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    A ? for the fitness gurus

    I am thinking about buying a Bowflex Ultimate 2 for the house. Does anyone have any thing to say, good or bad on these machines? If you have any general advice as to workout equipment for the house I'd like to hear it before I drop a good amount of cash on one of these.



    I quit going to the gym (and it shows) and I'd like to get started back up, especially doing some circuit training, it seems that this machine offers a full circuit with minimal downtime (changing equipment, etc.).

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    Just make sure you set it up in front of a tv.

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    I was always been interested in getting a Boflex but realized that a gym membership is probably more worth it. In a gym you have a variety of exercises for each muscle, but a Boflex is obviously limited.

    Go for it if you really want it because you said yourself that you stopped going to the gym. So obviously this Boflex would be better than nothing. I guess I just prefer the gym over a home exercise machine because there are so many distractions at home. I'm in the gym 5 days a week and love it!
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    I go to the gym all the time. My husband went to school for a degree in physical fitness and strongly suggests not getting those. He says the tension on the bands are not good and don't give you as good as workout as doing free weights at the gym. He isn't here right now, or I would ask him specifically what it was that made him against them. But I do know that you are limited on it and you aren't able to work all the different muscles in your body. I spose it depends on what you are trying to do also. For me I am strength training and toning up, so I need the gym for that.

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    One thing about machines in general is that they isolate which muscles are receiving the workout. The machines help stabilize the weight you are lifting. This can be good when you want to develop your main muscles, are just starting out in weight training or are recovering on physical therapy.

    The bad part about this is that the smaller muscles which aren't targeted by the exercise don't get much of a work out. Free weights work all of your muscles because you have to stabilize the weight while you lift, resulting in a more complete work out.

    An example would be doing parallel squats using a machine versus a free bar with weights. The machine keeps the weights level to the ground and prevents lateral movement. As I said this can be good for beginners. With a free bar, the lifter has to keep the weights level and square with the body. This method works more muscles because these muscles are keeping everything in order while the primary muscles are doing the lifting up and down.

    This is my understanding of free weights vs. machines, somebody please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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    That's the same machine I've been looking at buying. I'm going to wait till we move get it though.
    I did a lot of research on line about others who bought it and their opinion's, and it was given enough good ratings that it had me sold.

    I'm also thinking about getting the Bowflex free weights.

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    I want a Nautilus NS 700 but at $3,700 it's a bit rich for me. Plus it'd have to live in the shed because the house isn't big enough.
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    Welpe is right. Never underestimate the power and results of the free weight.

    Also, don't forget about two of the greatest exercises on Earth that are both free: Push-ups and sit-ups!
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    I pitch in with the gym being best, but if you want to have something for the home, a better way to go is some free weights, some of those dumbbells that are all in one (bowflex selecttech), an incline bench, and maybe a smith rack. All you need there, with some sets of crunches, dips, pullups and pushups. all you need, half the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewell View Post
    Also, don't forget about two of the greatest exercises on Earth that are both free: Push-ups and sit-ups!
    I think many people greatly underestimate calisthenics! Mix in various forms of push ups, situps, crunches, squat thrusts, mountain climbers, etc. and you can give yourself a great workout.

    Now only if I would take my own advice more frequently.
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    The only piece of equipment you need for a full body workout, is a Medicine Ball (around 15lbs). You can even susbstitute the medicine ball for a rock or a water barrel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Warrior View Post
    I quit going to the gym (and it shows as my gunt is hanging over my duty belt) and I'd like to get started back up, especially doing some circuit training, it seems that this machine offers a full circuit with minimal downtime (changing equipment, etc.).
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    Quote Originally Posted by OffDuty View Post
    I pitch in with the gym being best, but if you want to have something for the home, a better way to go is some free weights, some of those dumbbells that are all in one (bowflex selecttech), an incline bench, and maybe a smith rack. All you need there, with some sets of crunches, dips, pullups and pushups. all you need, half the price.
    I have a gym membership and just went today for the first time in 3 months. It's great, but I prefer not to work out in the middle of a crowd, I guess partly because I'm self conscious and partly because I hate waiting on machines. Also it's a pain in the ass to drive 10 minutes to make myself miserable Almost everything I do at the gym can be done with free weights, dumbbells, a select incline bench, pushups, situps and a chinup bar.

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    What are you doing responding to this post? It says "A qusetion for fitness gurus" which, I know you are not qualified to speak on the matter.

    Now, had I wanted to ask about burritos, or being a lazy Fed, then I would have just PM'ed my question directly to you.

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    Thanks for the info everyone.

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    I've posted this before, but it is worth repeating, I think. It is guaranteed to work .


    Total Body Workout


    Each of the following exercises should be preceded by a run of 20 metres or more taking the weight with you. (Medicine Ball best, but free weight in a bag of some sort will suffice). Number of reps can be anything above 10.


    1. Push Pulls. Stand with feet shoulder width apart and knees flexed slightly. Hold the weight at chest height, extend the arms straight out in front and return to start position.

    2. Throw Ins. Same stance as above. Hold weight behind head straighten arms over head, going forward in front of head by about 1foot, return to start position.

    3. Side Turns. Same stance. Hold weight in both hands, at waist height. Elbows locked into, and slightly in front, of hips. Forearms parallel to the ground. Keeping hips square to front, twist upper body and arms to left, stop. Return to centre, stop. Twist to right, stop.

    4. Side Leans. Same stance. Hold weight in both hands against forehead. Keeping back straight, lean to left, from waist, stop. Return to centre, stop. Lean to right, from waist, stop. And return to centre.

    5. Hip Circles. Same stance. Circle the body transferring the weight from hand to hand, in front of body and behind body. Change direction half way through reps.

    6. Figure of Eights. Feet wider apart than shoulders, bend from waist. Take weight round outside of left leg, then through legs, take weight in right hand, take round right leg, back between legs transfer the weight back to left hand and complete the figure of eight.

    7. Diagonal Lifts. Feet shoulder width apart. Weight held in both hands, bend and touch floor with weight in front of left foot, lift weight above head over right foot and straighten back and arms. Touch weight to floor in front of right foot, then lift above head over left foot, straightening arms and back..

    8. Sit Ups. Lay on floor, legs bent feet flat on floor. Hold weight with both hands against forehead and raise upper body off floor, return to start position. Exercise slowly

    9. Leg Crunches. Support back with elbows whilst laying on floor. Hold weight between feet. Feet held off floor, legs straight , bend legs to bring weight to groin, then extend legs straight again.

    10. Dorsal Raises. Lie face down, legs apart, toes on floor. Hold weight against forehead, then, raise upper body 6 inches. Lower slowly then repeat.
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    Trojan, do those exercises tone and keep off fat, or do they build mass??
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    A friend of mine's husband had a Bowflex that sat in their basement collecting dust for a couple years.

    My elliptical treats me well. And push-ups are free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welpe View Post

    Now only if I would take my own advice more frequently.
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    My 2 cents... and maybe not worth that much!

    Decide if you're going to use it before you invest in any expensive exercise machine. Unless, of course, you have room to spare and need an overbuilt gadget to hang your clothes on!

    Some people will use an exercise machine in their house regularly. Some won't. I happen to be in the won't category... so I belong to a gym (but have been making excuses to damn often of late) and use the facilities available at work (been doing better lately... especially if someone else is going!) And some people won't go to a gym, either...

    There's no point in spending several hundred dollars or more on a gadget or membership you won't use.

 

 

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