The Bowflex Xtreme SE vs. the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE: What's the Difference?

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE (right) is the newer, upgraded version of the Xtreme SE (left).
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Bowflex specializes in home fitness equipment, ranging from treadmills, elliptical trainers, free weights and, most famously, multi-function home gyms. The best-selling home gym available from Bowflex is the Xtreme 2 SE, which competes with the older version, Xtreme SE.

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Although both gyms offer similar strength-training benefits, there are some subtle differences that can determine which model you may want to purchase, including price, number of exercises and pulley system.

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What Is the Difference Between a Bowflex Xtreme and a Bowflex Xtreme 2?

Bowflex Xtreme

Bowflex Xtreme 2

Cost

$1,299

$1,499

Exercises

65+

70+

Pulley System

no-change system

change system

Pulley Positions

3

4

Available Resistance

210 to 410 lbs.

210 to 410 lbs.

Dimensions

4' 1" W x 7' H x 4' 5" L

157 lbs.

4' 1" W x 6' 9" H x 5' 2" L

185 lbs.

User Weight Limit

300 lbs.

300 lbs.

Foldability

no

no

In-Home Assembly

yes

yes

User Rating

4.4 stars

4.6 stars

Source: Bowflex

Cost of the Bowflex Xtreme vs. Xtreme 2

Bowflex distributes varying price points in home fitness gyms to cater to the means of most individuals. Your choice would depend on your level of fitness and how often you plan to use this piece of equipment.

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How Much Does the Bowflex Xtreme Cost?

The Bowflex Xtreme SE is priced at $1,299.

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How Much Does the Bowflex Xtreme 2 Cost?

The improved Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE is priced at $1,499 — a difference of $200.

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Number of Exercises

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE allows the user to perform more than 70 exercises, while the Xtreme SE allows the user to perform more than 65.

The Xtreme SE version allows the user to perform four different chest exercises. Bowflex added two additional chest exercises — decline chest fly and incline chest fly — to the Xtreme 2 model.

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The Xtreme 2 SE also allows more arm, shoulder, back and leg exercises than the Xtreme SE, including seated forearm lateral shoulder raise, good morning, bent-over rear deltoid row, rope push downs and single-leg calf raise.

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Pulley System

One of the upgrades to the Bowflex Xtreme 2 is the no-change cable pulley system. This allows the user to change from several different exercises without interrupting the workout to adjust or re-route pulleys. The no-change cable feature not only saves time but prevents too long of a rest between movements.

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Additionally, the Xtreme SE version only has a 3-position pulley system, while the Xtreme 2 SE was designed with a 4-position pulley. The updated version also includes an adjustable seat and ab crunch harness.

Similarities Between the Bowflex Xtreme and Bowflex Xtreme 2

Both Bowflex models come equipped with a power rod system that allows the user to adjust resistance up to 210 pounds (standard) and up to 410 pounds (upgraded). They both come with an upper and lower pulley system to allow for a full-body workout.

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They both also have a user weight limit of 200 pounds. And while neither is foldable, both can be assembled and disassembled at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE worth it?

The answer to this question depends on how often you plan to use the machine. Many people buy home exercise equipment only to have it sit idle. But if you're an avid exerciser or committed to starting a strength-training program, this machine may be worth it for you.

The other consideration is what your budget it. While buying a full home gym machine may be a bit expensive, there are plenty of other weight-lifting options, including dumbbells, kettlebells and resistance bands.

What year did the Bowflex Xtreme 2 come out?

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE came out in 2008.

Does the Bowflex Xtreme 2 fold up?

No, the Bowflex Xtreme 2 does not fold up.

How much space do you need for a Bowflex Xtreme 2?

You need at least 6' 5" W x 7' H x 8' D of space for the Bowflex Xtreme 2. For the Xtreme, you would need at least 6' 6" W x 7' H x 8'4" D of space.

How heavy/wide/tall is the Bowflex Xtreme? Bowflex Xtreme 2?

The Bowflex Xtreme measures 4' 1" W x 7' H x 4' 5" L and weighs 157 pounds, while the Xtreme 2 measures 4' 1" W x 6' 9" H x 5' 2" L and weighs 185 pounds.

How do you run cables on a Bowflex Xtreme?

To assemble or run cables on your Bowflex Xtreme, you will need to consult the assembly manual.

How do you disassemble a Bowflex Xtreme 2?

To assemble or disassemble your Bowflex Xtreme, you will need to consult the assembly manual.

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