Can I get results on a Bowflex or similar type machines?

Question:

Hi Marc:

I have a question… would I be able to attain the result you talk about if I train mostly with a bowflex… the only other equipment I have are dumbells up to 40 pounds and a ball where I do abs and some chest exercises. I’ve been training for a long time and I am in pretty decent shape for my age.

Thanks for your feedback… and thanks for the information you send.

Mike Daigle

Answer:

Not exactly. If your goal is to get lean and fit, then I would agree those type of machines work quite well.

But if you are looking for results like size and mass, then you are going to be forced to use free weights and do some different kinds of workouts that don’t simulate movements but are the actual movements.

Let me explain…

Doing a bench press on a Soloflex or Bowflex is not the same in terms of how it feels to press an actual weight. Those machines do a wonderful job of stimulating and simulating the movement and the muscle involved but if your goal is to get bigger, you are going to have to hit the iron.

Case in point, none of the models you see on those ads only workout with machines. They have all used free weights, body weight exercises and variety to get where they are.

Now I’m not saying those machines don’t work. They do. If your goal is to get fit and gain a little muscle. But if you want to get big, gain a lot of muscle and make some significant changes, you will have to workout with free weights and use more weights then you currently have available.

It really comes down to your goals.


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  • Ryan

    Bologna. Pure and simple. If you're already a 250lb+ monster doing 400lb+ squats and 300lb bench presses this machine will NOT help you add much mass. If you're part of the other 99% of the world's population you WILL ABSOLUTELY SEE GAINS on this machine. No question.

    Will it turn you into a Muscle and Fitness cover model in 6 weeks? No, but nothing on earth will do that quickly. It only comes with dedication, good diet and hard work.

    Don't listen to people (like this Mike Daigle) that haven't used a bowflex extensively and try to tell you any type of resistance is preferable to another. RESISTANCE = RESISTANCE. Always.

  • Ryan

    Bologna. Pure and simple. If you're already a 250lb+ monster doing 400lb+ squats and 300lb bench presses this machine will NOT help you add much mass. If you're part of the other 99% of the world's population you WILL ABSOLUTELY SEE GAINS on this machine. No question.

    Will it turn you into a Muscle and Fitness cover model in 6 weeks? No, but nothing on earth will do that quickly. It only comes with dedication, good diet and hard work.

    Don't listen to people (like this Mike Daigle) that haven't used a bowflex extensively and try to tell you any type of resistance is preferable to another. RESISTANCE = RESISTANCE. Always.