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Tonight was the rebirth of the Bowflex routine, with the new, expensive, piece-of-crap Bowflex Revolution. I started to get the hang of it a bit, but it really is a total step backward from the original Bowflex. To any and all would-be Bowflex buyers, take it from me: go for the Ultimate or one of the other resistance-rod designs and avoid the Bowflex Revolution as if it were an overpriced, hard-to-use, badly-designed machine. 'cause that's what it is.

Anyway, with the new machine, and since I haven't really done any serious working out for six months or more, I decided to start at the beginning and work my way back up -- so some of these numbers are intentionally low right now and will probably shoot up in the weeks to come. I'm also going to be swapping exercises in and out until I get a routine I like. This one seems to be very heavy on the shoulders, while all but ignoring my chest, abs, and legs.

Warmup: ~3 min rows @ 45 lbs (hard)
Cross Triceps Extension: 2 sets of 10 @ 25 lbs (killed my deltoids! aaaargh)
Standing Reverse Fly: 3 sets of 10 @ 15 lbs (started easy; tough by the end)
Seated Resisted Punch: 2 sets of 10 @ 25 lbs (medium)
Standing Chest Press: 2 sets of 10 @ 15 lbs (why standing? easy, getting tougher by the end)
Aerobic Row: 1 set of 20 @ 40 lbs (medium)
Cooldown: 5 min rows @ 20 lbs (easy)

The software recommended 45 lbs for the Cross Triceps Extension -- WTF? That's totally out of whack. I did 25 lbs and my deltoids are made of butter now. Tonight's routine took me 45 minutes, but it was my first time on the machine. I expect future workouts to be much faster -- to the point where I may need to add more exercises, this one seemed a little short.

-The Gneech



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 12th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
so you're going to tuff it out?
or take my advice and sell that one and get the other design?

Jun. 12th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: so you're going to tuff it out?
Undecided at this time. Right now my goal is to start moving and keep moving -- refinements will follow. ;)

Jun. 12th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
So, I'm confused...did the Bowflex come with software that tells you what to do and how long to do it for? Or is there another piece of software you use?
Jun. 12th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
The software ("Bowflex iTrainer") is an accessory you buy separately. But it's quite helpful.

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