How The Bowflex And Total Gym Systems Compare

By: teahupoo
People are so overweight today that physical fitness has become a very important commodity in the marketplace. Today our lifestyles no longer allow us to rely on nature to keep us fit; the regular way of life leaves the average person with not enough exercise.

We are forced to rely on spending time in deliberate exercise programs. It takes dedication of time, energy and cash to keep our bodies looking the way we want them to look. A lot of people do opt to become a member of a gym, but many of us do not feel comfortable using perspiration drenched machinery, and exercising in front of probing eyes of dozens of other people working out around us.

If you're overweight the last thing you want to think about while you're working out is how you look. Obviously the idea is that you don't like how you look, so it's hard to feel comfortable about being scrutinized by everyone else while you're working out.

For this reason a lot of people are attracted to the option of a home fitness system that offers many exercises and a complete work out program in the security and privacy of your own home. Before making the decision to buy one of these systems make sure that the system is right for you. Think about what you want to get out of the program, research the machines that are available out there and find the best one for your needs.

TV, the Internet and magazines are full of advertisements for all types of fitness machinery. The two biggest names that you are apt to see again and again are Total Gym and Bowflex.

Let's take a brief look at these two systems:
Bowflex has improved its system in several ways in the many years since it first came out. The system is quite expensive, but you get a lot out of it. The Bowflex machine looks pretty much the same in general shape as the basic machines you find in the average gym, but it uses rods to create resistance instead of weights. Bowflex claims that this variation makes a workout with their machine smoother than with other machines that use weights for resistance. Bowflex is a single machine that can let you do many of the same exercises that people do in the gyms using weights. One of the benefits of the Bowflex system is that it is compact and easy to store. The basic system can fold up and fit under a bed.

The Total Gym folds up and goes under a bed just like the Bowflex can. The way it works is by pulleys, and a board that slides up and down. The pulley system uses the weight of the person exercising, and additional weights if you choose the upgrade, to allow the person to exercise using the pulleys. You can use this machine to exercise virtually the whole body. Two famous spokespeople, Chuck Norris, the famous martial artist, and Supermodel Christie Brinkley, are responsible for making this a very popular machine.
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