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7/24/14 10:47 A

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45 M From Northern NY (Vt, Qc Border). Just bought a used Xtreme 2XE. So far I like it, with a few drawbacks, or concerns.

I am somewhat into the healthy lifestyle, at least as much as I can. I am married with 2 young children and very little extra time, but now manage to get about 45 minutes of exercise in daily (25 of bowflex, then 20 of elliptical).





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3/17/14 9:35 P

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Hi from PEI, Canada! Just bought and set up my new Bowflex PR1000 and look forward to using it for many years.

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7/25/12 2:28 P

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Hi all!

I don't own a Bowflex but I do have a Weider Cross Bow which works by the same principle. I have had it for a looooooong time but haven't used it in years. I cleaned it up and dusted it off to sell it and started using it again. So I thought I would find a team to help me stay motivated enough to keep using it. I have a lot of health issues and am just a year out of a quadruple bypass. Hopefully I can get to know some of you and come up with a workable training program and make some new friends on the way.

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7/3/12 3:11 A

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Sounds good Dan... welcome to the "forum", although it does get pretty quiet in here. I had a pretty good love affair going with my Ulitmate 2... but alas, I'm in Asia, and she's in Central America... But I look forward to rekindling the old flame when I see her again! Don't know anything better to offer for abs, than the ones in the books. Speaking of which... I'm assuming you got the Operator's Manual along with that floor model. If not, you can always download one from BF.com. If you don't find your exact model... the exercises will be about the same on all the similar models. For my humble 2 cents though, remember to work on the lower back and sides along with the abs.... and also keep in mind... you can do a ga-zillion crunches, but until you get the BMI down to (what I heard) around 14-15%... that six-pack will have a hard time showing itself. This is all hearsay, as I haven't seen my "washboard" in many many years myself. Be safe and keep it up!

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7/2/12 9:09 P

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Hi, My name is Dan and I'm a 54 year old widower. I got amazingly lucky and bought my PR3000 as a floor model for $250!!!
I've been using it since March 2011 and I've lost 26 pounds. I've a little over half way to meeting my goal of losing 40 pounds. I've also been walking between a mile or two at least three times a week for two years. I would say that the machine has definately helped me and the weight did come off a little faster when I started my get back in shape routine.

Does anyone have a good exercise for lower abs using the machine? Thanks in advance if you do.

Keep pluggin' everyone! You can get there!!

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1/16/12 7:46 P

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Hello Everyone,
My husband and I recently got one of these great Bowflex machines the PR1000 model, I was hoping someone can help me out with a 3 day work out routine.....I'm really excited and can't wait to use it. I would love to do my workout on M-W-F and alternate upper and lower body, along with working abs as well.....Any help will be greatly appreciated..thanks :)

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1/10/12 1:13 A

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Hi! My name is Rhonda; I married into my bowflex haha. My hubby bought it before he met me, so that was kind of a bonus there :) I'm getting back into using it, and I'm loving it even more than I loved it before! I can't wait to get back into the big weights!

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12/15/11 11:05 A

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Hi, my name is Carrie. My family just purchased a Bowflex Sport off craigslist about a month ago. We are all still trying to adapt to it. Our main problem is finding a good routine to stick with. I am using the one out of the manual currently.

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12/11/11 9:07 P

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Hello Jennifer,
Congrats on the progress. Most Bowflex models work the same; the more bells and whistles it has, usually just make it easier to switch between exercises. If you can figure out what model you have, you can probably find an instructional DVD on eBay (I did). Or cheaper/faster than that, you can find most of the basic exercises, on a generic machine on Youtube.... by "expertvillage". Hope this helps. Be safe!

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12/2/11 7:11 A

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hello...recently bought a bowflex treadmill climber and its proven to be a challenge to me. I have it set at the lowest settings and currently can only do 20 min. sessions. It's really hard on my calves (but I can handle that) and mostly on my neck & between my shoulder blades (this is the killer)....I'm sure its because my posture is not as it should be. I try to stand more errect, but its difficult being that i'm walking on a continual incline! If anyone out there has one of these machines and can offer some suggestions for the health of my neck & shoulder blades, I would greatly appreciate it! Until then, I will continue in my efforts to master this piece of machine & the goals i've set with it.

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12/1/11 11:52 A

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Hi, I'm Jennifer. I've been actively using SparkPeople since mid-June, with good success. (I'm down 56 lbs so far.) But most of my exercise so far has focussed on cardio. I started a rookie running program this summer, and ran my first 5K race in mid-October. I've got another comming up in just over a week. I've tried a few times to get going on some strength training exercise, but I haven't been able to stick with it so far. We do have a Bowflex at home (not sure what model), but quite frankly I'm not sure where to start or what to do with it. Our particular model didn't come with an instructional DVD, just a booklet. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some good online videos of exercise I can do with the Bowflex. Thanks.

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4/1/11 10:50 A

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Just got it set up will be trying to figure out a good beginner routine today. I bought a bowflex ultimate xtlu for 300 I think I got a good deal, it doesn't look like she used it much. I am curious about what routine you use and what might be a good begins routine that would help me loose weight? I am excited about using the bf.

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3/31/11 10:53 A

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Hello! I plan on using my BF 3X per week...and I will be posting on the team as well...I will add you...Maybe we can stay on track together?! I'd love that! :)

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3/31/11 10:51 A

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Thanks for the warm welcome! I am not sure what kind of bowflex I have (LOL) It has the leg extension and pull down bar with it... It's not one of the first models, but it's also not new. I did an uppper body routine yesterday, and despite being a little sore today, I am so happy I dusted off the ole' rods again! I love the resistance! I will be doing my lower body routine tomorrow, so I will have sore legs to match my sore arms lol :) I am noticing the importance of stretching. :) So what do you like best about your BF?

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3/30/11 1:18 P

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Hi All just joined the group today and I am going out to get my brand new used Bow flex this afternoon. I am kind of excited about getting it. Some of my friends have bowflex's and say they are great if you use em. I plan on being a regular poster and hope to find someone that is working out with there bowflex as well.

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HOUSEM60 Posts: 38
3/30/11 8:29 A

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Welcome Aboard Amy Gale! You're right... things do get quiet in here. At one time, BF had a user's group, but they charged to be a member... It died - go figure. Don't know about anyone else, but I got a survey from them not too long ago, talking about starting one back up (for FREE, so it might work this time). Anyway, I'm with you... recently took all the shirt and towels down that had been covering mine and decided to start flexing the rods again. What kind of machine do you have? I bought a used Ult II, and I like it. It's those other elements; diet, cardio, and SLEEP... that have been on hiatus as well. Again, welcome aboard and be safe! MH

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3/29/11 8:50 P

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I am new to SP...Looks like this team is a ghost town! :( So sad... I was coming here to look for some encouragement. Well, I am Amy (incase anyone does read this), I will be started my Upper body BF routine tomorrow. :) I am excited to get back on the BF. I love it!

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12/29/10 12:18 A

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Anyone out there?

New to this team, just trying to get active again after being thrown off track by a hellish year.

I kept talking about starting strength training--it has been years since I have done anything consistently. When I got the email from bowflex yesterday--clearing out the discontinued xtreme model, selling it for $499 with free shipping--I decided now's the time! Didn't order extra rods, figuring I'm so out of shape right now they aren't needed at this point.

Now to reorganize the spare bedroom over the New Year's weekend so that it fits in there when it arrives...




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11/18/10 2:50 P

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Welcome!! Glad to see that you joined us!! Please feel free to post and answer post on here at anytime. Thanks again for joining emoticon

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11/17/10 11:49 A

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Welcome to the team. I have an Ultimate II, which doubles as a towel and shirt rack. Sounds like you've got it down. I'm trying to get my wife enthused, so she’ll stop thinking that she has to join a gym. I look forward to hearing any tips and hints that you might have to offer. Welcome again; be safe! MH

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11/17/10 11:28 A

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Hello,

Just joined SP a few days ago. I own a used ultimate which I workout on four days a week the advanced conditioning workout from the manual. I also do tae-bo and yoga five days a week. I like working out first thing in the morning before my hour commute to work. Tae-bo then bowflex followed by yoga.

I am trying to focas more on body composition and overall health than weight loss.

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11/9/10 2:55 A

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So the big question is how did you feel after your workout?? If you felt good then you just have to get up a couple of minutes early, but the only problem with getting up early is that the days that you dont work then you will be getting up, because by then your body will be use to it. keep up the good work and I hope that you contine to work out

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11/8/10 8:21 P

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Thanks to all of you! I did manage to get the workout in this morning, but .....yes I was a few minutes late for work! I guess I will just have to make it such a habit that I miss it when I don't do it. PM is just too pushed for time by the time I get home. Thanks again for the encouragment and tips! emoticon

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11/7/10 8:28 P

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Fay, also after I workout I drink 100% whey protein also

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11/6/10 8:53 P

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Welcome Faysw3!! My name is Tim and I'm the team leader. I have the same schedule that you do and the way I do is after dinner I wait about 1.5 hours and then hit the BowFlex. Its hard to stay motivated at first when working out, but once you start working out you will start feeling motivated, due to the fact that once you start seeing results and feeling better, you will have no problem keeping up with workouts. So with that said lets get on the Bowflex and start working out!!! emoticon

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11/6/10 8:50 P

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Welcome aboard Fay. I'm sure you'll get some good advice in here soon, but here's my 2 cents: Some "Experts" say that it takes 21 days to make a new habit. But "they" say don't tell yourself that you're gonna do it for the rest of your life, just for the next 21 days. I also recommend to not exercise after dinner, by maybe as soon as possible after you get home. Pushing yourself on a full belly is never good advice. Whereas, after a workout, your body needs fuel; i.e. protein to repair the "damaged" muscles. I'm not a morning person either, but my job is. If you work out too late, you're still pumped up and makes it hard to fall asleep until too late, annd it creates a vicious cycle. On the other hand, try to work out 2 to 3 hours before your bedtime, followed by a lite meal, and by about bedtime, the adrenaline will we worn off, and you hopefully you'll be ready for a good nite's sleep. Every now and then, I get motivated to get up 30 minutes early and work out in the am, and it's the best thing I can do for myself. The blood pumping and the increased metabolism gives me energy seeming all day long. Let us know what works for you, as I'm sure you'll figure it out. Welcome again, and keep us posted.

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11/6/10 8:50 P

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FAYSW3 - welcome!
I too am having difficulty being consistent. However, I AM consistent at starting again! ;-)

When I work out - right now - I'm keeping my routine really simple and basic - and doing super slow to protect my joints.

Good luck - keep participating...I had problems getting any exercise consistent, and finally - my cardio is there. Now my strength training is sporadic - but I'm determined to figure it out - and have it be consistent!!

The Nutrition and eating for me - has gone off in a spiral downward this last month especially - but starting to reign it in - and hoping all will be on an even steady keel soon!!

If not - trying again - is a great thing!

You've already made a good step in getting with SP - there are tons of tools and boards to use. You'll find some that don't work for you - some that do - and you'll start making more progress toward your goals!

You can figure it out!! You can do it!

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11/6/10 8:10 P

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Hi everyone! I just joined Spark People tonight and I was really glad to see a group related to the Bowflex. Great machine but everyone needs some extra motivation now and then. Hubby & I are both "50 somethings" and have had the Extreme 2 SE about a year. My problem is staying motivated enough to keep a time slot carved out dedicated to it, even with 10 hour work days. It means either getting up at 5:30am (and I am NOT a morning person) or doing it late at night a couple of hours after dinner. Hubby has no trouble doing it in morning as he is an early riser anyway.My use of it has become very sporadic, which I know does not work. Anyone have any suggestions or tips about this? emoticon

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Hello House!!! How are you?? I have the time plus I use my bowflex alot. the only problem is I have the Blaze which they dont make ,so maybe some of the exercises may not work on the newer machines. I would love to get this going and everyones input on topics.

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Hello House!!! How are you?? I have the time plus I use my bowflex alot. the only problem is I have the Blaze which they dont make ,so maybe some of the exercises may not work on the newer machines. I would love to get this going and everyones input on topics.

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And BTW, while I'm still logged in...
WELCOME Jade and TCARTY! I was getting a little paranoid, starting to talk to myself lately. Glad to see more "faces".
TCARTY, if you want to "Take over the team", and you've got the time, be my guest; you've got my vote. It would be great to set a fire in here. I love my BF U2, I could watch it for days!
Be safe!
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9/29/10 12:33 P

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Hey Lobo! Thanks... I never profess to be an expert, just passing along things that I've picked up... Not that there is a WHOLE LOT of action here, but let's take the discussion over to the "Bowflex tips & Bragging rights" page and leave this for the Intros. I'm curious as to why the DVD is not helping, and what, if any other help I could offer. When I started out with my used Ult 2, I had no DVD nor pamplets. Fortunately BF has downloadable Assembly and Operators Manuals (FOR FREE, can you believe it?) I dealt with little 2"x2" B&W pictures for the exercises, until I found Youtube, then the DVD. Ooops, not even listening to myself... see you in the other section!
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9/29/10 11:18 A

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I'm willing to take over the team. I have had my Bowflex Blaze for a long time and was using it up until my divorce and it had to go into storage for over a year, but now I have in the basement of my new house as part as my home gym. I also use the Bowflex® SelectTech® 552 Dumbbells along with Bowflex® SelectTech® 2-in-1 Stand to store then on. The bench I use is the Bowflex® SelectTech® 5.1 Series Bench. I love to workout on the Blaze and also use the Dumbbells alot. I have alot to bring to this team and I hope that we can get this more active!!

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Hello Everyone!! I just started on sparkpeople yesterday. I'm a big user of Bowflex and their products. That is all I have in my home gym other then my treadmill which is a Livstrong.I'm 35 years young and married. I'm on here to build musclue mass and tone up. I had gastric bypass done 4 years ago and have kept over 100lbs off to this date.

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9/28/10 7:51 P

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Hey everyone, I'm a 50 something female with about 90 more pounds to lose and a lot of shaping up to do. I'm
glad to find some Bowflex fans here. We have an Ultimate 2, but I haven't used it much. I plan on starting tomorrow, and working out on it on the days I don't bike. Maybe that will fire up the weight loss, I have hit a plateau. Well, nice to be here.

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9/28/10 7:45 P

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HM, thanks for the reply. Never thought about searching Youtube for a demonstration of the different exercises. Looking at the DVDs do not really give much information on how to setup up for each exercise. I appreciate the advise on what areas to target, and your explanation of the "Burn" theory has improved my knowledge.

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9/28/10 6:10 P

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Welcome Lobo, Not a lot of life in this forum, but there are a couple of us trying to keep the "Spark" alive (pun intended). I've got an Ult 2 as well, and I love it, although I do run hot and cold. Serious bodybuilders will laugh at BF, and go with steel every time. But if you are old and stiff, overweight, or just plain out of shape, I think it's great. I'm 50 and never worked out before, and the smooth motion and increasing resistance is great on my joints. I’m assuming that you have the DVD that came with it. You should, if you bought it new. If not, I would highly recommend getting one on eBay. Expert Village puts out some pretty good videos on Youtube, but seeing the exercises done on the actual model is best in my opinion.

Here’s my 2 cents for what it’s worth, hope some of this helps.
If you are just starting, start out with the LOWEST resistance reasonable; something that will just keep the slack out of the cables. Yes, the workout will pretty much be a waste of time, but you want to get the movements down right before you start straining. Take about 2 or 3 workouts to get to where you can do at least 8, but not 12 reps per exercise.

Remember that muscle burns calories even when you’re asleep, so make sure that your routine hits the biggest ones in the body; the pecs, quads, and gluts. Make sure your routine includes these. Dr. D in his book, recommends around 12 exercises, 60% upper, 40% lower… 3 times a week, 10-12 reps, 1 (ONE) set per exercise. When you select those 12 or so exercises, work on the major muscles, leave the smaller one for when you fine tune later down the road.

When finally get to that weight where you get muscle fatigue/failure… remember the next day, you are going to hurt. All the muscles in your body are going to BURN… and you’ll swear that you can’t move. (Remember those old clichés; "No Pain-No Gain", "Pain is just weakness leaving your body", etc.) The burn is a good thing, means it’s working. Give yourself 48 hours, but important, even if you are still burning two days later, DO IT AGAIN ANYWAY. The best advice I got from a friend with some experience was that you have to deal with the burn, and work through it for a week. But once you get through that first week, it’ll never bother you again (kinda). In fact, call it a weird little addiction, but once you get into it, and start liking the results; you’ll start “craving the burn”, finding out that you can get muscle failure, without the accompanying soreness later.

Well amigo, I’m not a moderator here, I just get carried away. Good luck and keep us posted!

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9/28/10 4:10 P

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Hi all.
We, have a Bowflex Ultimate 2 that we bought over a year ago. Had great plans to use it to tone muscles and hopefully to loose some weight. So much for plans, way too many other activities. Been with Spark People for the past five months and we are slowly loosing weight. Recently we bought bicycles and we are currently riding every other day. Recently I started a new program to quit smoking and started thinking about the BowFlex. Thinking when I have a desire to smoke, going to the Bowflex and work out some. Was hoping to find others using the BowFlex to learn some tips or tricks. Have not tried the Bowflex Challenge.

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9/28/10 5:10 A

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Hello.
I've been meaning to see if there is a Bowflex group on SparkPeople. Very happy to have found you! My name is Liz and I am currently in week 5 of the Bowflex Challenge workout. I came here to see if I can pick up any good tips.
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8/27/10 12:13 A

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evidently starting over is my middle - or first name...So - tomorrow - again - starting my Bowflex program...good to see at least a couple of people progressing. Figure several others on SP are using Bowflex somewhere - no matter - I'm going to keep on.

Same reason - easier on my joints than free weights at this age and stage of life.



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8/21/10 4:54 P

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Hello Bre... Guess things are a little too quiet in this forum. Just wanted to say that I hear ya! The wife and I have decided to buckle down ourselves. So my hat's off to you. Keep us posted on your progress... just remember... small battles. Be safe! MH

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Tomorrow is the first day of weight training for me. I used to lift in college and haven't for years. I am 80 lbs overweight and this is gonna be hard. I really needs an accountability partner, but not having one isn't going to stop me. I am looking forward to a healthier me!

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Hello H-F-F,

MH here. Not sure, but it looks like the party in here might be over; just somebody left the lights on. I have a BF Ultimate 2 that I bought used on eBay. It's in great shape, but didn't have any documents or DVDs. I downloaded and printed the Operators Manual, and tried to develop a routine based on the little B&W pictures... that wasn't the best idea. I finally got around to buying (thanks again eBay) the DVDs that came with it, and was impressed by the instruction. I also bought the book by Dr. E.D. I don't care what the bodybuilder say, I love the thing. I like how the smooth motion, and the gradual resistance is easy on my tired joints, while I build up their support with muscle. I don't care if it says I can do 410 lbs of BF "resistance" but only 25 lbs at a gym. If I can reach muscle fatigue at 12 reps, it's all relative.

Anyway... nice to meet you, so to speak. We might be the only two here, but I'll stay if you will! I too will appreciate any advice that you care to muster up.

Take care! MH

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Hi - I introduced myself on another section of this board...then realized was the wrong one - think it was bragging rights one..was reading it - and simply posted w/o thinking. Ah well..

At any rate decided to come over here and post a bit. Have had a bowflex for years, and not used it consistently. It's time.

Am glad to have found this message board! Hoping it will help reinforce my focus on using the Bowflex!! Starting today!

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Hello People,
M House here, 50 y/o Male with a Bowflex. Happy to find this team, hope it keeps going strong. Most forums on BF are either Spam, or Heavy Metal Body Builders slamming BF every chance they get. This country is entirely overweight, just walk through any Walmart… and I have to honestly say that I’m part of it. Did my 20 in the Army, and did whatever exercise was required, no more, no less. Then I let myself go. Now I (and my better half of 28 years) have decided that we’ll do it for ourselves. I don’t care what the Free-Weight camp has to say to bash the BF, I love it. For beginners as well as us mid-lifers with aching joints, the smooth linear resistance of BF over Free Wts. can’t be beat. And at the end of the day, when you’re basking in your lovely burn, the bicep doesn’t know if it lifted a pound of steel, a pound of feathers, or pulled a polymer rod. I tend to be long winded, so I’ll stop. Just wanted to tip my hat to all you folks that are putting yourselves through your paces, and am glad to come aboard. Don’t know about you guys, but I miss “Bowflex Frank” on Youtube. Maybe I’ll start my own. Heaven knows, I have enough “Before” material. Take care folks!


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Hello all...looks like no posts for about 1 month.
I've had a Bowflex Sport model for a few yrs now. I have intermittently used it, sometimes several months in a row. I've recently gotten back to regular posting/tracking my food and cardio.I now plan on re-starting my Bowflex routine.
I have Darden's book...full of really good workout regimens.
Anyway,I'm glad to see a Bowflex team exists.I'll try to post a couple of times per week.

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Hello, my husband and I just spent the last 2 weeks learning how to use our new Bowflex Blaze. I am optimistic that I will be spending less time flipping through the book between exercises once I find a routine that I can memorize. Thanks for creating this team!

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Hi, and welcome to the team!!

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Hello,

new here to the group, I too had no idea there was a bowflex group, and am very excited about it :o)

I have the xtreem2, and love it, I feel like I've worked out in the gym with out the feeling of akwardness or gym fees!

my name is Andrea and I'm down 22 lbs and determind to loose my weight, I hope to get some good tips from this group!

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Breezy,
I am working on converting some of the online exercises into a solid workout. Like you I just got my Bowflex and am looking for some a good program. Don't get me wrong, I am no expert but figure we can work this out together as a group.

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Hi just set up our new Bowflex. Is there somewhere on this team page for routine ideas?

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Yep! Can't wait to finally get on it!!

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I think it's the Ultimate - you would think I'd know that for sure, but I don't! Yours is an Ultimate 2?

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Welcome Cindy!! What kind of Bowflex to you have?

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Hi there - I'm Cindy and we have had our Bowflex for about a year - I love it and my husband just finished our bonus room last weekend and moved the BF in from the garage. It's so much nicer to work out now. I had no idea there was a Bowflex team - this is great!

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Thanks Charlie.

Apparently, I was a bit early in stating that my Bowflex was put together.I'm missing one of the pulleys. 6-10 buisness days for delievery. Hey, at least they're sending me out a bowflex machine mat free of charge for my trouble.

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Welcome to this team MICHFIT4LIFE and congrads on getting your new Bowflex Ultimate 2.

I have just come back to SP and this team and I'm sorry to see that there hasn't been much activity. But maybe we can help!

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Hi everyone!!

Just found this team. Been on SP for almost two years. Love it!! Bought a Bowflex Ultimate 2 recently and just got it put together last night. Can't wait to get started.

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Hey Everyone,

I'm new to SparkPeople, just started today. I lost about 40lbs (on Weight Watchers) in the mid 90's and got down to my goal weight (165) and kept it off for a few years. Slowly but surely the weight started piling back on and now I am up to 223. The last time I didn't commit to a formal fitness plan, I just watched what I ate and picked up my physical activity and the weight came off. Now I would like to incorporate a formal fitness routine to go along with my diet.

I've had a Bowflex Ultimate 2 for several years, but to be honest, I've never used it that much. I had some trouble finding a fitness program that I can use, outside of the literature that came with my Bowflex. This is why I am excited to find this group on SparkPeople. I look forward to learning from you all.

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Hi
I am ~ Heather ~ I have been here on Sparks for about 2 weeks now and really like it.. I am eager to shed these pounds that have been sticking on my butt for years, so done with it ;) I love the bo flex just need to learn more ways, now I use the arm pull alot, for everything. It worked great that way years back and I lost 50 pounds....

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Hello!
My name is Rebecca and I am re-joining this team. I love to workout outside and want to be prepared by utilizing my Bowflex. It is below freezing here in Colorado and a great time to get consistent with my bowflex workouts.
I did enjoy a full routine this morning and plan to repeat this 3 times a week.
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Hi just set up my bowflex. Pullys are giving me a pain. Bought it used so don't have a manual. My husband and I are eager to get started!!

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Hi! I'm Rebecca and I live in AZ. We've had a Bowflex for a number of years and it's recently gone through a stage as a clothes hanger but I've dusted it off and started using it again! Just found this team!

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Thanks a lot for the response.

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If you want to use the Bowflex every day then do upper body day 1 and lower body day 2. There always has to be a minimum of 48 hours for the muscles to repair--it has nothing to do with being male or female. I actually seem to need 3 days for my upper body to heal but my lower is okay with 2, go figure.
If you work out the same muscles more often than every other day, you are not building muscle but tearing it down.

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Hi I bought a bowflex elite from costco couple of years back. I have training on it on and off. Now I seriously want to get into shape. Have been doing cardio everyday and bowflex 3 times a week.

Can strength training using bowflex be done everyday for women or should you wait a day before lifting weights.

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You can manually do your calories. This web site will let you figure out how many calories you burn doing "light weight lifting" at your weight. Figure how many calories a minute and then just add "light weight lifting" to your cardio and manually do the calories.
The link goes automatically to "light weight lifting" as an exercise.
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I'm annie from Georgia. I bought a used Bowflex Ultimate several years ago. It's a great machine IF YOU USE IT!!! I go in fits and spurts! Sometimes I'm really good about using it, sometimes I'm not. Right now I've been in the groove for about 4 weeks. I always notice a difference when I do use it. I guess I just need more motivation-like someone to work out with or something. I was hoping that this forum might give me that motivation.

I'm weighing around 180 right now and I want to loose 40 lbs. I do a mix up routine (upper, lower, abs) 3 times per week. I try to take my dog Sandee for 1-2 mile walks everyday, and I've just started going to the Y for yoga 1-2 nights per week.

You would think with all this activity I would disappear if I turned sideways. NOT!! I have found that living here (on Tybee Island) is problematic because when you live in a resort area people have a tendency to party too much--like they're on vacation too. There is ALWAYS something going on and alcohol is ALWAYS on the menu!!! I'm finding myself turning down invitations just because I know I don't have the self control that I need in those situations. On the other hand I don't want to become a total recluse either or be viewed as a snob. At any rate, I'm going to really try to keep up with the Bowflex and other activities that don't involve eating and drinking!

Does SP or Bowflex have any way of calculating calorie burn with Bowflex routines?? I guess that would be pretty complicated to calculate.

I've got to go work out now! Talk to you later.

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I am Rosie from CT. I have a Bowflex Ultimate that I bought in 2002 and I love it. Did I saw I love it? I love it. I tried to find a used one before I bought it new, and couldn't find one. Now I know why--once you own a Bowflex, you don't sell it!

I do two workouts, an upper body that's 30-35 minutes and a lower body that's 15 minutes. I work out 6 days a week, alternating workouts and take 1 day off. I also work out in a pool for 4-5 hours a week.

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Hello, I am Susan from Pennsylvania. I own a bowflex ultimate II. I also have a treadmill. I alternate m/w/f bowflex and the other days I am doing biggest loser and biggest winner dvds. I do the treadmill at least 5 days a week, try to do 6 days a week. I hated doing this at first but have now grown to look forward to it. I do have one question. My bowflex 30 pound rods or not the same tension on both sides. It is very noticable. Some exercises I can turn around to do a set and even out the "burn" but I am wondering if there is a way to correct this? Any suggestions I would appreciate. Thanks!!!!

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Hi all! I got a new extreme 3 weeks ago and I'm loving it. So far with tracking on SP and working the bowflex 3 times a week I am down 10 lbs. I already feel better and am looking forward to keep kicking butt! Anyway let's get this team rocking.

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Thanks for the welcomes and the appreciation! As you may have noticed, I'm pretty new to the whole SP thing, but I will try to be a good leader, and if you ever have any feedback/suggestions, or any ideas to what you'd like to see more of to get the most out of the team, please let me know!

Also to other current members--Feel free to re-introduce yourselves if you like. I'm not sure for how long the team went stagnant exactly, but perhaps it would be nice if we re-familiarized ourselves with each other.

And to Charlie---It sounds as if you may need to start keeping a food journal, even if for just a week to start.With as much as you work out, that's the only reason I can think of as to why you're not seeing the progress you desire. I had the same deal. I thought my food intake was fine, and just that my exercise needed improving. But then I started tracking my food and "boy-howdy!"...those calories rack up fast!


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emoticon to the team Elaine and bless you for kicking this team off again!

I'm Charlie and I'm from Texas. I have been with SP for almost a year and a half. I am very discouraged with my progress. I have only lost 10 pounds since I joined Jan.2008 so, I too need inspiration like Fredia.

I do low carb eating, walking 3 days, BowFlex 3 days, and I'm in a six week challenge to do 100 Push-ups and 200 Sit-Ups / Crunches. I can so far do 63 Knee Push-ups and 94 Crunches. I all so do Zumba 2 days a week. Not to mention all the manual labor I do on the ranch. So why can't I lose weight?

Anyway, I'm glad to see this team active again!

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Hi Elaine,
Welcome to SP and thanks so much for taking on the controls of the Bowflex ship. Looking forward to your posts.

My name is Fredia and I've been with SP off and on for a while now. Since joining the Bowflex team, I haven't seen a lot of action here, so I could really use some motivation to get back into the strength building mode. I own an old XTL (which hasn't gotten a lot of use lately) and a treaclimber.
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To start, I'm not sure what happened to the original leader, "Just Because", kinda went missing-in-action, I guess.

Anyhoo, I volunteered to step in, and as of today the new leader. My name is Elaine, I'm 40 years old, and from Portland (OR). I just joined S.P. the end of April ('09) with an all-time highest weight of 335 pounds and am workin' hard to get back to my former glory of 130 pounds, and gettin' that "bowflex body"!

And I'm looking forward to chatting and getting to know you all!

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