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Bowflex HVT Review


Quick Summary

The Bowflex HVT is revolutionary machine that supports whole-body fitness with Hybrid Velocity Training (or HVT). By keeping users in constant motion through cardio and strength exercises, the Bowflex minimizes impact to maximize payback. You’ll get impressive results in just 18-minute sessions without the soreness associated with higher-impact cross training.


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.

300 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.

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: 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

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.

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

Rating: 88.0%

Pros & Cons


  • Supports exercise for cardio and strength training simultaneously.
  • Bowflex resistance training is relatively gentle on the joints, minimizing the risk of exercise-related strain or injury compared to free weights.
  • The HVT gym provides excellent workout guidance with 50 video workouts plus preset routines and customizable programming.
  • Supports users of all skill levels and abilities thanks to 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. The pulleys might be placed a bit high for some.
  • If repairs are required, you might need to ship the machine.

Full Review

Fitness buffs are thrilled with the latest offering from Nautilus, the Bowflex HVT, an all-in-one cardio and strength trainer. This beautiful home gym saves time while reaching 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 is a tall machine, but also 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. 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.

You can send Bowflex HVT training videos to the console through Bluetooth as well. The Bowflex HVT mobile app provides 50 video workouts led by personal trainers. A cooling fan and accessory tray are included (slightly lower fi features, but important ones nonetheless).


The HVT has a retail price of $1799 (delivery included), but is often on sale. Priced affordably and sold with a money-back guarantee, this new Bowflex gym is an instant hit! Here are the immediate pros and cons that we noticed during the machine’s early days on the market.


The Bowflex HVT was 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 as well. 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 (as well as to demonstrate how to use the machine for new owners). You can also design and save your own computerized workout or choose from three preset programs. Workout feedback is included.


The Bowflex HVT is roughly 6’6” tall but very narrow to make the most of your living space. It looks gorgeous, with a sleek black and metallic frame that pops through 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 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 cooling fan.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Bowflex HVT warranty breaks down as follows:

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 see satisfying fitness results or are displeased for any other reason, you can get a refund.


We’re excited to train with the Bowflex HVT. This new innovation from Nautilus combines cardio and strength exercises with lots of guidance to facilitate some of the fastest and most effective gym sessions possible. Sleek and affordably priced, this machine will enhance your health and physique without taking too much away from your savings or living space. Keep in mind that you’ll need a smartphone or tablet computer to enjoy this machine’s full potential.

Rating: 88/100


  • John December 26, 2020 at 2:52 pm from Lakewood nj
    What is the rating on the bowflex 3000
  • Hilario Ebershoff March 26, 2019 at 5:27 pm
    some really superb info , Glad I found this.
    • Courtney Grafton March 27, 2019 at 3:37 pm
      Thank you Hilario!

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