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Bowflex Ultimate 2 Review

Quick Summary

The Bowflex Ultimate 2 came out in the mid-2000s and is only available in either used or refurbished models.

Bowflex’s Ultimate 2 refurbished models normally come with a 6-month manufacturer’s warranty and are refurbished to factory standards.

As with all Bowflex products, the Ultimate 2 utilizes Bowflex’s Power Rod technology to deliver 310 pounds of resistance, upgradable to 410 pounds.

Learn more about the Bowflex Ultimate 2 home gym below…


Model Bowflex Ultimate 2

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

Power Rod
Max. Weight

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

410 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: 7' 8"
Width: 3' 10"
Height: 6' 10"
Workout Area

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

9' 4' x 6' 6" (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.

Ab Crunch Attachment
Accessory Rack
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.

Machine: 12 Years
Power Rods: Lifetime

Rating: 74.3%

Our Rating

Rating: 74.3/100. Power Rod Home Gym, 210 lbs. max user weight, 60+ exercises, Bench (Adjustable) Seat, 8′ 4″ x 6′ 6″ (L x W) Workout Area, Curls/Pulldowns/Rows, 310 lb. Rod Upgrade, Bowflex Body Plan


  • Outstanding Power Rod resistance
  • Strong, heavy duty home gym
  • Terrific number of exercises available
  • Adjustable, comfortable bench seat
  • Very spacious and comfy workout area
  • Target specific muscles with curls/pulldowns/rows
  • 310 lb. Power Rod upgrade included
  • Good, reasonable warranty
  • Bowflex Body Plan included


  • The Bowflex Ultimate 2 was recalled in 2007 due to 10 reports regarding rod box separation, three of which “resulted in injuries including bruised arms, sore elbows and a sore back”. Registered owners were sent a free repair kit from Nautilus. No further issues were reported once the repair kit was installed.


The Bowflex Ultimate 2 provides a complete total body workout whether you are concentrating on upper body, lower body, abdominals or all three areas.

The Ultimate 2 comes with all of the features you’ve grown to love in Bowflex products including lat tower with angled lat bar, squat station and preacher curl attachment.

The no-change cable pulley system makes switching exercises to other parts of the body a painless process.

Rather than stopping your strengthening to change cables, the Bowflex Ultimate 2 automatically adjusts the cables keeping your workout flowing without interruption.

Home Gym Workout Programs

The Bowflex Ultimate 2 includes over 95 exercises to work all areas of your body.

Bench press and chest fly exercises increase your upper body muscle strength.

Low back extension and pull downs strengthen back muscles.

Various crunches provide a flat abdominal area while shoulder rotator cuffs aid in range of motion. Many arm and leg exercises help problem areas such as triceps, elbows, wrists, ankles, hips and calves.

Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym Features

The Bowflex Ultimate 2 includes a built-in cardio rowing machine to help you create a cardiovascular workout on the same machine as you do your strengthening exercises.

Users find switching between exercises a simple time-saving process.

If you who are injury prone or recovering from ongoing pain problems especially in your legs, the Bowflex Ultimate 2 is a great low-impact machine on joints and muscles.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Bowflex Ultimate 2 warranty and guarantee includes:

– Machine: 12 Years
– Power Rods: Lifetime

Get all the details at Or dial (800) 667-1689.


Since the Bowflex Ultimate 2 is an older machine, it is a more economical buy than newer machines with the same components.

Bowflex was the first on the market to introduce the Power Rod technology, and since then users have discovered the easy way to begin weight training and progress to lifting larger amounts of weight in a short time period.

Consider the Bowflex Ultimate 2 refurbished model to receive the 6 month warranty, or check out the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE.


  • Richard Cassell September 16, 2020 at 6:39 pm from North Carolina
    How much does the actual bow flex ultimate 2 weight? Equipment (only) weight important relative to potential second floor placement and purchase decision.
    • FitRated September 17, 2020 at 11:18 am
      Hi Richard, the product weight is 239 kg.

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