Bowflex Pr1000 Review – A Home Gym That Tops Them All?

Working out can be very 71GeHq5ozCS._SL1500_time-consuming and costly for many people. For one, you would have to enroll in a gym and pay for a membership every month. You’d also have to allot a few hours every day to keep yourself in tip-top shape.

That’s why a lot of people have started to invest in their own home gym. With a home gym, you can work out at a convenient time. You can exercise early in the morning or late at night. And you don’t have to deal with exorbitant gym membership fees.

But it can be very costly to put up your own home gym. You need to buy gym equipment like dumbbells, barbells, cross trainers, and the like.

Fortunately, you can opt for a more practical home gym equipment like the Bowflex PR1000, an entry-level crossbow.

As you’d learn from any Bowflex PR1000 review, the machine used to retail for around $700 to $800 when it was brand new but now retails for around $500. This is a pretty decent investment since you don’t have to enroll in a gym and pay high membership fees. Plus it allows you to work out every major muscle group in your body.

Features and Specs

Looking at its features and specs, you can tell that this piece of equipment is worth the money. Here are its specs and features:

• Allows 30-plus Bowflex PR 1000 exercises, including strength training and cardio vascular training

• Sliding Seat Rail provides aerobic rowing training option

• Multi-purpose hand grip and ankle cuffs for added flexibility and performance

• Workout placard that lets you know the type of workout you are doing

• Folds easily for convenient storage

• Maximum user weight of 300 pounds

Aside from these features and specs, the Bowflex PR 1000 home gym is made from an advanced composite material 71tABEPVtpS._SL1500_sheathed and tested multiple times to ensure its durability and quality.


This Bowflex PR 1000 review will also discuss the advantages of this home gym equipment. One of the benefits of having this gym equipment at home is that you can reach your fitness goals by regularly using this crossbow. Your fitness goals may range from simply losing weight, or toning your muscles, or incorporating strength training in your workouts.That’s because there are more than 30 Bowflex PR 1000 exercises from which you can choose from.

With this crossbow, you can work out the major muscle groups. These include the arms, chest, shoulders, back, abs, and lower body. You can also improve your cardiovascular endurance with the built-in rowing station.

The PR 1000 can be used by novice exercisers as well. You can start from five pounds of weight and gradually increase your muscle endurance until you can take on 210 pounds of weight. The weights can be adjusted quickly and easily. Simply hook or unhook the appropriate rods of the cable pulley system for increasing and decreasing the weight. There are labels on the rods so you’d know which ones have to be changed.

The power rods are not simply there for adjusting the resistance and range of motion of the crossbow. It also makes this piece of gym equipment vital for strength training. The Power Rod technology incorporated in the PR 1000 pushes your muscles to work as hard as you would want them to, similar to working with dumbbells and barbells.

Likewise, this is one of the most affordable Bowflex models available in the market today. You’d be surprised to learn that Bowflex models cost that much, but then again think of how much money you will be able to save on the long run. With a crossbow in your home gym, there is absolutely no need to pay for gym and trainers’ fees.


You can look at the reviews on where owners can share their experiences in using this machine. Out of the nearly 300 reviews on the website, nearly 90% are five and four star rated. Most of the reviewers say they find the machine simple, convenient, and affordable. The reviewers are usually families and fitness enthusiasts.

The Bowflex PR 1000 home gym is quite easy to assemble, with most reviewers on stating they were able to set up this piece of equipment in less than two hours. You should enlist the help of a friend or family member when assembling this machine. When assembled, it measures 81 inches tall, 84 inches long, and 38 inches wide. Most users also think that the PR 1000 is well built and extremely durable.

81+xV0PVXrS._SL1500_A major concern for some people who own this machine is that it’s maximum resistance level of 210 pounds is not enough for serious bodybuilders and appeals only to casual fitness enthusiasts. This may turn off some hardcore gym goers who want a machine that they can rely on for some intense weight training exercises.

However it may be argued that users may option for doing more repetitions of their exercises instead of increasing the resistance.

Another major issue that online reviewers have with this piece of equipment is that it lacks an instructional DVD unlike most home gym machines. Yet the workout placard should be an adequate replacement as it can teach you how to safely and correctly perform the exercises.


In this day and age when it is hard to find a reasonably priced gym equipment, the Bowflex PR 1000 stands out with its versatility, solid construction, durability and ease of use. For a price that is several hundreds of dollars cheaper than other home gym equipment it has the essentials you would look for in a home gym machine. It is not surprising that it is well recommended by many casual fitness enthusiasts.