Blaze Or Xtreme 2 SE?

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 Xtreme SE 2. 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

Xtreme 2 SE

Cell

Price

$$

$$

Weight Capacity

210 lbs 

210 lbs

Upgradeable Weight Capacity

Yes - 310 lbs & 410 lbs

Yes - 310 lbs & 410 lbs

Number of Exercises

60+

100+

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: Lifetime

Arm Exercises

16

24

Chest Exercises

8

6

Ab Exercises

5

4

Back Exercises

9

4

Shoulder Exercises

14

16

Leg Exercises

13

7

Cardio Row

Yes

No

Cell

Overview: Bowflex Blaze

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 Xtreme 2 SE

This versatile home gym facilitates a whopping 70 plus exercises right out of the box. It comes with 210 pounds of power rod resistance but much like the blaze, it can be upgraded to either 310 or 410. It also comes with seven workout regimens that are more or less the same as the blaze. This is fine though as most people only buy one Bowflex machine as they can be used by the whole family.

The adjustable seat is ergonomic and comes with a polyurethane high-density foam cushion. If your butt has become sore when sitting on other benches, try out this one for some extra padding you need. The included ab training strap gives you a variety of options for working the abdomen. This is a muscle group that has been underrepresented in previous models so it is good to see it covered more thoroughly with this unit.

Both the ankle cuffs and hand grips feature five way functionality that gives you a ton of flexibility in how you use them. The solid steel construction is very durable and resistant to scratches. The angled lat bar provides even better lateral exercise positions that are sure to tone up your arms.

Exercise Distribution

Both home gym models boast around 60+ exercise. For most users, this would be sufficient to provide workout variations. However, one additional feature that the Xtreme 2 SE has over the Blaze is that the cable and pulley positions are highly adjustable, allowing the user to choose which angles are best suited for them for each exercise.

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. The Blaze has a wider footprint due to its horizontal bench design while the Xtreme 2 SE's upright bench design allows it to be more compact. However, the Blaze does allow you to fold for storage which pretty much reduces the total footprint in half. 

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

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Blaze

Xtreme 2 SE

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. If the weight capacity is a major concern, we suggest looking more into the Blaze option because it is has a higher weight capacity maximum once fully upgraded.

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

Xtreme 2 SE

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. 

Here are the numbers to the warranties: 

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Blaze

Xtreme 2 SE

Frame Warranty

1 Year

1 Year

Power Rods Warranty

5 Years

Lifetime

Parts Warranty

60 Days

60 days

Bottom Line


You Should Consider the Blaze if:

+ If 210 & 310 lbs weight capacity isn't enough and you think you'll be upgrading to 410 lbs

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

+ You prefer the more affordable option

You Should Consider the​ Xtreme 2SE if:

+ You have a Larger Budget

+ You prefer a large range of exercises to change up workouts

+ You prefer a upright bench design & more compact workout area 

+ You prefer a larger maximum weight capacity