​PR3000 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 PR3000 and the 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


​PR3000

Xceed

Cell

Price

$$

$

Weight Capacity

210 lbs 

210 lbs

Upgradeable Weight Capacity

Yes

Yes - 310 lbs & 410 lbs

Number of Exercises

50+

65+

Maximum User Weight

300 lbs

300 lbs

Dimensions

76" L x 86"" W x 82" 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

4

18

Chest Exercises

3

4

Ab Exercises

2

5

Back Exercises

4

14

Shoulder Exercises

6

14

Leg Exercises

7

11

Cardio Row

No

No

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.

​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 f 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.

Exercise Distribution

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

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

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PR3000

Xceed

Dimensions

76" L x 86"" W x 82" H

53" L x 49" W x 82" H

Workout Space Required

-

96" L x 78" W

Foldable

No

No

Dimensions (Not in Use)

63" L x 86" W x 82" H

-

Weight

157 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.

 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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PR3000

​Xceed

Weight Capacity

210 lbs

210 lbs

Upgradeable

Yes - To 310 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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PR3000

​Xceed

Frame Warranty

1 Year

1 year

Power Rods Warranty

7 Years

5 Years

Parts Warranty

60 Days

60 days

Bottom Line

You Should Consider the PR3000 if:

+ You think you'll be upgrading to a maximum of 310 lbs weight capacity

+ You're comfortable with a lower exercise variation set (50+)

You Should Consider the Xceed if:

+ Limited Budget

+ You think you'll be upgrading to a maximum of 410 lbs weight capacity

+ You prefer have adjustable pulley & cable positions