Bowflex PR3000 Vs Body Solid BSG10X
If you are interested in buying a top quality home gym under $1000 -- then there are only really two models that you should be considering (price -- updated as of 27/09/2012): 1) the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym and 2) the Body Solid Powerline BSG10X (w/ leg press). These two home gyms have their own unique strengths and weaknesses (which can be determined in the analysis below), so will appeal to different people -- but both are pretty 'popular' and 'highly regarded' -- and not surprisingly there is a pretty good reason for that... they both offer the user 'great value'.
Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym -- (Best Price: $934.99)Credit: Amazon.com -- Bowflex
The Bowflex PR3000 caters for your entire body (right from your shoulders to your legs) -- where you are provided with over 50 listed strength exercises (from which you can then carry out variations etc.) at a resistance from as little as 5 pounds to 210 pounds (which can also then be upgraded to another 310 pounds -- along with no need for cable changes in between sets) -- hence is perfectly suitable for both the beginner and someone at an more advanced fitness level.
Hence, as can be seen -- it really does offer you just about everything that you could want from a home gym. But, don't just take my word for it -- check out all the positive reviews for the PR3000, from people who use the gym on frequent basis. On Amazon.com, 90% of reviewers scored the PR3000 either 4 or 5 stars out of 5, and in all is generally considered an 'excellent home gym' with regular compliments, along with numerous stories such as the following -- "This machine is excellent. My wife and I have been using it for a month now and have seen an improvement in overall condition." -- on how the PR3000 has helped them to a healthier, fitter and better overall lifestyle.
Pros of the PR3000
- Compact -- it specifies that it only requires 100 by 78 inch workout area -- however it is often quoted as being said that it can easily bit fitted into even less than that in reality.
- No Cable Changes -- hence you can carry on through your workout without having to constant readjust the cable attachments, something that I am particularly fond of.
- 50 + Exercises -- the PR3000 enables you to work pretty much all your muscle groups with pretty clear directions on how to go about it.
Cons of the PR3000
- Doesn't come with the 310 pound upgrade -- I would think if you are progressing towards a more advanced level, you will be getting the upgrade rather quickly with only a 210 pound weight stack to start, and I feel that it is a shame it doesn't come with it. (Updated Edit: perhaps a bit harsh, given that it is a home gym priced at under a $1000 -- a 210 pound starting weight is actually pretty good and in reality should perhaps be one of its strenghts -- a pro).
- Warranty -- is not all that great, the frame is covered for one year, rods seven years -- which is fine, just the parts are only covered for 2 months. As some owners of the PR3000 have stated it is probably worth thinking about buying an extended warranty.
- Doesn't Come with a Lat bar -- although you are provided with handles, I just feel for me personally a bar is more effective (of minor issue as a lat bar can be bought separately, but still.)
Body Solid Powerline BSG10X Home Gym -- (Best Price: $861.15)
Credit: Amazon.com -- PowerlineThe BSG10x has been designed to be both compact as well as being able provide you with a full body strength workout -- with a resistance 160 pound weight stack, as well as over 40 registered exercises coming with the model (again more can be carried out with relevant variations, there is also BSG10X with a leg press version that is slightly more expensive at $925 -- or it can simply be bought as an additional attachment). Moreover, the BSG10x also offers the benefit of being already 90% ready upon delivery. In all, I would say that the BSG10x is probably suited more towards the individual who is either at a 'beginner' to 'intermediate' level of fitness.
Again, like the PR3000 model, the BSG10x is a highly thought of home gym -- scoring 4.6 stars out of 5 on average -- out of 22 ratings and is again praised on numerous accounts. For example, comments such as "This gym replaced a bench, olympic weights, bars, squat rack, and leg press machine. It does the job better than all the others I have had. Very well made, almost a gym quality piece of equipment." and "Bottom line is: I LOVE IT; I'm glad I got it, and would recommend it without hesitation." sum up the overall mood and view of the BSG10x rather nicely.
Pros of the BSG10x
- Compact -- like that of the PR3000, the BSG10x takes up barely any room with registered specifications of just Width 42 x Height: 80 and Depth: 70 inches.
- Easy to Assemble -- as 90% of the work has already been done for you, it only requires you to carry out some very menial tasks ("taking as little as 30 minutes")
- Warranty -- the powerline warranty is pretty good (particularly when compared to the PR3000) -- 10 years against defects in materials and workmanship on frame, and one year on all other parts.
- Versatile Exercises -- although less claimed exercises than the PR3000, the exercises themselves are of a good quality -- certainly being more than capable of giving the average Joe a good workout.
Cons of the BSG10X
- Only 160 lbs of Weight resistance -- I think this is the only real issue I have with the BSG10x, where as you progress -- you will hit the peak rather early, and you can't buy an upgraded stack.
Which home gym would you buy, the PR3000 or the BSG10x and why? Please let me know in the comments section below and if you have any questions, concerns, or remarks regarding either the 'Best Home Gym Under $1000' article or either about the technical aspects, specifications or features of either the Boxflex PR3000 Home Gym or the Body Solid Powerline BSG10X (w/leg press) individually, then please do also make them in the comments section, that you should be able to find just below.