Bowflex BodyTower

Bowflex BodyTower

 

  • Multi-station workout tower features EZ-Adjust horizontal bars that let you add variety and intensity to your workouts
  • Perform more than 20 exercises, including push-ups, sit-ups, squats, planks, pull-ups, knee and leg raises, dips, and more
  • Stable, commercial-grade steel frame; includes handgrips, sling straps, cushioned back pad, and workout placard
  • Measures 50 by 77 by 50 inches (W x H x D); 120-pound weight and 300-pound maximum user weight
  • Comes with limited manufacturer’s warranty; details included with purchase

This multi-station tower has a unique and easy-to-use feature EZ-Adjust horizontal bars that lets you increase the variety of your exercises, raise the intensity of your workouts, and improve the results of your fitness program.

The included hand grips and sling straps provide a greater range of options than most towers, and the wide and commercial-grade steel base keeps you stable and secure. With a tower-mounted workout placard that demonstrates 8 Key Exercises, and a guide featuring 10 more, the Bowflex BodyTower is the perfect home fitness solution

Bowflex BodyTower

Tower-Mounted Workout Placard

Demonstrates 8 Key Exercises

ExercisePlacard

Handgrips and Sling Straps Included

Provide a greater range of options than most towers

E-Z Adjust Horizontal Bars

Increase the variety of your exercises, raises the intensity of your workouts and improves the results of your fitness program

Heavy-Duty Commercial-Grade Steel Base

Keeps you stable and secure

Guide featuring 10 additional exercises

Also included


Reviews of Bowflex BodyTower

Review 1: Fantastic piece of equipment!

After reviewing all kinds of power towers I chose this one. What a specimen. Easy to put together by myself, very sturdy, and does not tilt or shake. One big reason I chose this one was because of the adjustable arm bars. This opens up a number of various exercises that can be performed on this machine.

One possible con: I read a lot of people didn’t like the pull up bar height because it’s too low. I’m 5’10” 165 lbs and sometimes my toes do touch the floor, but that only reminds me to regain proper pull up body mechanics. Bend your knees people! Cross your feet and bring them as close to your butt as possible. Not a problem….awesome piece of equipment. Spend the money. The worst kind of power tower is a rickety POS. This is NOT that kind of power tower.

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Review 2: Sturdy and very well designed

This thing is great! It came 2 days after I ordered it, took one hour to set up and that included breaking down all the packing so I could recycle it. Once it was set up, I immediately did every exercise I could on it to take it thru it’s paces. It is very sturdy, so pull ups and chin ups are SWEET! The handle size is just right. It maybe a little short if you want to hang weight from your waist, but in my case, that kind of height would make it unusable in my basement.

Dips are very solid. Inverted rows are a little tight for me with my head towards the back post, but it makes me stick my form. Doing them head out was no problem and a nice variation. Hanging crunches are a blast. The adjustable bars are just a great idea. Each exercise you are supposed to be able to do you can do with great form and very little shake from the structure itself. I am not sure what I would change with this item.

Review 3: Useful for ‘moderate’ athletes/workouts

‘ll start off by saying I’m roughly 6’1″/175 lbs. I’m a ‘moderate’ workout warrior (and more of an ‘endurance’ to ‘strength’ guy). I’m in the military and regularly score high on PT tests. I’m not Sly Stallone or Arnie, but I’m not Bobby Hill or Mr. Burns. If you saw me in a bar and I pissed you off you’d probably think that you could take me. But I digress… I’m ‘normal’ and this review is from the POV of an ‘average’ athletic person (although, with America being so increasingly obese, perhaps I am ‘above average’… but whatever, I digress again…)

After more than six months of use, I feel like a proper review is due. I like the Bowflex brand and I own many of their products (resistance bands, adjustable bench and weights), which is why I trusted them and bought this tower and not others.

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I’ll break down each aspect of this product properly, by grade, then give an overall grade.

BLUF: This is good-to-great (certainly useful) for ‘moderate’ athletes like myself, but probably not quite as good/useful for more ‘advanced’ athletes (over 6’2″ and/or 220 lbs), and certainly not a substitute for circuit training/general gym workouts. If you use this to supplement your routines or to learn/perfect new exercises you like, go for it. This product qualifies as ‘quality’ and ‘bang for your buck’.

Shipping: A

Shipped fast, isn’t too bulky or large to get into a tight space or doorway (as packaged). The average person will need to two-person carry, but any moderately athletic person should be able to single carry (or push) this without injuring themselves.

Assembly: B/B+

Nothing too complicated. One person can do it. The hardest part is, after assembling the bottom ‘A’ frame and top ‘H’ frame, connecting the top and bottom. The tower is over six feet tall and is not lightweight (relatively speaking), so having to get the short screws through the ‘A’ frame and screw them tight to the ‘H’ frame is a hassle. I tipped the tower over on it’s side and did it that way. Other than that, assembly was straight forward and simple.

Transport: D

Maybe I just have narrow doors in my apartment, but, when assembled, this will not fit through a doorway if you wish to move this from room to room (or to a garage, storage, etc.). The bottom ‘A’ frame is too wide, so you’d have to ‘pivot’ this through a doorway (provided your hallways had the proper angle to do this), IF that is possible… this tower is over six feet tall… not sure there is any angle available to ‘pivot’ this through a doorway. So the only way to move this around your house/apartment/condo/place of residence would be to disassemble the (bottom) ‘A’ frame from the (top) ‘H’ frame, move the separate parts and then reassemble. This might not be a problem for those with a dedicated space they KNOW they will be using. For those who might be prone to moving around, it’s an inconvenience. So basically, be sure you KNOW where you want this to be at, because it’s not meant to be relocated at will.

Stability: B+

It says it supports up to a 300 lb person. As previously stated, I am roughly 6’1″, 175-180 lbs. If you do the exercises properly (no jerking; nice, controlled movement(s)) then this works, no problem. If I were over 200 lbs (220+) this would probably feel more problematic. I haven’t had any problems with tipping, but again, I’m more ‘streamlined’ (or ‘skeletal’) build. Weights could be added to the bottom ‘A’ frame for those concerned with/experiencing tipping, or other methods could be used (put this in a corner/against a wall, pads used under it to help with ‘grip’, etc.). Most shouldn’t have problems with stability.

The adjustable arms work good, too. Unless improperly secured, they don’t seem likely to ‘come loose’. Adjusting them requires moderate effort (removing pins, unhooking metal ‘catches’ from holes), but nothing too extreme. I don’t adjust the arms often enough for it to be a point of annoyance.

Exercises: This product claims to be able to help you perform eight (8) exercises. They are:

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Squat (single leg): N/A

I haven’t done this one yet (why not just do body squats?). I imagine it wouldn’t be difficult to do and that one would feel the effects of the exercise.

Chin up: B+

One of the main reasons why I bought this. Again, I’m 6’1″/175. This is JUST tall enough to support me on this exercise (with my knees bent). The tower moves a little, but nothing worrisome. It’s best to move the ‘arms’ down low so they don’t get in the way when doing chin/pull ups. The top bar doesn’t get in the way of getting your chin above it. The exercise is functional and effective with this tower… but I’m not sure it would be for someone taller/heavier (6’3″+/220+)

Triceps Dip: A

One of the main reasons why I bought this. This tower makes it easy to perform dips. Arms are locked in and stable during and the height is perfect to execute the exercise. The only minor annoyance is the chin up bar, which one MIGHT hit their head on if they bob their head around (especially if they keep the arm slings attached; I hook them on the top bar). Just control your movement (and/or unclip the arm slings) and no problem.

Push-ups (decline): N/A (B+)

I don’t do this exercise often enough to know for sure (I just do tons of regular pushups), but I did TRY them as shown. The rubber mat keeps your legs steady and you certainly feel the exercise. This tower could help someone do declined pushups if that was their thing.

Supine Row: N/A

I tried these, but I’m not familiar with this exercise (I’m more of a pull ups/lat pull down guy). I don’t want to comment on something I don’t feel qualified to. All I will say is that this tower seemed to provide adequate spacing to perform the exercise as shown.

Raised Bridge: N/A (B+)

I just do (regular) planks, but this is fully functional for the exercise as shown. It might not be a ‘perfect fit’ for each person since their height/arm length varies and this tower has specific sets (holes for arms to rest in), but it’s not like it would be a drastic difference in height/length. If one wanted to do this exercise, they could with stability and effectiveness.

Vertical Knee Raise: A/A+

One of the main reasons why I bought this. I don’t know why, but this tower/arm slings makes this exercise BURN. Boy, does your core feel these. I mean that in a good way. As a fairly tall person, it’s hard not to tap my feet (toes) on the floor slightly when doing these, but if anything that helps with stability and/or concentration. The adjustable arms may get in the way for some, too, but I keep them at dip length and don’t have a problem.

Crunch: C

I only tried these just to see how they’d work, so… maybe it’s just me and maybe I’m being unfair. I’m an avid cruncher, so maybe I’m so used to doing these on different surfaces/with different feet holders and perhaps even ‘incorrectly’. I found this tower impractical for crunches/sit ups though. You have to lower the adjustable arms all the way down and lock them in and the arms protrude out. The rubber mat doesn’t really hold my feet all that steady and I have canoe-sized feet. The mat/arms clattered back and forth as I did the exercise, which was an annoying as hell sound. It’s just not comfortable to do crunches or sit ups with this tower. Maybe if I had a better mat below the tower it would work better? I don’t think so.

Exercises Overall: A

The three exercises I bought this for work GREAT with this. I could/would do all others, but one, if I wanted to. You can cover nearly every muscle group working out on this. I’m not sure how well sculpted (or muscular) you’d get doing JUST this, but you COULD work just about every muscle group using only this.

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Product Overall: B (more advanced athletes) to A (less advanced/’moderate’ athletes)

Like I said in the BLUF, this is less practical/effective the more athletic you are. Taller people will likely be annoyed by some exercise discomfort(s) based on the tower design. Heavier/more muscular people may be less comfortable and/or be less stable and/or feel less ‘burn’ compared to more ‘advanced’ exercise regiments available. For those building up their athleticism, looking to consolidate equipment, looking for a lightweight substitute for bulkier equipment or as a home gym substitute/starter this works quite well.

If you’re looking to supplement your workout(s) and/or consolidate how you perform the varying exercises that this tower can help you do, then this is a great buy

 

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