​Bowflex PR1000 VS PR3000

​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 PR3000. 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

​PR3000

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Price

$

$$

Weight Capacity

210 lbs

210 lbs 

Upgradeable Weight Capacity

No

Yes

Number of Exercises

30+

50+

Maximum User Weight

300 lbs

300 lbs

Dimensions

103" L x 80" W x 82" H

96" L x 78" 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

4

Chest Exercises

4

3

Ab Exercises

2

2

Back Exercises

3

4

Shoulder Exercises

4

6

Leg Exercises

6

7

Cardio Row

Yes

No

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Overview: Bowflex PR1000

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 PR3000

​This upgraded version of the PR1000 features over 30 different exercises to perform. The power rod resistance can range anywhere from five to 210 pounds. The quick change system helps you transition to different pieces of equipment much quicker than before. You can swap out ankle and hand grips very quickly to continue your workout without much of a break in between.

If you need even more weight, you can upgrade the resistance up to 310 pounds. This is a great feature for bodybuilders who are trying to put on some serious muscle mass. The instructional placard makes learning each new technique a breeze even if you are new to fitness. 

The construction consists of a heavy duty steel frame that is much stronger than the older model. You can really tug on this thing without it bending or warping at all. The roller cushions make it very comfortable on your legs when doing extensions and curls. The freedom arms can be adjusted up to 170 degrees to support a variety of muscle groups.

Exercise Distribution

While the Bowflex PR1000 does an adequate job at providing different workout movements and exercises into the machine, the PR3000 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

Pr3000

Dimensions

103" L x 80" W x 82" H

96" L x 78" W x 83" H

Workout Space Required

100" x 78"

100" x 78"

Foldable

Yes

No

Dimensions (Not in Use)

82" L x 80" W x 82" H

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Weight

131 lbs

144 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

Pr3000

Weight Capacity

210 lbs

210 lbs

Upgradeable

No

Yes - To 310 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

Pr3000

Frame Warranty

1 Year

1 Year

Power Rods Warranty

5 Years

7 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 prefer if your home gym system came with a rowing machine component

You Should Consider the PR3000 if:

+ You like the option to upgrade to a 310 lb Weight Capacity

+ 210 lbs is not sufficient

+ You enjoy exercise variation (50+)

+ You have a higher budget