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Bowflex Models Workout Machines: How Much Space Do You Need

The people that market Bowflex Models fitness machines profess that they are the home equivalent of a total gym workout in one small package. But how much space do they really take up? And can you get an acceptable workout from them? The truth is, you can get an excellent, gym quality workout from a Bowflex Models machine. And they don't take up much space at all ( particularly when they're not in use). Bowflex com Store  

Each Bowflex Models model is different in its actual dimensions. Thus, the space requirement is dependent on the machine you choose. However, most Bowflex Models machines come on wheels and fold up to roll away for easy storage. So space really isn't an issue, even in smaller apartments. Just hide your Bowflex Models away when you're not using it. This helps keep your workout space free for other activities when not being used for exercise.

Here's a breakdown by Bowflex Models model of the space you'll need, both open for exercise and folded for storage:

The Bowflex Models Sport Fitness Machine

This one has a workout footprint of about nine feet deep and almost seven feet wide. It extends about seven and a half feet high. The folded footprint is fifty-two inches long by thirty-eight inches wide. The total workout space needed is about ten feet by nine feet, the size of a small bedroom.

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The Bowflex Models Xtreme XTLU Fitness Trainer

This is a smaller fitness trainer than the Bowflex Models Sport. It has a workout area of seven feet by six feet. While it is designed for a smaller area, this Bowflex Models does not have the fold up option and requires a permanent dedicated room in your home. It features more of a vertical workout style than the Bowflex Models Sport and comes with leg extension and leg curl attachments.

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Bowflex Models Xtreme XLU Fitness Machine

This is a smaller version of the Xtreme XTLU discussed above. It requires a workout area of five feet by six feet.

So What's The Difference Between The Xtreme XLU And The Xtreme XTLU?

You can perform about sixty different exercises on the XLU. On the XTLU you have over sixty-five different exercise options. Plus it comes with a leg curl and leg extension attachment. The attachments require more floor space, so the XTLU is longer by about two feet over the XLU. Other than that, these machines are very similar.

The Bowflex Models Ultimate XTLU Total Gym Workout System

If you have sufficient space, you might want to consider the largest of the Bowflex Models fitness trainers. It has a workout area of seven feet by nine feet. Although it requires a fair bit of space, it folds and rolls into a closet or other area when your finished your workout. The XTLU is the biggest and most effective total gym system Bowflex Models manufactures. You can perform over ninety exercises on it and it comes with a number of attachments that need ample space to be used properly.   

Each of the Bowflex Models can be purchased with or without attachments that customize it's size and exercise capabilities. Be careful when buying that you pick the right combination of machine and accessories to fit the space you have available.

Measure the dimensions of the room your going to use your fitness trainer in, and then check the Bowflex Models website for exact dimensions of each machine you are interested in purchasing. This ensures that the fitness trainer you buy will work in the space you have available. Nothing is worse then getting your brand new workout machine delivered, only to find out that it won't fit and needs to be returned.

Is a Bowflex Home Gym Worth the Money

In today's increasingly busy world, it gets harder and harder to find time to head to the gym for an hour to workout. And don't forget the commute time it takes to go to and from the gym. Though it's important to stay in shape (or get in shape if you're not already), working out regularly at the gym can be a big time sucker. That's why home gyms such as the various Bowflex models are quite popular.

But are they a good buy?

Bowflex, in particular, is quite expensive when it comes to home gyms. The models with all the attachments you need to work out your legs as well as your upper body cost $2,000 or more.

It's true that Bowflex has a credit card you can apply for so you can get your home gym financed and pay it off over several months, or even a couple years, instead of all at once, but as with other credit card offers, you have to worry about interest rates. If you have to finance your Bowflex, you'll be paying much more in the long run than you would if you bought it straight out.

An alternative is to check Craigslist or eBay for used home gyms. You can often find good deals this way, though you will probably have to shop locally as most people won't ship such a large piece of equipment. A perk of doing a local pickup, however, is that you can get a Bowflex that is fully assembled already. That way you don't have to spend the hours initially to put the home gym together.

But let's get back to the real issue. You know you can buy one from the company or find a used one online, but is a Bowflex worth the money?

I'd like to give a yes or no answer, but honestly it will depend on you. I've owned one Bowflex (and used it for several years with no problem), and I've tried out other models from the company as well. As far as parts and materials go, you do get a quality piece of equipment for your money. The Bowflex is more expensive than other home gyms, but it has a long track record of high quality units. If you buy a Bowflex, you know you'll probably get a better, more durable piece of equipment than something you pick up at Sears that happens to be on special.

However, the best home gym in the world isn't worth the money if you're not going to use it.

That's what you really need to ask yourself, whether you're looking to pick up a Bowflex or another piece of home fitness equipment. Will you use it, or will it become a fancy clothes hanger stuck down in the basement?

Just as with a gym membership, a Bowflex is only worth the money if you will make use of it. If you are planning to use it regularly and you have a track record of working out steadily, then yes you will get your money's worth by purchasing a Bowflex. They last for years and you can virtually do a whole body workout with this one machine.