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Review of the Bowflex Ultimate 2

Ultimate means the best, the peak, and the last word, and for the Bowflex it does seem a bit too presumptuous. After all, the future always brings new advances, and the particular irony in the case of the Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym is that it has been almost a decade since it first came out. But perhaps Bowflex may have been somewhat prophetic, because the Bowflex Ultimate is definitely what one would consider “state of the art.”


Features of the Bowflex Ultimate 2

The Bowflex Ultimate 2 is a home gym—it enables you to exercise just about every major muscle group in your body. Whether you’re focusing on your chest, shoulders, back, arms, abdominals, or legs, you’re covered.

The features include:

  • Power Rod Resistance. The resistance comes in Power Rods (which has a lifetime warranty, by the way) that will challenge you as effectively as free weights (at the very least. Some people think that it can be more challenging. But with these Power rods, you don’t have to worry about inertia, and you can also avoid joint pains as well. You get 310 pounds of resistance as standard, but you can get an extra pair of 50-pound weights for a total of 410 pounds.
  • No-Change Cable Pulley System. You can move from one exercise to another, without changing the cables on the pulleys. This saves you time and maintains your heart rate.
  • Lat Tower with Angled Lat Bar. This integrated tower will develop your back and shoulder muscles
  • Preacher Curl Attachment. This is for your biceps.
  • Leg Extension. You can develop your legs without needing too much space.
  • Integrated Squat Station. This is to develop your quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, and calves.
  • Five-way Hand-Grip/Ankle Cuffs. The unique handgrip offers greater challenge and additional flexibility.
  • Leg Press Belt. Protects you from injury.
  • Vertical Bench Press. This will help you challenge both deep muscle tissues and smaller muscles.
  • Once you’re done, you can fold down the unit to an even smaller 44 by 46 inches (W x D) for easy storage. The unit only has a 30-square foot footprint, but it weighs 407 pounds for stability.
  • Built-in rowing machine. For your cardio.
  • Multiple Cable/Pulley Positions. For different angles of resistance.


Some Bowflex home gyms offer you the chance to perform more than 60 exercises and on the face of it that’s very impressive. But the fact that with the Bowflex Ultimate 2 for Sale you have to chance to do more than 90 types of exercises is a true joy for even the serious fitness freak. Consider the fact that you can do 7 abdominal exercises, 21 shoulder exercises, 12 back exercises, 20 arm exercises, 10 chest exercises, and 21 leg exercises. That’s 91 exercises all in all.

Then there’s also the fact that the Ultimate is truly durable. What else can explain all the reviews from customers who’ve owned their units for more than 6 years and who has no complaints and no regrets? It’s also even very safe, since all the kinks have been tweaked over the years.

The manual and the DVD is also truly a convenience. Some home gyms offer written description, but nothing beats video in demonstrating how to do a particular exercises properly wand with the right form. There’s also even a poster you put up, so you don’t have to pause to check what to do next.

Speaking of pauses, the No-Change Cable Pulley System is really a nice touch, as you can go from squats to lats to leg workouts and you won’t need to change cables.

Finally, since you can’t really buy an Ultimate brand new these days (it’s either used or refurbished), the price will be way down than what it used to cost and it will be a true discount compared to what you have to pay for a new one today that offers similar performance.


Perhaps it may not be fair to mention the need to assemble the Bowflex Ultimate 2. After all, you don’t exactly get things already assembled. “Some assembly required” is the price you have to pay to have a truly versatile exercise machine in the comfort of your own home. But the Bowflex definition of “some” in “some assembly required” is a classic understatement.

You will need a lot of time and effort in order to have yourself a working unit. We’re not talking about a couple hours here. We’re talking about days of hard labor trying to figure out where each tiny piece goes. Some reports peg the number of hours in total to 18 hours. The best ones brag that they were able to finish the whole thing in just 8 hours. And if 8 hours is something to brag about, then you know you’re in for one heck of a tedious challenge. Can you imagine working on assembling a piece of equipment for 8 hours straight? And what if it takes 18 hours? Think about that first, although it may help to regard it as your first workout.

Some people may also cite the history of recalls associated with the Bowflex Ultimate, but that’s actually a good thing. There have been literally tens of thousands of Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym sold, and yet less than a dozen reports of malfunctions were enough for Nautilus to immediately issue a recall and a solution. For example, they sent a free kit that included a pulley bracket and a cable retainer assembly. That was enough to prevent further reports of the malfunction happening again.


It has been many years now since the launch of the first Bowflex Ultimate 2 for Sale, and the unit has proven itself beyond all doubt. It has been tweaked to perfection, so to speak, and the fact that people still write glowing reviews about it prove that the Ultimate is really a machine for the ages. Get it, and you will never again need to go to a gym. The manual and the DVDs should be helpful enough to take the place of an expensive trainer.


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