Does anyone own a BowFlex?

  1. My wife has been badgering me to start losing weight, or else. She is rehabbing from open heart surg and wants me to join in.
    It makes sense. We have a really nice stationary bike that is sooooo boring. But it does make a good clothes hanger!
    I have been looking at the bowflex as a basement accessory, along with the bench a few free weights and the bike.

    Does anyone here have one of these and do you like it? Is it worth the money to you to not have to join a gym, and to be able to exercise at your own time and place?

    I know I won't look like the ones in the commercials, but I need to slim down and tone up, which at my age is all one can ask for.
    So, along with some major dietary changes, Burger King is a dim memory, a walking program and the BowFlex I should be able to get down to my target weight by next spring.

    Besides, "she who must be obeyed" has said no more jumping out of airplanes until I get the weight down, she thinks I will blow out a knee or something!!

    So if you have one, let me know how you like it. Or if you have tried something else and liked or hated it, let me know.

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  3. by   CATHYW
    Bob, my husband and I have a Bowflex. It is easy to use and is just as they show it on TV, with the exception that neither of us looks like the people in the commercials! It is a very versatile piece of equipment that doesn't take up a lot of space.
    Good luck! Maybe you will become the next "abmonster!" LOL!
  4. by   dcottrill
    You think the exercise bike makes a good clothes hanger? Just wait until you see your duds hanging from that expensive Bowflex!! ($$$$$ Are those things made of gold or what??$$$$) I recently read an article which rated various resistance type home exercise machines. While the Boxflex was rated as being better than some of the others, NONE of the machines were as effective as a set of free weights. So...get outside and walk when the weather is nice, ride the exercise bike when the weather is crappy, and use the free weights three times each week. But be careful...if you keep this up for very long you just MIGHT end up looking like the guys in the Bowflex ad.
  5. by   amblessing
    We don't have a bowflex, but we have soloflex equipment and right now it is sitting in our attic collecting dust! For me, it's too hard to exercise at home because there are too many distractions! I belong to a gym and I found this to be the best way to exercise - especially if you have someone to work out with, like your spouse or a friend!
  6. by   Marj Griggs
    I, too, belong to a gym, and have found that attending a class (low impact aerobics for me) and becoming acquainted with the other members acts as an incentive to go and work out and greet my friends.
  7. by   mattsmom81
    So...enquiring minds want to know...just how much $$$$ is that Bowflex anyways??
  8. by   ComicRN
    No, I don't have one - but I think I could recite the whole d*mn commercial from memory!!! (Gee....think I sit infront of the TV too much?!!)
  9. by   nursejws
    Anyone have one of Tony Little's GAZELLE's? That guy just annoys the heck out of me. :chuckle
  10. by   teamrn
    I agree with dcottrell who posted above about using the free weights, takiing the clothes off the exercise bike, using it on rainy days, and getting outside on nice days. Real exercise is good for the HEART as well as the soul.

    I do have to admit to havig a bowflex behind my bedroom door that was borrowed, and that I took out from 'hiding' this AM and felt an aeroobic and arm muscle work. Whether or not that'll translate into the muscle toning, I don't kow. I rely on my tried and true treadmill pool, and bike for that kind of stuff.
  11. by   CANRN
    I don't have a Bowflex, but I did spend about $20 on a book by Bill Phillips called "BODY FOR LIFE" I suggest this to everyone I meet. It has taken me two years, 1 year and 7 months of "thinking" about starting the plan and three months after acutally putting it to use, I feel like a million bucks!
    A weight bench and weights cost me less than $150. I recommend it! Check out http://www.bodyfor
    We just have one of those weight bench thingies. Ya know, got some stuff for the legs, some stuff for the arms. We also have all kinds of free weights. It is nice having it there for whenever you feel like using it. I'm kind of psychotic in the hours I keep, so if I feel like doing a little something while I wait for the rinse cycle, or at 3 in the morning, it's there. I don't have to leave the house. And I don't have to put on a show for anybody just to work out. I'm pretty shy ya know :chuckle

  13. by   ohbet
    If you want to lose wt.,I dont think Bowflex is the way to go. I think people lose the wt. with Bowflex cause they follow the Bowflex eating Plan,plus the work. Bowflex allows for circuit training,due to the ease of changing the power rods and doing different body excercises.
    Get a bike,run,walk,swim etc,to loose wt.
    I bought a Bow,it should arrive in a week and I cant wait,to develope and maintain strengh but needed something quiet.Consumer report 3 years ago,under 4 categories,gave it very good in 2 categories and good in the other two.
    you get what you pay for,people would be driving Mercades Benz' if they could afford them.
  14. by   ohbet
    Go for a Bowflex!