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The Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym is a total-body solution that delivers everything you could possibly imagine for great fitness results. It offers over 95 exercises and includes a lat tower, leg extension/leg curl station, preacher curl attachment, integrated squat station and more. Included with Your Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym: No-Change Cable Pulley System; 310 lbs of Power Rod Resistance (upgradeable to 410 lbs/186 kg); Lat Tower with Angled Lat Bar; Leg Extension/Leg Curl Attachment; Preacher Curl Attachment; Built-In Cardio Rowing Machine; Integrated Squat Station; 5-way Hand-Grip/ Ankle Cuffs; Workout DVD; Quick Reference Fitness Poster with Detailed Instructions for Each Exercise
- Shipping Weight: 527 pounds
- Domestic Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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- Origin: USA
- ASIN: B001HSOGH2
- Item model number: ULTIMATE 2 RERURB
Excellent machine with limitations that I have described
A little background on myself. I'm a US Navy Veteran and have used conventional barbells/dumbbells, Hammerstrength, Nautilus machines, the Nordicflex Gold, the original Bowflex, the Total Trainer DLX Chrome and Powerblocks. I have used weight machines all of my life to stay in shape. Since most of us cannot dedicate a house to a large complex gym, a home gym is a great option. Though I love my Total Trainer, its limitations are for leg exercises such as leg curls and extensions.
Fantastic machine for getting toned
I bought the Bowflex Ultimate 2 about 8-9 years ago with pretty much all of the attachments (ab, leg extension, curl, extra resistance weight, etc) and used it pretty religiously for a few years and got the most cut up and toned that I had ever been. I have always been big into working out and weight lifting but the machine made getting cut up (with a good diet) very easy. Switching between exercises is a snap and lifting with the resistance rods hits extra stabilizers often missed and underutilized with traditional weight lifting.
Great Workout, Easy to Use, Helpfull Company
This is a very easy to use product. The weight does not really reach 400 lbs if you want heavy weights but it is relatively close. There are a large variety of workouts for all bodyparts. Mine came with a grip missing(not really a problem because there were three others) and the company replaced it right away. The boxes were beat up when they came but nothing was damaged. The rope attachment is virtually useless with this machine but can be used with the chain included if you really want to use it. I love doing my squats, lunges, leg curls and extensions on this machine because I have torn cartilage and feel no pain. It is a very low impact way to lift legs. I am not very good at doing rows and feel like it is awkward and that I cant take advantage of all the weight when I am doing it. Some may like it though. Changing lifts is easy because you don't have to switch cables on this machine but switching to squats, leg curls and extensions or bicep curls takes a little adding of parts but it isn't hard(They are my favorite use for this machine so it must not be too hard). Putting the machine together is not hard if you follow the directions. I put it together in one afternoon despite its multiple shipping boxes. I recommend this machine fully and think it is a great option for lifters out there who want a full gym without being away from home, the family, and paying for a gym membership.
This machine works for me
I bought an Ultimate 2 (used, actually I'm the 3rd owner) and have been very satisfied with this machine. If you want to get stronger and burn fat, you need to do the big multi-joint exercises like squat, bench, pull downs and overhead press. This machine does them very well, and safely too because you can do them to failure with no spotter required. Another benefit of this machine is it's mass, it weighs about 600#, which means it is very stable in use - you feel like you are on a gym quality machine. The variety of exercises is another hugh benefit. The manual lists about 100 different movements but there are actually many more. With the 100# rod upgrade (to 410 total) you will have more than enough resistance for the heaviest lifts. The leg extention and leg curls attachments work and fit me very well, I like that I can get a good leg workout on it. It's been written by others that the rods bend, and they can but it is not permanent. If you cinch up the rods (velcro strap) after your workout they will be straight when you come back for the next one. Even if you leave them loaded on occasion, they will return to straight. The bench, attachments, handles and other accessories are all of high quality construction and materials. After using this machine for 5 months I have made significant gains in strength and packed on some muscle, and I know it will always be the foundation of my fitness program. Since buying this, I have also purchased bodylastics resisitance bands and a set of powerblock dumbells to round out my home gym as I feel I can do better small muscle isolation exercises with them. If you want a home gym machine that provides heavy resisitance, quiet operation, quality engineering, design and materials and a veritable plethora of excerises for every body part, this machine will work for you too
I really love this thing
I've had my bowflex ultimate 2 for almost a year now. I really love this thing. It's perfect for my wife and myself who move every few years as we are in the military. It's a lot lighter than moving conventional weight sets.
Overall a great home gym
Like others have said already, the Ultimate 2 comes in many boxes and it takes some time and patience to put together. This machine is not light, it consists of many thick aluminum pieces - frankly it is a full workout in its own right just to assemble it. Your best option is finding some help to put it together.
If you are self Movitaved, This is a Dream Home Gym
As a previous reviewer stated, Yes, this comes in about 6 different boxes, (I also got more boxes because I ordered more attachments). Yes, it does take about 8-18 hours of assembly (varies depending on how good you are at putting things together). When you first open the boxes and see all of the parts the task does look daunting, but the Bowflex instruction manual does a fair job of explaining how to assemble it. I am OK at assembling things, such as Ikea and Target furniture. Although, this was definitely a step up in difficulty, it isn't impossible. It does take some patience and attention to detail. Took me 3 days working 4hrs a day to complete the machine, total 12hrs. I did feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that I finished and did it alone.
Best purchase I have ever made.
The Bowflex Ultimate 2 Is great machine. I have had mine for a little over 3 months now and I use it every day. The facts are if you use it you will get the results you are looking for. My job is very demanding on my time so driving to a gym is out of the question. I bought all the attatchments that can go with it(there are a few) and the rod rejuvenator. The rejuvenator does help. It keeps the rods strait. The dvd is very helpfull in understanding the bowflex and its execises. That said the workout on it does not work for me but it guided me to create my own. You can get the same workout with this bowflex that you can at a gym. Here are the pro's and con's of the bowflex. Pro's: Contruction is extremely good and durable, it's cables and rods so it's more safe to work out by yourself then it is with free weights (this was a big deal for me) I can do squats and bench presses without having to worry about getting a bar back in a cradle. It folds up and can be rolled around which is good because this thing is quite large and heavy. Make sure you measure and have enough room. I would say you need a 10 foot long by 7 foot wide by 7 foot tall area to use this bowflex. You will want to put it together in the room you plan to use it. Hallways and doorways are not really an option when its assembled. Assembly for me was easy (I am a mechanic). Con's: It's big.
being fair to the actual item!!
I had to rate this!! I have had this since mothers day (yes I am a woman, and it has been almost 2 weeks). I have been using it every other day since then. I have lost almost 10 lbs. (I am on a diet as well, so no big surprise there), but I am more impressed with the flab I am losing and the tone I am gaining. My husband is working out too, and his belly and love handles have all gone down a bit. This thing is easy to use, and really does work!! I would highly recommend getting the accessory stand, otherwise there will be pieces all over the room it is in, and they could get damaged.
A Real Machine
I saw this come up and I had to give this a rating it deserved. I'll hope to expand later.
I saw this come up and I had to give this a rating it deserved. I'll hope to expand later.