While the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is undoubtedly expensive, especially when you consider that many home gyms, such as the Bowflex PR1000, retail for under $500 these days, it comes packed with many, many more useful features than lower priced models.
The Bowflex provides users with the ability to perform over 70 exercises, the resistance can be set from anywhere between 5 pounds to 210 pounds (upgradeable to 310 or 410 pounds), and the cable pulley system is unique in the way that cables do not have to be changed to switch exercises. While the machine isn’t perfect, it comes pretty close, as there’s very little that can be improved upon.
With the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym, a very generous number of exercises can be performed. In total, over 70 exercises can be performed, including 24 arm, 18 back, 16 shoulder, 12 leg, 6 chest, and 3 ab exercises.
The leg extension allows you to develop strong, muscular legs; the abdominal crunch shoulder harness helps you to get that six-pack; the 4-position lower pulley/squat station is perfect for building your glutes, hamstrings, and quads; and the Lat Tower, which adjusts to two different positions, enables you to target your back and triceps.
As mentioned, the resistance system on the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is unique in the way that cables do not need to be changed to switch exercises. For example, you can move from squats to lats to leg workouts without the need to
change the cables. While this is not only beneficial for convenience and time saving reasons, it also means that you can keep your heart rate up as you progress through your workout.
The level of resistance, via the Power Rods, can be adjusted from anywhere between 5 pounds to 210 pounds. And if 210 pounds isn’t enough for you, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the level of resistance can be upgraded all the way up to 410 pounds.
Furthermore, the Power Rods have been reported to feel just as good to use as free weights, yet are able to drastically reduce the risk of joint pain. They have also clearly been built to last (manufactured from a high-tech composite material), as they can take plenty of abuse and be flexed repeatedly.
The seat is adjustable and has been ergonomically designed with plenty of padding, as well as knee and back support, which all leads to a comfortable workout experience, particularly when it comes to performing leg exercises and lat exercises.
Some retailers list the Xtreme 2 SE as having a 1-year frame and 60-day parts warranty; however, this is wrong. The Bowflex is in fact backed by a 7-year frame, 2-year parts, and 1-year labor warranty.
Bowflex xtreme 2 Dimensions
83 x 58 x 49 inches
96 x 78 x 83 inches (workout area required)
Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym User Reviews
With its average rating of 4.6 out of 5.0 and 90% of users having awarded the Bowflex with either 4 or 5 stars, it’s safe to say that it’s one very high quality home gym machine (just as well, considering the price of it!).
The first thing to say is that the assembly process takes users anywhere between 1 hour to 5 hours, depending on whether there is someone to help them along the way and how handy either person is.
According to users, the Xtreme 2 SE is very well constructed: “I was shocked at how well its built. Very study, heavy duty. No cheesy parts.” “The machine is very sturdy and seems to give a good workout.” “Overall, the unit is strong and sturdy.” Others have praised the plethora of exercises that can be performed, as well as its workout effectiveness: “Cannot believe how easy, fun and fast results have happened.”
The machine’s included DVD, along with its small footprint, as well as the fact that “the machine is awesome” if you have joint problems have also been praised.
However, while users have had very little to complain about, one user said that he “didn’t like doing squats with the machine,” while another felt that “210 pounds on the machine feels like about 130-140 lbs for free weights.” However, it’s worth noting that this is a frequently cited complaint with all home gyms and not just the Bowflex, as it’s just the way they are designed. However, providing that you perform the exercises slowly and with correct form, then this shouldn’t ever be an issue.
Considering that the Xtreme 2 SE costs close to $1,500 it would’ve been nice if a
n aerobic rowing feature was included, although if you’re willing to spend $1,500 on a home gym, then you probably already have a machine for cardio.
Anything Else You Should Know?
The maximum user weight capacity of the machine stands at 300 pounds. There is also a 5-way hand-grip/ankle cuffs, including a regular grip, ankle cuff, non-grip cuff, shoulder cuff, and foot cuff, offering users the opportunity to add a great deal of flexibility and performance to their workout.The Bowflex is also quite compact in size, making it ideal for smaller workout spaces.
The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is very well constructed, easy on the joints, allows you to perform the largest amount of exercises we have seen on an exercise machine, comes with an innovative resistance system, and just screams quality as soon as you take it out of the box. While the Xtreme 2 SE is expensive and doesn’t come with an aerobic rowing feature, we still feel that it is worth its hefty price tag.