Bowflex promotional photo
As holiday gift buyers ponder the perfect purchase, and New Year’s Resolution early birds reflect on shaping up in 2010, many are considering the benefits of the Bowflex Revolution. This is the latest incarnation in home gym technology by Bowflex (owned by Nautilus, Inc.), which promises you not only more than 100 exercises with up to 400 variations, but change back for your $3000.
Bowflex Revolution’s SpiraFlex® technology promises smooth and “whisper quiet” workouts.
• 220 lbs of resistance
• Up to 600 lbs. of resistance for leg presses
• Leg Curl station
• Built-in rowing machine
• Preacher Curl
• Dual variable freedom arms pivot 170 degrees for full-range upper body work
• 5-position foot harness
• 10-Year Limited Warranty.
Other than the voluntary Bowflex recall in 2004 due to potentially hazardous mechanical problems, Bowflex machines are known for their quality and commitment to customer service. However, $3000 will buy significant quantities of gym membership where even better quality equipment is available; and for the apartment dwellers who view the quiet workout as their answer to keeping peace with the neighbors, it seems the money could be better spent on the down payment for a home with adequate space to house this behemoth.
Want to try it out first? Sorry. Bowflex does offer a six-week return policy—but after wrestling five large, heavy boxes to the mat and assembling their contents, would you really consider reverse engineering that whole process and shipping it back?
The Bowflex Revolution seems like the ideal purchase for the proven fitness enthusiast with bucks to burn and space to accommodate this quality home gym. Or perhaps a glance at Craig’s List is in order.
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