Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym Review

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Manufacturer: Bowflex

I first heard of the company years and years ago advertising their home gyms on late night TV infomercials. Now, that’s not super promising for most products, but decades later, the company is still here and one of the industry leaders.

If you’re looking to get in some exercise at home and are a fan of resistance training, turn your attention to the Bowflex PR1000. This unique gym features a power rod resistance system that supports over 30 workout options to choose from.

With its innovative design, Bowflex has made it easier to train in the comfort of your own home. While the major focus of the PR1000 home gym is on the upper body and the core, there are plenty of exercise options for your lower body and legs as well.

Get the workout you want with the support you need. A comfortable, proper back support helps secure you so you are less prone to injury, making sure all the effort is concentrated where it should be.

Design and Construction

The Bowflex PR1000 is a perfect blend of innovation and classic resistance training features. It has a sturdy, corrosion-free full metal body that prevents any jerks or shaking while you exercise. Its 5″ X 7″ frame is tall in the back but lower in the front, which makes it easy to push up by a wall, and still have lots of room to move around it. Assembly doesn’t take much effort, and you can easily do it yourself.

Weighing about 125lbs, the Bowflex PR1000 can easily bear the weight of two average weighing people. It combines cardio with resistance training so that your workout is not concentrated to just to the chest, triceps, and legs. Mix up your routine with some old school exercises like pulldowns, bench press, and bicep curls with some new advanced exercises.

To overcome the major shortcoming of regular weight benches, this one combines a proper back support and allows a significant variation of exercises that you can perform on it. With numerous additional components and accessories, the Bowflex PR1000 is all about being the perfect combination of strength and comfort. The bench is positioned on the main sliding track of the unit, which makes switching between positions for different exercises a breeze.

The back support is removable, and you can always get rid of it for some extra space if you need. My favorite part though is its compact design. When you’re not using it, you can fold its seat, the bench, and the rail, so it takes up less space. This makes storing your machine an ease, no matter how much room you have, or don’t have in your house. This is also another reason why this unit is especially attractive for apartments or shared flats.

Features and Usability

The Bowflex PR1000 is an easy to use and even easier to assemble home gym system. Most of the concerns that users face with other weight benches and exercising systems have been addressed through its innovative design.  Rather than using weighted plates and cable pulleys like typical systems, this machine uses a series of power rods for workouts. You can choose the number of rods depending on whether you prefer higher resistance or lower resistance. Easy to use for beginners or seasoned body builders.

The rods are much easier to combine for increasing or decreasing resistance when compared to weight plates. They come in 50 lbs, 30lbs, 10lbs, 10lbs and 5lbs added weight resistance. Just pick out how much you want to have for your particular work out by combining these options. The maximum user weight capacity is 300lbs.


The Bowflex PR1000 is a powerhouse unit when it comes to resistance training. Not only does it incorporate a combination of the most comfortable workout designs, but also provides multiple variations when it comes to resistance training. Pick one of more than 30 different exercise options.

What really makes this gym stand out is that you can target all your muscle groups with it, not just specific ones.

The main feature that makes it stand out is its training options, which focus on the entire body rather than just one particular set of muscles. It has an easily foldable design, a sturdy makes and is stable, and perfect to move around or store, if you don’t have a ton of space at home.


  • It has a compact, easy to assemble and foldable design
  • It provides 210 pounds of resistance for your workouts
  • It can bear maximum 300 lbs of weight
  • It has a horizontal bench press station, lat pull downs, and upholstered cushion rollers for leg workouts.
  • You can perform more than 30 strength training and cardio exercises with this one device


  • The power rod combination system can take some time to get used to


If you have been looking out for a home gym that focuses on all the major muscle areas, the Bowflex PR1000 is the system that should be at the top of your list. It has an innovative power rod system, and that makes up for the average weight benches. It is after all, about your whole body, not just arm days on repeat. Get the right blend of comfort and power packed performance with the Bowflex PR1000.

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