Xtreme 2 SE Or PR1000?

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 Xtreme 2 SE. 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

Xtreme 2 SE

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Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym

Price

$

$$

Weight Capacity

210 lbs

210 lbs 

Upgradeable Weight Capacity

No

Yes - 310 lbs & 410 lbs

Number of Exercises

30+

100+

Maximum User Weight

300 lbs

300 lbs

Dimensions

103" L x 80" W x 82" H

53" L x 49" W x 82" H

Warranty

Frame: 1 Year

Parts: 60 Days

Power Rods: 5 Years

Frame: 1 Year

Parts: 60 Days

Power Rods: Lifetime

Arm Exercises

5

24

Chest Exercises

4

6

Ab Exercises

2

4

Back Exercises

3

18

Shoulder Exercises

4

16

Leg Exercises

6

12

Cardio Row

Yes

No

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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 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 Bowflex 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.

Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym

Exercise Distribution

While the Bowflex PR1000 does an adequate job at providing different workout movements and exercises into the machine, the Xtreme 2 SE 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. The PR1000 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 PR1000 allows 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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PR1000

XTREME 2 SE

Dimensions

103" L x 80" W x 82" 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)

82" L x 80" W x 82" H

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Weight

131 lbs

157 lbs

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.

Weight Capacity & Upgradability

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PR1000

XTREME 2 SE

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

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 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

Bowflex Xtreme 2SE Home Gym

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