds weight, even though I have seen someone who has upgraded to 410 but at owners risks though.
- There is also the tendency that over time the Power Rods may lose their elasticity and initial resistance
- And obviously, the 5-year warranty on the rods doesn’t cover wear and tear and so you will have to foot the bill for replacing any of these rods that shows any sign of wear and tear.
Shipping, Assembly, and Maintenance
The shipping cost of the Bowflex Home Gym depends on where you are purchasing the unit from as different retailers have their unique shipping policies. However, Amazon usually ships this product for free and it comes with this shipping dimensions 54’’ L x 34’’ W x 9’’ H and weighs about 131 pounds and should require 2 persons to carry to the spot of assembly.
Assembling the machine is not difficult by the accounts of those that have assembled it. It can take up to 2 hours to completely assemble it together. Unfortunately, tools for assembly are not included and you will need wrench and screwdriver for the assembly and it is accompanied by a detailed instruction manual that will help you put it together.
Maintaining the unit is not a rocket science. All it will require is to keep it clean by wiping it periodically and check if the gliding seat is free of dirt.
The Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym is an ideal home gym for many obvious reasons; no wonder folks that purchased it are satisfied with what they got. Ordinarily, you can hardly find any good thing without some flaws or downside but the cons of this unit are not a ‘’deal breaker’’ because there is so much value to get in return for what you would be paying for it.