The Bowflex PR3000 earns positive reviews from owners who appreciate its compact design and workout variety. Unlike home gyms that utilize weight plates, the PR3000 uses a series of "power rods" to create up to 210 pounds of resistance, and additional rods can be purchased to add another 100 pounds. Trainers can build their strength with up to 50 different exercises, including a vertical bench press and leg extension.
Owners say the Bowflex home gym operates smoothly, and most are pleased with their workout results. However, some caution that the resistance is not consistent throughout an exercise's range of motion. We also saw numerous complaints that assembly can be frustrating due to the PR3000's many small parts. For those on a budget, the Bowflex PR1000 (*Est. $450) also gets high marks. It has a similar design, but the resistance cannot be upgraded and it only supports about 30 exercises.
The Bowflex PR3000 attracts a good amount of user feedback on sites like Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com. Although there are few professional reviews of home gyms, user reviews are balanced and quick to point out where a machine falls short. We also found a handful of reviews at Walmart.com.
The Bowflex PR3000 has a 4.5-star rating at Amazon.com after 50 reviews. Although many users complain about the assembly process, most owners are happy with their workout results once the gym is up and running.
Review: Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012
The Bowflex PR3000 also gets mostly positive reviews at Buzzillions.com, where it averages a 4.3-star rating (out of 5) after nearly 30 reviews. Most users say the resistance rods operate smoothly, and it is easy to move between exercises. Assembly is a pain, however.
Review: Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of April 2012
Only three users review the Bowflex PR3000 at Walmart.com, but overall opinions are positive. All three would recommend the gym to a friend. Users like the workout variety, but caution that it's not a good fit for serious bodybuilders.
Review: Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2012