Bowflex Power Rod Problem - Simple Solution

by Patrick
(Minnesota)




I've been working out on my Bowflex for 5 years now. The only problem I've had is with the power rods.

I keep my Bowflex in an unheated room. I use a space heater in the winter when I workout but the power rods still are a lot heavier than normal - because of the cold.

I tried heating up the room earlier, which helped, but the resistance was still dramatically heavier.

Solution?

I'm embarrassed to admit that it finally occurred to me to take the power rods off and store them in a heated room until I work out.

Problem solved

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Comments for Bowflex Power Rod Problem - Simple Solution

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Reality check
by: Anonymous

You have identified a very important concept in weight lifting. Not every day is going to be the same in terms of lifting capacity or endurance.

If you are a professional body builder, which I was, you will find that what makes the difference is consistnecy in working out with maximum effort on your behalf. If you are looking for the massive muscles and lean body composition, you diet becomes the deciding factor in whether you looked ripped or not. There is also a difference in NATURAL body building and pharmacologically enhanced body building. Using ehancment products for training for years, then stopping them for a contect, does not make one natural!!

Power rods and temperature
by: Anonymous

I also have mine outside. Temperature ranges from 90's in the summer to 30's in the winter. I can fairly easily bench press max resistance in the summer, only use about "200#" in the winter. Haven't had one snap yet. Lifetime warranty on that?

temp changing resistance
by: Anonymous

I noticed this morning that the rods I was able to use when it is warm, were significantly harder to use when they are cold. I live in WI, and left the window open right in front of my bowflex last night. The temp this morning is 45, and the rods are stiffer and harder to use.

Hot or Cold
by: Anonymous

It is true that the relative resistance is all that is needed for a workout, but if you are trying to track your progress, temperature changes are not your friend when you work out with a bowflex. I have noticed that I can use "more resistance" or more power rods when it is warmer (I keep my bowflex outdoors). But how much different is the resistance? The folks at Bowflex denied any appreciable change in resistance when I asked them. Why was I able to work out using "greater resistance" today? Was I better rested today? Did I do less other activity before I worked out? Do I have a mental block, and could actually be lifting "heavier?" OR is it just warmer than usual so my power rods bend like softened taffy... We may never know!

Bowflex Power Rod Failure in Unheated Room
by: richbera@gmail.com

I recently relocated my Bowflex XTL machine from a heated room to an unheated garage having a room temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. On the first flexing of the Power Rods, a 50 pound rod snapped into three peices. Has anyone experienced the same type of failure with the Bowflex Power Rod in this type of environment? Thanks, Richard

Thanks for the problem report, and easy solution!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the problem report, and easy solution!

Reality check
by: Anonymous

Proper resistance is what you need for the workout. Doesn't matter if it's high or low. It's all relative. If you're getting an effective workout, it doesn't matter if you use cold 30 rods or warm 50 rods. I can break a steel bar if it's soaked in liquid nitrogen for a few minutes or bend it if it's red hot. Heating or cooling the bar doesn't make me any stronger.

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