Bowflex currently offers a number of home gyms, all of which display quality only gained through decades of experience. The now-legendary Bowflex system of flexible rods has proven to be a solid alternative to traditional home gyms. Today we’re taking a closer look at the Bowflex PR3000. We’ll go over some of the more important details and show you just how much flexibility you’re getting with one of these – no pun intended.
Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym Review in Brief
The PR3000 sits nicely in the middle of Bowflex’s product range. It’s a robust home gym that balances functionality, size, and price. Designed to be an alternative to high-end traditional home gyms, this model is bringing 210lbs (upgradeable to 310lbs) of unconventional resistance with its Power Rod technology. The Bowflex PR3000 allows the user to perform over 50 exercises and build muscle in what is essentially a compact package. Built to last, this rig is well worth the investment.
Most home gyms are built around the same, or at the very least similar design. As with most fitness equipment, function takes priority over form. That being said, your average weight stack home gym is a clunky, massive machine that takes up heaps of space. One of the reasons why Bowflex became so popular is because they’ve managed to solve the issue of size.
The PR3000 utilizes a simple frame we’re used to seeing from Bowflex. You’ll see a modified H pattern base that supports the core vertical component. All of the pulleys and hardware are bolted on to this single piece of tubing. It’s a simple system that works, which is just one of the reasons why it’s arguably the best overall Bowflex home gym on the market, and among the best home gyms you can get in 2020.
This particular model comes with a built-in seat and a leg extender. Both of these can be removed, allowing you to utilize the upper pulley system in various ways. The PR3000 features several workout stations. You have the upper pulley system which is essentially a lat pulldown rig. Then there’s the chest station and finally the lower pulley station. One thing to note about the upper pulley system is that it features two independent handgrips instead of a lat bar. This may or may not be an issue for some.
The PR3000 offers 210 pounds of resistance delivered by a set of Power Rods sitting in the rear of the machine. If and when that becomes too easy, the PR3000 allows you to add 100 pounds worth of additional Power Rods. As it stands, the PR3000 lets you perform over 50 exercises which is a lot for a home gym.
If there’s one thing that matters with home gyms, it’s the build quality. Whenever you’re moving a lot of weight (or bending rods in case of the PR3000), you want that equipment to be sturdy. In the case of the PR3000, everything is solid. The frame is made of good quality tubing all around. Even the bolts look and feel beefy.
The cables and pulleys follow the same concept. They’re solid and are made to withstand much more than they’re likely to receive during a workout.
Last but not least, there’s the padded seat. Even though comfort isn’t exactly a primary concern when building a home gym, this seat offers plenty.
Performance (How Well Does It Work?)
Once the novelty factor wears off, all that’s left is raw performance. When Bowflex first came out, many were skeptical. Needless to say, the critics were wrong. The PR3000, like most Bowflex products, has proven to be a solid piece of equipment.
Defined by its functionality, this machine simply gets the job done. The resistance curve provided by Power Rods feels smooth and natural. The good thing about the PR3000 – which isn’t found on all Bowflex models – is that you don’t have to remove the handgrips and reroute cables in order to use different workout stations.
The only real con to this setup is the lack of an actual lat pulldown bar. Sure, you can do the same movement with independent hand grips but it feels like you’ll put in more effort stabilizing your core than actually targeting your lats.
That’s could be a con, but there’s a solid reason behind using handgrips and it’s simple. Using hand grips instead of a bar leaves you with more options in terms of different exercises you can perform.
Overall, the Bowflex PR3000 is one of the most balanced machines this company offers at the moment. It’s a sturdy rig that gets the job done. If you’re looking for something that’s highly functional, durable, and compact on top of all that, this might be the machine for you. It’s not without its flaws but they’re few and barely take away from the overall performance of the machine. Once you add the ability to expand the capacity with 100 extra pounds of resistance rods, the PR3000 really becomes a solid choice for the money.
- Highly functional design that offers a reduced footprint
- Features 210 lbs of resistance with room for an additional 100 lbs
- Rock-solid build quality that keeps everything stable
- Over 50 exercises on one machine
The Not So Good
- Not super affordable
- Lacks a lat pulldown bar