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Bowflex Classic Review

Quick Summary

The Bowflex Classic home gym is a modestly priced home gym that incorporates Bowflex’s Power Rod resistance technology.

Power Rod technology gives you all the benefits of free weights, while being kind to your joints to greatly reduce the chances of injury (or for those recovering from an injury).

For best results, Bowflex recommends working out with the Classic for 20-30 minutes per day, 3-5 days per week.

Learn more in our detailed Bowflex Classic review below…


Model Bowflex Classic

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

Power Rods
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).

98" L x 72" W x 82" H (unfolded) 26" L x 30" W x 82" H (folded)
Workout Area

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

98" L x 72" 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.

- Curl Bar
- Tricep Rope
- Power Rod Rejuvenator
- Machine Mat

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.

Power Rods: Lifetime
Machine: 5 Years

Rating: 73.3%

Our Rating

Rating: 73.3/100. Once Bowflex’s flagship product, the “Classic” is now the most affordable home gym in their lineup. It offers over 30 exercises at a max weight of 210 lbs, and takes up less space than the more expensive models.


  • Home gym features Power Rod resistance
  • Semi-compact trainer folds when not in use
  • Good entry-level model for strength training
  • Bench seat adjusts to individual preference
  • Power Rod Rejuvenator also included
  • Lifetime coverage on Power Rods; 5 years machine


  • 30+ exercises, not as many as high-end gyms
  • No option to expand lifting weight beyond 210 lbs
  • A few customer complaints about bulkiness of home gym


The Bowflex Classic home gym offers 210 pounds of resistance and helps users up to 300 pounds obtain weight loss goals with the built-in rowing station.

Bowflex’s Classic lat tower targeting back and shoulder muscles coupled with the vertical bench press provides a strong upper body workout.

Develop athletic looking legs using the leg extension.


Home Gym Workout Programs

The Bowflex Classic home gym includes 30 exercises featuring upper body, lower body and abdominal crunch exercises.

Three chest presses: bench press, incline bench press and decline bench press as well as shoulder press work your upper body area.

Ab crunches and trunk rotation flatten abdominal areas. Lower body exercises strengthen and tone legs including hamstrings, calves and glutes.

Regardless of your intentions, target specific muscles with ease.


Bowflex Classic Home Gym Features

The Bowflex Classic home gym comes with a standard grip, handcuff grip, and foot grip, but can easily be upgraded. A five-way hand-grip/ankle cuff can be purchased separately on the Bowflex website which be used as a regular grip, non-grip cuff, ankle cuff, foot cuff, and shoulder cuff, to add further variety to your workout.

The Bowflex Classic home gym folds ensuring you can fit this piece of equipment in any area of your home, though some customers still say the trainer is too bulky or heavy for authentic “compact” design.

Build back and shoulder muscles quickly with the integrated lat tower, or work the legs with a built-in extension.

The Bowflex Classic provides a rowing machine for calorie-burning, cardiovascular warm-up and cool-down.

If you are just entering the world of home gyms, Bowflex does a great job of informing new users on the many benefits as well as exercises available with a detailed owner’s manual included with your purchase.


Questions & Answers

  • Is the Bowflex Classic Home Gym easy to assemble?
    Yes, our experience and that of customer reviews is that the Bowflex gyms are very easy to put together.
  • Does the Bowflex Classic Home Gym have a limit on the user’s height?
    The machine is 82″ tall (6’10) and 72″ (6′) wide, meaning taller users might need additional cable length to sufficiently challenge their wingspan.
  • Is the Bowflex Classic Home Gym noisy while in use?
    No, the thanks to the Power Rod technology, there is no clanging and banging of free weights hitting the rack.
  • Can I upgrade the Bowflex Classic Home Gym to a higher resistance level?
    No, the Bowflex Classic Home Gym, the PR1000, the Motivator 2, and the Conquest, cannot be upgraded.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Bowflex Classic home gym warranty and guarantee includes:

– Power Rods: Lifetime
– Machine: 5 Years

You can try the Classic for 6 weeks, and if you aren’t happy with the results from your workouts, call (800) 952-3714 to get your money back.

When you call in, they will give you a return authorization number, then you can ship it back and get a full refund of the purchase price (not including shipping and assembly).



The Bowflex Classic home gym is a great buy for beginners who want to start their strength training program in the privacy of their own home. It allows you to explore all of its features while you are learning the ins and outs of the equipment, without bothersome waits for gym time.

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