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Bowflex HVT Review

Quick Summary

The Bowflex HVT is revolutionary for supporting whole-body fitness with Hybrid Velocity Training or HVT.

As you stay in constant motion with cardio and strength exercises, the Bowflex minimizes impact to help maximize your payback; you can get impressive results in just 18-minute sessions, and you can skip the soreness associated with higher-impact cross training.

Computerized workout programs and fifty trainer-led videos can help make the most of your time.

Read on for FitRated’s full Bowflex HVT review.

Specifications

FitRated
Model Bowflex HVT
Rating

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88.0%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,499
Best Price

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$1549
Type

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

Standing
Max. Weight

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

300 lbs
Exercises

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

70+
Seat

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

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

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: 65.6"
Width: 46"
Height: 83"
Workout Area

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

65.6" L x 46" W
Legs

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

Abs

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

Curls

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

Pulldown

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

Rows

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

Accessories

Many Home Gyms have optional accessories you can purchase separately.

- 310 lb Rod Upgrade
- Bowflex Body Plan
Warranty

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.

2 years — Frame
2 years — Mechanical
2 years — Electrical
2 years — Parts
90 days — Labor

Rating: 88.0%

Our Rating

Rating: 88/100. Fitness buffs are welcoming a new offer from Nautilus, the Bowflex HVT, for all-in-one cardio and strength training. This great-looking home gym lets 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. Unlike with most home gyms, you’ll have access to workout feedback throughout your session. Each user can set a profile for accurate feedback about heart rate and calorie burn, and setting a profile also helps the HVT train you in “auto” resistance mode. Preset programs can control the machine, plus you can design and save your own workout.

Via Bluetooth you can send Bowflex HVT training videos to the console as well. The Bowflex HVT mobile app provides 50 video workouts led by personal trainers. A cooling fan and accessory tray are included.

The HVT has a retail price of $1799 (delivery included) in 2017, but can sometimes be found on sale. Priced affordably and sold with a money-back guarantee, this new Bowflex gym is likely to be a hit! Here’s a review of pros and cons we’ve noted during its early days on the market.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Shorter trainees might prefer a home gym with smaller proportions; here the pulleys might be placed a bit high
  • If repair is needed, you might need to ship the machine

Introduction

The Bowflex HVT is unique for supporting cardiovascular 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 and circulatory system. Bowflex gyms are built for a wide range of ability levels, so you can start training regardless of prior gym experience. Look forward to reaching new heights of fitness quickly with sessions as short as 18 minutes.

HVT Home Gym Workouts

The Bowflex HVT is the first home gym to include built-in computerized cross training workouts and a customized mobile app with workout videos. A colorful guidebook is provided too.

With the various machine attachments (pulleys and bars) these training guides can help you tone and strengthen all the major muscle groups in your arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and abs.

The fifty HVT workout videos are led by pro trainers to keep your sessions varied and motivating, and to demonstrate how to use the machine. You can also design and save your own computerized workout or choose from three preset programs. Workout feedback is included.

Bowflex HVT 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 as shown in the HVT guidebook and videos.

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

Warranty & Guarantee

The Bowflex HVT home use warranty for 2017 includes:

Frame: Two years
Parts: Two years
Electronics: Two years
Labor: 90 days

Customers who shop factory-direct get a six-week money-back guarantee. If you don’t get satisfying fitness results, or are displeased for any other reason, you can get a refund.

Conclusion

We’re excited to train with the Bowflex HVT. This new innovation from Nautilus combines cardio and strength exercises 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 in mind that you’ll need a smartphone or tablet computer to enjoy this new gym’s full potential.