Advanced Search

Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Review

Quick Summary

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE home gym uses Bowflex’s patented Power Rod technology to deliver 210 pounds of resistance (upgradeable up to 410 pounds).

Start out with as little as 5 pounds of weight and keep adding Power Rods until you reach your maximum weight resistance.

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE offers several attachments (built-in and included separately) to deliver over 70 different exercises.

Read on for our full Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE review below…


Model Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE

Our custom rating considers all of the Home Gym's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

List Price

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

Best Price

Since prices change daily, this link goes to our preferred retailer for the current best price. Note: MSRP stands for Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price.


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 upgradeable to 310 or 410

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.


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: 4' 5"
Width: 4' 1"
Height: 6' 11"
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.

- Included attachments: Squat Bar & Ab Crunch Shoulder Harness
- 310 lb Rod Upgrade (for an additional $129)

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: 7 Years

Rating: 90.6%

Our Rating


Minimize the set up time between exercises with no cable changes and an ergonomic design. This versatile home gym features wide selection of exercises and several accessories.


  • Patent Power Rod resistance
  • 70+ exercises and even more variations supported
  • 210 lbs. of resistance (up to 410 with upgrade)
  • Ergonomic bench seat adjusts to individual preference
  • Lifetime coverage on Power Rods, 7 years of coverage on the machine
  • 7 free trainer-built workouts


  • Requires time to reposition cables/rods between exercises
  • 2-4 hour assembly time
  • Lack tools needed for assembly
  • In-home assembly costs $299


Originally released in 2008, the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE home gym includes a two-position adjustable lat tower, four-position lower pulley squat station, and no-change cable pulley system. These components will develop strong legs, flat abs, and toned glutes as well as sculpted chest and arms. It’s a versatile trainer with 70+ exercises available as well as numerous enhancements including 310 lb. and 410 lb. Power Rod upgrades. Perfect for trainees looking to get tough and/or buff.

Home Gym Workouts

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE home gym includes over 70 exercises that tone all major muscle groups in arms, shoulders, back, legs, chest and abs. The exercises concentrate on problem areas such as triceps, biceps, wrists, hips, calves and lower back muscles. There is also an ab crunch shoulder harness to give a greater workout to your abdominal muscles. If that’s not enough, stay motivated thanks to the lat tower with angled lat bar and 4-position lower pulley/squat station. Whew! It truly is an entire gym crammed into a single home machine.

Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Features

Bowflex’s Xtreme 2 SE home gym accommodates users who way up to 300 pounds with comfortable and effective workouts. Not only does the machine accommodate all sizes of people, the compact design also fits in all sizes of rooms. An ideal solution for anyone who wants a full home gym, yet can’t dedicated an entire room to a collection of bulky equipment.

The Bowflex’s Power Rod technology also provides all of the benefits of free weights without the risk to joint injuries. The adjustable resistance of the Power Rods provides plenty of challenge without putting as much strain and impact on joints. And because those Power Rods are built with the highest quality composite material, the rods will never wear out (or at least you will wear out long before the rods).

In addition to the benefits of low impact resistance training, users can stay comfortable and keep pressure off of their backs with the ergonomic adjustable seat. It’s an ideal machine for any trainee recovering from an injury or determined to avoid one.

The no-change cable pulley system lets you move from squats to lats to leg workouts without ever needing to change the cables. This means less time spent making adjustments in between exercises and more time working out. That’s excellent news for users who don’t have much time to dedicate to their workout needs. This system is also attributed to the how quiet this the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE is when in use.

The unique 5-way hand grip/ankle cuffs of the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE are designed to add flexibility and performance to any workout. The functions include a Regular Grip, Non-Grip Cuff, Ankle Cuff, Foot Cuff and a Shoulder Cuff. Dictate your angle of resistance with multiple cable and pulley positions for added effectiveness to many exercises. The possibilities of what you can do with this machine are almost endless!

Although it’s non-folding, the Xtreme 2 SE is very compact, making it perfect for smaller home gyms. To further maximize your space, you may consider the supplemental purchase of the Preacher Curl & Gym Style Ab Crunch attachments to open many new options for a small cost.

Any purchase of the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE also includes a detailed owner’s manual/fitness guide complete with 7 Free Trainer-Built Workouts, taking the pressure off of designing your own routines to maximize results. If you it’s right for you, shipping costs run $169.99 within the contiguous US and $424.99 in Alaska and Hawaii.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE home gym warranty and guarantee includes:

Power Rods: Lifetime
Machine: 7 Years


The Xtreme 2 SE home gym gives you most of the features of newer models without the extra cost, and you’ll save time and money with the no-change cable system. This is one of the most versatile and and challenging resistance training machines on the market. If you’ve been wanting to tone and sculpt your body, but don’t have the time to travel to a gym or the space to accommodate several bulky weight training machines, The Xtreme 2 SE will solve all of your problems at once. BoFlex has your back. Let the company sculpt you into an idealized statue of musclebound glory through The Xtreme 2 SE.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a fully-assembled Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE weigh?

185 lbs.

How do I upgrade my Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE to 410 lbs of resistance?

The Bowflex Power Rod upgrades your machine from 310 to 410 pounds for an extra $129.

What exercises can I do with the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE?

Bowflex Xtreme 2SE comes with a manual detailing dozens of exercises to explore including six chest exercises, 14 shoulder exercises, 16 back exercises, 24 arm exercises, three ab exercises, and 10 leg exercises.

How long does it take to setup the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE?

Setup is somewhat complicated. It takes around 2-4 hours, and the tools needed to get the job done aren’t included. In-home assembly is available for an extra $299.

What is the minimum ceiling height required for the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE?

You need a ceiling height of at least eight feet.

Does the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE come with a workout DVD?

While some Bowflex products like the Blaze do come with a workout DVD, the Xtreme 2 SE does not.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.