Are you shopping for a Bowflex Revolution Home Gym? I was fascinated by those fancy Bowflex infomercials and decided to buy one. I’m usually not an impulsive buyer but I took the challenge since they offer a 6-week money back guarantee if you’re not 100% satisfied. One of the important decisions I had to make was which model to get.
Bowflex has 3 different flavors of the Revolution Home Gym. Below, I’ve outlined the most prominent differences to help you in your shopping decisions.
But First, What Is The Bowflex Revolution? The Bowflex Revolution is their flagship line-up of home gyms. Unlike their power rod units, the Revolution uses Spiraflex technology. Spira what? Spiraflex is a patented technology that uses elastic wrapped around a coil to create controlled tension. The result is increased muscle isolation, control, and faster development. I would best compare it to a high quality cable machine. Although the Power Rods work quite well (found in earlier models), they do not offer the versatility and intensity of the Revolution gyms.
When you perform an exercise on the Revolution, the cables fight with you the whole time, providing constant tension from the start to finish. The result is an awesome pump as your muscles are completely blasted into total failure! It’s similar to the feel you get with weights but in same ways better. With free weights, the resistance tapers off towards the top of the contraction. Not so with the Revolution. The resistance remains consistent, which produces better and more intense workouts. Don’t worry, the Revolution is gonna kick your butt and give you a refreshing super charged workout that will leave your body pumped and feeling great! It did for me.
So, Let’s Compare The 3 Different Revolution Home Gyms:
Bowflex Revolution FT: This is the entry level Revolution. It packs 90 exercises, 400 variations, and plenty of versatility. It includes a leg press plate, 5-position foot harness, squat harness, and a training DVD. If you can live without a lat tower attachment (only available on the XP and flagship model), you can save yourself up to $1,000. This makes it the best deal out of the three. The FT is perfect if you want a more compact home gym but with all the great features, results, and versatility of the Revolution series. It packs 200 lbs of resistance, which can be upgraded to 280 lbs, making it challenging for most athletes.
Bowflew Revolution XP: Sold only factory-direct, the Revolution XP features the same number of great exercises as the FT but with the benefit of the lat tower. For me personally, the price difference doesn’t really justify the need for the lat tower but I’m sure some will disagree. The XP is compact, versatile and like all the Revolutions, whisper quiet during operation. It offers 200 lbs of resistance (upgradeable to 280 lbs).
Bowflex Revolution: It’s funny how the flagship name is the same as the product line up. This can be confusing. Anyways, the Revolution is bigger and more versatile than either the XP or FT. It features 100 exercises, 400 variations, a lat tower, and all the other benefits of the other two. This would be the one to get if you must have the greatest amount of workout options. Athletes and serious weightlifters will benefit the most.
This guy comes with 220 lbs of resistance, which can be upgraded, to a big 300 lbs for upper body ad 600 lbs for lower body workouts. No wonder this is the flagship! Certainly, this model is the most expensive so that is something to take into consideration.
Which Is My Favorite? It depends on your needs but for me, my number one pick has been the FT. It gives me everything I need at a reasonable price and a more space friendly size. If you need to do lat pull downs, then go for the XP. If you can afford it and want the ultimate workout, then the Revolution is the one. Which ever one you get, it will be impossible not to build a great body! And with the 6-week money back guarantee from Bowflex, you have nothing to lose.