Today we will take a closer look at Bowflex Blaze home gym and what it can offer. As the name suggests, the machine is designed as a full-fledged home gym and as the manufacturer states, you can perform more than 60 full body exercises.
But it wouldn’t matter even if the machine could offer 3000 exercises, if it was poorly designed, right? That’s why I’ve put together this review, to check out the features, experience, pros and cons and eventually, conclude if it’s indeed worth your hard earned money. So let’s jump right onto features.
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Features of Bowflex Blaze
Power Rod Resistance
As I have already mentioned, the machine is designed to offer more than 60 full body exercises. It comes with a power rod of 210 lbs (95.2 kg) worth of resistance, which is upgradeable to 310 (140.6 kg) or 410 pounds (186 kg).
The machine comes with a sliding seat rail which allows you to perform leg presses and aerobic rowing. The pulley cable system acts as a lat pulldown machine and can be used for such workout (squat bar and lat bar are included).
Everything is connected to a foldable bench which ends with triple-function ankle cuffs, which can be used as hand grips as well.
The assembled dimensions are 90L x 38W x 83H inches (228 x 96.5 x 210.8 cm). Max user weight is 300 lbs (136.1 kg).
Bowflex offers 1 year frame, 60 days parts and 5 years rods warranty.
That should conclude the features. Let’s check if the machine is worth it.
Let’s Pump Those Resistance Numbers
Let me start with the fact that this machine is pretty sturdy. It might not look like it from the provided pictures, but it’s the truth. Great thing about this particular piece of equipment is that it can work for a beginner and for advanced lifter just the same. The upgrade availability and the fact that you can add additional workout tools make it a home gym deserving the name.
The resistance rods offer a good stretch. It looks like that whoever designed their position has actually used his or her brain. On this point alone, I would like to mention that if you are serious with this machine and you plan on progressing fast, I’d suggest considering the 310 or even 410 lbs resistance upgrade. It might be worth in the long run.
The seat on the bench is large enough and comfortable, however, I’d recommend it (well, it’s actually pretty logical) that you set the home gym on a sturdy and flat floor. Otherwise, I can imagine that for heavier guys it could wobble.
The cable pulley system is pretty much standard, like on a solo lat pulldown machine. It’s a good thing that Bowflex Blaze comes with lat and squat bars. If you don’t plan on using either of them, you can purchase a triceps rope instead.
The seat rail is indeed great for aerobic rowing or alternatively, as Bowflex recommends, leg presses. However, with that being said, leg presses are pretty much the only exercise you can do with it. From this alone we can deduct that this machine is mainly designed for upper body workout.
The triple-set of included ankle cuffs can be used for various exercises, like crunches. They are covered in foam which look like that are made to last.
Pros & Cons
With everything mentioned above, let’s check out the pros and cons. As you could guess, there are several on both sides.
Conclusion – Is Bowflex Blaze Worth Your Money?
Would I recommend Bowflex Blaze? I certainly would. But it of course depends on your preferences. The aerobic rowing is a great plus, but it cannot compete with professional rowing machines. Also if you do not mind limited options for leg workout, then it is definitely a machine worth getting. Considering the price, this is a tough-to-beat home gym machine.