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Does the Bowflex Really Work?

Aug 17, 2007
Before I answer the question, "Does the Bowflex really work?" I need to be blunt with you: no piece of home fitness equipment, no matter how sophisticated or simple it is, will work unless you are willing to put in the effort it takes to get into shape. You have to sweat a little - literally - and make the necessary lifestyle changes to build muscle and burn fat.

The Bowflex is no different than any other home fitness equipment. If you use it on a regular basis, it will help you build more muscle and will ultimately help you burn more fat. It is no magic weight loss machine, however, as the marketers behind the machine would have you believe. If you use it sparingly, it's not going to do a thing for you.

Most people wonder does the Bowflex really work because at first glance it looks rather small and insignificant and doesn't have weight plates commonly found on home fitness equipment. The Bowflex may look odd and it may not use weight plates, but it is an incredibly versatile piece of gym equipment. Think of it as a type of cable cross over machine that can be used in many different positions to exercise a variety of muscle groups.

Instead of using the force of gravity, which is used with traditional home fitness equipment with weight plates, it uses resistance to build muscle. The resistance comes from flexible rubber rods, or power rods, as the manufacturer calls them. You can increase the intensity of your workouts by simply adjusting the resistance of the power rods. The resistance can be adjusted to as little as 5 pounds and to as much as 410 pounds.

Here are some of the most common questions and answers about the Bowflex:

Does the Bowflex really work for building and maintaining muscle mass?

The Bowflex can be very good at building and maintaining muscle mass - if used regularly! The only limitation it has is that it provides a maximum of 410 pounds of resistance. If you are an experienced bodybuilder and require more weight than that, then the Bowflex wouldn't be ideal for you. Free weights would be your best choice.

Bowflex exercises look so different and that makes me wonder does the Bowflex really work?

The design is unique because it doesn't work using traditional weight plates. The Bowflex uses power rods instead of weights to provide resistance during the exercise.

Does the model make a difference when it comes to effectiveness?

There have been a variety of Bowflex models over the years. The first Bowflex machines were pretty flimsy and ineffective, but they have improved significantly with each new model. So yes, the model you are considering makes a difference. The recent models are the most effective and are the only ones you should consider.

Does the Bowflex really work in 20 minutes a day three days a week as advertised?

This claim is a bit of an exaggeration. Three - 20 minute workouts a week is only an hour's worth of exercise, and it will take more than that to truly get into shape. Plus, there are dietary concerns that must be considered as well. If you are consuming a lot of refined foods, sodas, etc. then 20 minutes a day, three days a week will do very little for you. On the other hand, if you have a healthy, balanced diet and are already in good shape, then 20 minutes a day, three days a week may be an excellent maintenance program for you.

Does the Bowflex really work well enough to make it my only home exercise machine?

The Bowflex is a versatile piece of gym equipment and could easily be the only exercise machine you need for building muscle. For the best fitness results, you need to do cardio exercises as well such as walking, running, jogging, biking, etc. If you're not doing these activities outside of your home, you may need to consider other exercise equipment such as a treadmill, elliptical machine, or a stationary bicycle.

Does the Bowflex really work for those recovering from injuries or for those new to weight training?

The adjustable resistance on the Bowflex does make it a good choice for those recovering from a sports injury or those new to weight lifting as the resistance can be set for as little as five pounds. In addition, the pulley system on the Bowflex provides a smooth and stress free workout.
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Need help building muscle and burning fat? Visit http://www.mens-total-fitness.com published by Travis Van Slooten. His site is dedicated to providing men FREE and useful information to help them build muscle and burn fat naturally.
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