In this article, we’re going to compare the Bowflex Blaze vs PR1000. A number of our readers requested this review, so we decided to go ahead and review both machines. Here’s what we are asked the most…
“Can you guys tell me which Bowflex home gym is better to buy between the Bowflex PR1000 vs Bowflex Blaze?”
The truth is, both machines are great! So if you are looking to get in shape at home then having either of these two would be ideal. They are two of the most popular Bowflex home gym models that have been sold to date. Moreover, the Bowflex PR1000 and Bowflex Blaze have been used by widely accepted by thousands of satisfied customers.
Investing in either home gym model is well worth it. However, one model is a little better than the other. We will be making this detailed comparison so that by the time you get to the end of this article, you can accurately identify which one to pick!
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Bowflex Blaze Vs Bowflex PR1000 Comparative Review
To start our comparison of these two home gym models, we’ll start with a comparison table of the main differences. Also, we’ll be going over the design, features & functionality, price, warranty, and lastly the pros and cons.
The Bowflex Blaze model, in contrast, is a lot more flexible in its functionality. It offers the capability to do 60 exercises and has the capacity for more weights to be attached. Besides, the blaze home gym model comes with an extra workout DVD to help you along.
With the Bowflex Blaze, you can do all of the same exercises listed for the PR1000 plus different variations. This increase is due to the cable/pulley position enabling you to do custom workouts. Also, the Bowflex blaze has a lat bar and squat bar which the pr1000 does not include.
Winner: We think that the Blaze model is better regarding functionality with its ability to increase the weights. So if you want to do more workouts than a typical beginner would then the Bowflex Blaze is the better choice.
The PR1000 is an excellent beginner friendly Bowflex model with an exercise capacity of 30+exercises. For anyone new to working out at home the 30 exercises you can do is more than sufficient. With the PR1000 home gym you can work your abs, arms, shoulders, back, and legs. Here’s a breakdown of exercises:
- Chest Exercises – You can do Incline, Decline, and Flat bench presses.
- Back Exercises: You will be able to do the lower back extensions, lat pulldowns, and rows.
- Arm Exercises – You can target your triceps and do bicep curls.
- Core Exercises – You can do ab crunches, oblique crunches, and trunk rotations.
- Shoulder Exercises – You can do Press downs, shrugs, and delt raise.
- Leg Exercises – For the legs, you can do leg extensions, kickbacks, and curl.
All-in-All you should be able to complete a full-body workout with a Bowflex PR1000.
The Bowflex Blaze home gym and Bowflex pr1000 are very similar in design. In that, they both feature a bench that folds down. However, the color scheme between them differs slightly. The PR1000 features a Red and Black design while the Bowflex Blaze is mostly black. The distinction between the models is as a result of the release date.
The Bowflex PR1000 is newer than the Bowflex blaze and is geared more towards persons new to home gyms. As such, the Bowflex pr1000 home gym has a little less physical components than the Blaze model.
One key difference between both models is the media rack that is included in the Bowflex pr1000. This media rack on the pr1000 will allow you to follow along with the trainer-led workouts provided. The Bowflex blaze has an instructional placard in the place of the media rack which lists a few exercises you can follow.
Winner: Bowflex PR1000
We think that the Bowflex pr1000 wins aesthetically.
Size & Space Consumption
One major flaw of owning a Bowflex home gym is the huge space they take up. As a result, most owners of either model will have to set their home gym up in a reasonably large room. However, neither the Bowflex blaze or pr1000 is excessively large.
Between both models, the Bowflex blaze model is slightly larger than the Bowflex PR1000. Bowflex Blaze height sits at 83 inches high by 90 inches long and 38 inches wide. On the other hand, the PR1000 is 84 inches long by 38 inches wide and 81 inches long. Regarding spacial consumption when exercising, the Bowflex Blaze uses less than the PR1000.
Winner: Bowflex Blaze
So regarding the size and space, the Bowflex Blaze is slightly better than the pr1000.
Features and Specs
Both machines share similar features that anyone interested in a home gym would love. As such, we’ll only be highlighting the key differences between the Bowflex Blaze and Bowflex PR1000.The PR1000 comes with the capability to do 30 exercises while the Bowflex Blaze allows 60+ exercises. The reason for this is due to the PR1000 being designed for home gym beginners. While the Blaze model was created to target a more experienced user, both models feature Bowflex’s trademark Resistance Power Rods and have a max resistance of 210 pounds.
Another similarity that both models have is the inclusion of a fold-down bench and wheels for easy storage.
Winner: The Bowflex Blaze has more features than the pr1000 that will come in handy for most users.
The functionality of a home gym is possibly the most important aspect and a critical part when choosing the right Bowflex model.
When investing in a home gym, knowing the warranty you qualify for is very important. So just in case a few months down the line something snaps you can quickly have it replaced. As such, both of these Bowflex gyms offer a decent warranty. Both Bowflex gyms offer a 1-year warranty on the frame of the equipment. On the power rods, you’ll receive five years warranty while for parts it’s about 60 days.
Another big factor to consider between both models is the price and value for money! However, both models do give excellent value for money, so the costs are justified. The Bowflex Blaze is just slightly more expensive than the pr1000. However, to purchase one of the best quality home gyms on the market to spend that amount is a steal. Plus, you might get it cheaper depending on the time you want to buy it.
Pros & Cons of Bowflex Blaze
- The blaze model has double the exercises of the PR1000.
- It includes a workout DVD guide and instructional placard.
- The resistance rods can be upgraded.
- Bowflex Blaze has a squat and lat bar.
- It Can accommodate custom workouts.
- Costs more than the PR1000.
If You Might Want to Purchase The Bowflex Blaze Model
- Having twice as many workout capability is something you prefer.
- You prefer the instructional placard over the media rack holder.
- If you want the ability to upgrade the power rods to 310 lbs or 410 lbs.
- You want to customize your exercises instead of a fixed routine.
Pros & Cons of Bowflex PR1000
- Great beginner-friendly home gym.
- Cheaper than the Blaze Model
- It has capabilities for 30 exercises.
- It includes a multimedia rack for your device.
- PR1000 does not include Workout DVD.
- It takes up a little more workout space.
If You Might Want to Purchase The Bowflex PR1000
- You are a beginner and don’t need to fuss over the number of exercise capabilities.
- If you prefer to spend less money on a home gym.
- You want to watch videos while working out.
After comparing the Bowflex blaze vs pr1000 the overall winner is the Blaze model. With more functionalities and features, it certainly stands apart from the newer home gym model. However, that does not mean that the PR1000 is a bad option. If you are a beginner and don’t need all the features of the Blaze home gym, then the PR1000 is perfect. With either model, you get everything you need to do a full body workout right at home for just a few bucks. Plus a decent warranty to back up the product should anything go wrong.
But at the end of the day, we give the winner title to the Bowflex Blaze for being a great all-rounder.