Bowflex PR1000 Review

Bowflex PR1000 Review

  • Build Quality
  • Features
  • Practicality
  • Value

The Bowflex gyms are renowned for being expensive luxuries for those who could afford them, that was until the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym was released. Stripped down from the more expensive & recommended Bowflex home gyms, the Bowflex PR1000 retails around $500 which is considerably lower than the higher end Bowflex gyms, but does this gym match up given the price difference? Find out in my Bowflex PR1000 review below.


My Review of the Bowflex PR1000

The Bowflex PR 1000 is a home gym that offers both cardiovascular training and strength training. It has the ability to train areas like your abs, arms, chest, back, shoulders and legs. However, it’s not ideal for bodybuilders who’ll need a much higher level of resistance. For those more advanced I’d recommend the Bowflex PR3000 which has a standard weight resistance of 210 lbs but has the possibility to upgrade to 310-410 lbs.

You’ll find the PR1000 is easy to use, it has a nice smooth motion (limiting the stress on joints resulting in injury), it’s well built, it doesn’t take up too much space and it can be folded away easily. For those of you that are casual exercisers the PR1000 is a perfect choice. However, for those of you that are experienced weight trainers, it may be worth looking at the PR3000 Bowflex.



  • Multiple workouts with over 30 exercises possible
  • High build quality
  • Small in size
  • Standard 210 lbs of resistance
  • Bowflex’s versatile power rod technology
  • Built-in rowing station to work your cardio
  • Folding unit
  • Workout placard showing descriptions of all the exercises
  • Triple function hand grips for lat pulldowns
  • Horizontal bench press
  • Sliding seat rail
  • 4 inch upholstered rolling cushions for added comfort on leg press and leg curl



  • Height: 81 inches (205 cm)
  • Length: 84 inches (213 cm)
  • Width: 38 inches (97 cm)
  • Minimum Workout Area: 100 by 78 inches (254 x 199 cm)
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds (136 kg)
  • 210 pounds of Power Rod resistance (upgradeable)
  • Shipping weight: 144.8 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame (1 year), Parts (5 years)



Like with every Bowflex home gym, the PR1000 is designed to offer maximum resistance with maximum protection for the muscles and joints. Personally, I like the fact that the PR1000 doesn’t have any serious limitations when compared to the higher price bracket of Bowflex gyms, considering the price difference you’d be forgiven for thinking that this gym would lack in quality however, it doesn’t seem to!

The idea of using power rods to help with your range of motion on all your exercises doesn’t quite sit right with me. I like the idea of using my whole body to stabilize my main movements (such as chest press, shoulder press and leg press), which in turn will help build the joints up over time and limit the risk of injury that way. However, for isolated movements such as bicep curls and leg curls the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym is perfectly okay in my book.

One Comment

  1. My wife has been after a home gym for a while, so I bought her the pr1000 for birthday/xmas. It took me around 2 hours to put together but I’m not great at that sort of thing. The gym is fun, my wife loves it and the workouts are pretty easy to do. The manual with the workouts is excellent, for me though the manual for setting the gym up could be more descriptive with better diagrams. We’re already thinking of upgrading from the 210 lbs, but for now it’s fine, will definitely upgrade in the future.

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