I was wondering if anyone around here has or has used the bowflex for some time. This is my story. I had got the bowflex and at the time i was really skinny. I was around 155 and 6 feet tall. I decided i wanted to get bigger so i started up on the bowflex. I also decided to eat ALOT. this was all during a month and a half during summer vacation away from college. I would train chest and tris one day and then shoulders back bis the other day and rest one day after that and go again 2 days on and 1 day rest. I was also using creatine made my muscletech at the time with MRIs NO2. In that short time i went up to 205 pounds and most of it was muscle or semi muscle. A little fat came with it but no one could tell and everyone thought I went on steroids when i came back to school. It has been 2 years after that and people still ask me if i went on steroids that summer. When i got back to school i tried to lift free weights and it just didnt seem the same to me. I wasnt putting up much weight either. People were like you look alot bigger than you can lift. That really bothered me. With school in the way and all i have not been able to get in the gym so basically now my body is more fatty but im not fat and alot less muscly where i have stretch marks along my biceps and chest. I weigh about 190 now and i want to get back into lifting hardcore and get back into 210-220. I was wondering should i just go back to the bowflex even though i had maxed out on the weight on there and just get more weight added on to it or start at the gym and see where that goes again?? At one point on the bowflex near the end of the summer i was lifting everyday and was jus getting bigger and it felt amazing. I dont kno if that was that i needed to lift everyday to make it comparable of lifting 2 days on and 1 day off at a real gym. Someone help me out in trying to make sense of all of this. THanks alot guys i really need some help here
I'm always so impressed and inspired when someone with your condition (paraplegic or amputee) steps up and still trains with weights.
Most home equipment (machines like Bowflex) don't provide enough resistance for serious trainers. I would find a gym that can accomodate your wheelchair, and train there.
Last edited by Paul Stagg; 12-07-2005 at 07:58 AM.
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1. Learn to break up your paragraphs so that they're readable.
2. Sell your bowflex. Use the money to buy a power rack and an olympic weight set.
Your poundages will go down from the bowflex "weights". I don't feel like explaining why right now, so maybe someone nicer and more patient than I will chime in. Just deal with the lower weights, keep eating and you'll reap the benefits in no time.
With strength I burn
Free Weights = Gold
Bowfelx = Bronze
I hope that made some sense
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lolOriginally Posted by Paul Stagg
now why do i gotta get made fun of here?? haha cant we get some mature people in here jus to answer questions, haha but i guess i should of expected this.
learn the definition of mature first, then post.Originally Posted by viperc8
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dont get it?Originally Posted by Paul Stagg
poked fun at the thread starter, i just had no idea what he meantOriginally Posted by dw06wu
nice subtle humor
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LOL, that was hilarious.Originally Posted by Paul Stagg
Best advice!Originally Posted by DenimDemon
I have a Bowflex and I use it only as a big triceps machine for push downs, and maybe for flies once a month, the rest of the time it sits there collecting dust. If it wasn't tied up in family politics, I'd sell it tomorrow to some fool and buy a power rack and my home set up would be complete.
As someone with absolutely no vested interest (I didn't buy it, I don't owe money on it, I'm not trying to justify having one etc) the Bowflex is garbage...