Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym Review

This is another good high end home gym model to consider. It has a really good mix of affordability, quality, and function. This is a resistance rod model, as opposed to free weights or weight stacks, making it a more lightweight high end home gym option. Even though it is light, it still has a great number of features and has a decent amount of resistance too.

Overview

If you would like to watch a little video overview of the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym, you can check out the video below.

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

Main Features

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym has a few really neat features, so let’s talk about those quickly.

  • 210 pounds of resistance – power rod
  • Upgradable to 310 pounds or 410 pounds of resistance
  • Features a no-change cable pulley system
  • Has a lat tower with an angled lat bar
  • Comes with a squat station
  • 4-position low pulley station
  • Has a leg extension station
  • Comes with an abdominal crunch harness
  • Allows for over 70 different exercises
  • 300-pound user weight limit

Dimensions & Weight

As far as the size and weight of the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym are concerned, it is actually fairly small and lightweight. It is not overly small or light, but when compared to some of the other high end models out there, it is definitely much more compact. Having power rods for resistance instead of real weights does make a huge difference here.

  • Length: 53 inches
  • Width: 49 inches
  • Height: 83.5 inches
  • Weight: 185 pounds

Warranty

For the affordable price which the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym comes in at, it sure does have a great warranty. The whole machine, including the frame and parts, has a 7-year warranty, while the power rods themselves come with a full lifetime warranty.

Assembly

Assembling the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is not all that difficult, at least not as much as with some of the other bigger high end models. The only part that will give you trouble here is assembling the pulley and cable systems. Other than that, assembly is fairly straightforward. The instructions are quite clear and nothing is too big or heavy. You can purchase in home assembly for an extra cost if you choose.

What We Like About The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

There are a couple of things which really stand out when it comes to the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym. What are these awesome features?

Perhaps the thing that we like the most about the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is that it is comparatively small and lightweight. Thanks to the power rods providing resistance instead of real weights, the overall weight of the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is kept to a minimum. Also, the size of the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is fairly small, meaning that you don’t need an overly big room to house it in. This is a big advantage for anybody who does not have too much room to spare.

We cannot ignore the fact that the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym has a lifetime warranty on the power rods and a 7-year warranty on the parts and frame. That is definitely quite impressive.

Another thing that we really like about the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is that it provides you with a ton of exercise options. This model can provide you with over 70 different possible exercises. This means that you can strengthen virtually every muscle in your body using this item.

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym comes with a lat bar with multiple grip positions, it has a squat feature with a 4 position low pulley, it has a leg developer with multiple functions, an abdominal crunch harness, and a few other features too. All in all, you will be hard pressed to find a high end home gym with more possible exercise options than this one.

Another thing that we do like about the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is that it is very comfortable to use. Both the seat and backrest are adjustable for position, making it easy to use it with proper form. Moreover, the seat and backrest are both well-padded and have a very durable, easy to clean vinyl cover. Also, the leg developer has great foam rollers that will keep your knees and ankles pain free during use.

What We Don’t Like About The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

There are just a couple of minor issues with the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym that we would like to discuss.

First of all, the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym only comes with 210 pounds of resistance. For anyone who is very serious about weightlifting, this will not be a huge challenge. While the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym can be upgraded to 310 pounds or 410 pounds of resistance, it is going to cost you a pretty penny to do so.

Some people do not like power rods as they tend to provide for uneven resistance throughout different stages of any given exercise.

Some Alternatives To The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

To provide you with some perspective and a point of comparison, let’s quickly talk about some of the other high end home gym options you can look at.

Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym

The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is a good alternative to consider. Both of these pieces of equipment are actually quite similar, with just a couple of key differences. Both of them cost around the same amount, with the Bowflex being just a little more expensive. Both of these models can provide you with 210 pounds of resistance, but the Body Solid uses real weight stacks as opposed to the power rods of the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE. Some people prefer weight stacks as they provide a more even level of resistance, but they do also weigh a lot more than resistance rods. In fact, the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE has quite a few more exercise options that the Body Solid EXM2500S.

Marcy Diamond Elite Smith Cage

The Marcy Diamond Elite Smith Cage is another good alternative to look at. Considering that you will need to buy Olympic weights separately, the Marcy Diamond Elite Smith Cage will end up being a fair bit more expensive than the Bowflex 2 SE Home Gym. Also, the Bowflex is smaller and lighter. However, the Marcy Diamond Elite Smith Cage can provide you with a heck of a lot more weight and resistance than this Bowflex model. If you are strong and really serious about weight lifting, you will probably want to choose the Smith cage.

Final Thoughts On The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

If you like resistance rod home gyms, the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym definitely makes for a good option. Considering it is a high end home gym, it is not all that expensive, plus it can still provide you with a good deal of resistance and lots of exercise options. Also, comparatively speaking, it is fairly small and lightweight too.

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