After injuring my neck and shoulder, my physical therapist recommended a Bowflex over free weights, stating that the Bowflex would give just as good of a workout, and would be easier on the joints. I received the Bowflex Blaze and it was well-packed (great job Bowflex) and the assembly instructions were easy to follow, and it took me about 2 hours to assemble. This machine is solidly built, and the quality is excellent. The manual and placards are helpful in guiding you through exercises and informative. As a long time weight lifter, the Bowflex does take some getting used to....working without a barbell, using your arms independently (as with dumbbells) does take some getting used to, but it also helps the stabilizer muscles better than a barbell and prevents one side from compensating for the other. Range of motion is excellent and this surprised me as I didn't expect that, and the pulleys are so smooth, it's unreal. It's true that this machine is easier on your joints and Bowflex pounds are lighter than actual free weight pounds, so I did order the 310 pound upgrade which was easy to install. This machine will work out every part of your body, and I also like to supplement my workouts with some dumbbell work too. I highly recommend this product for the person like me, who likes to stay in shape. This machine will build muscle and provide you with an intense workout.
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