Bowflex is known for its innovative home gyms and for being a leader in the home fitness industry. The PR1000 and the PR3000 are two of their most popular models of home gyms, and on first look, they may seem somewhat similar.
Both deliver a high quality full-body workout and pack an entire gym’s worth of equipment into one machine. However, there are quite a few differences between the two.
We’ll explore what makes each of these machines unique, and then put them head to head for a comparison. Which one is the better bang for your buck? Let’s find out.
|#1. Bowflex PR3000|
Our Best Pick
|64" long, 41" wide, 83" high||96" long, 78" wide, 83" high|
|#2. Bowflex PR1000|
|84" long, 38" wide, 81" high||103" long, 80" wide, 82" high|
The PR3000 is an upgraded version of the PR1000. With almost double the number of exercises of the PR1000, the PR3000 is built for those who are serious about strength training. The wide variety of workouts offer more versatility without hitting plateaus in your fitness goals.
The 210 pounds of resistance rods are standard on this model, but can also be upgraded. There aren’t any foldable parts on this model, but it does come with a vertical, rather than horizontal bench.
Other features include a lat pulldown and cushioned rollers for lower body workouts, much like the PR1000. However, no cable pulley changes are required, making this machine easy to use.
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What Makes them Different?
One of the best features of the PR1000, the built in rowing machine, is absent on the PR3000. The cardio rowing gives this model a leg up when compared to the PR3000 because you’re able to combine strength training with a full cardio workout.
The PR1000 also is the more compact of the two models and requires less space. If you need to save space in your home gym, this may make it the better choice for you.
However, the PR3000 has two advantages in the way it is built: the upgradable resistance and the fact that no pulley cable changes are required.
A home gym is a piece of equipment built to last you through many years of training. The ability to upgrade that machine as you meet your fitness goals means that the PR3000 will still be ready to challenge you long after you’ve mastered the 210 pounds of resistance. Resistance can be upgraded up to 310 pounds.
With the PR3000, there’s no need to interrupt your workouts to change cables. You can simply choose your exercise and weight and get busy working out without having to stop between sets to change the pulley cables.
Amount of Exercises
You can expect to be thoroughly challenged by the 30 exercises included with the PR1000. Only 24 are listed in the manual, but there are plenty of others that you can perform using this machine.
With the addition of the rowing machine and more arm and chest exercises than the PR3000, the PR1000 is more focused on upper body workouts.
The PR3000 has well over 50 exercises, although only 26 are listed in the manual. The versatility of exercises is more balanced to a full-body workout. You’ll be working your legs, chest, back, arms, shoulders, and core to build total body strength.
As to be expected, the PR3000 being the upgraded version of the PR1000 also means it comes with an upgraded price tag. While the cost may seem hefty, one thing to consider is that this piece of equipment is a home gym. Either way, you’re packing many different pieces of equipment into one machine, eliminating the need for a gym membership.
The cost difference between the two is relevant to the number of exercises you’re able to perform with each, and with either machine you’re getting a great value for your money.
While the PR1000 assuredly has enough exercises to keep you busy, the PR3000 is built to continue challenging you well into the future. Its available upgrades, outstanding number of exercises, and its ease of use make it well worth the heftier price tag.
This machine will take you from beginner to pro strength trainer while assuring that you won’t outgrow it, making it the obvious choice.
However, if you are looking for a more compact home gym that still delivers an incredible full-body workout, the PR1000 has its advantages that are worth considering.
Particularly, the built-in rowing machine, which can give you a great upper body workout, as well as combining cardio with strength training.