Blaze or Xceed?

Bowflex has been in the business of making quality home gym equipment for decades. Two of the most popular choices today will have to be the Bowflex Blaze and the Bowflex Xceed. In this article we'll go over some of the main selling points for each machine and help provide some insight to which machine you should invest in for your home gym. 

Comparison Chart


Blaze

Xceed

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Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
Bowflex Xceed Home Gym

Price

$$

$$

Weight Capacity

210 lbs 

210 lbs

Upgradeable Weight Capacity

Yes - 310 lbs & 410 lbs

Yes - 310 lbs & 410 lbs

Number of Exercises

60+

65+

Maximum User Weight

300 lbs

300 lbs

Dimensions

90" L x 38" W x 83" H

53" L x 49" W x 82" H

Warranty

Frame: 1 Year

Parts: 60 Days

Power Rods: 7 Years

Frame: 1 Year

Parts: 60 Days

Power Rods: 5 Years

Arm Exercises

16

18

Chest Exercises

8

4

Ab Exercises

5

5

Back Exercises

9

14

Shoulder Exercises

14

14

Leg Exercises

13

11

Cardio Row

Yes

No

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Overview: Bowflex Blaze

Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym

The Blaze offers over 60 workouts which are actually quite impressive. This is where these machines start to rival commercial gym setups much more. The standard power rod resistance is 210 pounds but can be upgraded to 310 or 410 if you outgrow the initial settings. It comes with seven workout regimens that were curated by professional trainers. This gives you a great place to start if you have no clue what goes into a full session.

The seat rail slides allowing you to perform rowing exercises and leg presses. There are multiple pulley positions so you can customize your own workouts once you have gained more experience. YouTube offers tons of tutorials on how to creatively use these machines to their fullest. The included lat and squat bar make it very easy to target those muscles in a timely manner.

You can fold it up for easy storage and the wheel on the bottom make it easy to move around the house. The triple function hand grips and ankle cuffs provide even more options for getting the perfect angle for each exercise. The strong construction helps maintain the shape of the tower during even the most rigorous activities. This machine will last for years of high quality workouts and can fit just about anywhere in the house.

Overview: Bowflex Xceed

The Xceed offers over 65 different exercises to choose from. Much like the other models, it features 210 pounds of resistance to start but you can upgrade to 310 or 410 if you choose. Experienced gyms goers will most likely want to start with 410 as it can take longer than expected to install the upgrades. It is best to just initially use the strongest one you think you'll need to avoid the headache.

There is a very heavy duty steel frame that holds this unit together. It is extremely durable and the best built of all the Bowflex units. The adjustable pulley positions help you design your own workouts if the presets aren't doing it for you. You can purchase a separate power rod rejuvenator if you would like to keep them as strong as possible after intense workouts.

The quick release seat makes it very easy to adjust your position when transitioning from one routine to the next. This foam cushion gives you great comfort if your workout requires you to sit for most of it. An ab training strap, lat bar, and squat bar are included with every purchase.

Bowflex Xceed Home Gym

Exercise Distribution

Both home gym models boast around 50+ exercise variations. Below are some of exercises you can perform for each machine:  

Chest Exercises

Shoulder Exercises

Back Exercises

Arm Exercises

Abdominal Exercises

Leg Exercises

Dimensions, Workout Space & Storage

Another aspect that might be important towards your buying decision is size. Ideally, you would want your home gym to be as compact as possible. Both machines tackle the problem with space in different ways. The Blaze's horizontal bench gives it a longer footprint but to compensate, the bench is foldable which effectively reduces its footprint by 50% while not in use. On the other hand, the Xceed's footprint is more box-like and includes an upright seat design. However, this design includes no foldable aspect.

Shown below are the exact dimensions and workout space for each machine.

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Blaze

Xceed

Dimensions

90" L x 38" W x 83" H

53" L x 49" W x 82" H

Workout Space Required

100" x 78"

96" L x 78" W

Foldable

Yes

No

Dimensions (Not in Use)

52" L x 38" W x 83" H

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Weight

195 lbs

157 lbs

Weight Capacity & Upgradability

The resistance in all the Bowflex Home Gym Machines we cover are powered by Bowflex's Power Rod system. By default, each machine comes with a maximum weight capacity of 210 lbs. For some users, this is enough weight to effectively train most upper body exercises. For lower body exercises, however, the maximum 210 pounds is simply not enough.

Both models are upgradeable to the same weight capacities, so in this regard both machines are equal. 

Note: Traditional home gym equipment are usually powered by a weighted stack, which add loads of weight to the machine as a whole. The Power Rod System design is a great way to create resistance without  all the extra weight,making both machines relatively light weight. But we also have to note that with power rods, their resistance strength will be prone to losing their strength and will likely have to be replaced down the line.

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Blaze

Xceed

Weight Capacity

210 lbs

210 lbs

Upgradeable

Yes - To 310 lbs & 410 lbs

Yes - To 310 lbs & 410 lbs

Warranty

Purchasing home gym equipment is usually a large upfront cost purchase and meant to be a long term investment to replace or substitute for a gym membership. Since it is long term, warranties are important to make sure you protect your investment as much as you can. In this regard, both machines are equal.

Here are the numbers to the warranties: 

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Blaze

Xceed

Frame Warranty

1 Year

1 Year

Power Rods Warranty

5 Years

5 Years

Parts Warranty

60 Days

60 Days

Bottom Line

Bowflex Blaze Home Gym

You Should Consider the Blaze if:

+ You rather have a home gym with a rowing machine implemented

+ You have a higher budget

+ You prefer the more affordable option

+You prefer a unit that folds for storage

Bowflex Xceed Home Gym

You Should Consider the Xceed if:

+ You prefer the more affordable option

+ You prefer a unit with adjustable pulley and cable positions.