Home gyms can be huge pieces of exercise equipment that take up an entire room. Or they can be a single piece of equipment that fits nicely into the corner. Some Bowflexes don’t require their own addresses in your home, and yet it’s one of the most powerful home gyms on the market.
People who use the Bowflex for twenty minutes a day, three days a week have reported amazing results in the strength and tone of their bodies, as well as improved weight loss. The low impact Bowflex Power Rods reduce or eliminate the joint pain that often occurs when lifting free weights. And they provide even resistance for a consistent workout.
Bowflex offers an unconditional money back guarantee for people who are skeptical of the exclusive Power Rod system for weight training. You can use the Bowflex in their homes for up to six weeks, and if you’re not happy with it for any reason, return it for a full refund. (But you pay the shipping and handling on the return. It’s supposed to go back in the original box with EVERYTHING returned to get your refund)
Weider makes the competitive home gym, the Crossbow. Often compared to Bowflex for its similarly designed exercise equipment, the crossbow is fairly large, so you’ll likely need an entire room to set it up in- or the basement, the whole basement.
Why is it called Crossbow? Take a look at one on the web. And think Robin Hood. Now, it’s not lethal, but it looks like it could be. Maybe it makes you think powerful thoughts while you’re developing powerful muscles.
Weider built “only” 65 different exercises into a single machine as compared to 90+ for Bowflex. But 65 should be plenty for most of us.
Popular exercises for this style of home gym include chest press, incline fly, leg press, bent over row and shoulder press. Like Bowflex, this is both a cardiovascular and weight training machine and allows both forms of exercise on a single piece of exercise equipment.
The Crossbow uses a system they call Compound Resistance, which is meant to provide a full range of motion. You can easily change the amount of resistance, meaning you don’t waste time changing weights.
Another feature of the Crossbow that you won’t find on Bowflex home gyms is the “lat tower”. This helps you strengthen your lats, traps and shoulders.
The reason most people choose a Crossbow over a Bowflex is because of the price difference- Crossbows are far less expensive. You may also find you have a better range of motion with a Crossbow, and more weight resistance.
Trailing these two competitors is the Bodycraft home gym. It’s a complete weight training exercise equipment machines, but only for weight training. With the optional Leg Press unit, it mirrors professional ones in an in-home unit.
The Bodycraft doesn’t offer any form of aerobic exercise to build up your endurance. It is strictly for weight training, which builds strength in specific muscles.
Bodycraft home gyms differ from both Bowflex and Crossbow in that they use the traditional weight system rather than resistance training.