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Old 11-25-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Bowflex Enhancements

I've made a few improvements to our Bowflex that I thought I'd pass along in case anyone else would use them, and to show how clever I am.

First, color coding helps since the resistance of the rods isn't shown on their tops (where you need it).

BowflexColorCoding.jpg

Next, instead of buying a "rejuvenator" to keep the rods vertical, you can use some dowels.

BowflexRodsWithDowels.jpg

Third, there is no "compound row" exercise available, unless you add an attachment like this:

CompoundRow.jpg

And, best, here is an attachment that allows you to do a leg press:

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Very clever!
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Like the dowel idea, I'll give it a try. The XTL model that I have has a bench and a horizontal sliding seat that allows you to do leg presses and row exercises.
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I have the xlt also, so I won't need the leg press gizmo. The xlt's rod tops are too tall for the color coding to be seen. But I'm definitely going with the dowels. Thanks for posting.
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The mods aren't needed with my Ultimate XLTU either (below), but Al is way ahead on $ and his rig needs less space, wish I had been that smart.
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One more enhancement: When I do the underhanded pulldown, I lift off the seat. I haven't figured it out, but if I do the lateral pulldown (hands further apart) I don't come off the seat.

But for the underhanded one, I finally finished making something to hold me down. The metal rod and the cushions are from the leg extension attachment, which I never use.





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Did anyone ever tell you that in profile you look like Dave Letterman?

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I guess all that extra weight I carry finally serves a purpose, keeps my behind on the seat. Good idea but that's one attachment I won't be needing for awhile.
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Clever solution! I noticed that I lift off the seat when I use my (Bowflex) lat tower for pulldowns. I just consider my body weight the practical limit of those exercises, and use others instead. I'd have to rig up some sort of seat belt...
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