The Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is one of those all in one home gyms.

A solid looking fellow if you'll ask me.

Having a home gym right there, in front of you, all day, every day, can really make the difference between wanting to get bigger, and actually getting bigger. 

So in this review we're checking whether this all in one home gym has what it takes to compete with new models and in the same time help us to achieve that shredded body we want so much.


quick overview OF THE

Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym

QUALITY

user friendly

fEATURES 

price

rATING

Pros

  • offers over 50 exercises
  • provides a full body workout
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    unique resistance system - bowflex power rods
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    The unique resistance system provides a workout that is easy on the joints
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    Easy To Switch Between Exercises  - No Need To Change Cables
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    versatile home gym
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    Quite

Cons

  • Pricey
  • there are newer models who offer more
  •  Requires Maintenance
  • The Standard Resistance Weight Is 210 Lbs
  • you can only upgrade the resistance to 310 lbs
  • You can't tell how much you're actually lifting
  • the power rods will lose their tension over time and will need to be replaced
  • Fit users will have to pay extra to upgrade the resistance weight

Summary:


The Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is like a classic car.


A magnificent piece of work that used to rule the road in it's time.


And now, though It can still cruise at ease, all these damn new hybrids keep passing it by without any effort.


It's hard to say why you should go for the PR3000, especially when looking at the newer models out there.


However, if you're not looking for something too fancy, and you just want something that gets the job done, then this home gym might be a good option for you.


It offers a full body workout, with over 50 exercises that will help you target almost every muscle in your body.


You can switch exercise in a second and without changing any cables.


So if you're after getting bigger, building muscles and improving your fitness and cardio, and all while not aiming for the newest model in town, check out the PR3000.

Enter the world of Bowflex Home Gyms


Those of you who are into home gyms will probably recognize the Bowflex brand.

They've been making home gyms for three decades now.

For the company, It's not always had been a smooth ride, but the people over at Bowflex always found a way to bounce back. 

The PR3000 was, and maybe still is, one of the more popular models of the brand. 

It offers a full body workout with the ability to do over 50 exercises. 

Which is not that much when compared to other home gyms, like the Total Gym XLS for example.

However it does offer more "comfortable" workout in a way that you don't have to change the cables between exercises.

It comes with a standard 210 lbs power rods resistance, which you will find on almost every home gym from Bowflex.

Is it worth investing in your own home gym?


There are a lot of benefits for owning a gym .

The main problem though is that, not many people have the budget needed, or enough space to build a solid home gym. 

By solid I mean a home gym that includes Olympic bench, weight bench, squat rack, dumbbells, weight bars, etc.

Well sure you can settle for weight bench and some dumbbells, but that will mean you're also settling for the results you will get.

That is one of the reasons why all in one home gyms became so popular.

They don't take that much space, they don't costs as much as full home gym, and they provide a full body workout.

Another great thing about having your own home gym is that, in the long run you're actually saving money.

Think about it, your not paying for a gym subscription, and you're not wasting any gas by driving to the gym.

You can spend that money on supplements if you're into that, or maybe even on new gear from time to time.

Bottom line is, if you're actually going to use one, and you're serious about achieving your goals, owning a home gym might be the right answer for you. 

bowflex PR3000 Home Gym review


The great thing about Bowflex PR3000 home gym is that it allows you to work your entire body. 

This is great for couple of reasons.

  1. You can get a full body workout right in your own home.
  2. You can build, shape and tone your entire body.
  3. You don't need to spend extra on other machines.

Once you'll realize that, the only thing left to do is to chose the right home gym for you. 

The Bowflex PR3000 is not the latest model in the market.

Heck, it's definitely not the best, but it sure does pack some interesting features inside.

Lets check it out. 

Bowflex Resistance Rods (or power rods)

OK, so first things first.

If you don't know them, now's the time.

The unique angel of the Bowflex home gyms are their resistance system.

You won't see any weight plats on the back or something like that.

That's just too old fashioned if you'll ask Bowflex founder.

Instead the PR3000 uses a unique resistance system developed by the founder, and known as Power Rods.

These rods are what applies the tension on your muscles in order for them to grow. 

Instead of lifting weight plates your flexing a set of rods. 

In the past they were made from polymer, but nowadays Bowflex is not reviling the material of the rods.

However, they are very flexible and durable, and they are the source of the brands name.

What I love about them, and I have said it before in our Bowflex Blaze Home Gym Review, is the fact that they enable people who suffer from joint pain, or people who're recovering from injury to workout.

You see, the way the rods work is they apply more tension as you flex. The tension is built during the exercise.

Therefore it will enable almost anyone to workout.

Just start slow and see if you can keep building the tension.

Technicalities

As a standard, almost all Bowflex home gym's come with a 210 lbs resistance weight. 

This might be enough for someone who's just starting to workout. 

But what if you used to be a gym-goer?

I can tell you right now, 210 lbs ain't gonna be sufficient for ya. 

You can upgrade your machine to 310 lbs, but why should you pay more than someone who's just starting out?

Bowflex should've included the 310 lbs resistance as a standard.

They lost some points from me on this matter. 

Anyway, the rods are divided into five sets of two.

Each rod has a mark on it's cap showing it's weight capacity.

  • 5 lb
  • 10 lb
  • 10 lb
  • 30 lb
  • 50 lb

Power Rods Cons

The weight

The main downside is that it's not actual weight your lifting. (Or should I say flexing?)

The weight mark is merely an estimate in order to give you an idea of how much your lifting.

The actual weight is around 60-70% of the weight mark.

Maintenance

If that's not enough then you should also know you need to take care of the rods. 

When you're not using the machine, you need to align all the rods straight and strap them all together using the rods strap.

Bowflex rods replacement

Over time the rods will show normal signs of wear and tear.

Depending on your usage, you will start to notice that the tension is not what it used to be, and it's not because you became The Rock. 

Once that happens you will have to replace the rods with new ones, that is if you want to keep working out on this home gym.

bowflex PR3000 vs blaze

Bowflex PR3000

Bowflex Blaze

over 50 Exercises

over 60 exercises

doesn't fold

folds

Standard Resistance Of 210 Lbs 

standard Resistance of 210 lbs 

Resistance Upgradable Up To 310 Lbs 

resistance upgradable up to 410 lbs 

Vertical bench press

Horizontal bench press

no squat bar

squat bar

no Aerobic Rowing

Aerobic Rowing

max user weight of 300 lbs

max user weight of 300 lbs

Alright, so except for the fact that the two match up in the resistance weight supplied with them both, and the max user weight, the scale goes in favor of the Bowflex Blaze. 

That's only reasonable considering the fact that the Blaze is the newer model.

The Blaze offers more exercises, it has a folding horizontal bench, you can do aerobic rowing on it, and the list just goes on.

In my books, when two similar products costs the same, and one is offering more than the other, I tend to go with the more generous one.

At the time of writing both home gyms cost almost the same.

Since I don't want to mislead you, I encourage you to check the most updated price for the Bowflex Blaze Home Gym here, and for the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym here.

bowflex PR3000 workouts


With the Bowflex PR3000 you will be able to work your entire body. 

The type of exercises you can do on this home gym varies from decline bench press to leg extension and standing hip abduction.

And though the PR3000 only has only a bit over 50 exercises to offer, it will be enough for most people.

I hope it goes without saying that before you start pumping away, decide what is your goal. 

What ever it maybe, most chances the PR3000 can help you achieve it. 

Here's a quick rundown of the exercises you can do with this home gym.

  • Chest: Bench Press, Decline/Incline Bench Press.
  • Shoulders: Crossover High Rear Delt Rows, Shoulder Shrug, Seated Shoulder Press.
  • Back: Standing Low Back Extension, Reverse Grip Pull-down with Hand-grips,Narrow Pulldowns with Handgrips.
  • Arms: Triceps Push-down, Triceps Kickback, Seated Biceps Curl.
  • Abs: Seated (Resisted) Abdominal Crunch, Trunk Rotation..
  • Legs: Leg Extension, Squats, Standing Hip Abduction.

bowflex pr3000 manual

The great thing about Bowflex home gyms is that they all come with a very detailed  manual.

Inside that manual you'll find not less detailed exercise plan.

These two make the PR3000 an easy to use home gym. Especially if you've never worked-out before. 

What's not so great is that they could have put in the extra effort and include a DVD beginners guide or on video exercises.

You know, the same kind that can be found with almost any Total Gym model.

In addition you'll also get 7 trainer workout programs, which is great. However.

You should always get a workout program that is right for you. 

bowflex PR3000 Dimensions


Since we've already compared the PR3000 to it's younger brother, the Blaze, let's compare them in size as well.

  • Blaze In Use Dimensions: 90" L x 38" W x 83" H (229 cm L x 97 cm W x 211 cm H)
  • Folded Dimensions: 52" L x 38" W x 83" H (132 cm L x 97 cm W x 211 cm H)
  • Workout area: 100" L x 78" W (254 cm L x 198 cm W)
  • PR3000 In Use Dimensions: 76" L x  86" W x H 82" (193 cm L x 219 cm W x 208 cm H)
  • Unused Dimensions: 63" L x  86" W x H 82" (160 cm L x 219 cm W x 208 cm H)
  • Workout area: 90" L x 100" W (229 cm L x 254 cm W)

First of all lets state the obvious.

The Blaze is slightly taller than the PR3000, which is good for us.

But between the two, the Blaze is the more compact one. 

It's width is far smaller than the PR3000's, and when not in use even it's length. 

In addition, you can fit the Blaze in a smaller room since it takes up less space, and you won't need a large workout area. 

Bottom line is, Bowflex learned from past models and made its home gyms ever more compact.

In this case it is the Blaze who can say that size dose matter.

Only that this time, smaller is better. 

Read Our Bowflex Blaze Home Gym Review

bowflex PR3000 assembly


Again, like with all other models from Bowflex, this home gym comes with a highly detailed assembly manual.

The PR3000 is not one them "ready to use from the box" home gym.

No, you will have to put in the work.

Some will say that the actual workout starts at the assembly of this home gym.

I, personally wouldn't called it that way. It is somewhat hard, but not impossible.

The instructions are very easy to understand, it's all about your execution.

And like I always say, use your own tools.

Hopefully you have your own. And you should expect to finish the work in 2 hours tops.

PROS


From what we know about the PR3000 we can say it has a lot to offer.

Lets do a quick rundown. 

It has over 50 exercises to offer you. This will more than enough for most people.

It offers a full body workout.

No need to buy any additional machines for your home. since you can target every muscle group in the body.

The unique resistance rods allows people with joint pain to actually workout.
 
By increasing the tension as you progress in the exercise you can decide on the amount of tension applied.

It supports various types of fitness goals. 

So if you're into pumping up, getting shred, building muscles, improving your fitness and cardio, this home gym might a good option for you to consider. 

It's super quite.

Thank to the rods system, you won't hear any weight plates hitting each other. 

It's got a highly detailed manual and an exercise plan.

Making the PR3000 to a very newbie friendly home gym.

It's so easy to switch between exercises. One minute you can do a bench press and a minute later you're doing chest fly.

Without getting up, without changing cables and without adding/removing weight.

CONS


All in all the PR3000 is more than a decent home gym equip. 

However when compared to newer models the PR3000 falls a bit short. 

50 exercises sounds like a lot, but when you hear about the 60 plus the Blaze offer, and the 70 plus the Xtreme 2SE offers, suddenly 50 doesn't sound like a big number.

In addition It will need a larger room since it has bigger footprint than the new models. 

The 210 lbs resistance weight will not be enough for fit users, and those will have to upgrade their unit.

But, if that's you, you can only upgrade the resistance up to 310 lbs.

While that in the new models from Bowflex you can upgrade it up to 410 lbs.

So once you've reached the point when 310 lbs is easy for you, you'll have to look for a new home gym.

Furthermore there's no lat pull down bar or squat bar. 

Pulleys and squats are performed with hand-grips.

Keep in mind that this home gym requires that you take good care of it. 

But even so, the rods will "suffer" from obvious wear and tear, and you will have to replace them with new ones.

Conclusion on the bowflex pR3000 Home gym


Product Name:

bowflex pr3000


Product Type:


Home Gym


Summary:


The Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is like a classic car.

A magnificent piece of work that used to rule the road in it's time.

And now, though It can still cruise at ease, all these damn new hybrids keep passing it by without any effort.

It's hard to say why you should go for the PR3000, especially when looking at the newer models out there.

However, if you're not looking for something too fancy, and you just want something that gets the job done, then this home gym might be a good option for you.

It offers a full body workout, with over 50 exercises that will help you target almost every muscle in your body.

You can switch exercise in a second and without changing any cables.

So if you're after getting bigger, building muscles and improving your fitness and cardio, and all while not aiming for the newest model in town, check out the PR3000.

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