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Bowflex HVT Review

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Hybrid Velocity Training (HVT), a wonderfully efficient approach to fitness, will soon be possible at home with the Bowflex HVT from Nautilus.

HVT is essentially the mixing of cardio and strength training for fast and effective workouts.

With the Bowflex HVT you can get impressive results with sessions as short as 18 minutes. Built-in coaching and 50 trainer-led videos can help you maximize your gym time.

Read on for FitRated’s preliminary Bowflex HVT review.


Model Bowflex HVT

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There are a few different types of Home Gyms. There are weight stack, power rod and body weight.

Max. Weight

Home Gym Max Weight is the maximum amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that can be lifted on the machine.

210 lbs

Home Gym exercises is the number of exercises you can do on the machine.


The seat on a Home Gym can be adjustable, padded, or detached.

Bench (Adjustable)
User Weight

Home Gym User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

300 lbs

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this Home Gym will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

Length: TBD
Width: TBD
Height: TBD
Workout Area

Home Gym Workout Area is the amount of space needed to use the Home Gym (Length x Width)

8' x 6' 5" (L x W)

This field lets you know if this Home Gym has the option to do leg workouts or not.


This field lets you know if this Home Gym has abdominal workouts or not.


This field lets you know if this Home Gym has the option to do arm curls or not.


This field lets you know if this Home Gym has the option to do pulldown workouts or not.


This field lets you know if this Home Gym has the option to do rows or not.


Many Home Gyms have optional accessories you can purchase separately.

- 310 lb Rod Upgrade
- Bowflex Body Plan

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.


Rating: 80%

Our Rating

Rating: 80.0/100.

Fitness buffs are looking forward to a new offer from Nautilus Fitness in early 2017, the Bowflex HVT for all-in-one cardio and strength training. This great-looking home gym will let you save time reaching your ambitious fitness goals. With sessions as short as 18 minutes, you can sculpt and strengthen your whole body while also building cardiovascular endurance.

The Bowflex HVT gym is tall but narrow to conserve space. You’ll train while standing on a sturdy platform with access to various pulleys and handlebars. At eye level is a viewing station for three preset training programs, a customized program, and 50 video workouts led by personal trainers. Also built into the gym are an accessory tray and a cooling fan.

The HVT home gym is scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2017 with a retail price of $1599 to $1799, falling into the under $2,000 category. Priced affordably and sold with a money-back guarantee, this new Bowflex gym is likely to be a hit! Here is a review of pros and cons we’ve noted as the HVT rolls through production lines.


  • Supports exercise for cardio and strength training benefits simultaneously
  • Bowflex resistance training is relatively gentle on your joints, minimizing the risk of exercise-related strain when compared with free weights
  • The HVT gym provides excellent workout guidance with 50 video workouts plus preset routines and customizable programming
  • Supports beginners through advanced trainees with tailored resistance and adjustable programs
  • Narrow footprint and attractive design make the Bowflex HVT home-friendly
  • Competitive sale price for a high quality total-body trainer
  • Durable construction and a money-back guarantee


  • Shorter trainees might prefer a home gym with smaller proportions; here the pulleys might be placed a bit high
  • As a brand-new product the HVT could have faults that aren’t yet known


The Bowflex HVT is unique for supporting cardio training along with the usual strength exercises of a home gym. It lets you benefit from resistance training for your upper body, core and lower body as you exercise your heart too. Bowflex gyms are built for a wide range of ability levels, so you can start working at any level. Owning the HVT you can reach new heights of fitness quickly with sessions as short as 18 minutes.

Home Gym Workouts

The Bowflex HVT will be the first home gym to include on-board cross training workouts and an extensive video library for cardio and strength. With the various machine attachments (pulleys and bars) these training programs can help you tone and strengthen all the major muscle groups in your arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and abs. Fifty compatible video workouts are led by pro trainers to keep your sessions varied and motivating. You can also design and save your own computerized workout or choose from three preset programs.

Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Features

The Bowflex HVT is roughly 6’6” tall but very narrow to make the most of your living space. It’s good-looking with a sleek black and metallic frame with red accents.

Three sets of pulleys are attached, all with textured grips and adjustable tension. These are located at the top, sides and base of the gym.

Two sets of stationary exercise bars are provided. One is at chest level and is curved to support multiple grips/poses. The other workout bars start at the base of the machine and are angled to support various exercises.

A ledge is provided for easy view of your own mobile device. Also built into the frame are an accessory holder and cooling fan.

Warranty & Guarantee

FitRated is still awaiting warranty info for the new Bowflex HVT gym. We expect the warranty package to be excellent though, since other Bowflex home gyms have seven or more years of parts coverage along with other buyer protections. Also, Bowflex gyms are typically sold with six-week money-back guarantees. If you don’t get satisfying fitness results, you can return your gym for a refund.


We’re excited to train with the Bowflex HVT. This new innovation from Nautilus combines cardio and strength training with lots of guidance to allow some of the fastest, most effective gym sessions possible. Sleek and affordably priced, it can enhance your health and physique without detracting too much from your savings or living space. Keep an eye out for this one! We’ll post a new Bowflex HVT review soon when this trainer is ready for sale.