The Full Bowflex Revolution Home Gym Review – Pricey? Yes. But Worth the Money?
We can’t completely talk about health without discussing the importance of exercising or keeping fit.
However, we know how tasking going to a gym or renewing a gym membership can be.
Downright tedious and draining.
Thankfully, the fitness industry has witnessed such tremendous growth that brands have developed exceptional home gyms that enable fitness enthusiasts achieve full fitness within the confines of their homes.
One brand at the forefront of coming up with innovative Home Gym ideas is Bowflex.
They have a string of excellent home gyms that’s helping people achieve the fitness they desire.
In this article, I’ll be taking an in-depth look into Bowflex's latest home gym – the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym.
It might be Bowflex's most advanced home gym, but is the Revolution truly revolutionizing the home gym industry?
Is buying the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym a smart decision or should you safely opt for earlier Bowflex models?
After reading this review, you’ll understand if the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is worth the hype and decide whether or not it is perfect for you.
In case you can’t read to the end, here is a quick summary.
For thirty five years and counting, Bowflex has kept on with its consistency and dedication to the production of quality and effective home gyms.
It is a brand thousands of fitness geeks all over the world can vouch for because they've maintained their reputation.
When it comes to home gyms, they are not only among the leading brands, they also have a uniqueness that has sustained their relevance till today.
And one of this uniqueness is the new resistance system in the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym.
SpiraFlex was designed by an inventor to enable astronauts workout effective in a gravity-less space.
The system doesn't make use of gravity but offers the same feel and benefits as using free weights.
Like power rods, SpiraFlex discs offer different degrees of resistance. For a higher resistance, you only need to add more discs.
One huge difference between the Power Rod System and the SpiraFlex Technology is that the latter offers consistent resistance from beginning to the end, unlike power rods whose resistance only increase as you flex them.
Bowflex Revolution Home Gym Overview
The Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is a real deal and it's Bowflex's most advanced home gym. It makes use of the SpiraFlex technology - this works by spinning utilizing lightweight interlocking plates.
From this production, you can tell that the Bowflex brand wants to stay at the top of their game.
If you are someone who likes that exquisite feel, then the sleek design of this home gym will blow your mind.
The Bowflex Revolution Home Gym allows you to perform over 100 exercises and this isn't just theory or a hoax created by the company to boost sales.
The machine comes with a user manual that shows you around 101 exercises you can perform. The manual provides adequate information that will give you ease as you assemble and work out with your machine.
It comes with an adjustable seat and you can perform aerobic rowing with the machine because it also comes with a sliding seat rail.
The Bowflex Revolution Home Gym utilizes two separate freedom arms that you can easily change to ten unique positions, giving you about 170 degrees of movement, allowing you to change quickly to any position you desire.
It comes with lots of attachments like hand grips, foot harnesses, leg press plate, curl/press-down bar, etc.. This attachment enables you to carry out a good number of exercises.
Users of home gyms want a machine that serves them and helps them get closer to their fitness goals comfortably.
When it comes to the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym, this is exactly what they get.
Bowflex Revolution Home Gym Full Review
Now, let's take a deep dive into the resistance system, specifications, warranty, weight capacity, and other features of the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym.
Max User Weight
112''L x 37.8''W x 73''H
L 120" x W 84" x H 83"
220 lb (Upgradable to 300 lb)
Here are the key features of the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym.
- Options of more than 100 exercises with unlimited movements.
- Utilizes SpiraFlex technology developed to offer consistent resistance.
- Easy movement of arms across 10 different positions with an adjustment of 170 degree.
- Comes with a standard 210 lb resistance capacity.
- Upgradable resistance to 300 lb.
- Impressive manual that shows 101 exercises.
- Great 10-year warranty on machine and parts.
- Has leg extensions that provide exercise opportunities for working the legs effectively.
- Comes with a vertical bench press that allows for exercise variety.
Construction & Design
Unlike other Bowflex home gyms, the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is quite heavy. When assembled, it has a footprint of 112” L X 38”.
Its height is 73” when it’s set up and it has the capacity to support users that weigh up to 300 lb.
It is made from a sleek foldable steel frame and it weighs 336.2 lb when assembled. This weight explains its strength and stability when in use.
You can fold up the main bar that holds the seat and the bench - when folded its length is about 55”.
On the arms of the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym are pulleys that move in all directions. These pulleys are made from solid nylon materials, which makes them long-lasting and allows smooth execution of movements.
Its cables have sheets of PVC material and are tested for over 2000 lb, allowing users have easy movements.
Its large backrest utilizes a bench that features two major positions - 180 degrees and 40 degrees.
The seat and backrest of the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym are made of durable synthetic leather.
It also features about 2 inches of foam padding, providing adequate comfort for each workout session.
It comes with two backrests- a small one and a large one. Unlike the large backrest, the small one gives support for leg press exercises, it is often attached to the opposite side of the large backrest.
You can fit the seat together with the sustaining bar in different positions, also its seat has a wheel system that glides easily on the rails of the frame, allowing users to perform rowing exercises.
Like all Bowflex home gyms, the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym comes with a standard resistance capacity of 210lbs.
- Four 5 lb
- Four 10 lb
- Four 20 lb
- Two 40 lb
But for those who want an upgrade, the resistance capacity can be upgraded to 300 lb with two extra 40 lb discs.
As I explained earlier, this model uses the SpiraFlex system, which feels more like free weights unlike Power Rods. This means that the resistance is consistent throughout.
So the 220 lb that comes with the Revolution is pretty much what you're getting. You can't say that for other Bowflex home gyms and even gyms from other brands.
Having a piece of equipment in your house that makes you feel like you are in a gym is the best feeling ever.
And with the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym, you get this feeling, thanks to the amazing number of exercise options it provides.
You'll struggle to find a home gym that offers such high exercise options, the exception being Total Gym machines.
And no Bowflex Home Gyms offers you the possibility to offer this much.
The closest you'll get is with the Xtreme 2 SE with 70+ exercises.
As stated earlier, you can perform over 100 exercises with this home gym. This home gym is able to offer that much because it features 2 independent freedom arms that have 10 different positions with an adjustment of 170 degrees.
You can carry out mild exercise options to intense exercise options with this home gym, making it suitable for every level of workout intensity.
Those are not just claims, because the Bowflex Revolution comes with a user manual that shows you how to perform 101 exercises.
Beyond the variety of exercises it produces, it also allows you to change your exercise positions easily so you are well-positioned for any exercise you want to carry.
Some exercises you can perform with this home gym includes:
Shoulder Exercises: Scapular retraction, rear deltoid rows, seated shoulder press, standing lateral shoulder raise, standing shoulder press, standing front shoulder raise, front shoulder raise, scapula protraction, shoulder extension, shoulder shrug, scapular depression, lying front shoulder raise, seated lateral shoulder raise, reverse fly cable cross, standing cable cross rear deltoid row, shoulder internal rotation with full shoulder adduction, shoulder external rotation with full shoulder adduction, shoulder internal rotation with 90 degrees abduction, shoulder external rotation with 90 degrees abduction
Arm Exercises: French press, standing French press, triceps pushdown, lying tricep press, lying 45 degrees tricep extension, cross triceps extension, rope pushdowns, standing hammer grip curls, standing biceps curls, seated bicep curls, reverse grip tricep push down, reverse curls, seated wrist extensions, standing wrist extensions, standing wrist curls, seated wrist curls, lying bicep curls.
Chest Exercises: Chest fly, bench press, lying cable cross over, resisted punch, decline chest fly, standing chest press, incline chest fly, incline chest press, standing chest press with alternating shoulder movement, standing incline chest press, decline chest press, standing incline chest press with alternating movement, standing decline chest press with alternating movement, decline chest press, standing chest fly, standing incline chest fly, standing decline chest fly, standing single arm chest fly
Abdominal Exercises: Trunk rotation, standing oblique crunch, standing trunk rotation, kneeling “wood chop”, kneeling low to high trunk rotation, reverse crunch, seated abdominal crunch, seated oblique abdominal crunch.
Back Exercises: Seated lat rows, standing wide angle lat below, lying lat fly, narrow pulldowns with hand grips, stiff arm pulldown, standing lat row high pulley, standing lat row low pulley, standing lat row alternating motion-low pulley, standing single arm/ single leg lat row low pulley, standing low back extension, seated low back extension, lying shoulder pullover, reverse grip lat pulldown, wide pulldowns.
Leg Exercises: Prone leg curls, leg extension, lying leg extension, standing leg kickback, ankle inversion, ankle eversion, standing hip extension, standing hip flexion with knee flexion, dorsiflexion, calf raises, standing hips flexion, leg press, lying hip internal rotation, hip abduction, hip adduction, standing hip internal rotation, standing hip external rotation.
For those trying to lose weight, this home gym is super effective and you can start seeing results in as early as two weeks if you are consistent.
However, your lifestyle is also very important, you will need to incorporate other supportive measures to see results fast and to also sustain the result you’ve gotten.
That's why it's a plus the owner's manual also contain nutrition guidance.
The Bowflex Revolution Home Gym features some accessories that will make several exercises possible.
The accessories include:
- Leg developer attachments
- Preacher curl attachments
- Two handle grips
- Two foot harnesses
- Leg press seat back
- Leg press plate
Aside from providing variability, the attachments are also comfortable to use.
The leg developer comes with padded rollers and support for maximum comfort during exercises.
Like the seat and backrest, you can adjust the preacher curl attachment to 5 different height levels and it also comes with padding and upholstery.
One of the features of the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym that has gained the compliment of users is its user manual.
The manual contain detailed instructions on how to put the parts of the machine together.
It is so detailed that they tell you the tools you need to use for each step and the different parts that need to come together - this minimizes confusion and makes assembly easy.
In the pack, you’ll find all Allen wrenches you need. However, you'll need some of your own tools for the assembly.
The downside though is that because of its size, putting it together may take between 2 - 5 hours, depending on your DIY abilities. Having a helping hand to help you with the assembly will shorten the assembly time.
It’s also best to assembly this machine in the space you’ll like it to occupy because it’s quite large and moving it around may be stressful even if it comes with wheels.
For storage, you can fold it up and it will stay in place.
Bowflex home gyms are generally safe, and the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is no exception.
All you have to do is follow the safety measures like every other home gyms by checking your machine constantly for loose nuts and bolts, or any deviation from normal so you can attend to it quickly.
It comes with a warranty of 10 years for the machine and parts (including the SpiraFlex) and 90 days for labor.
I think the warranty is pretty impressive. Most home gyms have way shorter warranties, even those constructed with less quality materials.
While this machine will wear out over time, which is quite normal, it is constructed with materials that'll make it last longer. So 10 years for the machine and parts is pretty decent.
Labor warranties are usually non-existent and when available, usually short. So the 90-days labor warranty is no surprise.
All Bowflex Home gyms have the same weight capacity. Even if this is a really heavy machine, its maximum weight capacity is 300 lb. I think this should suit a lot of users out there because the weight capacity is pretty standard.
However, the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is a very sturdy machine. So I won't be surprised if it can accommodate users who weigh a bit more than 300 lb.
Quick Change System
The quick change system is an inbuilt feature that enables you to switch between exercises easily without altering the arrangement of cables.
This is usually an amazing feature in a home gym because it saves time and it keeps your exercise at a constant rhythm.
Imagine, you have to pause to switch cables for each exercise, you may not even end up hitting your goal.
The Bowflex Revolution Home Gym allows you to easily switch between exercises without removing and fixing cables.
You can move from one exercise to another smoothly and rapidly, so it does have a quick change system.
I’ll say Bowflex outdid themselves with the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym.
The quality of the construction and materials is high-grade, a standard we expect only in gym-grade fitness equipment.
Its impressive SpiraFlex technology has also helped revolutionize the gym world, as its name implies.
You get to have a resistance system with the feel and benefits of free weights, but without the safety issues.
Its resistance capacity of 220 lb is also high enough and even upgradable to 300 lb. Capping the Revolution's impressive features is the great warranty.
Frankly, I’d say the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is a dream come through for a lot of people - it’s not every day you get to see an home gym that replaces a gym membership.
However, this gym is very pricey. It is the most expensive Bowflex home gym and definitely not for anyone on a budget.
Overall, the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is a great investment. When you look at its technology, features, and all the value it offers, you’ll agree that this home gym is totally worth its high price.