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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

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mammallamadevil
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?

MLD
the_gneech
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. ;)

-TG
hbar98
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?
the_gneech
Jun. 12th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
The software ("Bowflex iTrainer") is an accessory you buy separately. But it's quite helpful.

-TG
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