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Build a Better Body with Bowflex Home Gyms

Updated on July 25, 2009

I remember the ads for Bowflex back in school. I think our school newspaper should have carried the headline "Girls Rage about Ripped Dude in Red Shorts." I think every third girl's locker had a picture of this jerk and it only got worse when the jocks started hanging them up as personal motivation too. I didn't buy into the hype because I was an active kid in pretty good shape as it was. But now that I'm older...

Now that I'm older, I don't spend hours of my day at the pool, racing my pals in lap after lap or chasing girls. Now that I'm older, I don't spend summers running around the woods, climbing trees, building rope swings and exploring. Now that I'm older I have the very real inconveniences of adult life to contend with and, man, are they every time consuming and bad for the waistline. Now that I'm older, I really find myself wishing I had a Bowflex home gym because I'm now old enough to appreciate the benefits of having a home gym and I make enough that I could actually afford one.

The Bowflex Ultimate
The Bowflex Ultimate

Why a Bowflex Home Gym is Better than a Membership Gym

So why a home gym? Well, I recently wrote a couple hubs in which I advocated against purchasing home exercise equipment IF you haven't proven to yourself that you can commit to exercising. I stand by that advice. After all, a good home gym can cost thousands! Imagine shelling out that kind of coin only to find yourself using your gym as a convenient place to hang clothes whilst ironing or something. But…,

Assuming you have made the commitment and proven that you are motivated to work out, a home gym can save a lot of hassle. If you've been to a traditional gym, all of the things I'm about to mention are probably familiar to you. You have to make the drive, you have to pay a membership, you often have to wait in line for a particular machine, you have to put up with guys who have overdone their protein consumption and are inevitably gassy as a result, attractive women in skimpy workout clothes have to put up with guys staring at them and hitting on them, and us poor guys have to put up with all those cute girls in skimpy workout clothes either rejecting us or we suffer severe neck strain doing everything in our power NOT to look at them lest our wives make us sleep on the couch. It's a tough world. And, without fail, if there's a bug going around, I will ALWAYS catch it from gym equipment.

I hate the gym for any number of reasons including those above, but the thing that annoys me the most is the lack of equipment availability when I need it. My wife and I follow a very specific workout routine and we're about to kick it up a notch with Body for Life. The programs I now follow and will soon be following require specific intervals targeting specific muscle groups. In fact, I'm so strict in my objective that I know exactly what machine I want to use, in what order and in what time frame before we even arrive at the gym. My routine is hyper structured and hyper efficient. I don't have the time or the inclination to screw around.

Having to wait for a piece of equipment means completely revamping my structured workout on the fly and that just drives me up the wall. I'm not the anal compulsive type about anything else in my life but this. For $50 a month for my membership, it doesn't take a lot of math to realize that I get a much more productive and structured work out without having to wait on anybody if the equipment belonged only to me. In fact, since Bowflex offers a payment plan, I'd actually spend less each month for a home gym than my gym membership now costs me.

Bowflex Revolution
Bowflex Revolution

The Bowflex Breakdown

So, let's break it down, shall we?

Bowflex Home Gyms:

  • Cost as much, about the same, or less than traditional gym memberships
  • You don't have to wait to use the equipment
  • You don't have to listen to others grunt out their routines
  • You don't have to deal with their gas problems
  • You don't have to worry about people hitting on you
  • You don't have to share germs with others

With all that in mind, why not get a Bowflex home gym such as the Bowflex Ultimate, Extreme, Revolution or Revolution XP? Well, there really is only one that I can think of and that's space. But that's another hub entirely which I guess I'll knock out now that this one's done.

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