I am a 28 yr.old, college-educated, mechanically savvy, healthy and physically fit male. This took me 3 hours to assemble. I have used a Bowflex Pro 210 for 9 years.This looked just like my Pro 210 which is why I bought this model. First of all, the directions were vague, nuts and bolts very difficult to screw tightly, no pictures or diagrams, just drawings, to guide assembly. I actually printed out pictures of this from Walmart's listing site so there was something to look at to help me!
I was going to replace the 9-year old Bowflex Pro 210XTL with this; however after using this one, this CANNOT COMPARE to the 9-year old Pro 210 in quality and performance. I am keeping the OLD. This one looks better, but they have sacrificed functionality for form. Just one small example is the arm extensions are not as far with the new one, it is noisier with metal clanging on metal, it is not as smooth in mechanisms sliding against each other....just completely inferior in almost every way and a huge disappointment. Also, I still have the 2009 instruction and info booklets for the Pro 210 XTL and they are so much better and clearer instructions with actual pictures--It is like night and day.The ONLY plus with this Bowflex is the seat has better padding, but I am willing to sacrifice that for a better over-all machine.
We contacted Bowflex - who has always been WONDERFUL to deal with - and are having free replacement parts sent for our 9-yr.old Pro 210 as we have a 10-yr. warranty with them which they have always pleasantly honored. They happily and efficiently put through this order and we are expecting delivery of parts within 2 weeks.
In the end, I disassembled--another huge undertaking--and returned this to Walmart as instructions said it "HAD TO BE RETURNED IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING". I will say, Walmart's Return Desk said we would not have had to do this, but who knows if this would have been the case.
I did not try or even open the other large apparatus that came with this 3-piece set, but the floor pad is very nice.
If you've NEVER had a Bowflex you may be satisfied with this, but we would never recommend it.
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