Bowflex is one of the most known brands for residential exercise machines. They offer equipment that takes up minimal space and provides a lot of versatility. It’s also good for the joints because it has low resistance power rods.
The Blaze, a Bowflex machine, is versatile and can be used by beginners and intermediate users.
In this review article, I’ll be taking a closer look at the Bowflex Blaze Home Gym. I will also be reviewing all of the specifications and features that come with it. Let’s get started!
- Over 60 exercises to work out your entire body in one compact unit.
- Workout from the comfort of your own home
- 210 pounds of power rod resistance
- Lat bar included
- Squat bar included
- Allows for leg, arm, back, and core workouts
- Easy to do leg presses
- Doubles as a rowing machine
- Sliding seat for simple adjustments
- Upgradable weight capacities
- Adjustable cable and pulley positions enable custom workouts.
- Never miss an exercise session again
- Sliding seat rail adds aerobic rowing training for calories burning, cardiovascular warmth-up, and cool down.
- Triple function hand grip/ankle cuffs are designed to add flexibility and performance to any workout.
- Workout guide included for recommended routines
- Folds up for easy storage
Bowflex Machine Specifications
- Weight: 214 pounds
- Dimensions: 59 x 23 x 14 inches
- Resistance: up to 210 pounds (can be upgraded)
- Maximum user weight: Up to 300 pounds
- Offers full-body workout exercise in a single machine
The Frame and Construction
The frame is very sturdy and is made of steel which has anti-corrosive paint that prevents rust.
The seat slides smoothly along the rail. It allows you to move around while doing your exercises. The machine does not wobble or shake when I use it.
The seat and bench are comfortable, even for tall people. I’m 6 feet tall and have no discomfort when doing my leg exercises on this machine.
You will find that this machine can accommodate your height fully. It feels like the seat is made for people above 6 feet.
The unit’s bases contain a rubber stabilizer foot on each tip at the front and rear. It makes the machine stable during workouts and also prevents unnecessary dents or scratches on the floor.
If you're concerned the floor is uneven, you might want to invest in a rubber mat. Rubber mats will improve the stability of the unit.
The rear part of the exercise machine has transport wheels designed to help in relocating the unit.
The Resistance System
The Bowflex Blaze Home Gym has a power rod-based resistance system that is upgradeable.
The resistance has a maximum weight that they could lift, which is 210 pounds. This weight can be increased from 5 pounds to 210 pounds.
It is a resistance training system that provides suitable workout challenges and minimal stress on joints and muscles. In addition, the rods of power are unusually durable and may last years.
A quality guarantee ensures that these products are durable and of high quality.
Five power rods weigh 105 pounds on each side of the home gym. It equals a maximum weight resistance of 210 pounds. You can purchase the power rod separately.
It will allow you to upgrade the weight to 310 or 410 pounds.
To use any resistance rods, you must attach a cable and handle on one end and a weight on the other. Both sides must have actual weight to ensure an even pull.
You may wonder if these power rods break or lose their resistance level at some point. I have no complaints about the power rods breaking, but they lose elasticity or resistance over time. But that also depends on the intensity and frequency of the barrier rod usage.
The Seat and Bench
The seat is adjustable in terms of both height and angle. The angle is adjusted by moving the back of the chair up or down. It makes a difference when you’re doing leg presses.
On the other hand, you can adjust the height by raising and lowering the bench on the back of the machine. So you can set it up to fit any height user, which is great since some people are tall and others are concise.
The seat rail slides smoothly along the metal frame, allowing me to switch between exercises without any problems. There is no grinding or shaking present during my workouts. The seat is also very comfortable. I have no issues doing my activities on it.
The bench at the back of the machine is long enough to accommodate tall people over 6 feet tall. The seat rail slides smoothly along the metal frame, allowing me to switch between exercises without any problems.
There is no grinding or shaking present during my workouts. The seat is also very comfortable. I have no issues doing my activities on it.
The seat's rollers are made of heavy-duty and quality ball bearings that could prolong the lifespan.
The seat and the bench are well padded and cushioned with 2″ of foam and covered with durable and quality synthetic leather.
As a result, it provides much-needed comfort during workouts. In addition, they're accommodating during long-term activities where fatigue sets in.
Accessories and Parts
The Bowflex Blaze Home Gym contains several accessories: the lat bar, squat bar, and leg bar. The lat bar attachment of this home gym is designed in a curved shape to allow a user to engage in different workouts. The leg attachment is also improved.
Using it, a user can perform leg extensions and leg curls as well.
The ball bearings used in this home gym are of high quality, including those present in the pulleys. They’re heavy-duty and can rotate like an axle.
The cables are covered with plastic to protect them and are made of stainless steel wire ropes that are very durable.
The handrails and the rollers on the saddle’s leg attachment are covered with rubber/foam material. It provides a secure grip or leg curl position and leg extension.
The exercise machine has a placard with instructions on it. The placard has clear instructions on what to do.
At the back end of a home gym, an accessory tray is there to help the user hold their phone, keys, and water bottle for hydration.
Bowflex provides a 5-year limited warranty on commercial quality construction. Bowflex also provides a Lifetime on Power Rods. However, you must register your unit within 30 days of purchase.
The customer service is responsive and helps with any concerns and complaints the users may have.
Maintaining this home gym is not rocket science. It does not require any significant tasks. The only thing it needs is to be kept clean, free of dust and sweat. Make sure the bolts are tightened and that the rails aren’t dirty.
- Lifetime warranty coverage on power rod
- Well-designed seat suitable for different people
- Provision of workout for every muscle of the body
- Foldable equipment thus space saver
- Multifunctional hand grips
- Power Rod Adjustable resistance and effective pulley system
- Premium quality build with the sturdy frame
- 60 workout options
- Inbuilt rowing station
- Assembling is easy to do since it has easy to follow instruction manual
- Some people might find it a bit difficult to assemble. Although the assembly manual does provide detailed instructions and pictures.
- The home gym size could be seen as bulky to some users who may have a space problem
When looking for customer reviews, I always find the most helpful, reliable, and unbiased ones. But, of course, they must be written by people who have purchased or used them themselves.
After researching customer feedback on Amazon.com, I was able to see that people are happy with this home gym. So far, only one customer has only posted negative feedback regarding the shipping issues of their product.
So it is safe to say that this home gym is worth the money you pay for it.
How long does it take to assemble?
If you follow the instructions and use the tools provided, and if you have some experience in assembling home gym equipment, it should take around 2 hours, depending on your level of skill.
Also, keep in mind that there are workout DVDs. All you need to do is attach them to the machine, and you can start your workout just like that.
How does the Bowflex Blaze Home Gym fold up?
Users can lock the seat and bench into a flat position, remove all the Power Rods and bind them with a provided strap.
Next, install the leg extension lock-out pin on the leg extension, then remove the seat rail knob from the seat rail.
You need to tilt the bench toward the Power Rod unit, and while holding the rear leg with one hand, disengage the rail pull pin to allow it to fold against the seat rail.
Next, secure the bench by placing the seat rail knob in the hole of the side of the seat rail bracket.
What’s the weight limit of this machine?
It has a weight capacity of 300 pounds per seat. That said, for safety purposes, you have to have at least one person using it at a time.
How much space does one need for the Bowflex Blaze Home Gym?
It requires a space of 8’4 L x 6’6 W.
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym Review – Final Thoughts
I am highly impressed with the overall quality of the Bowflex Blaze Home Gym. It makes sense that it’s compared to other high-end exercise machines sold for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It is highly recommended for those wanting to stay fit and tone their muscles without going to the gym.
All you need is this home gym and television, and you’re ready for a great workout session. It has all the features and tools that would keep you busy and happy.
It is not just easy to use but also very versatile. This home gym has all the benefits of using machines at the gym without having to spend too much time driving there and back.
It does require some assembly, but it is still an easy project for two people who are handy with tools. All in all, I can see why this home gym has so many positive reviews.