BowFlex PR1000 Disappointing !!
by Neil Custer
Recently purchased a BowFlex PR1000 from Dick's sporting goods. Went with the quality name and general appearance of the equipment. Price was $699.00 which isn't extremely over the top when compared to going to the Y for the last two years. Y membership was $84/month. So the payback will be realized in approx. 8 months.
I had previously owned a $300.00 Weider set with 210lbs weight, same as the PR1000.
Assembly of the PR1000 was easy and straight forward. Just make sure you lay all the hardware out on a flat surface and separate it. It took more time to unpack all the componenets then to assemble. Save the large shipping carton the unit comes in becasue you will fill it back up with all the inner packaing materials.
The first day I used it, I spent more time hooking the cables to the snap safety hooks then with my workout. I found this fustrating. With most exercises, you're consently hooking and unhooking, moving this cable here and then there.
The seat back is not very stable in the down position and rocks side to side during exercising - I am only 170lbs. The design of the rods are not consistent in feel with normal plate weights as on my old weider exercise unit.
If I could return the Bowflex PR1000, I would do so in a heart beat and purchase for 1/2 the price a Weider unit. With the Weider unit, I could pull one pin to change weight amounts and quickly change the S hooks without all the hassle.
Sorry Bowflex, I am NOT totally sold on your $699 PR1000 unit.
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