Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym Reviews

Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym

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  • Looking for a gift? Put 2 bows on and enjoy the Ultimate

    Apr 14, 2006 by is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Sports & Outdoors
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of features; lifetime warranty on the bows; effective.
    Cons: The bow resistance takes getting used to. You have to move the bows.

    Summary: I got an e-mail asking for advice regarding the Ultimate 2 by Bowflex. I had reviewed the Ultimate but the reader couldn’t find a review by me of the 2. So I decided to do a formal review because others may be wondering what the differences are ... read more

  • Big Machine, Great Workout, Lots of Variety

    Feb 26, 2010 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Almost 100 exercises, easy on the joints, impressive construction, movable and foldable if necessary.
    Cons: Larger than it appears in the ads, attachments are not easy to put in place.

    Summary: First, the logistics:  I bought my bowflex locally and went to pick it up and was overwhelmed by the amount of boxes (15) that it came in.  When I brought it home and put it together (took me approx 7 hours) I was fascinated by how large ... read more

  • Look carefully before you leap

    Aug 4, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: If you are committed, you will benefit from using the equipment. Equipment is good quality.
    Cons: Poor packaging. Difficult assembly. Customer service cant be trusted to process refunds correctly.

    Summary: I made the plunge in 2005 and ordered the Bowflex Ult 2. Before ordering, the salesman at Bowflex main office told me: 1) I could assemble it myself 2) It would take me about an hour. When the equipment arrived it became apparent that: 1) Most ... read more

  • Hardware in box 5!!!!!! Assembly was difficult but the ultimate 2 is great!!!!!

    Jul 30, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great workout, the attachments are worth the additional cost. Very smooth mechanical motion.
    Cons: Heavy assembly time, 10 to 14 hours! The hardware is in box 5~!

    Summary: The assembly was the worst thing about this machine. I am a single, stay-at-home mother who built the thing myself. I was able to do it all in a period of a week, working on and off on it for a few hours each day. The only thing I was NOT able to do ... read more

  • Interesting reviews...not what I expected

    Jun 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Can do several important exercises without multiple machines.
    Cons: Very expensive, doesn't compare much to machines or free weights.

    Summary: I've been working out since I was 13. I am now 35. I studied many manuals and routines; i.e. Arnold Schwarzenneger weight lifting manual, Navy Seal fitness, Nutrition, worked out with a Russian Special Forces Retiree, etc. I've learned which ... read more

  • Outstanding piece of equipment

    Mar 29, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Works every muscle you can think of from every possible angle.
    Cons: Large machine - needs lots of room. Lengthy construction.

    Summary: I've seen reviews compare the Ultimate to the Ultimate 2. You can't compare them. In my opinion, they should have given this model an entirely new name - it's that superior. I owned a standard Bowflex for several years, and although I liked it, I ... read more

  • Why I Bought The Bowflex U2 and How I got The Best Price?

    Mar 22, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gym quality machines in one well engineered machine. Space, time, and money savings.
    Cons: With my package and experience, frankly my dear, there's nothing! You get what you see.

    Summary: For anyone who is looking for a machine that will help them achieve their physical goals, the Bowflex Ultimate 2 is the way to go. I can’t add much to the quality of the machine more than those before me (Thanks guys for all the info, you are all ... read more

  • Worst Company Ever!!!!!!!

    Jul 14, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: None, I could never get the unit even after 3 weeks!!!
    Cons: The worst service and support!!!!

    Summary: They sent me the unit and about 7 of 10 boxes were damaged. The damages boxes went back with UPS. So I called and they told me replacements for the damaged boxes were being shipped. A couple days later I called to see if the boxes were sent. Not one ... read more

  • Great work out if you have the space for it

    Jun 30, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quality, no need for the gym anymore, warranty
    Cons: Size, Price, nothing is labled, too many boxes when shipped

    Summary: Great machine after its assembled. When it came it was in 7 Different boxes. The instructions are not that clear and the parts are not labeled. The assembly requires 2 people and a lot of time and patience. I dont think either me or my friend have ever ... read more

  • Good Investment if you are willing to work for it.

    Jun 28, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: well written instructions, vast array of exercises, great warranty, good quality and construction
    Cons: too long to put together, more "D-clips" needed to speed up workouts

    Summary: I got the Ultimate 2 about 3 weeks ago and I am extremely impressed with it so far. I thought that learning the movements would be difficult but I was feeling the burn almost immediately. If you have ever been to a gym in your life, you will ... read more

  • Bowflex Ultimate 2. All in One personal gym

    Jun 2, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Workmanship. Different exercises. Squat attachment. Ab crunch attachment. Foldable
    Cons: Attachments heavy. Size of footprint. Price. Not worth paying the full MSRP.

    Summary: I was looking for a home gym that would motivate me to use it. My answer was the Bowflex Ultimate 2 because it looks good and the price was enough that would motivate me to use it. Before I decided with Ultimate 2, I read reviews on the internet and ... read more


    Jan 10, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Seems very solid and well engineered.I like working out on it.
    Cons: Takes up some space when not folded up.Expensive initial price.

    Summary: I got this a month or so ago.It went together quite well and seemed to be of very high quality construction.It is easier to build with two people.Some parts are quite heavy and awkward. I was quite impressed by the quality on little things and its ... read more

  • Solid Equipment, Good Burns, Need to Learn It

    Dec 24, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Solid, lots of exercises, good burn - very possible.
    Cons: Needs grip extender - third party. Their book will get you hurt.

    Summary: I'm 48 and have been lifting weights since 14 (34 years). My early workouts with the Ultimate 2 were not as good as they are getting because you really must spend the time to learn the machine. To their credit, Bowflex includes high-quality videos (I ... read more

  • The best home gym

    Oct 2, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: a lot of workouts, sturdy, resistance
    Cons: takes up a lot of space, a lot of time to put together

    Summary: The ultimate 2 is the best home gym out there. It takes about 8 weeks to arrive though since I live in Jersey(Nautilus is in Washington) The machine takes a long time to set up, so get some one to help you out, but the manual is easy to use. The ... read more

  • The Bowflex Ultimate 2: The Best Home Workout Machine Available?

    Apr 30, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Warranty, price, different exercises, ease of use
    Cons: A few things that should be standard, difficult to put away

    Summary: Our clubhouse recently began upgrading the workout equipment and one of the new machines that they added was the Bowflex Ultimate 2. I have used it three times a week for about a month now and I am a fan for a number of reasons. However, I must admit ... read more

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  • Love it!

    Apr 2, 2008 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Quality construction, easy to follow assembly instructions, Great work out.
    Cons: Shipping method. UPS can't seem to deliver anything in one piece. Assembly time. Price.

    Summary: I've been wanting a Bowflex for years but I'm glad I waited. The Ultimate 2 is the best I've seen. I initially had some problems with the shipping. It took over a week for them to put the order through but once shipped it came pretty quick. ... read more

  • Bowflex Ultimate 2 - Great Workout

    Dec 21, 2006 by
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    Pros: The Bowflex Ultimate 2 is versatile and easy to use.
    Cons: As with any gym machine it takes up space and changing the weights is annoying.

    Summary: The Bowflex Ultimate 2 is a great tool for a workout. It is versatile in that you can work out specific areas of the body or do a full body workout. The machine is easy to use and you can achieve great results with even short but consistent workouts. ... read more

  • Bowflex Ultimate 2 not for the faint-hearted

    Dec 7, 2006 by
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    Pros: Very good quality machine-awesome workout-very versatile
    Cons: Extremely challenging assembly

    Summary: I recently have bought a Ultimate2 and am a previous owner of a PowerPro Bowflex(6 years). The ultimate 2 is one of the best workout machines I have ever used. If given a choice of a free gym membership or a Bowflex ultimate2 I would take the bowflex ... read more

  • Only For Some

    Aug 25, 2006 by
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    Pros: great home gym solution, cheaper than full home gym
    Cons: possibility of injury

    Summary: I have found that with the Bowflex Ultimate 2 as well as all other Bowflex products that you truly need to know the proper position in which to do the exercises. When I bought the Bowflex Ultimate 2 I already knew that if I did not do the exercises ... read more

  • Which box has the bolts and tools? (#5)

    Jan 28, 2006 by
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    Pros: The bolts to assemble this thing are in box number 5.
    Cons: The bolts are in box 5.

    Summary: My wife bought this, if it was up to me we wouldn't have. I figured I would surprise her while she was out of town and assemble it for her. Box 1 says it has the instructions in it, so I opened that one first and began to read the instructions. Guess ... read more

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