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Bowflex PR3000 Review

​So you’re looking to take your fitness to the next level? Great!

As you might have experienced, improving your level of fitness isn’t always easy. You’ll probably have to make sacrifices; this is especially true if you still work out at the gym.

I don’t say you have to cancel your gym subscription right away, but a home gym like the Bowflex PR3000 could save you time and potentially some frustration of going to the gym. Because with over 50 strength exercises the PR 3000 could be an alternative to strength training at the gym.

In this article, I’ll give you an overview of its Pros and Cons. Plus, I’ll review a few important features of this machine. So you’ll be able to make a better decision!


  • ​It isn’t required to change the cables between different exercises. This can help to save time between exercises.
  • ​The resistance is upgradeable to 310 pounds which might be useful for intermediate and the more serious users.
  • ​It has over 50 strength training exercises. The exercises target different muscles groups. So you can keep varying your workout.


  • ​This model doesn’t have the cardio rowing feature which some other models have, like the PR1000 or the Blaze. So it is mainly suited for strength training.
  • ​The assembly might be a bit difficult for some people due to the number of small parts. However, it has to be said that the assembly manual is pretty detailed.


  • ​The machine has over 50 strength training exercises. You can use the exercises to train your; arms, chest, abs, back, shoulders and legs. So it allows you to perform a full-body workout.
  • ​The power rods provide a standard resistance of 210 pounds. You can choose to upgrade them with 100 pounds, so you’ll get a total of 310 pounds of resistance.
  • ​The cable pulley system doesn’t have to be changed after each exercise. This allows you to quickly go from one exercise to the next which will save you time and keep your heart rate up to burn some extra calories.
  • Like some other Bowflex ​home gyms, the PR 3000 comes with a standard; 1-year frame warranty, 60 days on parts and seven years of warranty on the power rods. In my opinion, this isn’t particularly long or short, I would consider it as a relatively ‘normal’ warranty period.


Training Variety: 5/5

​By now, you’ll probably already know the PR 3000 is a versatile machine which has more than 50 exercises. Something which you might not know of is the detailed owner’s manual that comes with the machine.

One of the things you’ll find in the owner’s manual are instructions on how to perform 26 exercises. The instructions explain which muscles you’ll target during the exercises. Furthermore, it also explains how to set-up the machine and gives you some tips for that particular exercise.

In the manual there are instructions for; 4 arm exercises, three chest exercises, two ab exercises, four back exercises, six shoulder exercises and seven leg exercises. These exercises will give you enough variation to start your workout routine.

The detailed manual is especially useful for beginners, but can also be used by intermediate to advanced users who need new exercises or just some inspiration.

Ease of Use: 4/5

​If I were a beginner, I would pick one of the workout programs in the owner’s manual. Each program has a certain frequency, for example, four, five or six days a week and takes a certain amount of time to complete.

You might want to go for a program that focuses on your general conditioning, cardiovascular fitness or one of the other programs. I recommend choosing a program based on your fitness goal. Each program has different exercises that target several body parts.

During each program, you might have to attach a few different grips. The grips you’ll need to attach will obviously depend on the exercises in the program you want to perform. You may also want to change the resistance to create a more challenging workout.

Other than that, there isn’t much more you’ll need to do. So, in my opinion, the machine is pretty easy to use. Of course, you’ll have to put in the time and effort to perform the exercises. No pain, no gain!

Resistance: 4/5

​One of the most important aspects of this machine are the power rods. The power rods provide the resistance. As I said before, this model comes with a standard power rod resistance of 210 lbs. If you need more resistance, you can choose to upgrade it to 310 lbs.

The resistance itself might feel a bit different than on the more traditional home gyms. The resistance provided by the power rods increases as the tension of the ‘bow’ increases.

If you’re used to home gyms with weight stacks, it might take a while before you’re used to the power rods. However, I certainly wouldn’t worry about it because they can give you a challenging and ‘comfortable’ workout.

​Comparison with other Bowflex Home Gyms

Bowflex PR 1000

​The Bowflex PR 1000 might be an interesting home gym if you want to focus on increasing cardiovascular fitness level as well as your strength.

The main difference between the PR 3000 and the PR 1000 is the fact that the PR 1000 has a rowing rail. The rowing rail can be used to simulate a rowing motion.

However, the resistance of this model isn’t upgradeable. So it might be less suited for the more intermediate to advanced users.

Bowflex Blaze

​The Bowflex Blaze has over 60 strength training exercises to choose from. In terms of resistance, the Blaze offers the possibility to upgrade from 210 lbs to 310 lbs or 410 lbs.

Additionally, it has the cardio rowing feature, just like the PR 1000. So these features might make it a more interesting model for serious users who would like to work on their cardiovascular fitness.

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