How to Disassemble the Bowflex

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The Bowflex Classic machine is one type of home gym supplied by the Bowflex company. It uses what is called a power rod system -- rather than weight plates -- to provide resistance for your strength-training workouts. Power rods are tall, plastic bars of various thickness, that bend and flex as you exercise. The Bowflex classic also offers a rowing station for cardiovascular exercise. According to the manufacturer, typical assembly time of most Bowflex systems takes between one and three hours. The disassembling of the machine should take less time, but remember to store all of the machine's parts in a safe location.


Step 1

Detach any handles from the ends of the cables. Unhook the cables from the power rods and remove the cables from the pulleys. Set the cables aside to store them.

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Step 2

Slide the placard, which is the plastic frame that contains workout instructions, off the tower. Slide the top of the bench out of the clip on the bottom of the bench. Set the bench to the side.

Step 3

Remove the plastic pieces on the sides of the leg extension rollers. Slide out the rod that holds the rollers in place. Set the rollers and the rods to the side.

Step 4

Using the Allen wrench and small wrench, remove the bolts on the chest pulley bar. Set the bar to the side. Use the Phillips head screwdriver to unscrew the bolts on the bottom of the power rods to detach them from the tower. Turn the screwdriver to the left to loosen the bolts, then remove the rods.

Step 5

Loosen the bolts on the tower and the top pulley with the Allen wrench. Remove the bolts and detach the top pulley and the top portion of the tower.


Step 6

Detach the seat rail from the tower base using your wrench and Allen wrench. Remove the plastic coverings from the tops of the bolts if those are attached. Unscrew the leg extension assembly from the seat rail. Detach the seat and the sliding control from the seat rail using the Allen wrench.

Step 7

Unscrew the bottom of the tower from the floor base using your wrench and Allen wrench. Remove the plastic end caps from the floor base, or leave them attached if you are going to reassemble the machine in another location.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 supplied Allen wrenches

  • Small wrench

  • Phillips head screwdriver

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