5 Stars By tnative on 2015-09-17
I LOVE IT! Easy to put together
I LOVE IT! Easy to put together. I'm 5'4 tall female and did it by myself. Just took a while probably 4 hours, but I didn't rush. I took my time to make sure I understood the directions. Make sure when you have the base portion set up, that you have the spacing aligned for where you want this machine to stay. You will see in some reviews that there is a minor hassle of having to switch the amount of weight you want for each exercise. In my opinion, this is nothing more than taking a break between the different types of sets you would do on weight machines - moving around from machine to machine - at a gym where you pay dues. So, time wise, I just consider this to be the same concept. We aren't supposed to rush a weight training/toning workout or we'll get injuries, so I enjoy the 30-45 seconds of rest of switching things around. It covers all the muscles I want and has a variety of ways to exercise them. Today's workout will be different from one later in the week based upon this variety. I have a membership with a large gym as well, though I have more options with my bow flex than the weight machines.
5 Stars By tcrew85 on 2015-11-13
Great Home Gym!
I looooove the Bowflex Home Gym. This product is great if you are looking for a weighted system in order to get into shape. It comes with a book of all sorts of different exercises that you can do with it, which really helps in case you are unsure of what you can do with it. I've had it for 3 weeks and can already see an improvement from using it.
When you receive it, I will admit there are a LOT of pieces to put together. But just for the record, I'm a female and I put it together in one night on my own. (May want to use your own tools).
5 Stars By Jon E. on 2014-04-14
High quality home gym
After looking at several different Bowflex models, I bought this one. I was unimpressed with the PR1000 because it could not accommodate as many exercises as the Blaze. Other models (like the PR1000) did not have a horizontal bench. The Blaze is more expensive than the PR1000 - when following it for a while, the price usually was around $840; I got it when it briefly decreased to $650. But because I was spending $70 per month for a gym membership, once I received the Blaze, I cancelled my gym membership - so the Bowflex will pay for itself after a year of not having to pay a monthly gym membership.
When I ordered the Blaze, I was instructed to select a delivery date and time; the earliest date was about 10 days after my date of order. The deliveryman took it into my home and was on time. Because the it comes unassembled, I took individual parts downstairs to my basement without difficulty (rather than moving the whole heavy box). My friend helped me assemble the Blaze. We did this leisurely over two hours or so while watching a movie on my TV. I could have done it myself in about the same time. Assembly was easy; the instructions were very clear. It only involved the use of allen wrenches (included) and a screwdriver.
I also bought a mat for the Blaze at the time that I ordered the Blaze. It was difficult to find a well-rated mat that is as long to accommodate the bench. But I wanted to have the mat protect the carpet that my Blaze sits on. I ultimately found this one that is the right size and works fine:
I've been using the Blaze about every other day for 2-3 weeks now. I do about a 20-minute routine of upper and lower body exercises. The equipment itself seems very strong and durable. Most everything seems to be made of metal rather than plastic. I find the bench, handgrips, and leg pads to be comfortable. Some may not be as familiar with the resistance weights of Bowflex - rather than using weights, the metal rods are pulled by you, whereby the higher "weight" rods are really just heavier and thus provider more resistance that simulates more weight. I find it gives a great weight workout. The Blaze comes with an instruction booklet that contains many exercises (with pictures) to show many workout possibilities for the legs, arms, back, triceps, etc. Others can be found online by searching for Bowflex exercises.
One disadvantage of the Blaze (and other Bowflex models) is that when you want to move on from one workout exercise (e.g., biceps curl) to another exercise (e.g., triceps pull down), you have to remove the metal clip at the end of one pulley and attach it to the carabiner/clip of another pulley. I find that by ordering your exercises in a logical way, you can minimize this. That is, I do all of my exercises requiring handgrips below, then I do all my exercises that require using the upper handgrps, etc., so to minimize frequent changes in attaching and detaching the equipment. Also, I order this based on weight as well, so I don't constantly have to change from the 50 pound rod to the 30 pound rod, etc. I also minimize changes in equipment structure in that I bought some extra handgrips so I can always keep one set on the bottom carabiners, and another set on the top carabiners. I found these that work well.
In theory I like the idea that you can raise the bench and attach it (by screwing in) to the vertical bar, for storage to keep the bench out of the way. But we have young children who sometimes have their friends at our house, so I don't keep the bench up because I'm afraid one of the kids will unscrew the bench and it will come falling down on them.
I'm very pleased with this purchase. Actually love it.
5 Stars By Miken on 2017-01-28
This machine is built very well and should last a long time. My old bowflex power pro is still going strong but since I got it 19 years ago I figured it was time for an upgrade. Many nice improvements and really like the fact that the leg extension/curl and lat pull down are built in. It folds up nicely and looks great. Still get the same great workout. If you don't like going to the gym , waiting in line and listening to music being played on the intercom that you don't like....then I think you will really like this bowflex. It takes about one minute to set it up from the folded position to your first exersise I do a 30 minute work out 3 times a week and have no excuse for not doing it,because it's ready to go when I am 24/7. Best part...no gym fees and pays for itself in a couple of years.
5 Stars By Alicia Scharer on 2017-09-08
What a difference 20 years can make!
I have been an avid workout dude for 36 years. Started with free weights and continued to progress into a massive individual at 6' 2" 250lbs. When I turned 35 I decided to go a different route and bought a Bowflex Power Pro XTLU model. I had all the rods and accessories, even the squat station. The machine build was just o.k. The workouts were great, and I got stronger and cut, but for some reason I wanted to get bigger again. I dumped the bowflex and went back to dumbells etc., got ripped and then started to realize I had to spend a lot of time maintaining the mass. One day when working out I almost tore my rotator cuff, Realizing at 52, married for 20 years, and not have anything to prove to anyone, I sold that equipment and bought the Bowflex Blaze. Wow, what 20 years can do to perfect a product. This thing is a tank. High quality and way more bang for your buck than the extreme se 2. Blows away my Power Pro XTLU by a long shot. Bowflex advertises 60 + exercises when really there is over 80. They advertise the extreme se 2 as 70 + to get you to pay 500 more and truly not get the same variety of exercises. It is a marketing ploy. In addition, the no pulley weight change system on the extreme se 2 is ok, but having to hook a couple cables up is no big deal to me, and now that they are integrated in the Blaze it is much easier. The Power Pro XTLU was exhausting. The Blaze is the better deal. I almost bought the extreme se 2 and I am glad I did not ( of course the wife helped with that decision...haha) Look, if you want to stay in shape, build some muscle and tone the body this gym can do it. I know some might say I sold out, but at the end of the day it's not how much you can lift but how ya look! You will not be disappointed. Delivery was excellent and I paid AlumiGogo to build it. Would do it all over again.
4 Stars By Brian Bussey on 2014-05-21
It's a home gym so I don't expect the same experience that I would at a professional Gym but it is perfect for the garage. I'm not completely sold on the "flex rod" weight system because it doesn't feel as heavy as it's listed but I do get a good work out with this machine. It was easier than expected to put together. I didn't rush and I took a few breaks so all together it took about three hours to assemble which sounds like a lot but when you see the number of pieces that it comes in you'll agree. Normal YouTube assembly times are around two hours but like I said I didn't rush.
I personally don't think 210 lbs is enough so I bought the 310 upgrade (2ea 50lb rods). They will cost you about an extra $99.
FYI the bench portion does fold up so if you are tight on space don't skip this for that reason.
Overall I really like it. I'm just not a fan of the "rod" system and cables but what are you going to do.
4 Stars By J C on 2013-01-26
I gave this product 4-star because everything can be approved on here n there with products. The Blaze to me is a Godsend. I no longer have to hear how many sets you got left, or can I squeeze in. First and foremost I was skeptical and hoped my purchase would not be a negative like I've seen some. For me this equipment brings good resistance and you can also modify some of the exercises for more experienced gym goers. I like it and I love it. Even though you can spend 20 mins a day I spend 1 hour. Was I sore am I sore? Yes and that is a good sign the machine works. Will I get an upgrade for my legs? Yes I will. One small gripe the leg press are can be a little awkward as for my legs were close together, but in all I can make do. Side note: does anyone know where the heck the serial number is located for the machine. I've looked in the books, on the machine, and on my delivery paper. Maybe I'm overlooking it. I want to register my machine since I do like it a lot.
5 Stars By Kremdulvo on 2016-04-24
I love this product I love this product I use it ...
I love this product I love this product I use it every day I've lost 23 pounds in six weeks in conjunction with my new flex belt and a new diet I couldn't be happier. After a back surgery in 2000 I have been unable to get to the gym or lift anything superheavy so this is a perfect alternative and if I get too tired I can just let go no harm no foul
5 Stars By Wolf Tombe on 2014-04-15
A great workout at the convience of being home
I really waivered between getting the Bowflex PR1000 ($449)and the Bowflex Blaze ($849). They both do the same types of exercises (chest, Biceps, Legs, Abdominal, Lats etc.); but the Blaze has a lot more variety of specific exercises within each group. I was really leaning toward the lower price unit until I did the math on what I'm paying for my Gym membership which I just canceled. I realized I could afford the Blaze and pay it off in 13 months versus making gym payments. Once it arrived and I got it assembled (which took about four hours) I was so glad I made the choice I did! This is a VERY solid and high quality home gym. I can do everything (and more) than I could do at my gym (without having to wait for the equipment and then wipe it own before using it) and with the variety of exercises I will have little problem with hitting workout plateaus which was a problem at my gym. The ease of changing the setup for different exercises is also a plus as it is quick and convenient top go from a Bench Press to Squats to Lat Pull-down etc. Best of all, even when I get home from work tired I can still to a workout because I don't have to pack my gym bag and drive to the gym! I highly recommend the Blowflex and if you can afford it, I absolutely recommend going with the blaze as you won't be sorry.
5 Stars By Ed Mickley on 2014-07-20
Working it...very happy.
The Blaze is a definite upgrade to the Bowflex I had purchased several years ago. The manufacturing and the construction as well as the assembly is very much improved. This home-based work out facility is superb in terms of overall capability. I enjoy the ease if use and speed at how quickly I can go from one exercise to another. I'd recommend the Blaze for any of my friends or cohorts. I does what it's advertised to do.