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How to Buy a Used Bowflex

author image Sarah Bourque
Sarah Bourque has been a freelance writer since 2006 and is based in the Pacific Northwest. She writes and edits for the local publisher, Pacific Crest Imprint and has written for several online content sites. Her work recently appeared in "The Goldendale Tourism and Economic Development Magazine" and "Sail the Gorge!" magazine. She attended Portland Community College where she studied psychology.

Bowflex home gyms are top-notch home gyms found in many homes. Owning a home gym, such as a Bowflex, can be a smart investment. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars a year on a gym membership, a Bowflex is a one-time purchase that will most likely last for years. Spending the money for a brand-new Bowflex might be out of reach for some households. Luckily, since Bowflex has been producing home gyms since the 1980s, it should be simple to save some cash and buy a quality used Bowflex.

Step 1

Ensure that the machine being sold is a genuine Bowflex. There are a few brands that offer resistance training, and they may even have names that sound similar to Bowflex.

Step 2

Identify a true Bowflex by its use of "Power Rod Resistance." The Power Rods will stick straight up and are black. They bow down to provide the resistance.

Step 3

Know the Bowflex models. Bowflex has produced over 20 models over time. The Power Pro had a long production life and is usually easy to find used. A Power Pro will often be labeled simply as "XTL," since the letters stood for what attachments came with it, such as the lat and leg attachments. A complete list of models is linked to in the Resource section.

Step 4

Ask the seller about any knowledge he may have about machine-specific recalls. Product recalls might sound scary, but they are somewhat commonplace. Bowflex has conducted a few voluntary safety recalls. The recalls did not ask for entire machines to be returned, but they did send out repair kits. Affected machines may include certain Power Pro and Ultimate 2 models. When buying a used Bowflex, check if the past owner knows if the specific machine was affected, and if so, if they got and installed the repair kit. More information on recalls is linked to in the Resource area.

Step 5

Take care of any warranty issues through the seller before buying the machine. Bowflex machines come with solid warranties, but they are meant only for the original owner. The Bowflex customer service staff will only sell a second owner parts. If there are any issues that need correcting with a warranty part, even if they are small, ask that the original owner orders them for you. This will save time and hassle.

Step 6

Search local garage sales, newspaper classifieds and your local Craigslist ads for used Bowflex machines. Buying locally ensures a chance to try the machine before buying, and it will save on shipping costs.

Step 7

Be aware of your safety when checking out the machine if you are visiting a stranger's home. Bring a friend. If buying on eBay, check out the seller's rating, and ask as many questions as needed to make a smart, well-informed purchase.

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