Bowflex Blaze is a compact, versatile home gym that utilizes the Power Rod Resistance system and can provide 60+ different smooth full-body workout options to its users with both strength and aerobic exercise options.
Its compact and foldable design makes it much easier to store the machine when not in use. It is also the perfect all-in-one home gym for people who hate visiting the gym and are just beginning with their workout sessions from the comfort of their home.
The home gym is specially conceptualized and designed and comes equipped with many cables that allow you to work out various sections of your body, including your triceps, biceps, back, shoulders, and chest.
The Bowflex Blaze also comes with a lat tower that helps in flexing your back and shoulders. Another highlight of this equipment is the lower body extension, which helps you flex your quads effortlessly.
What I Like About Bowflex Blaze
- It’s a perfect home gym for a small space. With a footprint of 82.5″L x 38W (210 x 97 cm) and 84.5″ (215 cm) in high, the Bowflex Blaze is the ideal equipment for home and small space workouts. It is also quite compact, and when not in use, it can be folded and stored easily. With this gym machine in your home, you never need to worry about visiting a gym ever.
- Affordable price and provides the best value for the money. When compared to other gym equipment, the Blaze is quite affordable. And it is one of the best budget-friendly home workout machines available in the market.
- Excellent for beginners and safe to use. If you are a beginner and want to start your home workouts, this gym equipment is ideal for you. It comes with a wide range of full-body workout options. Since there are no free weights (this is also a disadvantage) on the Bowflex Blaze home gym, you never need to worry about hurting yourself during your workout sessions.
- Various full-body workout options. Bowflex Blaze comes with 60+ workout options. People looking for a complete range of exercises and willing to spend extra time can benefit largely with almost 60+ workout options available with this equipment.
- You don’t have to waste your time changing the resistance. We need to compromise for a quick work session as we may hurry for a meeting or something. But even if you complete a mini workout session with this equipment, you can still feel satisfied with your session. Since there is no time wasted in changing weights or machines, you can quickly complete a full-body workout, even in a mini workout session.
- The instruction is user-friendly.
What I Don’t Like
There are always two sides to a coin. And in the same way, there are still going to be some cons of Bowflex Blaze. So, let’s see what’s in store and what other users say about the disadvantages.
- Not so good for an advanced trainer. If you are a professional trainer and have been working out for more than a couple of years, then the default weight resistance of 210 lbs is not enough for your kind of workout. So you may need to spend some extra cash on adding more weight to the equipment (upgradable to 310 pounds or 410 pounds).
- No weights, only bands. Unlike other traditional home gym equipment, the Bowflex Blaze uses bands, and hence you can’t see any weight. Although it increases the safety aspect and makes it much more comfortable for beginners, the bands can overstretch, which leads to a decrease in the resistance offered. Based on the existing temperature, the band resistance may vary during the day. If you are working out in the daytime, you can feel much easier to work out. But it is not the same in a colder climate. Besides, you can say that you don’t get the same experience when using bands when compared to lifting free weight discs.
- Less versatile than its predecessor. When compared with its predecessor—the Power Pro, the Blaze is equipped with fewer workout options.
- The assembly takes more time. Although it has great assembly instructions, some people would find it difficult to assemble and say it take around 3 to 4 hours from start to finish.
Specifications & Features
- Dimensions: 82.5″L x 38″ W x 84.5″ H
- Weight: 207 pounds
- Bench press: Horizontal
- Warranty: 5 year
- Resistance: 210 pounds of Power Rod resistance, upgradable to 310 pounds or 410 pounds
- Possible workouts: 60+
- 7 free trainer built workout regimens provided
- Sliding seat rail allows you to perform aerobic rowing and leg presses
- Multiple cable or pulley positions enable custom workouts
- Lat bar and squat bar included
- Triple function hand grip or ankle cuffs included
- Folding bench and wheels provide easy storage
Why Choose Bowflex
Bowflex is a leading manufacturer of fitness equipment and launched its first product in 1986 with Bowflex 2000X. The company sells its products through various retail outlets and has a massive presence in the international market.
Bowflex fitness equipment is widely considered to be the best in building muscle mass in a quick time. And this model—Bowflex Blaze, offers a maximum resistance of 410 pounds (210 pounds by default), which is pretty typical for fitness training equipment.
Key Features of Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
#1. Customizable Resistance
The home gym equipment comes equipped with a unique Power Rod technology that provides a default resistance of up to 210 pounds. But if you want more resistance, the machine is quite flexible that you can increase it to a maximum of 410 pounds.
#2. User-Friendly Design
The beauty of Bowflex Blaze is that it comes with a user-friendly and elegant design. The home gym is also quite compact and won’t occupy too much space in your room. It is also foldable, so making it quite easy to store when not in use.
#3. 60+ Workout Options
The Bowflex Blaze home gym machine comes with more than 60 different workout options. Yes, you heard it right. You can try out 60 different exercises with this gym equipment. But let me tell you another great news—there are actually over 80 exercises you can perform.
And thanks to its cable and pulley design, you will get the ideal workout that makes you feel like you are right in the middle of a gym.
#4. Excellent Pulldown Exercises
The cables present in the gym equipment are very comfortably placed and offer superb pulldown exercises to the user. Compared to other gym equipment, pulling the cables doesn’t cause so much strain, even with more resistance added.
#5. Sturdy Construction
The Bowflex Blaze comes with a sturdy and robust build and provides the perfect platform to perform your workouts. The bench on the equipment is cushioned, which gives you added comfort while lying on your back.
The seat is also adjustable, so you move it to the front or the back quite easily based on your needs. You can even perform row exercises with Bowflex Blaze.
#6. Power Rod Resistance System
Every home gym equipment from Bowflex comes with a specialized weight resistance mechanism. Instead of weight stacks, these machines use Power Rods that you can see in traditional home gym equipment, but in an advanced manner.
The maximum resistance that Bowflex Blaze can offer is 410 pounds. But by default, it comes with a resistance of 210 lbs that includes 105 lbs on each side.
The gym machine comes with Power Rods in the following configuration:
- 5 lbs Power Rods – 2 nos. (2.26 kg)
- 10 lbs Power Rods – 4 nos. (4.5 kg)
- 30 lbs Power Rods – 2 nos. (13. 6 kg)
- 50 lbs Power Rods – 2 nos. (22.6 kg)
The Bowflex Blaze’s Power Rods are made of a high-quality elastomer material and coated with a rubber sheet layer.
These machines are precision-engineered to the exact specifications, so you never need to worry about the Rods not connecting to the rings. You can find the weight resistance labels present on every ring cap.
Adjusting the resistance system is quite easy as all you need to do is connect the required Rods to its tray, which can be found in the backside of the lat tower.
Bowflex Blaze Alternatives
If you are looking for some alternatives for Bowflex Blaze, then let’s take a brief comparison with other similar home gym machines from Bowflex.
When you look at the price range, Xceed comes pretty close with Blaze, but it offers a vertical bench, whereas the Blaze comes with a horizontal seat.
Though you can still bench press with the Xceed, leg press moves and rowing exercises are impossible. The footprint of Xceed is much shorter when compared with the Blaze.
Even though the price is slightly on the higher side, the PR3000 comes close to its similarity with the Blaze. Like Xceed, the PR3000 also comes with a vertical bench, but it only comes equipped with less than 50 workout options.
But the main advantage of the PR3000 is changing between exercise options is quite easy as you don’t need to switch cables here. Also, Xtreme 2 SE is a pretty good choice.
Assembly and Maintenance
Assembling this fitness equipment is not very hard, but still, you need to join a few sections to bring this equipment into complete shape. It is not extremely difficult but would still take 1-2 hours.
But remember that you will be handling some bulky and heavy pieces of equipment here, and you need to be careful here as you don’t want to get yourself injured in the process.
You better have all the parts assembled in the location where you will set up the fitness machine for your own comfort. Or else, it might very hard to move around this machine.
The package comes with a couple of Allen wrenches for assembling the equipment, but it won’t be enough.
You might still need some more tools, which includes a 1/2″ and 9/16″ combination wrench along with a screwdriver to tighten the screws.
Maintaining the fitness equipment is not very hard as all you need to keep it clean and check the bolts regularly. Ensure that the horizontal seat is clean and doesn’t have any sharp objects that might endanger yourself.