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Mr. Incredible

Body by Bowflex

Posted on 2008.09.24 at 09:00
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Carlos - TRON

My first workout with the Bowflex was putting it together. Five boxes, a full 5,280 feet of cable, and five different types of screws in which none of the screw names on the instructions matched the screw names on the bags. Brilliant. That being said, as it came together and I started to understand how it worked and was quite impressed with the engineering behind it. But would I use it?

As it turned out, not immediately. I was too intimidated by it. It was large, and scary-looking. The many configurations frightened me, and I shunned it. As time passed however, and I got used to it being in the house, I would occasionally tug on one of its pulleys or straddle its adjustable-height seat. Perhaps slip my legs into the leg extension attachment.

My wife, a former exercise nut, quickly assimilated its many different exercises and began a rotating workout for us: Legs, arms, chest, shoulders, back. As I grew more comfortable using it, the more I wanted to challenge myself. Results came slowly at first, but come they did. I foresee success, and success alone because of the purchase of this device. Its not only easy to use, its fun. The PowerRods, which supply the resistance, are smooth and firm; the pulleys quiet and effective. Never before using either free-weights or a professional gym have I felt a good 'burn' during my workout. And since you can move quickly and effortlessly from exercise to exercise, my heart rate stays up during the entire workout.

Its been two weeks so far, and I like what I see. I like how I feel. Unlike a diet, or a more aggressive exercise regime, this workout is repeatable indefinitely - just 20 minutes a day. My wife and I spot each other, we work out together, and that's a great comfort and inspiration. Its time well spent together after a hectic day at the office.

I have 8-weeks to go to my Body by Bowflex.


Richard Rasner (Unique Nudes™)
uniqueblog at 2008-09-24 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
I've been considering one for a few years now... we used to have one in the LAPD weight room but I only used it a few times. I hear the Bowflex II is quite the machine, and it's nice to hear a good endorsement. I think I'll grab one after 4th quarter returns come in.
ehowton at 2008-09-24 14:23 (UTC) (Link)
I'd never used one, and was quiet skeptical. I did quite a bit of research and even drug my feet a little in ordering once I'd made up my mind. This one is the Xtreme2 SE. The one with the smallest footprint. The '2' designation was the $300 pulley option which didn't require user intervention. I couldn't afford one outright, but didn't want to finance one either. Fortunately, they also sell them one-year-same-as-cash which is the offer we took. I love it.
galinda822 at 2008-09-24 14:29 (UTC) (Link)
You're looking fantastic! Hope sis is doing as well.
Glad you finally got over your intimidation.

So you only do the 20 mins. a day?
ehowton at 2008-09-24 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! And she's having fun as well. Its actually closer to half an hour depending on which part of the body we're exercising, and there's a treadmill adjacent it when we want to incorporate that into our workouts. The treadmill and Bowflex both also face the flat-panel TV with the built-in DVD player, so on the rare times we work out solo we can keep ourselves entertained.
galinda822 at 2008-09-24 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
My weight workout is 30 - 40 mins/3 days a week. Abs every day of the week. Cardio for 1 hr/5 days a week. I have my iPod to keep me company throughout.

So far I'm doing really good with sticking to it. Starting to see results. That's a real motivator.

Keep up the good work.
ehowton at 2008-09-24 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
We're going to show that skinny bastard photogoot up!
galinda822 at 2008-09-24 17:25 (UTC) (Link)
We are on a mission! Hopefully we don't self-destruct. :)
glodowg at 2008-09-24 14:32 (UTC) (Link)
I am working on NO MORE BILLS at my house. You are not helping my cause!
ehowton at 2008-09-24 14:37 (UTC) (Link)
Understood. I was working under a NO MORE FAT-ASS assumption at my house however, and sometimes the two clash.
glodowg at 2008-09-24 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
NO MORE FAT-ASS assumption at my house

I'll stay away then!
ehowton at 2008-09-24 14:52 (UTC) (Link)
Two can play that game:

I am working on NO MORE BILLS at my house. You are not helping my cause!

You are me?
glodowg at 2008-09-24 14:53 (UTC) (Link)
You are me?

Lord help us all!!!!!!!
mr_dowg at 2008-09-24 15:27 (UTC) (Link)
She only says this because she KNOWS that I really want one! But.....I also want no more bills, so I will have to save up and by one outright....which should take about 10 years to save up enough, lol.
ehowton at 2008-09-24 15:31 (UTC) (Link)
In the interim, I've been trying to get you over to the house!
mr_dowg at 2008-09-24 15:34 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I know....we will have to work that out so I can see this wonderful new device and try it out!

I need to get some weights for my weight bench and start using it as well, getting the motivation to actually do it seems to be my biggest problem!
ehowton at 2008-09-24 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
I was worried about self-motivation as well, but this machine...its addictive, which is a good thing. You know its working because you're always sore, yet its so easy to use. Without it, I would be floundering.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-09-24 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
It's great that you two work out together. I mean, I find it helps me a lot to exercise with someone else: it doesn't matter who it is, or if we're helping each other out or not, just knowing that someone is suffering with me at gym makes me a lot more motivated.

(And by "motivated", I mean "less likely to skive off".)
ehowton at 2008-09-24 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
When I was in the Air Force I noticed a trend that men and women who worked out together had a tendency to have affairs, and I'm thinking I too, will fall prey to that and have an affair with my wife.
galinda822 at 2008-09-24 15:45 (UTC) (Link)
You should have an affair with your wife. She'd love it! ;)
irulan_amy at 2008-09-25 04:31 (UTC) (Link)
I totally read that as:

"I should have an affair with your wife."

Threw me for a second. ;)
ehowton at 2008-09-25 14:05 (UTC) (Link)
And I should watch.
irulan_amy at 2008-09-25 04:30 (UTC) (Link)
I keep telling myself that my 20-30 minute workout a day is doable. Yet I can't make myself do it. :( It's just a matter of resolve.

Kudos to you and your wife for sticking to it!
ehowton at 2008-09-25 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
Its the Bowflex. It makes it fun and easy. I wouldn't do 20-minutes a day on my free weights if someone had a gun to my head, I'm that lethargic.
dawaioser at 2008-09-25 13:36 (UTC) (Link)
*Waves hello to you* - just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I'm N's wife.

I think it's wonderful you are working out with your spouse...and might I say, what a beautiful piece of exercise equipment. We have two different units at our house: an elliptical and weight machine (similar to the Nautilus stuff one would find at gyms in the early 80's?). I *really* need to do more of the weights and less elliptical. That would make a difference in how I feel and overall body tone. Your entry inspires me.
ehowton at 2008-09-25 14:26 (UTC) (Link)
*waves hi back* - I know who you are! And I keep hoping we're going to meet in r/l soon! Also, N's latest post suggested your entries were worth reading, so I was going to head over to see you this next week ;)

The National trend appears to be people in my age group (late thirties/early forties) doing more weights and less aerobic for just as much impact as the aerobic had on us when we were younger. I guess I'm hoping that's true, as the Bowflex is *so* much more exciting than running on our treadmill two-hours a day - which I end up not doing.

I love the Nautilus stuff - the gyms on the Air Force bases were filled with it (Did you know Nautilus makes the Bowflex?) - but using a single piece of equipment to work work all the muscle groups is a feat of engineering; I just have to learn how to do things differently (bench-presses while sitting up, for example).

Thanks for commenting!

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