​Bowflex PR1000 vs Blaze

​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 PR1000 and the Blaze. 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


PR1000

Blaze

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Price

$

$$

Weight Capacity

210 lbs

210 lbs 

Upgradeable Weight Capacity

No

Yes - 310 lbs & 410 lbs

Number of Exercises

30+

60+

Maximum User Weight

300 lbs

300 lbs

Dimensions

103" L x 80" W x 82" H

90" L x 38" W x 83" H

Warranty

Frame: 1 Year

Parts: 60 Days

Power Rods: 5 Years

Frame: 1 Year

Parts: 60 Days

Power Rods: 7 Years

Arm Exercises

5

16

Chest Exercises

4

8

Ab Exercises

2

5

Back Exercises

3

9

Shoulder Exercises

4

14

Leg Exercises

6

13

Cardio Row

Yes

Yes

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Overview: Bowflex PR1000

You can perform over 25 exercises that cover each muscle group throughout the body. The power rods have up to 200 pounds of resistance. You can adjust them to your liking so both beginners and experts can find the perfect setting. The bench can convert into a rowing seat with a simple mechanism. This helps you perform rowing exercises in a relatively small amount of space.

The built in media rack allows you to store and access each piece of equipment without getting up. There is even a spot for your phone if you love to listen to music or podcasts while exercising. The squat station and pulley lower down for quick transitions during circuit workouts. You can change the angle of resistance on each pulley to make things more challenging or to emphasize other muscles. 

It is simple to assemble and having a second person to handle the unboxing will make your life much easier. While not the highest quality construction, it holds up pretty well over time. As long as you treat this machine with some respect it will no doubt last you for a good long while.

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.

Exercise Distribution

While the Bowflex PR1000 does an adequate job at providing different workout movements and exercises into the machine, the Blaze just does it better. If you are a user that enjoys the added exercise variations, the upgraded version might be a better choice.

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 Bowflex Models have similar footprints and are fold-able for storage as well. 

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

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PR1000

Blaze

Dimensions

103" L x 80" W x 82" H

90" L x 38" W x 83" H

Workout Space Required

100" x 78"

100" x 78"

Foldable

Yes

Yes

Dimensions (Not in Use)

82" L x 80" W x 82" H

52" L x 38" W x 83" H

Weight

131 lbs

195 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.

 If the weight capacity is a major concern, we suggest looking more into the PR3000 over the PR1000 as it is upgradeable to 310 lbs.

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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PR1000

​Blaze

Weight Capacity

210 lbs

210 lbs

Upgradeable

No

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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PR1000

Blaze

Frame Warranty

1 Year

1 Year

Power Rods Warranty

5 Years

5 Years

Parts Warranty

60 days

60 Days

Bottom Line

You Should Consider the PR1000 if:

+ Limited Budget

+ You don't think you'll be upgrading the weight capacity

+ You're comfortable with the limited exercise options (Around 30) 

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