Bowflex Xceed Review – Is This Home Gym Value For Money?

Home gym systems offer a one stop shop for your workout needs, but it can be difficult to know which is best. You have to treat it as an investment, and the last thing you want is to waste your money on equipment that won't support your goals.  

In this Bowflex Xceed review, we'll take a closer look at one of the most popular home gym systems on the market so you can make an informed decision about whether it will work for you.

Product Specs 

Dimensions

53 x 49 x 82 inches

Maximum User Weight

300 lbs

Maximum User Height

78 inches 

Power Rod Resistance

210 lbs 

Product Weight

182 lbs 

Workout Area Required

96 x 84 x 78 inches

Warranty

5 years

The Bowflex Xceed has everything you need to train your upper and lower body, effectively removing the need for different equipment. There is a lot to like about the Bowflex Xceed, but we’ve split our review into sections so you can tell if this home gym is worth it:  

Brand Reputation

Bowflex are home gym equipment specialists. They have a range of home gym systems, and they're all made well, long-lasting, and get very positive reviews from users.

They are a premium brand with a medium/high price tag, but when we see Bowflex, we know we're getting quality, and they are a fitness equipment brand we trust.  

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Quality 

Bowflex is a premium fitness equipment manufacturer, and the Xceed is no different. It's made from high-grade steel, which is durable and should stand up to heavy use. The polyurethane high-density foam cushioning on the seating is also much tougher than other brands, and we found that it did well even under heavy use.  

Bowflex uses power rods in their home gym system rather than weight plates. These are smaller, so the whole device can be more compact but also very resilient. We found that even when pushed to the max, they were safe and durable, a testament to the intelligent Bowflex design.

Bowflex designed their home gym systems to have fewer parts than other brands. This makes them easier to assemble and means there are fewer connections to come loose.

This helps the gym system remain in good condition for longer, and even after 6 months of regular use, we didn't notice any issues. 

The max weight for the Bowflex Xceed is 300 pounds, and we found it could handle it well. It's well made and built to last, making it a good investment for home gym owners.  

Performance 

The Bowflex Xceed offers a great deal of versatility to help you achieve your goals. It can support over 65 different workouts, which is more than the Bowflex PR3000 or the PR1000. It also comes with a detailed exercise guide to help explain how to use the machine and structure your workout.  

There are 8 different pulleys that can be moved into various positions. These are reinforced with fiberglass and move very smoothly, making the exercises easier on your joints and lowering any risk of injury. 

bowflex xceed review

It also features multi-functional press arms, which allow you to perform many movements without having to change handles. 

This is definitely one of the best home gym systems around if you're looking to perform a lot of exercises, and even compared to other Bowflex models, it stands out.

It comes with 210 pounds of resistance as standard, which is good for beginners, but if you're a more experienced lifter, you can add extra power rods, so it supports up to 410 pounds. This probably isn’t enough for very advanced lifters, but it's more than enough for most home gym owners.

The good quality materials, solid construction, and comfortable seat and handles make this a really high performing home gym system which is better than most competitors. 

Ease Of Use 

bowflex xceed seat

In our experience, a high performing home gym system isn’t always easy to use, but Bowflex has done well.

You will need to assemble it yourself, but we found the assembly instructions easy to follow.

You’ll need to allow 2-4 hours for assembly, and it's handy if you have a friend to help you out.

If you get stuck, there are also some YouTube videos that can take you through it.

Once assembled, we found it pretty easy to move between workouts.

The user manual is helpful, but honestly, a lot of it just seemed intuitive.  

Bowflex home gym systems have always been pretty easy to use, and the Xceed is no different, so it’s great for beginners with limited experience 

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Price & Warranty 

The Bowflex Xceed is one of the most affordable home gym systems from Bowflex, and you can pick it up for under $700. It's not the toughest or largest model on the market, but it's a steal at that price. It also comes with a 5-year warranty to help protect your investment for longer. 

Shipping 

The Bowflex Xceed has been discontinued, so it's slightly more challenging to get hold of. You’ll need to check various online marketplaces and resellers, so the shipping can vary.

We got ours in less than 10 days, but you should allow for up to 6 weeks if you're ordering internationally. If you can order from Bowflex, they state it can take up to 28 days for delivery.  


Unique Design Features Of The Bowflex Xceed Home Gym

There are a lot of home gym systems out there, but this is what we think sets the Bowflex Xceed apart from the crowd:  

65 Different Exercises 

By being able to perform 65 different exercises, you can save a lot of money and space in your home gym. The multi-functional press arm and the additional leg attachments let you train every major muscle group at home and remove the need for several different machines.

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Quick Release Seat 

This may not seem remarkable, but the quick release seat lets you move between workouts seamlessly.

This makes your exercise routine more efficient and can save you valuable time. 

The adjustable seat also allows for multiple users to jump in quickly and complete a set, which makes it perfect if more than one person in your household uses this home gym. 

I also appreciate this feature for supersetting different muscle groups.

bowflex xceed home gym

Comfortable Padding 

Some home gym systems focus on the frame and neglect the padding, but Bowflex hasn't. They have plush foam cushioning with faux leather coverings, which lets you exercise comfortably.  

Heavy Duty Pulleys 

The Xceed features 8 different pulley systems with steel ball bearings. These offer smooth operation, which puts less stress on your joints and will let you work out more comfortably.  

Space Saving 

The Xceed can't fold, but it is a compact model. This makes it perfect for small gym owners with limited space and low ceilings.  

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man working out with bowflex xceed home gym

Pros & Cons Of The Bowflex Xceed  

What We Like 

  • Power Rod Resistance  
    Bowflex uses power rods in their home gym systems which are much smaller than traditional weight plates but still give effective resistance. This allows it to provide up to 210 pounds of resistance without needing a bulky stack.  
  • Compact
    This gym system is perfect for home gyms where space is at a premium. The slim dimensions mean it can work in a short or narrow space, and it will still leave enough room for other equipment. 
  • Tough And Durable
    The Bowflex Xceed is made from premium grade steel and should stand up to heavy wear and tear. 
  • Affordable
    Despite the quality, the Bowflex Xceed can be bought for under $900, which is a bargain compared to similar home gym systems. 

What We Don’t Like 

  • Non-Folding
    Many other home gym systems have a mechanism to fold so you can easily move it out of the way when it’s not in use, but unfortunately, the Bowflex Xceed doesn't have that. 
  • Limited Accessories
    This home gym system isn't compatible with some accessories (like ankle cuffs or an ab harness), so you're slightly limited in how you work out. 

Comparing Xceed With Other Bowflex Home Gyms (Which Model Is Best?)

Bowflex is the industry leader in home gym systems, and all their models are well made. We’ve compared the Bowflex Xceed against 3 other Bowflex models so you can see how they match up: 

Bowflex Xceed Vs Blaze 

The Bowflex Blaze is one of their newer home gym systems designed to stand up to heavy use. Both models are made with a similar design, but the Blaze has a fully folding bench, multiple pulley systems, a squat bar, and cardio row.

This makes it well suited for full-body workouts and gives you much more versatility. The Bowflex Blaze also has a 7-year warranty compared to the Xceed’s 5-year warranty, so you get added protection for longer.  

The Bowflex Xceed is much more compact than the Blaze, and even though it doesn’t fold, it will still take up a lot less room in your home. The Xceed is also a lot more affordable and better suited for those on a budget.

If your primary focus is on performance, then the Bowflex Blaze is the one for you, but if you want a compact and affordable home gym system, you'll get a lot of value from the Xceed.  

Check out our full review of the Bowflex Blaze home gym here!

Model
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
Image
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
Dimensions
53 x 49 x 82 Inches
90 x 38 x 83 inches
Maximum User Weight
300 lbs
-
Maximum User Height
78 Inches
-
Power Rod Resistance
210 lbs
210 lbs
Product Weight
182 lbs
98 lbs
Warranty
5 Years
5 Years
Model
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Image
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Dimensions
53 x 49 x 82 Inches
Maximum User Weight
300 lbs
Maximum User Height
78 Inches
Power Rod Resistance
210 lbs
Product Weight
182 lbs
Warranty
5 Years
Model
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
Image
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
Dimensions
90 x 38 x 83 inches
Maximum User Weight
-
Maximum User Height
-
Power Rod Resistance
210 lbs
Product Weight
98 lbs
Warranty
5 Years

Bowflex Xceed Vs Xtreme 2  

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 is the larger, bulkier version of the Xceed. It allows you to perform about 25 more exercises and has 7 free built-in workout regimes included in the manual to help guide your training. It's also slightly more heavy-duty, but both models are high quality and can stand up to heavy use.  

The key difference for us was the ease of use. The Bowflex Xtreme 2 shifts between exercises effortlessly and doesn’t require as many of the actions that the Xceed does. This makes it easier to work out and lets you get more from your workout. However, the Xtreme 2 is larger and more expensive, so it won’t be as suitable for everyone.  

If you're an experienced lifter looking for a very tough home gym system, then the Xtreme 2SE is worth the extra cost, but if you're a beginner on a budget, we'd recommend sticking with the Xceed.  

Model
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym
Image
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym
Dimensions
53 x 49 x 82 Inches
57 x 49 x 84 Inches
Maximum User Weight
300 lbs
300lbs
Maximum User Height
78 Inches
76 inches
Power Rod Resistance
210 lbs
210 lbs
Product Weight
182 lbs
220 lbs
Warranty
5 Years
7 Years
Model
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Image
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Dimensions
53 x 49 x 82 Inches
Maximum User Weight
300 lbs
Maximum User Height
78 Inches
Power Rod Resistance
210 lbs
Product Weight
182 lbs
Warranty
5 Years
Model
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym
Image
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym
Dimensions
57 x 49 x 84 Inches
Maximum User Weight
300lbs
Maximum User Height
76 inches
Power Rod Resistance
210 lbs
Product Weight
220 lbs
Warranty
7 Years

Bowflex Xceed vs PR1000/PR3000 

The Bowflex Xceed is basically a newer version of the PR1000. It’s slightly more expensive than the older PR1000 or PR3000 models but offers a greater variety of exercises.

The downside is that the Xceed is somewhat larger and isn't as well suited for very small home gyms. The key difference, however, is the resistance. The Bowflex Xceed comes with 210 pounds worth of resistance as standard, but it can be upgraded so that it provides 410 pounds. This makes it a better option for advanced lifters.  

If you need a compact home gym system and are happy with a cheaper, older model, the PR1000 may be a good option. If you want a larger, higher resistance home gym system, we’d recommend going for the Bowflex Xceed.  

Model
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
Image
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
Dimensions
53 x 49 x 82 Inches
103 x 80 x 82 inches
Maximum User Weight
300 lbs
-
Maximum User Height
78 Inches
-
Power Rod Resistance
210 lbs
200 lbs
Product Weight
182 lbs
144 lbs
Warranty
5 Years
5 Years
Model
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Image
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym
Dimensions
53 x 49 x 82 Inches
Maximum User Weight
300 lbs
Maximum User Height
78 Inches
Power Rod Resistance
210 lbs
Product Weight
182 lbs
Warranty
5 Years
Model
Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
Image
Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
Dimensions
103 x 80 x 82 inches
Maximum User Weight
-
Maximum User Height
-
Power Rod Resistance
200 lbs
Product Weight
144 lbs
Warranty
5 Years

Bowflex Xceed Attachments & Replacement Parts 

The Bowflex Xceed comes with various handles and accessories, including an ab training strap, a squat bar, and a lat bar. It’s enough to train the majority of your body, though you can order extra accessories for specific exercises.

For example, preacher curl attachments will help you grow strong biceps, and there are various leg attachments for lower body training. The one thing we would recommend ordering is additional power rods. This will let you up the resistance and really challenge your body as you grow.  

From time to time, you will need to order replacement parts too. This is likely going to be your pulleys, handles, or power rods, but it can vary. We’d recommend getting all your additional attachments and replacement parts directly from Bowflex so that you know they’re legitimate.


Bowflex Xceed Exercises & Workout Routines 

The Bowflex Xceed comes with a full guide of workout routines to help you target different muscle groups. You can use this with the muscle chart provided in the guide to help identify the best exercises to achieve your goals.

We’d recommend using the Bowflex Xceed to target 1-2 muscle groups in each workout and select 2-4 exercises for each muscle group. By alternating between muscle groups, you leave your body time to recover and grow and should see the best results.  

If you're short on time, you can use the workout detailed below 3 times a week. This will help you develop your whole body and should only take 20 minutes each day. Just remember to rest for 30-45 seconds between sets and keep the resistance low as you get used to each movement.  

ab exercises on bowflex xceed workouts

Assembly Instructions & General Maintenance Information

The Bowflex Xceed will take a few hours to assemble, but the assembly guide will help to explain all the steps needed. It's essential that you follow this closely so that you assemble a fitness machine that is safe to use. You can also find videos on YouTube to help guide you through the process. 

The machine should arrive in one box weighing around 180 pounds. Ask the courier to take it into the room you’re planning to use the gym system in because the boxes themselves can be difficult to lift. 

Unfortunately, Bowflex doesn't provide all the tools needed, so make sure you have the following handy: 

Once you’ve unpacked all the parts and checked that everything is there, start by building the base frame. You’ll need to screw the frame rails, base frame, and rear cross member together, making sure everything is secure as you go.  

Next, assemble the lower lat tower by attaching the power rod box into the lower lat tower frame and screwing it tightly. This can then be installed onto the rear cross member on the base frame.  

Next, install the seat support rail, the squat pulley frame, and the pulley arms into the frame. The slider pulleys should connect to the end of the pulley arms and screw tightly in place.

You then need to assemble the seat by attaching the seat backbone to the bottom of the seat cushion and then slide the leg extension in. Attach the seat to the seat support rail, and then install the seat back pad above it.  

Finish the installation by installing the upper lat bar and connecting the cables from the power rods to the bars. Once completed, fully inspect the whole unit for any loose connections, cables, or screws. If you're confident it's all secure, then test it out, but keep it at a low resistance until you feel comfortable.  


Common Bowflex Xceed Questions 

Can you bench press with the Bowflex Xceed? 

Yes, the Bowflex Xceed offers a vertical bench press to target your chest muscles. If you prefer a horizontal bench press, you’ll need a larger home gym system like the Bowflex Blaze.

Are Bowflex rods guaranteed for life? 

No, the Bowflex rods are guaranteed for up to 5 years.  

How big is the Bowflex Xceed box? 

It comes in a box that is 55 x 27.5 x 10 inches and weighs 182 pounds.  

How do I change the cable on a Bowflex Xceed? 

To replace a cable on the Bowflex Xceed, you'll need to detach the old cable from the power rod by undoing the clip and removing it from the machine.

Then, fit the new cable by threading the new cable across the machine and attaching it to the power rod using the cable hook. Always try to attach the cable to the nearest rod to stop them from crossing over one another.  


Conclusion

The Bowflex Xceed is one of the most affordable and compact home gym systems on the market. It’s perfect for beginners because it’s easy to use and assemble, but it does have the option to add extra power rods makes for advanced users.

Hopefully, this guide has given you everything you need to know about the Bowflex Xceed, and you now know whether it's the best option for you.  

Last Updated on September 25, 2022