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Prices range from $139 - $3,299 per fitness machine.
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Bowflex is owned by Nautilus Inc. and based in Vancouver, Washington. Bowflex got their start in 1986 making home gyms that used tension rods to create constant resistance (the first being the Bowflex 2000X) instead of using weights. Today Bowflex sells high quality Tread Climbers, Ellipticals (i.e. Max Trainers), Home Gyms, and Free Weights.

Fitness

For Fitness and calorie burning workouts Bowflex has 2 main options. The first is the Bowflex TreadClimber. This cardio machine is designed to get you burning more calories and boost your metabolism. This low impact fitness machine is a combination of motions from a treadmill and a stepper. All you do is walk to see results from toning your thighs, glutes, and core, to loosing weight.

Your second option is the Bowflex Max Trainer series. This series of machines are a combination of a stair stepper and elliptical and is designed to give you a intense full-body workout in only 14 minutes. First launched in 2013 the Bowflex Max Trainer allows you to burn more than two and a half calories than a traditional elliptical. It's footprint is also half that of a tread mill at only 2.5 feet by 3.5 feet. For ceiling height it is recommended to have the user's height plus 15 inches.

Bowflex TreadClimbers and Max Trainers which have Blue Tooth also support tracking of your workouts. You can either use the Bowflex designed app for the machine or supported third party exercise apps like My Fitness Pal, Apple Health Kit, Google Fit and UnderArmour's UA Record. All of these machines have a maximum capacity of 300 lbs.

Bowflex Max Trainer M3

Bowflex Max Trainer M3

The Bowflex Max Trainer M3 allows you to control 8 levels of resistance and speed with a turn of the hand grip. It can store 2 user profiles and has 1 program mode and a manual mode. The LCD is standard and it does not have a back light. The M3 comes with a chest strap heart rate monitor and the center console does include a water bottle holder and media shelf. The price for the M3 Max Trainer is $999 and it comes with a 1 year warranty. For more information read our Max Trainer M3 review.

Bowflex Max Trainer M5

Bowflex Max Trainer M5

The Bowflex Max Trainer M5 is an upgrade from the M3. It has 16 resistance levels and 8 workout programs. The display is backlit and is has a heart rate monitor integrated into the contact grips (plus a chest strap). The M5 also supports Bluetooth which allows it to synch with both iOS and Android phones to Bowflex's MaxApp2 which allows you to track your workout including calories burned and heart rate. The price for the M5 Max Trainer is $1,599 and it comes with a 2 year warranty. For more information read our Max Trainer M5 review.

Bowflex Max Trainer M7

Bowflex Max Trainer M7

The Bowflex Max Trainer M7 is the commercial grade premium model. The LCD display is larger, high contrast and backlit. It includes 20 resistance levels and 10 workout programs. Some of the programs also learn and adjusts to your needs to ensure you are working out at your max rate. The heart rate monitor is integrated into the contact grips and includes a chest strap version. Like the M5, the M7 also has Blue Tooth which allows you to sych the Max Trainer with your phone and track your progression with the Bowflex Max Trainer app. The price for the M7 Max Trainer is $2,199 and it comes with a 3 year warranty.

Bowflex TreadClimber TC100

Bowflex TreadClimber TC100

The Bowflex TreadClimber TC100 allows you to exercise at your own pace from 0.5 mph to 4.0 mph. It comes with built-in large backlit LCD screen, heart rate grips, USB charging port, and media stand. Compared with regular treadmills the TreadClimber is much more compact even with the built in rear machine step platform. The budget friendly price for the TC100 is $2,199 and it comes with a 2 year whole machine warranty.

Bowflex TreadClimber TC200

Bowflex TreadClimber TC200

The Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 comes with longer foot treadles than the TC100 and a larger 4.5 mph max variable speed motor. It is Bowflex's premier walking workout machine. The TC200 includes the free TreadClimber App and has Bluetooth which enhances digital connectivity and console interactivity. The TC200 allows you to track up to 4 users and includes 5 different workout programs. Using the Heart Rate Zone allows you to track your heartbeat with the grips or the included heart rate chest strap. The price for the TC200 is $3,299 and it comes with a 3 year entire machine warranty. For more information read our TreadClimber TC 200 review.

Workouts

For working out and building muscle Bowflex offers a series of home gyms which use either their Power Rod system or SpiraFlex. They also offer a selection of free weights under the name SelectTech. SelectTech dumbbells unique design allows you to shrink 34 separate dumbbells down to just 2. This compact design lets you go from 10 lbs up to 90 lbs (depending on model).

Bowflex Revolution Home Gym

Bowflex Revolution Home Gym

The Bowflex Revolution Home Gym includes the SpiraFlex technology and is Bowflex's best gym with over 100 exercises and up to 400 variations. It is designed to work every major body zone, and support every workout routine, strength level and fitness goal.

This home gym is only available online from the Bowflex catalog website. It is their top of the line gym designed to be versatile in what exercises you can perform with it and offer the smoothest resistance thanks to the SpiraFlex technology. This home gym can also be upgraded with a number of different accessories and for greater resistance of up to 600 lbs. The price for the Revolution Home Gym is $2,999.

Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym lets you change exercises more quickly and easily with no cable changes needed between exercises. With over 70 exercises possible this gym is designed to be your all in one solution to building muscle and keeping you fit. This gym now includes an ab crunch shoulder harness and ergonomically designed adjustable seat. The price for the Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is $1,599.

This is by far Bowflex's best selling home gym. It's compact design thanks to the Power Rod system allows for much smaller workout space when compared to other similar home gyms that use physical weights. For more information read our Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym review.

Bowflex BodyTower Home Gym

Bowflex BodyTower Home Gym

The Bowflex BodyTower Home Gym unique, EZ-Adjust arms provide a greater range of options than most other towers, allowing you to perform over 18 exercises. It is built with heavy-duty steel tubing and has a wide base which gives it extra stability. The steel is powder coated and the closed-cell EVA foam cushion back pad and hand grips is non-absorbent and microbial resistant.

This tower includes a strategically placed workout placard which shows the 8 key exercises of every tower. This includes the chin up, crunch, pushup, raised bridge, squat, supine row, triceps dip, and vertical knee raise. The price for the BodyTower is $499.

SelectTech Dumbbells

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbells

Bowflex SelectTech free weights have an ingenious design that allow you to replace up to 17 sets of dumbbells (depending on model) with 1 set of Bowflex's SelectTech Dumbbells. While the dumbbells are in their holder, and by turning a dial on the end of the dumbbells it allows you change the weight of them in either 2.5 or 5 lb increments. A SelectTech dumbbell is made up of a bunch of mini weights. Turning the dial either locks or unlocks a select number of mini weights of the dumbbell depending on the setting you select. When you lift the dumbbell out of their holder you only lift the weight you have the dial set too and the remaining mini weights are left in the holder.

Included with each Selecttech Dumbells is a free Bowflex SelectTech workout DVD which shows you over 30 exercises and over 80 variations. Both sets of dumbbells come with a 6 week satisfaction guarantee which if you return them in the time allotted you will get a full refund minus shipping. With the dumbbells you can also purchase an optional Bowflex bench and elevated stand for the weights.

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells (pictured) are sold as a pair and replaces 15 sets of free weights. With the selection dial you can adjust the weights for the dumbbells from 5 lbs to 52.5 lbs. This weight set can be adjusted in 2.5 lb increments. The price for the 552 is $349 and it comes with a 2 year warranty which covers all parts.

Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Dumbbells are larger than the 552 set of dumbbells. These weights can be dialled in from 10 lbs to 90 lbs in 5 lb increments and replace 17 sets of regular dumbbells. The list price for the 1090 is $599. A 3 year warranty on the dumbbells also covers all parts.

The Bowflex SelectTech Stand is designed to use with both the Bowflex SelectTech 552 and 1090 dumbbells. Theses stands elevate the weights so you do not have to bend down to pick them up off the floor potentially saving you from a back injury. The stand also comes with a 10 year warranty. The list price is $139.

The Bowflex SelectTech 4.1 Bench is an ideal companion with your SelectTech Dumbbells. It gives you a maximum workout versatility with 5 different positions (30°, 45°, 90°, flat, and decline). The leg hold-down brace is removable and is designed to give you additional support when the bench is set in the decline position. The back leg of the bench includes wheels which allows you to move it easier anywhere in your workout room. The dimensions of the SelectTech Bench is 56" L x 26" W x 20" H and the sale price is $199.

Bowflex Guarantee

Most of Bowflex products includes a guarantee which allows you to return the product within 6 weeks for any reason. If you do, you will get a full refund minus the cost of shipping. This guarantee is valid on all of Bowflex's Max Trainers, Tread Climbers, Home Gyms, and SelectTech Weights.

Shipping

Shipping costs depend on the size and weight of your purchase. You can also expect to pay almost twice as much shipping charges if you live in Hawaii or Alaska. For Bowflex products you can expect your purchase to leave the warehouse in 2 to 15 days and for shipping to cost between $39.99 and $249.99. Ground delivery is standard for most items. Orders shipped via standard delivery usually arrive within 7 business days after shipment. Make sure to check below for any coupon codes as most deals Bowflex offers includes free shipping.

Costs

Costs are listed with the product descriptions. You can usually save on the shipping charges if you use a coupon code which you can find on the Bowflex website or listed below. When ordering you can pay by credit card, check, money order, and by financing. You can apply for financing at checkout. If approved no money down is required and interest is not charged if fully paid within 18 months. Financing is subject to restrictions so please see Bowflex for full details.

Coupons & Deals

From time to time Bowflex does run deals. You can expect to see the best deals during the spring and before Christmas and into the New Year. Coupon codes can be cancelled anytime. Enter the promo code at the checkout to receive the offer (if available). Current deals found are:

Promo Code: FIT2016 - Get 10% Off and Free Shipping when you purchase a Bowflex Revolution home gym or a Bowflex Xtreme® 2 SE home gym

Promo Code: FIT2016 - Save over $499 with $50 off and free shipping with a Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Dumbbells or free shipping with a Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells.

Promo Code: FIT2016 - Save over $499 and get $300 off and free shipping when you purchase a Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 or get $200 off and only $50 shipping when you purchase a Bowflex TreadClimber TC100.

Promo Code: MAXBURNS - Save over $250 with free shipping plus a free mat on a Bowflex Max Trainer M7, or free shipping on a Bowflex Max Trainer M5, or $50 shipping on a Bowflex Max Trainer M3

* All prices are in USD unless specified other wise. Prices, coupon codes, products offered, and product features last checked March 09, 2016.

Customer Service

Help and answers to any questions you have about one of Bowflex's products is just a phone call or email away. Ordering by phone is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Customer support itself is available Monday to Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM Pacific Standard Time. On Bowflex's website you can download a digital copy of the instruction manual for your Bowflex machine, read the FAQ which answers common questions, watch how to videos, and interact with an active Facebook community.

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I went all out this past winter and purchased from Bowflex their Revolution home gym and their Select Tech free weights. It cost me over a lot but it has been worth it. The home gym is really well built and the sprial plates do mimic the stack weight universal machines found in gyms.

The Select Tech dumbbells really cut down on space. I use to have 6 pairs of regular dumbbells now I only need 2 and they offer much more range of weights.

I have been working out for 4 days a week with the Revolution for the last 2 months and have not run into any problems . It took a bit to get use to it and how to change the machine to do different workouts. In the end I am glad I went a head and bought it. I was a little worried since it is the biggest purchase I have done online and it would be a pain to return it.

Pros
Really good workouts. Works well in a limited space
Cons
Expensive gym
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

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