Bowflex Blaze Owner`s manual

Bowflex Blaze Owner`s manual
The Bowflex® Blaze™
Home Gym
Owner’s Manual
and Fitness Guide
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Table of Contents
Safety Requirements
Safety Warning Labels
Get to Know Your Machine
How to Use Your Machine
Power Rod® Resistance
Adjusting/Understanding The Resistance
Hooking Power Rod® Unit to Cables
Safety
When You Are Not Using Your Gym
How to Use Your Machine
The Workout Bench
Removing the Bench
Flat Bench
45° Incline Bench
Leg Extension
Free-Sliding Seat
Storing Your Bowflex® Blaze™ Home Gym
Maintenance and Care
How to Use Your Machine
Accessories and Equipment
Using Your Leg Press Belt and
Squat Bar Pulleys
Define Your Goals
Warm Up / Cool Down
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Chest Exercises
Shoulder Horizontal Adduction
Bench Press
Decline Bench Press
Incline Bench Press
Decline Chest Fly
Incline Chest Fly
Resisted Punch
Lying Cable Crossover
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Shoulder Exercises
Rear Deltoid Rows
Standing Lateral Shoulder Raise
Seated Shoulder Press
Front Shoulder Raise
Shoulder Extension
Shoulder Shrug
Scapular Protraction
Scapular Depression
Lying Front Shoulder Raise
Reverse Fly
Shoulder Rotator Cuff
Shoulder Rotator Cuff
Seated Lateral Shoulder Raise
Scapular Retraction
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Back Exercises
Lying Lat Pulldowns
Low Back Extension
Pulldowns
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Narrow Pulldowns with Handgrips
Lying Lat Fly
Lying Narrow Lat Pulldowns
Seated Lat Rows
Stiff-Arm Pulldown
Bent Over Row
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Arm Exercises
Triceps Pushdown
Single Arm Pushdown
French Press
Lying Triceps Extension
Cross Triceps Extension
Lying 45o Triceps Extension
Seated Triceps Extension
Standing Biceps Curl
Seated Biceps Curl
Lying Biceps Curl
Seated Wrist Extension
Standing Wrist Curl
Reverse Curl
Seated Wrist Curl
Standing Wrist Extension
“Rope” Pushdown
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Abdominal Exercises
Reverse Crunch
Resisted Reverse Crunch
Seated (Resisted) Ab Crunch
Seated (Resisted) Oblique Ab Crunch
Trunk Rotation
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Leg Exercises
Leg Extension
Squat
Lying Leg Extension
Ankle Eversion
Ankle Inversion
Standing Hip Extension
Standing Hip Extension
Standing Hip Abduction
Seated Hip Adduction
Seated Hip Abduction
Standing Leg Kickback
Leg Press
Prone Leg Curl
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Muscle Chart
US Warranty Information
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Bowflex Body Leanness Program
The Workouts
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Contact Information
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Product Specifications:
Product Weight
195 lbs. (88 kg)
Product Dimensions
90" L x 38" W x 83" H (229 cm L x 97 cm W x 211 cm H)
Folded Footprint
52" L x 38" W x 83" H (132 cm L x 97 cm W x 211 cm H)
Workout Area
100" L x 78" W (254 cm L x 198 cm W)
Number of Exercises
Over 60
Power Rod® Resistance
210 lbs. (95 kg)
Power Rod® Upgradability
310 lbs. (141 kg.)
410 lbs. (186 kg.)
User Weight Limit
300 lbs. (136 kg)
Regulatory Approvals:
Meets:
EN957-1 Class H
EN957-2 Class H
Meets:
ASTM F2276-05
ASTM F2216-05
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Safety Requirements
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
The following definition applies to the word “Warning” found throughout this manual:
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Used to call attention to POTENTIAL hazards that could
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READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS
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Always read and follow the Warning and
Safety labels attached to your Bowflex®
Blaze™
home gym. Do not remove these
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800-NAUTILUS
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Read the owner’s manual and follow it
carefully before using the machine.
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Parents and others in charge of children
should be aware of their responsibility,
because the natural play instinct and the
fondness for experimenting of children can
lead to situations and behavior for which the
training equipment is not intended.
Never allow children to use the Bowflex®
Blaze™ home gym unsupervised. To do
so could result in injury. If children are
allowed to use the equipment, their mental
and physical development should be taken
into account. They should be controlled
and instructed on the correct use of the
equipment.
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Never use dumbbells or other weight
equipment to incrementally increase the
weight resistance. Use only the Power Rod®
unit that came with your Bowflex® Blaze™
home gym.
•
Set up and use your Bowflex® Blaze™
home gym on a hard, level surface.
•
Do not wear any loose or dangling clothing
or jewelry while using the Bowflex® Blaze™
home gym. Stand clear of all moving
components.
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Before beginning any exercise program
consult your physician or health care
professional. Only he or she can determine
the exercise program that is appropriate for
your particular age and condition. If you
experience any light-headedness, dizziness,
or shortness of breath while exercising, stop
the exercise and consult your physician.
•
This machine is meant for individual
consumer use only, and is not meant for use
by institutions.
•
This equipment is under no circumstances
suitable as a children’s toy.
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Inspect your machine for any worn or
loose components prior to use. Tighten or
replace any worn or loose components prior
to use. Pay close attention to cables, or belts
and their connections.
Maximum user weight for the Bowflex®
Blaze™ home gym is 300 pounds (136 kg).
For your safety, do not use or allow others to
use the Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym if they
weigh in excess of 300 pounds (136 kg).
•
Allow a workout area of at least 8’4” L x
6’6” W(2.6 m x 2 m) of free space for safe
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Safety Requirements
operation of the Bowflex® Blaze™ home
gym.
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Keep your body weight centered on the
machine, seat, or base frame platform while
exercising.
When hooking up Power Rod® caps, do not
stand directly looking over the top of the
rods. Stand off to the side while attaching
rods.
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When using the Bowflex® Blaze™ home
gym for standing leg exercises, always grasp
the Lat Tower on your machine for stability.
Never attempt to exercise with more
resistance than you are physically able to
handle.
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Keep cables and Power Rod® unit bound
with the rod binding strap when not in use.
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Before exercising, make sure the cable pulley
system is properly secured, properly attached,
and in perfect working condition.
•
Keep out of the path of the Power Rod®
unit when exercising and make certain that
observers also stand clear of the Bowflex®
Blaze™ home gym when the Power Rod®
unit is in use.
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Never move or adjust the seat while sitting on
it. Never stand on the seat.
Safety Warning Labels
The following safety warnings are located on the Bowflex® Blaze™ exercise machine. Please read
all safety precautions and warning information prior to using your product. Be sure to replace
any warning label if damaged, illegible, or missing. If you need replacement labels, please call a
Nautilus Representative at 1-800-NAUTILUS (628-8458).
Label 1
Label 2
Label 3
Label 5
Label 4
Home Gym
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Safety Warning Labels
The following safety warnings are located in site specific areas on the unit. Please review and
understand the safety warning labels and their locations on the unit prior to use.
If you do not have, or cannot find, or need to replace a warning label please call 1-800-NAUTILUS
(1-800-628-8458) to obtain a new label.
Label 1: Please make sure all users read, understand, and
follow the warning labels on the home gym. See
Figure 1 for general use safety label.
Location: The warning label in Figure 1 is located on the back
of the lat tower.
Label 2: See figure 2 for “Caution” safety label.
Location: Left and right side of rod box.
Figure 2
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Safety Warning Labels
Label 3: See Figure 3 for “Caution” safety label. Avoid crush hazard
when folding the bench.
Location: Top of the seat rail bracket.
Figure 3
Label 4: See Figure 4 for “Caution” safety label. Stay clear
of the leg when folding the leg extension.
Location: Back of rear leg of leg extension.
Figure 4
Label 5: See Figure 5 for “Caution” safety label.
Location: Back of the lower lat tower, below chest bar.
Figure 5
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Get to Know Your Machine
CONGRATULATIONS on your commitment to
improving your health and fitness! With the Bowflex®
Blaze™ home gym, you have everything you need to
exceed all of your physical fitness, strength and health
expectations!
The Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym’s exceptional
resistance and quality is unmatched by any other single
piece of home fitness equipment available. You will not
believe the amazing results your body will get with the
Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym!
Please take your time to read through the entire manual
and follow it carefully before attempting to use your
Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym. Also locate and read all
warning labels that are posted on the machine. It’s
important to understand how to properly perform each
exercise before you do so using Power Rod® Resistance.
With all of the fitness choices available today, finding the
best workout equipment for your needs can be very
confusing. Everyone at Nautilus would like to thank you
for selecting the Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym.
Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym is the finest home fitness
product available, and you’re just about to prove it to
yourself.
Home Gym
Lat Cable Storage
Bent Lat Bar
Upper
Lat Tower
Power Rod®
Unit
Lat Bar Pulley
Rod Caps
Rod Hook
Leg Attachment
Workout Placard
Cable
Rod Box
Chest Bar
Pulley
Squat Bar
Squat Platform
and Pulleys
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Bench
How to Use Your Machine
Power Rod® Resistance
Safety
Power Rod® rods are made from a special
composite material. Your rods are sheathed with
a protective black rubber coating. Each rod is
marked with its weight rating on the “Rod Cap”.
When hooking the
Power Rod® caps to
the cable hooks, do
not stand directly over
the tops of the rods.
Stand off to one side
when connecting and
disconnecting the
Power Rod® unit from
the cables.
Adjusting And
Understanding
The Resistance
The standard
Bowflex® Blaze™
home gym comes with
210 pounds (95 kg)
of resistance (one
pair of 5 lb. (2.25 kg)
rods, two pair of 10 lb.
(4.5 kg) one pair of
30 lb. (13.5 kg) rods,
and one pair of 50 lb.
(22.5 kg) rods).
If you upgraded to a 310 lb. (140 kg) or 410 lb.
(186 kg) capacity you will have an additional
one or two pair of 50 lb. (22.5 kg) rods,
respectively.
Hooking the Power Rod®
Unit to the Cables
When You Are Not Using Your Bowflex®
Blaze™ Home Gym
Disconnect the cables from the Power Rod® unit
when you are not using your Bowflex® Blaze™
home gym. Use the
rod binding strap
included with
your machine
to bind all the rods
together at the top.
You can also place
your cables and
grips through the
strap to keep them
out of the way.
You may use one rod
or several rods in
combination, to create your
desired resistance level.
To hook multiple rods up
to one cable, bend the
closest rod toward the
cable and place the cable
hook through that rod cap.
You can then hook up the
next closest rod through
the same cable hook.
Hooking up the closest rod
first prevents rods from
crossing over the top of one another.
To order additional
50 lb. (22.5 kg) Power Rod® sets
please call
1-800-NAUTILUS
(1-800-628-8458)
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How to Use Your Machine
The Workout Bench
Your Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym has a number
of seat and bench positions: flat bench forward,
flat bench back, 45° incline and free-sliding seat
extension.
To adjust the seat, pull out the Seat Rail Knob, then
slide the seat to one of the three locking holes on
the Seat Rail.
Release the Seat Rail Knob to secure when finished.
Removing the Bench:
The Bench easily attaches and releases from the
Seat. To attach the Bench, insert the half hinge
on the end of the Bench into the half hinge on
the seat. To remove the Bench, lift up on the long
portion and pull away from seat.
Flat Bench:
The Flat bench position is used for
most exercises. You may lock the
bench into a Back (closest to Power
Rod® unit) or Forward (farthest
from Power Rod® unit) position to
accommodate height/reach needs.
45° Incline Bench:
Start with a flat bench, following the
above instructions to release and
move the seat and bench. Lift the
bench while sliding the seat toward
the Power Rod® unit until the bench
back is resting against the Lat Tower.
Leg Extension:
Refer to page A-12 of the Assembly
Manual for instructions on installing
the Leg Extension Seat.
Free-Sliding Seat:
Remove the Bench, pull out the Seat Rail Knob,
give it half a turn and release to place the Seat in a
“free sliding” position for Aerobic Rowing.
Storing Your Bowflex® Blaze™ Home Gym
Folding your Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym for
storage is easy.
1) Lock the Seat and Bench into the flat position.
2) Remove all Power Rod® resistance and then
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bind the Power Rod® unit with the rod binding
strap.
3) Ensure that the Leg Extension Lock-out Pin is
installed. (Refer to page A-9 for instructions.)
4) Remove the Seat Rail Knob from the seat rail.
5) Tilt the bench toward the Power Rod® unit.
6) While holding the Rear Leg with one hand,
disengage the seat Rail Pull Pin to allow the
Rear Leg to fold against the Seat Rail. (See
figure 8b on page A-7.)
7) Secure the bench by inserting the Seat Rail
Knob into the hole in the side of the Seat Rail
Bracket.
Maintenance and Care of Your Bowflex®
Blaze™ Home Gym
Inspect your machine for any worn
or loose components prior to use.
Tighten or replace any worn or loose
components prior to use. Pay close
attention to cables, or belts and their
connections.
Clean the bench with a non-abrasive
household cleanser after each use.
This will keep it looking new. Do not
use automotive cleaner, which can
make the bench too “slick.”
Review all warning notices. The
safety and integrity designed into
a machine can only be maintained
when the equipment is regularly
examined for damage and repaired.
It is the sole responsibility of the
owner to ensure that regular
maintenance is performed. Worn
or damaged components shall be
replaced immediately or the equipment removed
from service until the repair is made. Only
manufacturer supplied components shall be used to
maintain/repair the equipment.
If you have any questions regarding your Bowflex®
Blaze™ home gym, please call our Customer
Service Department at 1-800-NAUTILUS (628-8458)
or by mail at: 16400 SE Nautilus Dr., Vancouver,
Washington, USA 98683.
How to Use Your Machine
Accessories and Equipment
Hand Grips:
The Hand Grips fit snugly around your hand, ankle, or wrist. Attach the pulley
cable clips to the D-Rings on the Hand Grips to attach them to the cables.
Standard Grip: Grasp the grip and cuff together to form a
grip without inserting your hand through the cuff portion.
Most of the exercises you perform utilize this grip. The
Standard Grip also is used for Hammer Grip exercises, when
you need to hold the Hand Grip vertically for greater wrist
support.
Hand Cuff Grip: Slip your hand through the cuff portion of
the grip so that the foam pad rests on the back of your hand.
Then grasp the remainder of the grip that is sitting in your
palm. This method of gripping is great for exercises like front
shoulder raises or any exercise where your palm is facing
down.
Ankle Cuff Grip: The cuff opening can be made larger to
accommodate the ankle. Place your hand in the cuff and slide
it away from the grip. Insert your foot or ankle and tighten by
sliding the grip back toward the cuff.
Lat Cross Bar: The Lat Cross Bar enhances exercises that work back, shoulders and triceps
Safety:
muscles.
• Before using the Lat Cross Bar, make sure that all fasteners are in place and
tightened.
• Make sure that the Lat Tower cables are securely fastened to the regular Bowflex®
cables and the Bent Lat Bar, Squat Bar or Hand Grips.
• Always use the Bent Lat Bar holders to support the Bent Lat Bar, or remove the
bar when not in use.
• Do not hang from or attempt to perform “chin ups” from the Lat Cross Bar.
• Never pull on the Bent Lat Bar unless there is resistance attached to it.
Leg Extension: Designed to add more effective exercises that target your legs, thighs, calves, etc.
Safety:
• Before using the Leg Extension, make sure that all fasteners are in place and
tightened.
• Make sure that the Extension’s cables are securely fastened to the regular cables.
• When installing the Leg Extension Seat always ensure that the Support Tube
Bracket Hooks fully engage with the Roller Tube Spacers.
• Always use the supplied Lockout Pin to secure the Leg Extension Pivot Tube to
the Rear Leg when not in use.
Accessory Basket:
The Accessory Basket, which hooks onto the Chest Bar,
provides convenient storage for the Squat Bar and small
accessories.
Grips manufactured under license agreement with Hands-On Sports & Gym Accessories, Inc. Patent #4756527
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How to Use Your Machine
Workout Placard:
The Workout Placard, which snaps onto the Lat Tower, displays
workout descriptions for easy reference while you’re exercising.
Additional workout cards fit easily onto this placard. Simply slide
the workout card into the grooves located on either side of the
placard.
Using Your Leg Press Belt and Squat Bar Pulleys
Leg Press Belt:
The Leg Press Belt is used for the Leg Press exercise.
• With the Bowflex® seat adjusted to the “free sliding” position (spring
lock seat pin unlocked), the hand grips removed, and the desired
amount of resistance hooked up, sit on the seat and position the leg
press belt around your hips.
• Slide forward to the pulleys and place your feet through the right and
left openings under the rod cables.
• Attach the rod cables to the D-rings on the Leg Press Belt so that the
belt is taut.
• Place hands on vertical main frame and push yourself back while
placing feet, one at a time, onto the pulley frame.
• Grasp belt near where it’s attached to the cables and begin to press
back.
Squat Bar Pulleys:
Used with Squat Harnesses and Squat Bar to perform Squat, Bent Rows and
other exercises.
Safety:
• Always check fasteners, hooks, cables and each workout to
functioning.
• Remove workout bench and lock seat into closest position to the Power
Rod® unit.
• Always wear shoes with non-skid soles when using the Squat Bar
Pulleys.
• Fasten each squat cable to a D-ring on each squat harness to the
corresponding D-ring on the squat bar using a snap hook.
• You can now add Power Rod® resistance and adjust the squat straps
to your height using adjuster buckles.
• Always adjust tension of the squat harness in such a manner that it
will not cause a hazard.
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Define Your Goals
Your body will do what you train it to do. That’s why it’s important to define your goals and focus them.
Here are some fitness components that will help you define your goals and choose your fitness program.
Muscle Strength is the maximum force that you
can exert against resistance at one time. Your
muscle strength comes into play when you pick up
a heavy bag of groceries or lift a small child. It is
developed when a localized muscle is worked both
positively (concentric) and negatively (eccentric) at
a resistance—great enough so you can perform only
five to eight repetitions of the exercise before the
muscle fails. Each set of repetitions is followed by a
rest interval that typically runs three times longer
than the set. Later, between exercise sessions, the
muscle overcompensates for the stress and usually
increases in both strength and size.
Muscle Endurance is the ability to perform repeated
contractions. It comes into play when you crosscountry ski or work on your feet all day. Endurance
training addresses the slow twitch, endurance muscle
fibers, which depend on oxygen for energy. To
develop muscle endurance, use low resistance and
high repetitions about 15-20 repetitions in each set,
three sets to each exercise, working the muscle only
to fatigue.
Muscle Power is the combination of strength and
speed of the muscular contraction. This is often
misinterpreted as a) being directly associated
with certain skill or sport and/or b) meaning
that you must move fast. Load is actually a more
important factor than speed when attempting to
improve power. When training to achieve muscular
power, pick a resistance that fatigues you in the 35 repetition range. When performing these reps,
it is more important to think of contracting the
muscles faster rather than attempting to move faster.
Performing sport simulation exercises usually results
in a deterioration of the motor pattern or skill. The
biomechanically sound method of improving power
in your sport is to train for power using the correct
joint movements, as described in this manual. Then
practice the skill associated with your sport, learning
to apply this newly achieved power.
Body Composition is the ratio of fat weight (fat)
to lean weight (muscles, bones and tissue). As you
age, the ratio shifts. The fat weight increases and
the lean weight decreases. Training for muscle
strength will generally increase muscle size and
aerobic conditioning will help burn extra calories.
Performing these two forms of exercise, either at
different times or together, will create the greatest
changes in body fat weight.
Balanced Strength and alignment are the result of
equal strength developed in all parts of the body. It
comes into play in your standing and sitting posture,
and in your ability to perform just about any activity
safely and effectively. An over-development of the
back will round the shoulders; weak or stretched
abdominals can cause lower back pain. You want
a balance of muscle strength in front and back. In
addition, you need a balance of strength between
your middle, lower, and upper body.
Flexibility is the ability of a muscle or group of
muscles to move the joint through a full range
of motion. Flexibility comes into play when you
execute an overhand serve or stretch for the top
shelf in the kitchen. It is a cooperative movement of
opposite muscle groups. When a muscle contracts,
its opposite muscle group must relax for the action
to occur. Increased flexibility means an increased
range of motion, made possibly by this simultaneous
contracting and relaxing. Good flexibility is
important in protecting the body from injury and
can be achieved through the balanced strength
training programs that are included in this manual.
Cardiovascular Endurance is the ability of the
heart and lungs to supply oxygen and nutrients to
exercising muscles over an extended period of time.
It comes into play when you jog a mile or ride a
bike. It is a critical component of overall fitness and
health.
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Define Your Goals
Design Your Own Program
You may want to design your own personal
program specifically geared to your goals and
lifestyle. Designing a program is easy, as long as
you follow the guidelines below.
Understand fitness and its components:
Improperly designed programs can be
dangerous. Take some time to review this
manual as well as other fitness guides.
Know your current fitness level: Before you
start any fitness program you should consult
a physician who will help you determine your
current abilities.
Identify your goals: Goals are critical to
choosing and designing an exercise program
that fits and enhances your lifestyle, but so is
strategy. It’s important not to rush the process
and try to accomplish too much too soon.
That will lead to setbacks and discouragement.
Instead, set a series
of smaller achievable goals.
Select complementary exercises: Be sure to
pair exercises that address compound joint
movements and single joint movements.
In addition, select exercises that address
complementary muscle groups.
Put first things first: During each session, first
work muscle groups that need the most training.
Remember your cardiovascular component: Any
fitness program must contain a cardiovascular
fitness component to be complete. So
complement your resistance training with
aerobic exercise such
as walking, running, or bicycling.
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Training variables: When designing your own
program there are several variables that, when
mixed properly, will equal the right fitness
formula for you. In order to find out the best
formula, you must experiment with several
combinations of variables.
The variables are as follows:
• Training Frequency: The number of
times you train per week. We recommend
daily activity but not daily training of the
same muscle group.
• Training Intensity: The amount of
resistance used during your repetition.
• Training Volume: The number of
repetitions and sets performed.
• Rest intervals: The time you rest between
sets and the time you rest between
workouts.
Once you’ve established a base of fitness, follow
these basic principles:
• Isolate muscle groups: Focus work on
specific muscle groups.
• Progressive Loading: The gradual
systematic increase of repetitions,
resistance and exercise period.
Define Your Goals
Working Out
Breathing
A workout begins in your mind’s eye. With concentration and visualization, you can approach
your workout with a positive, constructive attitude. A good pre-workout mental routine is to sit
and relax so that you can focus on what you are
about to do and think about achieving your end
goal.
The most important part of breathing during
exercise is, quite simply, that you do it. Breathing
in or out during the actual performance is not
dependent upon the direction of air flow relative
to exertion. It is, in fact, a mechanical process
that changes the position of your spine as your rib
cage moves. Here are some tips for breathing:
Warming Up
We recommend that you warm up by doing
light stretching and performing light exercises
on the Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym.
Cooling Down
An essential part of the exercise routine is the
cool down. Gradually reduce the level of exercise
intensity so that blood does not accumulate in
one muscle group but continues to circulate at
a decreasing rate. Remember to gradually move
yourself into a relaxed state.
1) Be cautious when you are concentrating or
exerting effort. This is when you will probably
hold your breath. DO NOT hold your breath.
Do not exaggerate breathing. Depth of
inhalation and exhalation should be natural
for the situation.
2) Allow breathing to occur naturally; don’t force
it.
Warm Up / Cool Down
Aerobic Rowing—Warm Up or Cool Down
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Pectoralis Major, Latissimus Dorsi,
Anterior Deltoids, Quadriceps, and
Hamstrings
Bench Position:
Removed, Free Sliding Seat
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain good spinal alignment. Keep
chest lifted.
• Bend from the hip during movement,
not from the waist.
Start
Action
• Remove the Bench, and place
the Seat in the free-sliding
position.
• Attach resistance, and sit
facing the Power Rod® unit.
• Brace your feet against the
Chest Bar.
• Initiate movement by
extending your knees while
simultaneously bending your
arms and pinching your
shoulder blades together.
• Control the return to the Start
position by slowly bending
your legs.
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Chest Exercises
Chest Fly—Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (elbow stablized)
Muscles Worked:
FINISH
START
Pectoralis Major and Anterior Deltoid
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
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• Maintain a 90-180 angle between your
arms and torso during the exercise.
• Keep your chest muscles tightened.
Limit and control your range of
motion.
• Keep your knees bent, feet on floor,
and your head back against the Bench.
• To improve your pectoralis involvement, keep your shoulder blades
pinched together throughout the
upward and downward movements.
Start
Action
• Grasp the Handgrips in both
hands.
• Open your arms into a wide
position while maintaining
a bend in your elbows. Start
with your elbows and forearms below chest level, palms
forward.
• Raise your chest, pinch
shoulder blades together, and
maintain a slight, comfortable
arch in lower back.
• Maintaining the slight bend in
your elbow, slowly bring your
arms together.
• Rotate your wrists and forearms upward.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, stopping before the
upper arms/elbows move
behind the bench.
Bench Press—Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (and elbow extension)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Pectoralis Major, Deltoids, and Triceps
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain a 90o angle between your
upper arms and torso throughout the
motion.
• Keep your chest muscles tightened.
Limit and control your range of
motion.
• Keep your knees bent, feet on floor,
and your head back against the bench.
• Keep your shoulder blades pinched
together, and maintain good spinal
alignment.
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Start
Action
• Grasp the Handgrips in both
hands.
• Raise your upper arms until
they are in line with your
shoulders.
• Bend your elbows until your
forearms are in line with
the cables. Keep your wrists
straight.
• Raise your chest, pinch
shoulder blades together, and
maintain a slight, comfortable
arch in lower back.
• Press your hands forward,
straightening your arms while
moving your hands together.
• Return to the Start position, keeping your wrists at
shoulder width and in line
with the cables, stopping
before the upper arms/elbows
move behind the bench.
Chest Exercises
Decline Bench Press—Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (and elbow extension)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Pectoralis Major, Deltoids, and Triceps
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
o
• Maintain a 90 angle between your
upper arms and torso at the start of
the motion and slightly less than 90o at
the finish.
• Keep your knees bent, feet on floor,
and your head back against Bench.
• Do not let your elbows travel behind
your shoulders.
• Keep your shoulder blades pinched
together, and maintain good spinal
alignment.
Action
Start
Success Tips
• Slowly press your hands
• Grasp the Handgrips in both
forward, straightening your
hands, cables travel beneath
arms while moving your hands
your arms, forearms aligned
to the center and downward,
with cables.
at least 10o below your shoul• Bend your elbows back, keeping
ders. Do not lock your elbows.
your forearms at a 90o angle
from your torso. Elbows should • Slowly return to the starting
position, keeping your wrists
be 10o (5-6" or 13-15 cm) lower
steady and your movements
than the standard Bench Press
slow and controlled.
position.
• Raise your chest, pinch shoulder
blades together, and maintain a
comfortable arch in lower back.
Incline Bench Press—Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (and elbow extension)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Pectoralis Major, Deltoids, and Triceps
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
o
• Maintain a 90 angle between your
upper arms and torso at the start of
the motion and slightly less than 90o at
the finish.
• Keep your knees bent, feet on floor,
and your head back against bench.
• Do not let your elbows travel behind
your shoulders.
• Keep your shoulder blades pinched
together, and maintain good spinal
alignment.
Start
Action
• Grasp the Handgrips in both
• Slowly press your hands forhands.
ward, straightening your arms
and moving your hands to the
• Cables travel above your forecenter and downward at least
arms. Keep your forearms in
10o above your shoulders.
line with the cables at all times.
• Slowly return to the Start
• Bend your elbows back,
position, keeping your wrists
keeping your forearms at a
steady and your movements
90o angle from your torso and
slow and controlled.
forearms 10-15o (6-8" or 13-20
cm) higher than the Bench
Press position.
• Raise your chest, pinch
shoulder blades together, and
maintain a slight arch in lower
back.
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Chest Exercises
Decline Chest Fly—Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (elbow stabilized)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Pectoralis Major and Anterior Deltoid
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
o
• Maintain a 60-90 angle between your
upper arms and torso during exercise.
• Keep your chest muscles tightened.
Limit and control your range of
motion.
• Keep your knees bent, feet on floor,
and your head back against bench.
• To improve your pectoralis involvement, keep your shoulder blades
pinched together throughout the
upward and downward movements.
Start
Action
• Grasp the Handgrips in both
hands.
• Open your arms into a wide
position while maintaining a
bend in your elbows.
• Press your forearms downward.
At full extension, your hands
should be level with your hips.
• Raise your chest, pinch
shoulder blades together, and
maintain a slight, comfortable
arch in lower back.
• Press your arms forward and
upward, straightening your
arms and moving your hands
together.
• Return to the Start position,
slowly returning your arms in
front of you just below chest
level.
Incline Chest Fly—Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (elbow stabilized)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Pectoralis Major and Anterior Deltoid
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
o
• Maintain a 60-90 angle between your
upper arms and torso during exercise.
• Keep your chest muscles tightened.
Limit and control your range of
motion.
• Keep your knees bent, feet on floor,
and your head back against the bench.
• To improve your pectoralis involvement, keep your shoulder blades
pinched together throughout the
upward and downward movements.
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Start
Action
• Grasp the Handgrips in both
hands.
• Open your arms into a wide
position while maintaining a
bend in your elbows
• Press your forearms upward.
At full extension, your elbows
should be level with your ears.
• Raise your chest, pinch
shoulder blades together, and
maintain a slight, comfortable
arch in lower back.
• Press your arms forward and
upward, straightening your
arms and moving your hands
together.
• Return to the Start position,
slowly returning your arms in
front of you just below chest
level.
Chest Exercises
Resisted Punch—Shoulder Flexion, Elbow Extension, Scapular Protraction
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Anterior Deltoid and Triceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Success Tips
• Maintain an upright, erect posture as
your trunk rotates with the punch.
• Keep knees bent and feet on floor.
• Maintain good spinal alignment.
• Sit on the bench, facing away
from the Power Rod® unit.
• Reach behind your body and
grasp the Handgrips with
an overhand grip, as shown
above.
• Bend your elbows until your
hands are level with your
waist.
Action
• Using moderate speed, press
your arm forward to full
extension, allowing your
shoulder blade to move
forward at the end of the
punch.
• Slowly return to the Start
position without relaxing the
tension in your arms.
• You may vary this exercise
by using bilateral movement
with both arms or punching
upward or downward.
Lying Cable Crossover—Shoulder Extension/Adduction (elbow stabilized)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Pectoralis Major
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep chest lifted throughout exercise.
• Keep knees bent, feet on floor, and
your head back against bench.
Start
• Lie flat on your back with
your head toward the Power
Rod® unit.
• Position yourself far enough
down the Bench to grasp the
Handgrips over your head
with your arms straight.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palms
facing up.
• Tighten your abdominals to
stabilize your spine. Maintain
a slight, comfortable arch in
lower back.
Action
• Keeping your arms straight,
move your hands in an arc
upward and across your torso
toward the opposite thigh.
• Control the return to the Start
position by slowly moving your
arms back overhead, releasing
the shoulder blades and
keeping your arms straight.
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Shoulder Exercises
Rear Deltoid Rows—Shoulder Horizontal Abduction (and elbow flexion)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Rear and Middle Deltoids, Posterior
Rotator Cuff, Upper Latissimus, Teres
Major, Trapezius, and Rhomboids
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet on
floor.
• To work one arm at a time, place nonworking hand on the Bench to stabilize.
• Keep your shoulder blades pinched
together and maintain good spinal
alignment.
Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips with
your opposite hands. Keep
your palms down and arms
straight.
• Sit up straight.
• Lift your chest, and keep your
shoulder blades together.
• Keep your forearms in line
with the cables.
• Allowing your arms to bend
slowly, move your elbows outwards and backwards, keeping
a 70-90o angle between your
forearms and torso.
• Move until your elbows are
slightly behind your shoulders, then slowly reverse back
to the Start position.
• Keep your shoulder blades
tightened throughout the
motion.
Standing Lateral Shoulder Raise—Shoulder Extension (elbow stabilized)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Middle Deltoids and Upper Trapezius
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Do not swing your arms upward or
move your trunk during the motion.
• Keep your feet on floor.
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Start
Action
• Remove the Bench, straddle
the Seat Rail, and face the
Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palms
facing each other.
• Align your spine, and bend
forward slightly at your hips
(15-20o).
• Let your arms hang in line
with the cables.
• Elevate your shoulders slightly
toward the back of your head,
keeping your spine aligned.
• Slowly raise your arms out to
your sides at a 90o angle from
your body.
• Keep your forearms facing
outward throughout the
movement.
• Slowly return to the Start
position without relaxing
muscle tension.
Shoulder Exercises
Seated Shoulder Press—Shoulder Adduction (and elbow extension)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Front Deltoids, Upper Trapezius, and
Triceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet on the
floor.
• Do not increase the arch in your lower
back as you raise your arms, but keep
your spine steady and tight.
• Keep your abdominals tight, and maintain good spinal alignment.
Start
• Sit on the Bench, facing away
from the Power Rod® unit.
• Keep your chest up, abs tight,
and maintain a slight arch in
your lower back.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palms
facing out.
• Raise the Handgrips to
shoulder level, keeping your
palms facing forward.
Action
• Straighten your arms slowly
over your head, focusing on
moving your elbows up and
inward toward your ears.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, keeping tension in
your front shoulder muscles.
Front Shoulder Raise—Shoulder Flexion (elbow stabilized)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Front and Middle Deltoids
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your abdominals tight, and maintain good spinal alignment.
• Keep your knees bent and feet on
floor.
• Do not increase the arch in your lower
back as you raise your arms, but keep
your spine steady and tight.
Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing away
from the Power Rod® unit.
• Keep your chest up, abs tight,
and maintain a slight arch in
your lower back.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palms
facing back and arms straight
at your sides.
• Keeping your arms straight,
move them forward, leading
with your forearms, until your
arms are extended in front of
you at shoulder height.
• Arms may be moved alternately or together.
• Slowly return to the Start
position.
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Shoulder Exercises
Shoulder Extension—(elbows stabilized)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, Rear
Deltoid, Middle Trapezius, Rhomboids,
and Triceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Start
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your lats tightened throughout
the motion.
• Keep your abdominals tight, and maintain good spinal alignment.
• Release your shoulder blades at the
end of each rep, and initiate new rep
by retracting your shoulder blades.
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palms
facing down, arms straight
and at approximately a 45o
angle from your torso.
• Tighten your trunk muscles
to stabilize your spine while
maintaining a slight arch in
your lower back.
Action
• Initiate movement by
pinching your shoulder blades
together.
• Continue the movement by
moving your hands in an arc
downward along your sides
until your hands are level with
your hips.
• With controlled movement,
slowly return to the Start
position.
Shoulder Shrug—Scapular Elevation
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Upper Trapezius
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your abdominals tight, and maintain good spinal alignment.
• Do not bend your neck or slouch
during this exercise.
• Raise your shoulders evenly.
• For variation, try this exercise bent
forward slightly from the hips.
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Start
Action
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing
the Power Rod® unit.
• Reach down and grasp the
Handgrips, palms facing each
other.
• Let your arms hang at your
sides.
• Slowly raise your shoulders
toward the back of your head,
keeping your neck and head
still.
• Slowly reverse back to the
Start position, keeping your
upper trapezius muscles tight
throughout the motion.
Shoulder Exercises
Scapular Protraction—(elbows stabilized)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Serratus Anteriors
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing away
from the Power Rod® unit.
• Reach behind your body
and grasp the Handgrips.
Straighten your arms in front
of you at a 90o angle from
your torso.
• Keep your arms in line with
the cables, palms facing down
and wrists straight.
• Keeping your arms straight
and in line with the cables,
slowly move your shoulder
blades forward off the bench.
Bring your hands together
using only your shoulder
muscles.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, keeping tension in
your shoulder blades.
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
floor. Lean your head back against the
Bench.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight
arch in your lower back.
• Maintain a 90o angle between your
upper arms and torso throughout this
exercise.
• Do not slouch forward or use your arm
muscles to assist this motion. Keep this
motion only in your shoulder blades.
Scapular Depression
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Lower Trapezius
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Do not lose spinal alignment—keep
your chest lifted and head on the
Bench.
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
Start
• Lie on the bench with your
head toward the Power Rod®
unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips, and
bring your arms straight down
your sides along your trunk.
• Tighten your trunk muscles
to stabilize your spine while
maintaining a slight arch in
your lower back.
Action
• Keeping your arms straight,
slide your shoulder blades
downward toward your hips.
• When your shoulder blades
have fully depressed, slowly
return to the Start position.
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Shoulder Exercises
Lying Front Shoulder Raise—Shoulder Flexion (elbows stabilized)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Front and Middle Deltoids
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your abdominals tight, and maintain good spinal alignment.
• Do not increase the arch in your lower
back while you are lifting your arms.
Start
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palms
facing down, arms straight.
• Lie back slowly, supporting
your head on the Bench.
• Keep your chest lifted, maintaining a slight arch in your
lower back.
Action
• Keeping your arms straight,
move them in an arc upward
until they are directly over
your shoulders.
• You may perform this move
with
both arms simultaneously or
one at a time.
• With controlled movement,
slowly return to the Start
position.
Reverse Fly—Shoulder Horizontal Abduction (elbows stabilized in slight flexion)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Rear Deltoids, Middle Deltoids,
Trapezius, and Rhomboids
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Do not lose spinal alignment—keep
your chest lifted.
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight
arch in your lower back.
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Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palms
facing floor, arms nearly
straight.
• Sit up straight, and bend
slightly forward from the hips
until your arms and the cables
are in front of your body at a
90o angle from your torso.
• Maintaining the bend in
your arms, move your arms
outward and backward.
• When your elbows are slightly
behind your shoulders, slowly
return to the Start position,
keeping your rear shoulder
muscles tightened throughout
movement.
Shoulder Exercises
Shoulder Rotator Cuff—Internal Rotation
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Subscapularis
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, one side
toward the Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrip nearest
you, and draw your upper arm
into your torso, keeping your
forearm at a 90o angle from
torso.
• Give yourself enough distance
to eliminate slack in the cable.
• Use a light resistance.
• Rotate your forearm toward
your abdomen, keeping your
elbow at your side throughout
motion.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, maintaining
controlled motion.
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight
arch
in your lower back.
• Keep your upper arm alongside your
torso.
• Do not rotate the spine to get additional range of motion.
Shoulder Rotator Cuff—External Rotation
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Infraspinatus and Teres Minor
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight
arch in your lower back.
• Maintain a 90o angle between your
forearm and upper arm throughout
the exercise.
• Do not rotate the spine to get additional range of motion.
Start
• Sit on the Bench, one side
toward the Power Rod® unit.
• Using the arm farthest from
the Power Rod® unit, grasp
the Handgrip nearest you,
and draw that upper arm
into your torso, keeping your
forearm at a 90o angle from
torso.
• Allow your forearm to rest
against your abdomen, elbow
at your side to remove cable
tension
Action
• Rotate your forearm away
from your abdomen, keeping
your elbow at your side
throughout motion.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, maintaining
controlled motion.
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Shoulder Exercises
Seated Lateral Shoulder Raise—Shoulder Flexion (elbows stabilized)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Supraspinatus, Middle Deltoids, and
Trapezius
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your abdominals tight, and maintain good spinal alignment.
• Do not swing arms upward or move
trunk during movement.
Start
Action
• Sit on the bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit.
• Spread the cuff on the
Handgrips
• Slide the cuffs onto the opposite forearms and place them
near the elbows so that the
cables cross each another.
• Keep your chest lifted, maintaining a slight arch in your
lower back.
• Raise your arms directly out
to your sides, nearly shoulder
level.
• At the top of the movement
you may need to rotate your
hands slowly to prevent the
cuff from sliding off.
• With controlled movement,
slowly return to the Start
position.
Scapular Retraction
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Middle Trapezius and Rhomboids
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Do not lose your spinal alignment—
keep your chest lifted.
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight
arch in your lower back.
• Do not use your arm muscles for this
movement.
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Start
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips, arms
straight, palms facing down.
Action
• Keeping your arms straight,
slowly pinch your shoulder
blades together.
• When shoulder blades are
fully retracted, slowly return
to the Start position.
Back Exercises
Lying Lat Pulldowns
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, and
Rear Deltoids
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor. Lean your head back against
the Bench.
• Keep your spine aligned, abs tight, and
a slight arch in your lower back.
• Keep your lats tightened throughout
this exercise.
• Release your shoulder blades at the
top of each rep. Initiate each new rep
by depressing your shoulder blades.
• Lie on your back on the
Bench with your head near
the Power Rod® unit.
• Slip your arms through the
Handgrips, slide the cuffs past
your elbows, and tighten them
enough to stabilize.
• With your palms facing
inward, slide your body down
the Bench far enough that
your arms are fully extended.
Action
• Initiate the movement by
pulling your shoulder blades
downward.
• Slowly start bending your
elbows, pulling them down
toward your hips and then
inward into your trunk.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, allowing your arms
and shoulder blades to move
back without relaxing the
tension in your shoulders.
Low Back Extension—Seated (with hip extension)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Lower Trapezius
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your spine aligned, abs tight, and
a slight arch in your lower back.
• Keep your lats tightened throughout
this exercise.
• Release your shoulder blades at the
top of each rep. Initiate each new rep
by depressing your shoulder blades.
Start
Action
• Sit on the bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips and slide
them over your forearms,
tightening near your elbows.
• Brace your heels on the platform, knees bent comfortably,
and arms crossed in front of
your chest. Pull the Handgrips
into your chest.
• Pinch shoulder blades
together, and lean forward
from the hips only.
• Keeping your chest lifted,
move your entire torso backwards by pivoting at the hips.
• Slowly return to the Start
position without slouching or
changing spinal alignment.
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Back Exercises
Pulldowns—Shoulder Adduction (with elbow flexion)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major,
Rear Deltoids, and Biceps
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Bent Lat Bar
Pulleys:
Lat Tower
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• To determine the appropriate grip
width for you, hold your arms straight
out to your sides at shoulder height.
Bend your elbows approximately 90o.
Hands should be no wider apart than
your elbows (beginners may narrow
their grip to increase comfort).
• Keep your spine aligned, abs tight, and
a slight arch in your lower back.
Start
Action
• Grasp the Bent Lat Bar using
the wide grip determined by
following the directions in
the Success Tips, then sit on
the bench and face the Power
Rod® unit.
• Position your thighs directly
under the Lat Tower Pulleys.
• Sit upright.
• Keep your arms extended and
straight.
• Initiate movement by pulling
shoulder blades together
while simultaneously drawing
elbows down and inward.
• Bent Lat Bar may not touch
your chest. At the end of
the motion, arms should be
near your sides and shoulder
blades fully depressed.
• Keep forearms facing upward.
• Slowly return to Start position.
Narrow Pulldowns with Handgrips—Shoulder Extension (with elbow flexion)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major,
Rear Deltoids, and Biceps
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Lat Tower
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, abs tight, and a
very slight arch in your lower back.
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep the lats tightened throughout
the entire motion.
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Start
Action
• Attach a Handgrip to each
cable on the Lat Tower
Pulleys.
• Straddle the bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp a Handgrip in each
hand, palms facing each
other, and sit down on the
bench.
• Position your thighs directly
under the Lat Tower Pulleys.
• Sit upright.
• Keep your hands at shoulder
width, arms straight. Initiate
movement by pulling your
shoulder blades down and
together while simultaneously
bending your elbows, drawing
them down and inward toward
your sides.
• At the end of the motion,
arms should be near your
sides, shoulder blades
depressed, and forearms
facing upward.
Back Exercises
Lying Lat Fly—Shoulder Adduction
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major,
Rear Deltoids, and Biceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your lats tightened throughout
the entire motion.
• Keep your spine aligned, abs tight, and
a slight arch in your lower back.
• Release your shoulder blades at the
end of each rep. Initiate each new rep
by depressing your shoulder blades.
Action
• Lie on your back with your
• Initiate the movement by
head toward the Power Rod®
moving your arms in an arch
unit, knees at the edge of
down toward your hips, using
Bench.
slow, controlled movement.
Keep your forearms in line
• Grasp the Handgrips, then
with the cables.
straighten your arms out to
your sides, hands slightly above • Slowly return to the Start
your head and palms facing
position, allowing your arms
away from the Pulleys.
to move back upward in an
arch toward the Power Rod®
• Tighten your abs to stabilize
unit.
your spine while maintaining a
slight arch in your lower back.
Lying Narrow Lat Pulldowns
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major,
Rear Deltoids, and Biceps
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor. Lean your head back against
the Bench.
• Keep your spine aligned, abs tight, and
a slight arch in your lower back.
• Keep your lats tightened throughout
this exercise.
• Release your shoulder blades at the
top of each rep. Initiate each new rep
by depressing your shoulder blades.
Start
Action
• Lie on your back on the
Bench with your head near
the Power Rod® unit.
• Slip your arms through the
Handgrips, slide the cuffs past
your elbows and tighten them
enough to stabilize.
• With your palms facing
inward, slide your body down
the Bench far enough that
your arms are fully extended.
• Initiate the movement by
pulling your shoulder blades
downward.
• Slowly start bending your
elbows, pulling them down
toward your hips and then
inward to your torso.
• Slowly return to the Start position, allowing your arms and
shoulder blades to move back
without relaxing the tension
in your shoulders.
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Back Exercises
Seated Lat Rows—Shoulder Extension (and elbow flexion)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major,
Rear Deltoids, and Biceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Do not bend your torso forward.
• Keep your chest lifted, and maintain
spinal alignment.
• Release your shoulder blades at the
end of each rep. Initiate each new rep
by pinching your shoulder blades.
Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit, with your
posterior near the back (leg
extension) end of the Bench.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palms
facing each other.
• Place your heels on the edge
of the Standing Platform, and
bend your knees comfortably.
• Initiate the movement by
pinching your shoulder blades
together.
• Pull your upper arms downward and backward while
rotating your palms inward,
brushing past the sides of your
body while keeping your forearms pointing in the direction
of the cable.
• Slowly return to the Start
position.
Stiff-Arm Pulldown—Shoulder Extension (elbow stabilized)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, Rear
Deltoids, Lower Trapezius, and Biceps
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Lat Tower
Success Tips
• Keep your lats tightened throughout
the entire motion.
• Keep your chest lifted, and maintain
spinal alignment, keeping a very slight
arch in your lower back.
• Release your shoulder blades at the
end of each rep. Initiate each new rep
by depressing your shoulder blades.
• Keep your elbows nearly straight (do
not lock elbows) throughout the exercise.
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Start
Action
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing
the Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips with
your palms facing down.
• Step back slightly, making
sure there is enough movement in the cable to complete
your full range of motion with
this exercise.
• Bend slightly at the hips, lift
your chest, and tighten your
abs to stabilize spine.
• Initiate the movement by lowering your shoulder blades,
bringing them down and
together.
• Keep your arms straight,
moving your hands downward
in an arc and slowly in toward
your thighs.
• Slowly return to the Start
position without relaxing
muscle tension.
Back Exercises
Bent Over Row
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major,
Rear Deltoids, and Biceps
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Squat Bar Attachment
Pulleys:
Squat Pulley Frame
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Do not bend your torso forward. Bend
at your hips.
• Keep your chest lifted, and maintain
spinal alignment.
• Release your shoulder blades at the
end of each rep. Initiate each new rep
by pinching your shoulder blades.
Start
Action
• Stand on platform.
• Reach down and grasp the
Squat attachment, with palms
facing backward.
• Let your arms hang,
extending in the direction of
the pulleys
• Keep your back flat and knees
bent.
• Begin your motion by moving
your elbows back as you bring
the handgrips to a point
below your chest line.
• Slowly reverse the motion,
keeping your knees bent and
back flat
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Arm Exercises
Triceps Pushdown—Elbow Extension
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Lat Tower
Start
Action
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing
the Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palms
facing down.
• Stand approximately 2–3 feet
(.6–.9 meters) from the Lat
Tower (adjust for comfort).
• Bring your hands in front
of you, keeping the Lat Bar
approximately at rib level.
• Bend over slightly at the hips,
shoulders directly over hands.
• Keeping your upper arms stationary, elbows next to your
trunk, slowly push your arms
downward in a gentle arc until
your hands are near the tops
of your thighs.
• Keeping your triceps tightened, slowly reverse the arcing
motion and bring the Bent
Lat Bar back to the Start position.
Success Tips
• Keep your upper arms motionless and
your wrists straight.
• Keep your chest lifted, abs tight, and
maintain a slight arch in lower back.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the
exercise, using controlled motion.
Single Arm Pushdown—Elbow Extension
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Lat Tower
Success Tips
• Keep your upper arms motionless and
your wrists straight.
• Keep your chest lifted, abs tight, and
maintain a slight arch in lower back.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the
exercise, using controlled motion.
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Start
Action
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing
the Power Rod® unit.
• Grasp one Handgrip, palm
facing down.
• Stand approximately 1–2 feet
(.3–.6 meters) from the Lat
Tower (adjust for comfort).
• Bring your arm in front of
you, keeping the Handgrip at
chest level.
• Bend over slightly at the
hips so that your shoulder is
directly over your hand.
• Keeping your upper arm stationary and your elbow next
to your trunk, slowly push
your arm downward in a
gentle arc until your hand is
near the top of the your thigh.
• Keeping your triceps tightened, slowly reverse the
arcing motion, bringing the
Handgrip back to the Start
position.
Arm Exercises
French Press—Elbow Extension (overhead)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing away
from the Power Rod® unit,
keeping your knees bent and
feet flat on the floor.
• Reach behind and grasp one
or both of the Handgrips,
palms facing inward.
• Draw your arms up until
elbows are pointing forward,
hands behind head.
• Keeping your upper arms
stationary, straighten your
elbows, bringing your hands
overhead, palms facing out.
• Stop your motion before
your elbows are completely
straight, and then reverse
your motion, slowly returning
to the Start position without
relaxing muscle tension.
Success Tips
• Keep your upper arms motionless and
your wrists straight.
• Keep your chest lifted, and maintain
spinal alignment, keeping a very slight
arch in your lower back.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the
exercise, using controlled motion.
Lying Triceps Extension—Elbow Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, and maintain a
very slight arch in your lower back.
• Keep your knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Keep your upper arms motionless and
your wrists straight.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the
exercise, using controlled motion.
Start
Action
• Lie on the Bench with your
head toward the Power Rod®
unit, knees bent, and feet flat
on the floor.
• Reach overhead and grasp
the Handgrips, palms facing
upward.
• Keep your hands up near your
shoulders, spreading your
back and shoulders into the
Bench.
• Raise your chest, and pinch
your shoulder blades together.
• Keeping your arms stationary,
slowly straighten your elbows,
bringing your hands in an
arcing motion until they
are approximately 1 foot (.3
meters) above your thighs.
• Slowly reverse the arcing
motion, bringing your hands
back to the Start position.
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Arm Exercises
Cross Triceps Extension
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Action
• Sit facing away from the
Power Rod® unit.
• Reach one hand over the
opposite shoulder (right hand
over left and vice versa) and
grasp a Handgrip.
• Bend your elbow until your
hand is above your chest,
palm facing up.
• Keeping your upper arm
stationary, straighten your
elbow, slowly extending your
arm outward using an arcing
motion and stopping approximately 90o from your chest.
• Keeping your triceps tightened, slowly reverse the arcing
motion, and bring your arm
back to the Start position.
Success Tips
• Keep your upper arm motionless and
your wrists straight.
• Keep your chest lifted, pinch your
shoulder blades together, and maintain a slight arch in lower back.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the
exercise, using controlled motion.
Lying 45o Triceps Extension—Elbow Extension
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your upper arms motionless and
your wrists straight throughout the
entire exercise.
• Keep your chest lifted, spine aligned,
and a slight arch in your lower back.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the
exercise, using controlled motion.
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Start
Action
• Lie flat on the Bench with
your head toward the Power
Rod® unit. Keep your knees
bent and your feet flat on the
floor.
• Reach overhead and grasp the
Handgrips, palms facing up.
• Keep your elbows bent,
bringing your upper arms to
the front at approximately a
45o angle from the front of
your torso.
• Keeping your upper arms stationary and next to your torso,
straighten your arms in an
arcing motion down toward
your legs.
• Fully straighten your arms.
Then, with a controlled
motion, slowly bring your
arms back to the Start position without moving your
upper arms.
Arm Exercises
Seated Triceps Extension—Elbow Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Success Tips
• Keep your knees bent, feet flat on the
floor.
• Lay your head back against the bench.
• Keep your chest lifted, shoulders
pinched together, and a very slight
arch in your lower back.
• Keep your upper arms and shoulders
motionless and your wrists straight.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the
exercise, using controlled motion.
• Sit facing away from the
Power Rod® unit.
• Using an overhand grip,
reach behind you and grasp
the Handgrips, bending your
elbows until your hands are
near the top of your head,
palms facing up.
• Keep your arms in line with
the cables.
Action
• Keeping your upper arms stationary, slowly straighten your
elbows, moving your arms
in an arcing motion upward
over your head until they are
approximately 90o from your
torso.
• Stop the motion before
your elbows are completely
straight, and then reverse
your motion, slowly returning
to the Start position without
relaxing muscle tension.
Standing Biceps Curl—Elbow Flexion (in supination)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Biceps
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, abs tight, and a
very slight arch in your lower back.
• Keep your elbows at your sides and
your wrists straight.
Start
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing
the Power Rod® unit.
• Reach down and grasp the
Handgrips, palms facing
forward.
• Straighten, keeping your arms
by your sides, elbows loose.
Action
• Keeping your upper arms
stationary and your elbows
at your sides, slowly curl the
Handgrips forward, then
upward and in toward your
shoulders.
• Slowly reverse the arcing
motion, bringing your hands
back to the Start position.
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Arm Exercises
Seated Biceps Curl—Flexion (in supination)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Biceps
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Success Tips
• Keep your upper body motionless and
your wrists straight.
• Keep your chest lifted, trunk muscles
tight, and maintain a slight arch in
lower back.
• Keep your spine aligned throughout
movement
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
• Slowly curl your forearm up
Power Rod® unit. Keep one
toward your shoulder, keeping
foot flat on the floor, and bend
the upper arm completely
still.
the other leg, bringing your
foot up onto the Chest Bar
• Keeping your biceps tightwith your knee turned slightly
ened, slowly reverse the
outward.
curling motion and bring your
• With the arm on the same side
arm back to the Start position.
as your lifted leg, reach forward
and grasp a Handgrip, keeping
your elbow bent. Allow your
forearm (not elbow) to rest on
the elevated knee.
Lying Biceps Curl—Elbow Flexion (in supination)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Biceps, Brachialis, and Brachioradialis
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your upper arms motionless and
your wrists straight throughout the
entire exercise.
• Keep your chest lifted, spine straight,
and a slight arch in your lower back.
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Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit. Keep your
knees bent and feet flat on
the floor.
• Grasp the Handgrips, keeping
your arms straight and palms
up.
• Lie back completely with your
head supported by the Bench.
• Curl the Handgrips forward
and up toward your shoulders, making sure to keep
your upper arms completely
motionless and your elbows at
your sides.
• Slowly bring your arms
back to the Start position,
maintaining the same arc of
motion.
Arm Exercises
Seated Wrist Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Forearms
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing
the Power Rod® unit, knees
bent, and feet together and
flat on the Bench. Sit far
enough back on the Bench to
maintain physical and cable
tension throughout the exercise.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palm
facing down, and rest your
mid-forearms on your lower
thighs, keeping your elbows
flared slightly to the side.
• Slowly curl the back of your
fists backward toward your
forearms.
• Stop when wrists are 90o from
forearms or when you experience discomfort.
• Slowly return to the Start
position.
Success Tips
• Move slowly, and keep tension in the
back of the forearms at all times.
• Keep your chest lifted, trunk muscles
tightened, and a very slight arch in
your lower back.
• You may perform this exercise one
arm at a time to make it easier to focus
and isolate the back of your forearms,
or you can perform it with both arms
simultaneously to save time.
Standing Wrist Curl
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Biceps and Forearms
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, trunk muscles
tight, and a very slight arch in your
lower back.
• Move slowly, keeping tension in the
front of your forearms at all times.
• Do not increase or decrease the bend
in your elbow during this exercise—
keep all motion in the wrist.
• Do not rock your body back and forth
during wrist motion.
Start
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing
the Power Rod® unit.
• Reach down and grasp the
Handgrips.
• Straighten, keeping your
upper arms and elbows by
your sides, elbows loose.
• Bend your elbows 90o,
palms up, and maintain that
position throughout the entire
exercise.
Action
• With your upper arms stationary and your elbows at
your sides, slowly curl your
fists toward the front of your
forearms.
• Keeping your forearms still,
slowly let your fists return to
the Start position.
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Arm Exercises
Reverse Curl—Elbow Flexion (in pronation)
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Brachialis, Brachioradialis, and Biceps
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Action
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing
the Power Rod® unit.
• Reach down and grasp the
Handgrips, palms facing backward.
• Straighten, keeping your
upper arms and elbows by
your sides, elbows loose.
• Keeping your palms facing
down, use your forearms
to slowly bend your elbows,
curling the Handgrips
forward, then upward and in
toward your shoulders.
• Keep your elbows at your sides
and your upper arms completely still.
• Slowly reverse the curling
motion and bring your arms
back to Start position.
Success Tips
• Keep your upper body motionless,
elbows at your sides, and your wrists
straight.
• Keep your trunk muscles tight, and
maintain a slight arch in lower back.
Seated Wrist Curl — Wrist Flexion
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Forearms
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Move slowly, keeping tension in the
front of your forearms at all times.
• Keep your chest lifted, trunk muscles
tightened, and a slight arch in your
lower back.
• You can perform this exercise one arm
at a time to make it easier to focus
and isolate the front of your forearms,
or you can perform it with both arms
simultaneously to save time.
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Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit, knees bent,
feet together and flat on the
Chest Bar. Sit far enough back
on the bench to maintain
physical and cable tension
throughout exercise.
• Grasp the Handgrips, palm
facing up, and rest your
mid-forearms on your lower
thighs, allowing the wrists to
bend downward.
• Slowly curl your fists toward
the front of your forearms.
• Slowly return to the Start
position without relaxing the
muscle tension in your wrists.
Arm Exercises
Standing Wrist Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Forearms; Brachialis
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Action
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing
the Power Rod® unit.
• Reach down and grasp the
Handgrips, palms facing backward.
• Straighten, keeping your
upper arms and elbows by
your sides.
• Bend your elbows 90o, and
hold that position for the
duration of this exercise.
• Slowly curl the back of your
fists backward toward your
forearms.
• Stop when wrists are 90o from
forearms or when you experience discomfort.
• Keeping your forearms still,
slowly return to the Start
position.
Success Tips
• Move slowly, and keep tension in the
wrists at all times.
• Keep your chest lifted, trunk muscles
tightened, and a very slight arch in
your lower back.
• Do not increase or decrease the bend
in your elbow—perform the entire
motion at your wrist.
• Do not rock your body during this
exercise.
“Rope” Pushdown—Elbow Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Lat Tower
Success Tips
• Keep your upper arms motionless and
your wrists straight.
• Keep your chest lifted, abs tight, and
maintain a slight arch in lower back.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the
exercise, using controlled motion.
• Keep your chest lifted, trunk muscles
tightened, and a very slight arch in
your lower back.
Start
Action
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing
the Power Rod® unit.
• With each hand, grasp the
opposite Handgrip (right to
left, etc.), palms facing down.
• Stand approximately 2–3 feet
(.6–.9 meters) from Lat Tower
(adjust for comfort).
• Cross the cables, palms facing
each other, as if grabbing a
rope.
• Keep your elbows bent and
upper arms at your sides.
• Keeping your upper arms
stationary, elbows next to
trunk, slowly straighten your
arms downward in a gentle
arc until your hands are near
the tops of your thighs, hands
and elbows straightened and
directly in line with shoulders.
• Keeping your triceps tightened, slowly reverse the
arcing motion and bring the
Handgrips back to the Start
position.
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Abdominal Exercises
Reverse Crunch—Spinal Flexion
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Rectus Abdominus
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
None
Pulleys:
None
Start
Action
• Lie on the Bench with your
head toward the Power Rod®
unit, and grasp the Bench for
support.
• Bend your hips and knees
until your legs are in a “seated”
position, as shown above, your
knees and hips at 90o angles.
• If maintaining this position is
difficult, adjust to one you can
maintain for the duration of
this exercise. As you strengthen,
this position will become easier.
• Tighten your abs, and then
slowly curly your hips toward
your rib cage. Move as far as
you can without using your
legs to get momentum.
• Do not curl up onto your
shoulder blades.
• Slowly reverse the motion,
returning to the Start position
without relaxing.
Success Tips
• Keep your upper body, knees, and hips
stationary. Relax your neck.
• Tighten your abs before you move.
• Allow exhalation up and inhalation
down without exaggerating breathing.
• Contract as far into the movement as
possible. Lower under control. Keep
your abs tight during entire motion.
Resisted Reverse Crunch—Spinal Flexion
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Rectus Abdominus and Obliques
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Ankle Cuffs
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Allow exhalation up and inhalation
down without exaggerating breathing.
• Do not “kick” into the motion, but
allow body to slowly initiate movement.
• Tighten your abs throughout the
entire exercise, relaxing only at the
end of each set. Keep your hips and
knees motionless.
• Move slowly to eliminate momentum.
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Start
• Face the Power Rod® unit,
and attach an Ankle Cuff to
each foot.
• Lie back on the Bench with
your head away from the
Power Rod® unit.
• Bend your hips and knees at
90o angles, as shown.
• Reach behind your head and
grasp the Seat.
• Relax your neck.
Action
• Tighten your abs, and slowly
curl your hips toward your
rib cage. Move as far as you
can without using your legs
or curling onto your shoulder
blades.
• Slowly reverse the motion,
returning to the Start position
without relaxing your abs.
Abdominal Exercises
Seated (Resisted) Abdominal Crunch—Spinal Flexion
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Rectus Abdominus and Obliques
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Action
• Grasp the Handgrips in both
hands, drawing them over
your shoulders. Rest the back
of your fists on your chest or
shoulders, palms facing up.
• Lower back can start out flat
or in a normal arch. Keep
your knees and hips bent and
your feet flat on the floor.
• Tighten your abs, and curl
only your torso, slowly moving
your ribs toward your hips.
Move as far as you can without
moving your hips or neck.
• Do not allow your lower back
to lose contact with the Bench
during this entire exercise.
• Slowly reverse the motion,
returning to the Start position
without relaxing your abs.
Success Tips
• Do not lift your head or chin—your
head should follow the rib motion
rather than lead it. Maintain normal
neck posture.
• Tighten your abs throughout the
entire exercise, relaxing only at the
end of each set.
• Move slowly to eliminate momentum.
• Allow exhalation up and inhalation
down without exaggerating breathing.
Seated (Resisted) Oblique Abdominal Crunch—Spinal Flexion/Rotation
Muscles worked:
FINISH
START
Rectus Abdominus and Obliques
Bench Position:
45o incline
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Do not lift your head or chin—your
head should follow the rib motion
rather than lead it. Maintain normal
neck posture.
• Tighten your abs throughout the
entire exercise, relaxing only at the
end of each set.
• Move slowly to eliminate momentum.
• Allow exhalation up and inhalation
down without exaggerating breathing.
Start
Action
• Cross one arm over the opposite shoulder and grasp a
Handgrip. Rest the hand on
your shoulder or chest, palm
facing down.
• Lower back can start out flat
or in a normal arch. Keep
your knees and hips bent and
your feet flat on the floor.
• Tighten your abs on the side
with the active arm, focusing
on the side of your ribs to the
front of your pelvis on that
side.
• Slowly move diagonally,
rotating torso away from the
side holding the Handgrip,
ribs turned toward the front
of your pelvis.
• Crunch as deeply as you can,
keeping lower back on bench.
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Abdominal Exercises
Trunk Rotation
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Rectus Abdominus, Obliques, and
Serratus Anterior
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Handgrips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, shoulders
pinched, abs tight, and a slight arch in
your lower back.
• This exercise must be performed correctly—failure to do so could result in
injury. Use only low weight Rods.
• Keep all motion in your torso.
• Move only as far as your muscles will
take you—do not use momentum to
increase your range of motion.
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Start
Action
• Sit sideways on the Bench,
one side toward the Power
Rod® unit.
• Grasp the Handgrip closest to
you with both hands.
• Raise both arms up near
shoulder level, hands
extended over the leg closest
to the Power Rod® unit.
• Keep your elbows slightly
bent.
• Tighten your entire abdominal area, and slowly rotate
your rib cage and arms away
from the Power Rod® unit
30-40o, as if you were rotating
with a rod through the middle
of your spine.
• Slowly reverse the motion,
returning to the Start position without relaxing muscle
tension.
Leg Exercises
Leg Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Quadriceps
Bench Position:
Leg Extension Seat
Accessory:
None
Pulleys:
Leg Extension
Start
Action
• Sit on the Leg Extension Seat
with your knees near the pivot
point and the lower roller
pads in front of your shins.
• Adjust your thighs to hip
width, pointing your knee
caps forward.
• Grasp the sides of the Seat to
stabilize yourself.
• Sit up straight, chest lifted,
abs tight, and a slight arch in
your lower back.
• Tighten your quads.
• Slowly straighten your legs,
moving your feet forward then
upward until your legs are
completely straight and your
kneecaps point toward the
ceiling.
• Slowly reverse the motion,
returning to the Start position
without relaxing your quads.
Leg Extension:
Engaged
Success Tips
• Use slow, controlled motion—do not
“kick” into the extension.
• Do not let your knees rotate outward
during the exercise. Keep kneecaps
pointing up and straight forward.
Squat—Knee Extension, Hip Extension, Ankle Plantarflexion
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Although the squat is often considered a
total body exercise, the glutes, adductors,
hamstrings, and quads are primary
movers, and the spinal erectors are key
to stabilization.
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Squat Bar with Squat Straps
Pulleys:
Base
Success Tips
• Keep your knees pointed in the same
direction as your toes.
• Keep your head and neck in line with
your trunk.
• Never attempt to exercise with more
resistance than you are physically able
to handle.
Start
Action
• Remove the Bench, and
straddle the Seat Rail, facing
away from the Power Rod® unit.
• Position the Squat Bar across
your shoulders. Maintain a grip
on each side of the Bar.
• Flatten your back, keep your
chest up, and position your feet
in line with the Cable/Pulley.
• Place you feet wider than hip
width, and point your toes outward slightly. Direct the thighs
to the same outward angle as
the feet.
• While keeping your back
straight, tighten your abs, and
move to a standing position.
• Keep the pressure through
the middle of the arches in
your feet.
• Using control, slowly squat
down by sticking the hips out
as the knees start to bend.
Keep the chest up and back
flat as the hips continue to
move backward.
• Lower to approximately 90o at
your knees.
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Leg Exercises
Lying Leg Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Quadriceps
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Action
• Sit on the Bench, facing the
Power Rod® unit.
• Secure the Ankle Cuff around
the ball of one foot.
• Lie back on the Bench with
your head supported.
• Bend the active leg approximately 90o.
• Clasp your hands around the
active thigh behind the knee,
and brace the inactive leg on
the Bench or the floor.
• Slowly straighten your leg,
moving only your knee and
lower leg. Do not lock your
knee.
• Slowly return to the Start
position without relaxing your
quadriceps.
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, spine aligned,
abs tight, and a very slight arch in your
lower back.
• Keep your upper thigh motionless
throughout this exercise.
Ankle Eversion
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Peroneals
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Movement should occur only at your
ankle—keep the rest of your body
motionless.
• Keep your abs tight, and do not lift
your hips or excessively arch your
back.
• You should feel tension in the outside
of your calf throughout the entire
motion.
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Start
• Sit on the Bench, with one
side toward the Power Rod®
unit.
• Attach an Ankle Cuff around
the ball of your outside foot
(farthest from the Pulley).
• Straighten your cuffed leg,
and sit up straight.
• Allow your foot to rotate
toward the Power Rod® unit,
keeping tension in the cables.
Action
• Slowly rotate your foot
outward away from Power
Rod® unit.
• While maintaining tension,
slowly return to the Start
position.
Leg Exercises
Ankle Inversion
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Tibialis Anterior and Posterior
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Success Tips
• Movement should occur only at your
ankle—keep the rest of your body
motionless.
• Keep your abs tight, and do not lift
your hips or excessively arch your
back.
• You should feel tension in the inside
of your calf throughout the entire
motion.
• Sit on the Bench with one
side toward the Power Rod®
unit.
• Attach an Ankle Cuff around
the ball of your inside foot
(closest to the Pulley).
• Straighten your cuffed leg,
and sit up straight.
• Allow your foot to rotate
toward the Power Rod® unit,
keeping tension in the cables.
Action
• Slowly rotate your foot
outward away from Power
Rod® unit.
• While maintaining tension,
slowly return to the Start
position.
Standing Hip Extension—(knee flexed)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Gluteus Maximus
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, spine aligned,
abs tight, and a very slight arch in your
lower back.
• Do not bend from your waist or lower
back.
Start
Action
• Stand to one side of the Seat
Rail, facing the Power Rod®
unit.
• Secure the Ankle Cuff around
your outside ankle (farthest
from the Rail).
• Bend your outside leg approximately 90o.
• Bend forward 30-40o from
your hips (not your waist),
and very slightly bend the
knee of your supporting leg.
• Initiate the movement by
tightening your glutes, and
slowly pivot your leg from
your hip. Move your entire leg
backward to a straight position.
• Slowly move your leg as far
as you can without allowing
any movement at the waist or
lower back.
• Slowly return to the Start
position.
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Leg Exercises
Standing Hip Extension—(knee stabilized)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Gluteus Maximus; Biceps Femoris;
Semimembranosus; Semitendinosus
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, spine aligned,
abs tight, and a very slight arch in your
lower back.
• Do not bend from your waist or lower
back.
• Keep your knee stabilized in the 90o
angle position.
Start
Action
• Stand to one side of the Seat
Rail, facing the Power Rod®
unit.
• Secure the Ankle Cuff around
your outside ankle (farthest
from the rail).
• Bend forward 30-40o from
your hips (not your waist),
and very slightly bend the
knee of your supporting leg.
• Initiate the movement by
tightening your glutes, and
slowly pivot your leg from
your hip. Move your entire
leg backward, and then lift it
slightly behind you.
• Slowly move your leg as far as
you can without allowing any
movement at the waist, knee,
or lower back.
• Slowly return to the Start
position.
Standing Hip Abduction
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Gluteus Maximus
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Movement should occur only at your
hip—keep the rest of your body
motionless.
• Keep your abs tight, and do not lift
your hips or excessively arch your
back.
• You should feel tension in the outside
of your glutes throughout the entire
motion.
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Start
Action
• Stand to one side of the Seat
Rail, one side next to the
Power Rod® unit.
• Secure the Ankle Cuff around
your ankle farthest from the
Power Rod® unit. Keep your
leg straight but your knee
loose.
• Adjust your position so that
there is some tension in the
Cables at the start of this exercise.
• Grasp the Upper Lat Tower to
stabilize your movement.
• Slowly move your leg with the
Ankle Cuff outward away from
the Power Rod® unit at a 3045o angle, keeping your hips
and spine motionless.
• Slowly return to the Start
position without relaxing
tension in your leg.
• Keep your hips level during
movement.
Leg Exercises
Seated Hip Adduction
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Adductor Longus and Gluteus Medius
Bench Position:
Horizontal
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Start
Success Tips
• Do not cross your leg with the
attached Cuff in front of your stabilized leg.
• Keep your abs tight, and do not lift
your
hips or excessively arch your back.
• Keep your spine straight and your
hips level—do not raise your hips
during motion.
• Use only a small range of motion.
Action
• Sit sideways on the Bench, and
• Slowly allow your leg with the
attach an Ankle Cuff to your ankle attached Cuff to move inward
closest to the Power Rod® unit.
toward the center, as you face
forward, keeping your hips
• Sit far enough from the Power
and spine perfectly still.
Rod® unit to maintain tension in
the cable at the start of the exer- • Keeping your leg still, slowly
cise.
move it back to the Start
• Lift your cuffed leg in front of you position.
at a 45o angle from your trunk
(toward the Power Rod® unit)—
do not lock your knee.
• You may hold onto the Bench for
added stability.
Seated Hip Abduction
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Piriformis and Gluteus Maximus
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your spine straight and your hips
level—do not raise your hips during
the motion.
• Use only a small range of motion.
• Keep your hips motionless throughout
this exercise.
Start
• Sit sideways on the Bench, and
secure an Ankle Cuff to your
ankle farthest from the Power
Rod® unit.
• Sit far enough from the Power
Rod® unit to maintain tension
in the cable at the start of the
exercise.
• Lift your cuffed leg in front of
you at a 45o angle from your
trunk (toward Power Rod®
unit)—do not lock your knee.
• You may hold onto the Bench
for added stability.
Action
• Slowly allow your cuffed leg
to move outward away from
the Power Rod® unit, keeping
your hips and spine perfectly
still.
• Keeping your leg still, slowly
move it back to the Start
position.
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Leg Exercises
Standing Leg Kickback—Hip and Knee Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Gluteus Maximus
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, spine aligned,
abs tight, and a very slight arch in your
lower back.
• Do not bend from your waist or lower
back.
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Start
Action
• Stand to one side of the Seat
Rail, facing the Power Rod®
unit.
• Secure the Ankle Cuff around
your foot farthest from the
Rail. Bend this leg approximately 90o.
• Bend forward 30-40o from
your hips (not your waist),
and very slightly bend the
knee of your supporting leg.
• Grasp the Upper Lat Tower to
stabilize your movement.
• Extend your leg with the
Ankle Cuff attached backwards, straightening your
knee.
• Slowly move your leg as far as
you can without allowing any
movement at your waist, knee,
or lower back.
• Slowly return to the Start
position.
Leg Exercises
Leg Press—Hip and Knee Extension
Muscles Worked:
START
FINISH
Quadriceps, Gluteus Maximus and
Adductor muscle groups
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Leg Press Belt
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Generate the force for the leg press
by mentally directing your pushing/
pressing effort through the lower leg
and squarely into the frame of the
machine. In other words, push in the
direction the calf bone is pointing
throughout the motion, rather than
just pushing your body backward. This
will decrease the shearing forces at the
knee.
• Keep your knees pointed in the same
direction as your feet. DO NOT let the
knees travel inward/closer during the
motion.
• Keep your spine in good posture.
• Straighten but do not “lock out” your
knees. Keep your quads tightened
throughout the entire motion.
• Do not use momentum. MOVE
SLOWLY! Do not “launch” yourself
when you straighten your knees.
Start
Action
• Remove the bench and unlock
• Bend your knees and hips
the rowing seat.
slowly allowing yourself to
slide toward thePower Rod®
• Sit on the seat facing the Power
unit.
Rod® unit with the leg press belt
attached and adjusted. Support • Limit your slide to a position
that allows you to still
your feet on the upright pulley
maintain good spinal posture,
frame or foot rests as shown.
with your chest lifted, abs
The belt should be placed
tight and a slight arch in your
around the pelvis, NOT the low
back/spine.
lower back.
• Lift your chest, tighten your abs • Slowly return to the starting
and maintain a very slight arch
position.
in your lower back.
• Slowly straighten your legs, but
do not lock your knees.
• You may rest your hands around
the sides of the belt, on the
sides of the seat, or you may
fold your arms across your chest,
whichever is more comfortable.
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Leg Exercises
Prone Leg Curl—Knee Flexion
Muscles Worked:
FINISH
START
Hamstring muscle group (biceps
femoris, semimembranosus,
semitendinosus) and Gastrocnemius
Bench Position:
Leg Extension Seat
Accessory:
None
Pulleys:
Leg Extension
Leg Extension:
Engaged
Success Tips
• Make sure you straighten your legs
under control, do not allow your knees
to hyper-extend.
• Keep your chest lifted, abs tight and
maintain a very slight arch in your
lower back.
• Try to relax your calf and foot muscles.
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Start
Action
• Lie face down on the bench
• Slowly bend your knees,
with your lower thighs on the
upward and then toward your
leg extension seat, the knees
hips without moving your
near the pivot point and ankles
spine and without your hips
under the upper roller pads .
lifting from the bench.
• Point your knees and feet
• Keeping the hamstrings
straight down and tighten
tight, slowly allow your legs to
your inner thigh muscles (as if
straighten and return near the
squeezing your knees together)
starting position. Do not fully
to stabilize.
extend your legs.
• Place your hands on the floor
or grasp the rail or bench for
stability.
• Place your forehead on the
bench or look to the side, but
do not look up, hyper-extending
your neck.
• Tighten your abs to prevent
spinal motion and very slightly
lift your knees (approximately
1 inch), placing the pressure on
your thighs.
Muscle Chart
Sternocleidomastoid
Trapezius
Pectoralis Major
Anterior Deltoid
Medial Deltoid
Biceps
Brachialis
External
Obliques
Serratus Anterior
Rectus Abdominus
Posterior Deltoid
Infraspinatus
Teres Major
Flexor Digitorum
Superficials
Triceps
Latissimus
Dorsi
Brachioradialis
Pronator Teres
Flexor Carpi
Radialis
Gluteus
Medius
Tensor
Fasciae
Latae
Gluteus
Maximus
Iliopsoas
Adductor
Magnus
Pectineus
Rectus Femoris
Vastus Lateralis
Vastus Medialis
Peroneus Longus
Extensor Digitorum
Longus
Adductor Longus
Iliotibial Tract
Gracilis
Biceps
Femoris
Semitendinosus
Semimembranosus
Sartorius
Gastrocnemius
Soleus
Tibialis Anterior
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US Warranty Information
If you purchased this product outside of the US,
please see the enclosed Warranty Information sheet for
warranty information for your specific location.
6-Week Satisfaction Guarantee
We want you to know that the Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym
is a superior product. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If, for
any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with your Bowflex®
Blaze™ home gym , please follow the instructions below to
return your merchandise and receive a refund of the purchase
price, less shipping and handling.
1. Call a Nautilus Representative at 1-800-NAUTILUS (6288458) or write to Bowflex® at 16400 SE Nautilus Drive,
Vancouver, WA 98683 for a Return Authorization Number.
Return Authorization will be granted if:
a. You purchased your Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym
directly from Nautilus, Inc.; and
b. You are calling within 6 weeks of the delivery date of
your merchandise.
Returns should be shipped to the address given to you by a
Nautilus Representative.
2. All returned merchandise must be properly packaged in
the original boxes and in good condition.
NOTE: You are responsible for return
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merchandise that occurs during return
shipment. We highly recommend that you
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Representative issued you your Return Authorization
Number.
Refunds may be denied or delayed if these instructions are
not completely followed. Satisfaction Guarantee applies
only to merchandise purchased by consumers directly from
Nautilus, Inc., and does not apply to sales made by dealers or
distributors.
What Does This Warranty Cover?
Nautilus, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser of the
Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym that the Bowflex® Blaze™ home
gym is free from defects in materials and workmanship, when
used for the purpose intended, under normal conditions. This
warranty is extended only to the original purchaser and is not
transferable or applicable to any other person.
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How Long Does Warranty
Coverage Last?
Residential: 5 Years on machine, No-Time-Limit Warranty on
individual Power Rod® resistance rods
Commercial : This warranty is void if Bowflex® Blaze™
home gym is used in a Commercial Environment
This warranty covers all defects in material or workmanship
of the Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym. Warranties do not
cover commercial or institutional use or misuse and abuse
by the consumer. To make this warranty effective, you must
completely fill out the Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym Warranty
Registration Card within 30 days of purchase and return it to
the address on the Warranty Registration Card.
Warranty Does Not Cover
• A Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym purchased for commercial
or institutional use.
• Damage due to use by persons who weigh more than 300
pounds (136 kg).
• Damage due to abuse, accident, failure to follow
instructions or warnings in the Owner’s Manual, misuse,
mishandling, accident or Acts of God (such as floods,
tornadoes, power surges, etc.).
• Damage due to normal wear and tear.
What Nautilus Will Do
During your Warranty Coverage Period, Nautilus, Inc.
will repair any Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym that proves
to be defective in materials or workmanship. In the event
repair is not possible, Nautilus, Inc. will either replace your
Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym or refund your purchase price,
less shipping and handling. Nautilus, Inc. reserves the right
to substitute material of equal or better quality if identical
materials are not available at the time of service under this
Warranty. The replacement of the product under the terms of
the Warranty in no way extends the Warranty period.
Service Support
Call to speak to a Nautilus Representative at 1-800NAUTILUS (628-8458) or write to Nautilus, Inc. at 16400 SE
Nautilus Dr., Vancouver, Washington USA 98683. You may
need to return the defective part, at your expense, to the
address given to you by a Nautilus Representative. Always
include an explanation of the problem. Adequate protective
packaging of the defective parts or unit and cost of shipping
are your responsibility.
The repaired part or unit will be returned to you at the
company’s expense.
How State Law Applies
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights, which vary from state to state.
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Bowflex® Blaze™ home gym is free from defects
in materials or workmanship, with the exceptions
stated below. This warranty is not transferable or
applicable to any person other than the original
purchaser and is only applicable for products
sold and used in the United States or Canada
or Mexico. Tampering with the unit will void the
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Bowflex® Blaze™ Home Gym
• 5 years on machine
• No-Time-Limit Warranty on individual Power
Rod® resistance rods
Warranties Do Not Cover
• Damage due to use by persons who weigh
more than 300 pounds (136 kg).
• Damage due to abuse, accident, failure to
follow instructions or warnings in the Owner’s
Manual, misuse, mishandling, accident or Acts
of God (such as floods or power surges).
• Damage due to normal wear and tear.
What We Will Do
During your Warranty Coverage Period, Nautilus,
Inc. will repair any Bowflex® Blaze™ home
gym that proves to be defective in materials or
workmanship. In the event repair is not possible,
Nautilus, Inc. will either replace your Bowflex®
Blaze™ home gym or refund your purchase price,
less shipping and handling.
Service Support
Call to speak to a Nautilus Representative at 1800-NAUTILUS (628-8458) or write to Bowflex®
Blaze™ home gym at 16400 SE Nautilus Drive,
Vancouver, WA 98683. You may need to return the
defective part, at your expense, to the address
given to you by a Nautilus Representative. Always
include an explanation of the problem. Adequate
protective packaging of the defective parts or unit
and cost of shipping are your responsibility.
The repaired part or unit will be returned to you at
the company’s expense.
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The Bowflex
Body Leanness
Program
®
By Ellington Darden, Ph.D.
The following program was created by
Dr. Ellington Darden. It contains a
rigorous fitness and dietary program.
Please consult your physician before
beginning any fitness or dietary
program.
Some of the names of the
exercises listed in this
program have been
changed in order to
match the names
of the exercises
in this manual.
The exercises
themselves
have not been
changed,
in order
FAST FAT
LOSS
N
OW!
Introduction
The Bowflex® Body Leanness Program
This program is scientifically designed for
maximal fat loss over six weeks. It is important
that you practice every aspect of the plan to
achieve optimum results.
The program separates into three two-week
stages. During each stage you will exercise,
control the number and quality of calories you
consume, and drink plenty of ice-cold water.
Before starting the exercise routine you must
be familiar with your Bowflex® home gym.
You should experiment with finding the proper
amount of resistance to use on each exercise.
You should be able to perform 8 repetitions, but
not more than 12 repetitions, for each exercise.
It is essential that you learn how to perform
each movement before trying a complete
circuit, because part of the effectiveness of the
training depends on minimal rest between each
exercise.
WARNING!
Before beginning this program consult your physician or healthcare
professional. Show this plan and your Bowflex ® Owner’s Manual to
your physician or healthcare professional. Only he or she can determine
if this course is appropriate for your particular age and condition. If you
experience any light-headedness, dizziness, or shortness of breath while
exercising, stop the movement and consult a physician.
Make sure you read your Bowflex® Owner’s Manual
BEFORE attempting a workout.
There are a few people who should not try this program: Children and
teenagers; pregnant women; women who are breast feeding; diabetics;
individuals with certain types of heart, liver, or kidney disease; and
those suffering from certain types of arthritis. This should not be taken
as an all inclusive list. Some people should follow the course only with
their physician’s specific guidance. Play it safe and consult a healthcare
professional.
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A Personal Guarantee From
Dr. Ellington Darden
Dear Bowflex® Enthusiast,
I’m excited, really excited! I’m elated because I’ve developed an exercising and eating program that
produces fat loss faster than any plan I’ve ever tested.
The men involved in my research, for example, had an average fat loss of 27.95 pounds (12.68 kg) per man.
Women on the same program averaged a reduction of 16.96 pounds (7.69 kg). Best of all, these dramatic
results were achieved — not in six months — but in only six weeks!
That’s right. Similar results can be accomplished by you in six short weeks, which include just 18 workouts
(3 per week) on the Bowflex® machine.
Bowflex® equipment was a significant part of the results. The exercises performed on it allowed the
participants to build muscle, which accelerated their metabolisms, and produced faster and greater fat
losses.
The plan worked so well that it became know as The Bowflex® Body Leanness Program.
Leanness means to strip away the fat from under the skin as well as at deeper levels. Leanness also implies a
pleasing shape and tone to the skeletal muscles.
You might say leanness is the opposite of fatness because the people involved in my research certainly got
rid of their excessive fatness in record time.
All the guidelines that were applied have been organized in the booklet you are now holding in your hands.
It’s the next best thing to actually going through one of my research projects. In fact, it’s probably better
since nothing is experimental. All of the fine points have been tried, tested and proven effective.
If you are overfat, and if you are interested in doing this program, there are several things that you need to
understand about my experience. Since 1965, I’ve trained more than 10,000 overfat individuals. After many
years of pushing, coaxing, and listening to these trainees, certain traits became evident to me:
• People are not lazy by choice. They are forced into it by the confusion that surrounds the abundance of
fitness information that is available. If these individuals are given simple decisive instructions, they will
train very intensely.
• People, if they are provided with specific menus, will drastically alter their eating habits.
• Most of these people, however, will do neither of these challenging things for more than a week — unless
they quickly see and feel changes in their body.
The Bowflex® Body Leanness Program emerged from these findings. For you to get the best-possible
results, you must be willing to exercise very intensely on the Bowflex® machine and adhere to a strict
eating plan.
In return, you’ll get simple exercise instructions, specific menus to use, and my guarantee that if you follow
the program exactly as directed, you’ll observe the pounds and inches disappear on almost a weekly basis.
Now it’s your turn to get excited, and get started!
Sincerely,
Dr. Ellington Darden
Measurements
If you would like to measure your personal before-andafter results, there are several steps you need to take. It
is important that you accurately perform each task, then
at the end of the six-week program, repeat the process in
the same manner.
Women Measure:
Suprailium, triceps, and thigh.
Men Measure:
Chest, abdomen, and thigh.
Body Weight:
Remove clothing and shoes and record your weight to
the nearest quarter pound or hundred grams. Be sure to
use the same scale when weighing yourself at the end of
the six-week program. For the most accurate recordings,
weigh yourself nude in the morning.
Since the program is divided into three two-week
segments, you may want to weigh yourself at the end of
each two-week period. Understand, however that weight
loss is not the best way to determine your success. Fat
loss is the key component. To determine the amount of
fat you’ve lost, you’ll need to follow the instructions in
the next section.
Enter your starting weight on the RESULTS SUMMARY
SHEET provided.
Circumference of Body Parts:
For an even better idea of the changes that will occur
to your body in the next six weeks, it is necessary to
measure the circumference of certain body parts. This
will tell you where the fat is shrinking and what areas are
toning up.
Use a plastic tape to measure the following:
1) Upper arms — hanging and relaxed, midway
between the shoulder and elbow.
2) 2” (5 cm) above navel — belly relaxed.
3) At navel — belly relaxed.
4) 2” (5 cm) below navel — belly relaxed.
5) Hips — feet together at maximum protrusion of
buttocks.
6) Thighs — high, just below the buttocks crease with
legs apart and weight distributed equally on both
feet.
Record each measurement on your Results Summary
Sheet.
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1
2
3
4
5
6
Measurements
Skinfold Measurements
To accurately track your progress through this six-week program, it is necessary to take skinfold
measurements.
By measuring yourself in this way, you will be able to determine your lean-body mass and your bodyfat percentage. The goal of this program is to increase your lean-body mass and decrease your body-fat
percentage.
Please read this section carefully. Proper measuring techniques are essential to track your success. It is best
to have someone measure you. Measuring yourself can lead to inaccurate results.
Women Measure: Suprailium, triceps, and thigh
Men Measure: Chest, abdomen, and thigh
Suprailium
Stand relaxed. Pick up a diagonal
skinfold just above the crest of the
hip bone on the right side of the
waist.
Triceps
Stand with right elbow flexed 90
degrees and locate the center of
the back of the upper arm midway
between the shoulder and the
elbow. Relax arm at your side. Pick
up skinfold as pictured.
Chest
Stand relaxed. Pick up a diagonal
skinfold over the right pectoralis
muscle, midway between the armpit
and the nipple.
Thigh
Stand relaxed with most of the
weight on your left leg. Pick up a
skinfold in the vertical plane on
the front side of the right thigh,
midway between the hip and knee
joints.
Abdomen
Stand relaxed. Pick up a vertical
skinfold on the right side of the
navel.
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Measurements
Using Calipers When Measuring Skinfolds
The procedure for measuring skinfold thickness is to grasp firmly with the thumb and forefinger a fold of
skin and surface fat and pull it away from the underlying muscle. Take the caliper in your other hand and
open the jaws. Clamp the jaws over the pinched skin and fat. The jaws exert constant tension at the point
of contact with the skin. The thickness of the double layer of skin and fat can then be read directly from
the caliper, which is marked in millimeters.
Women
Men
Suprailium
Chest
Triceps
Abdomen
Thigh
Thigh
Total
Total
Use these figures on the following chart to
determine your body-fat percentage and enter
the number on the line below.
Starting body-fat percentage
Optional Picture Taking
Pictures can be the most exciting evaluation you
can do. The numbers and the tape measurements
are great, but actually seeing differences from
comparison photographs of yourself is quite
satisfying.
Taking full-length photographs is not difficult, but
to see the maximum difference between before and
after, you should follow these guidelines.
1) Keep everything the same. Wear the same outfit,
a snug solid color is best, and have the person
taking the picture stand in the same place, with
the same setting behind you.
2) Make sure you stand against an uncluttered,
light background.
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3) Have the person taking the photograph move
away from you until he can see your entire body
in the viewfinder.
4) Stand relaxed for three pictures, front, right side,
and back. Do not try to suck in your stomach.
5) Interlace your fingers and place them on top of
your head, so the contours of your torso will be
plainly visible. Keep your feet 8” (20 cm) apart in
all three pictures.
6) When you get the film developed tell the
processors to make your after photos the same
size as your previous ones. This way, your height
in both sets of photos is equal and more valid
comparisons can be made.
Determining Your Body Fat
To Use The Nomogram:
1) Locate the sum of your three skinfolds in the right column and mark it.
2) Locate your age in years on the far left column and mark it.
3) Connect the two marks with a straightedge. Where the straightedge intersects the line in the middle
column appropriate to you, you will find your body-fat percentage.
Baun, W.D, Baun, M.R., and Raven, P.B. A nomogram for the estimate of percent body fat from generalized
equations. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 52:380-384, 1981.
130
125
120
115
Female
110
Male
105
40
33
55
90
29
34
Age in Years
40
35
30
25
20
15
85
27
32
50
45
95
36
80
25
30
23
75
28
70
21
19
17
15
13
11
9
7
5
3
Percent
Body-Fat
26
65
24
60
22
55
20
50
18
45
16
40
14
35
12
10
Sum of Three Skinfolds (mm)
31
60
100
38
30
25
20
15
10
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Calculating Lean Body Mass
Now that you know your body-fat percentage, you can calculate your lean-body percentage. This will
eventually show you how many pounds of muscle were added to your body, after completing the program.
For Example:
Before the program, Joe weighs 200 pounds (90.7 kg) and measures 30% fat, which amounts to 60 pounds
(27.2 kg). Thus, his lean-body mass is 70%, or 140 pounds (63.5 kg).
After the program, Joe weighs 180 pounds (81.6 kg) and is 20% fat, which equals 36 pounds (16.3 kg). His
lean-body mass is 80%, or 144 pounds (65.3 kg).
Simple calculations allow us to find the amount of fat Joe lost, and the amount of muscle Joe gained.
Before fat weight (60 pounds), minus after fat weight (36 pounds) equals 24 pounds (10.8 kg) of fat lost.
After lean-mass weight (144 pounds) minus before lean-mass weight (140 pounds) equals 4 pounds (1.8 kg)
of muscle gained.
Enter Your Information Here: (Pounds or Kilograms)
Before
Body Weight
Fat Percentage
=
x
Body Weight
Body Fat Weight
Weight of Body Fat
–
Lean-Body Weight
=
Use the Same Factors to Calculate After Six Weeks.
After
Body Weight
Fat Percentage
=
x
Body Weight
Body Fat Weight
Weight of Body Fat
–
Lean-Body Weight
=
Final Results
Before Body Fat Weight
After Body Fat Weight
=
–
After Lean-Mass Weight
Before Lean-Mass Weight
–
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Total Fat Lost
Total Lean-Mass Gained
=
Your Results Summary Sheet
Name
Age
Height
Weight Loss
Weight Before
Muscle Gain
Weight After
Fat Loss
Please follow the instructions in the “Measurements” section for measuring circumferences.
Measurements
Before
After
Difference
Right Arm
Left Arm
2” (5 cm) Above Navel
Navel
2” (5 cm) Below Navel
Hips
Right Thigh
Left Thigh
Total
Percent Body Fat
If you wish to send in your results, please send to: Bowflex Results, 16400 SE Nautilus Dr., Vancouver,
Washington USA. 98683. Or you may fax this sheet to Bowflex Results at 1-360-694-7755. Please include
your name, address, and phone number. Submissions may be selected for use in promotional marketing
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The Workouts
GUIDELINES Week 1&2
All exercises should be practiced with one set of 8 to 12 repetitions. The style of performance is very
important. The movement for each repetition should be 4 seconds in the positive phase and 4 seconds
in the negative. Keep the motion slow and smooth. When 12 repetitions are accomplished, increase the
resistance by approximately 5 percent. Keep the time between exercises to a minimum, no longer than 60
seconds. No workout should take more than 30 minutes to complete. Perform each workout three days a
week.
Exercise
Leg Curl
Leg Extension
Bench Press
Lying Biceps Curl
Seated Shoulder Press
Seated Abdominal Crunch
Sets
1
1
1
1
1
1
Reps
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
GUIDELINES Week 3&4
All exercises should be practiced with one set of 8 to 12 repetitions. The style of performance is very
important. The movement for each repetition should be 4 seconds in the positive phase and 4 seconds
in the negative. Keep the motion slow and smooth. When 12 repetitions are accomplished, increase the
resistance by approximately 5 percent. Keep the time between exercises to a minimum, no longer than 45
seconds. No workout should take more than 30 minutes to complete. Perform each workout three days a
week.
Exercise
Leg Curl
Leg Extension
Bench Press
Lying Biceps Curl
Seated Shoulder Press
Rear Deltoid Rows*
Seated Triceps Extension
Seated Abdominal Crunch
Sets
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Reps
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
GUIDELINES Week 5&6
All exercises should be practiced with one set of 8 to 12 repetitions. The style of performance is very
important. The movement for each repetition should be 4 seconds in the positive phase and 4 seconds
in the negative. Keep the motion slow and smooth. When 12 repetitions are accomplished, increase the
resistance by approximately 5 percent. Keep the time between exercises to a minimum, no longer than 30
seconds. No workout should take more than 30 minutes to complete. Perform each workout three days a
week.
Exercise
Leg Curl
Leg Extension
Leg Press
Bench Press
Lying Biceps Curl
Lying Shoulder Pullover
Reverse Fly
Rear Deltoid Rows*
Seated Triceps Extension
Seated Abdominal Crunch
Sets
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Reps
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
8-12
* The Upright Row exercise was used in Dr. Darden’s original study. Although many people have used this exercise for years, recent information in the
Physical Therapy field has caused the authors of this manual to caution against performing this exercise because of the unnatural twisting movement
created in the shoulder joint. We suggest you substitute Rear Deltoid Rows for the upright Row exercise.
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Eating Guidelines
You will be following a reduced-calorie nutrition program, which is divided into three two-week segments.
The program is a proven method for achieving maximal fat loss over a six-week period. It consists of a
carbohydrate-rich, descending-calorie eating plan, and a superhydration routine.
Follow a Carbohydrate-Rich, Descending-Calorie Eating Plan:
Approximately 60 percent of the daily calories should be from carbohydrates. The other 40 percent will be
equally divided between proteins and fats. The 60:20:20 ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats is ideal
for maximum fat loss.
Keep Menus Simple and Food Substitutions to a Minimum:
Research has established that successful dieters prefer the same foods each day for breakfast and lunch.
They
like variety, however, for dinner. Detailed menus and food choices are included later in this manual.
If you must vary from the menu items, try to stay within the 60:20:20 ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and
fats.
For Example
Daily Amount
Calories
2000
1900
1800
1700
1600
1500
1400
1300
1200
1100
1000
Carbohydrate
60%
1200
1140
1080
1020
960
900
840
780
720
660
600
Protein
20%
Fat
20%
400
380
360
340
320
300
280
260
240
220
200
400
380
360
340
320
300
280
260
240
220
200
Avoid Too Much Stress:
Too much stress of any kind can cause the body to actually preserve fat stores. You should relax more. An
after-dinner walk at a leisurely pace is helpful. Extra sleep is suggested, since sleep facilitates fat loss and
muscle recovery. Furthermore, to keep the body well rested, no other exercises or activities are allowed during
the six-week program. This is a scientifically proven program that works. More is not better. Any additional
exercise other than the amount recommended can and will harm your fat loss.
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Superhydrate Your System
Drinking plenty of water is essential to the success
of this program. Drinking the recommended
amount of water can seem like a challenge at first.
Stick with it. Carry a large sports bottle or similar
item with you throughout the day. After several
weeks, you will find that you actually thirst for more
and more water, and the amounts recommended
are easily reached.
Superhydration aids fat loss in a number of ways.
First, the kidneys are unable to function without
adequate water. When they do not work to capacity
some of their load is dumped onto the liver.
Don’t be surprised if you have to make more than
a dozen trips to the restroom, especially during the
first week of the program. Remember, your body is
an adaptive system, and it will soon accommodate
the increased water consumption.
Note: Although it is doubtful that you could ever drink
too much water, a few ailments can be negatively affected
by large amounts of fluid. For example, anyone with a
kidney disorder, or anyone who takes diuretics, should
consult a physician before going on the recommended
water-drinking schedule. If you have any doubts about the
recommendations, play it safe and check with your doctor.
This diverts the liver from its primary function,
which is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy.
Because it’s performing the chores of the waterdepleted kidneys, the liver metabolizes less fat.
Second, overeating can be averted through water
intake, as water can keep the stomach feeling full
and satisfied between meals.
Third, ice-cold water requires calories to warm it
to core body temperature. In fact, 1 US gallon of ice
cold water ( 3.8 l) generates 123 calories of heat energy.
You’ll be drinking from 1 to 1 5/8 US gallons
(3.8 - 6.2 l) of water each day on the following
superhydration schedule:
Week 1 = drink four 32-oz. bottles (3.8 l) of ice-cold water per day.
Week 2 = drink four and a half 32-oz. bottles (4.3 l) of ice-cold water per day.
Week 3 = drink five 32-oz. bottles (4.6 l) of ice-cold water per day.
Week 4 = drink five and a half 32-oz. bottles (5.2 l) of ice-cold water per day.
Week 5 = drink six 32-oz. bottles (5.7 l) of ice-cold water per day.
Week 6 = drink six and a half 32-oz. bottles (6.2 l) of ice-cold water per day.
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The Eating Plan
The menus in the Bowflex® eating plan are
designed for maximum fat-loss effectiveness and
nutritional value. For best results, follow them
exactly.
Every attempt has been made to utilize current
popular brand names and accurate calorie counts,
which are listed in the menus. But as you probably
realize the products are sometimes changed
or discontinued. If a listed item is not available
in your area, you’ll need to substitute a similar
product. Become an informed label reader at your
supermarket. Ask questions about any products
you don’t understand. Supermarket managers are
usually helpful. If they don’t have an answer to your
question, they will get it for you.
Each day you will choose a limited selection of
foods for breakfast and lunch. Most people can
consume the same basic breakfast and the same
basic lunch for months with little modification.
Ample variety during your evening meal, however,
will make daily eating interesting and enjoyable.
Additionally, the eating plan includes a midafternoon and late-night snack to keep your energy
high and your hunger low.
You’ll always have a 300 calorie breakfast, a 300
calorie lunch, and a 300 calorie dinner (women),
or 500 calorie dinner (men). With each two-week
descend, only your
snack calories will change: from 400 to 300 to
200 calories per day (men), or 300 to 200 to 100
calories
per day (women). For each of your five daily meals,
you’ll have at least three choices.
Everything has been simplified so even the most
kitchen-inept man or woman can succeed. Very
little cooking is required. All you have to do is read
the menus, select your food choices, and follow the
directions. It’s as simple as that.
If you find that you wish to vary from the outline
menu items try to stay with in the 60:20:20 ratio of
carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
Begin Week 1 on Monday and continue through
Sunday. Week 2 is a repeat of Week 1. Calories for
each food are noted in parentheses. A shopping list
follows.
The eating plan for the next six weeks descends:
Week 1 & 2:
Men 1500 calories per day.
Women 1200 calories per day.
Week 3 & 4:
Men 1400 calories per day.
Women 1100 calories per day.
Week 5 & 6:
Men 1300 calories per day.
Women 1000 calories per day.
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The Eating Plan - US Measurements
Breakfast = 300 calories
Choice of bagel, cereal or shake.
Bagel
1 plain bagel, Sarah Lee® (frozen) (210)
3/4 oz. light cream cheese (45)
1/2 C. orange juice, fresh or frozen (55)
Any beverage without calories, caffeine, or
sodium, such as decaffeinated coffee or tea.
Cereal
1.5 oz. (42 grams) serving equals
approximately 165 calories.
Choice of one: Kellogg’s® Low Fat Granola
(without raisins), General Mills® Honey Nut
Clusters, General Mills® Basic 4
1/2 C. skim milk (45)
3/4 C. orange juice (82)
Noncaloric beverage
Shake (choice of one shake)
Place ingredients in blender. Blend until
smooth.
Banana-Orange Shake
1 large banana (8 3/4 inches long) (100)
1/2 C. orange juice (55)
1/2 C. skim milk (45)
2 T. wheat germ (66)
1 t. safflower oil (42)
2 ice cubes (optional)
or Chocolate or Vanilla Shake
1 packet Carnation® Instant Breakfast,
Champion UltraMet®, or another diet
shake powder that contains the appropriate
calories (100)
1 C. skim milk (90)
1/2 large banana (8 3/4 inches long) (50)
1 t. safflower oil (42)
1 t. Carnation® Malted Milk powder (20)
2 ice cubes (optional)
Lunch = 300 calories.
Choice of sandwich, soup or salad.
Sandwich
2 slices whole wheat bread (140)
2 t. Promise Ultra® Vegetable Oil Spread
(24)
2 oz. white meat (about 8 thin slices),
chicken or turkey (80)
1 oz. fat-free cheese (1 1/2 slices) (50)
(Opt.: Add to bread 1 t. Dijon mustard (0)
Noncaloric beverage
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Soup (choice of one soup)
• Healthy Choice® Hearty Chicken, 15-oz.
can (260), or
• Campbell’s® Healthy Request Hearty
Vegetable Beef, 16-oz. can (260)
1/2 slice whole-wheat bread (35)
Noncaloric beverage
Chef Salad
2 C. lettuce, chopped (20)
2 oz. white meat, chicken or turkey (80)
2 oz. fat-free cheese (100)
4 slices tomato, chopped (28)
1 T. Italian, fat-free dressing (6)
1 slice whole wheat bread (70)
Noncaloric beverage
Mid-Afternoon Snack
Men–200 calories for Weeks 1&2;
150 calories for Weeks 3&4;
100 calories for Weeks 5&6.
Women–150 calories for Weeks 1&2;
100 calories for Weeks 3&4;
50 calories for Weeks 5&6.
Choose calories from:
1 large banana (8 3/4 inches long) (100)
1 apple (3-inch diameter) (100)
1/2 cantaloupe (5-inch diameter) (94)
5 dried prunes (100)
1 oz. (2 small 1/2 oz. boxes) raisins (82)
1 C. light, nonfat, flavored yogurt (100)
Dinner
Men–500 calories, Women–300 calories
Choice of tuna salad dinner, steak
dinner or frozen microwave dinner.
Tuna Salad Dinner
In a large bowl, mix the following:
1 6-oz. can chunk light tuna in water (180)
1 T. Hellmann’s® Light, Reduced-Calorie
Mayonnaise (50)
2 T. sweet pickle relish (40)
1/4 C. whole kernel corn, canned, no salt
added (30)
Noncaloric beverage
Men add:
1/2 C. sliced white potatoes, canned (45)
2 slices whole wheat bread (140)
Steak Dinner
3 oz. lean sirloin, broiled (176)
1/2 C. sweet peas, canned, no salt added
(60)
1/2 C. beets, canned (35)
1/2 C. skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
Men add:
2 slices whole wheat bread (140)
1 t. Promise Ultra® Vegetable Oil Spread
(12)
1/2 C. skim milk (45)
Frozen Microwave Dinner
Choice of one meal:
• Glazed Chicken Dinner, Lean Cuisine®
(230)
2/3 C. skim milk (60)
Noncaloric beverage
• Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Lean Cuisine®
(240)
1/2 C. skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
• Macaroni and Cheese, Weight Watchers®
(260)
1/2 C. skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
• Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Sauce over
Baked Potato, Lean Cuisine® Lunch Express
(250)
1/2 C. skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
• Grilled Turkey Breast, Healthy Choice®
(260)
1/2 C. skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
Men add:
2 slices whole wheat bread (140)
2 t. Promise Ultra® Vegetable Oil Spread
(24)
1/2 C. skim milk (45)
Late-Night Snack
Men–200 calories for 1&2; 150 calories for
Weeks 3&4; 100 calories for Weeks 5&6.
Women–150 calories for Weeks 1&2; 100
calories for Weeks 3&4; 50 calories for
Weeks 5&6.
Choose calories from afternoon snack
selections plus the following:
1/2 C. low-fat frozen yogurt (100)
2 C. light, microwave popcorn (100)
The Eating Plan - Metric Measurements*
Breakfast = 300 calories
Choice of bagel, cereal or shake.
Bagel
1 plain bagel, Sarah Lee® (frozen) (210)
21 g light cream cheese (45)
120 ml orange juice, fresh or frozen (55)
Any beverage without calories, caffeine, or
sodium, such as decaffeinated coffee or tea.
Cereal
42 gram serving equals
approximately 165 calories.
Choice of one: Kellogg’s® Low Fat Granola
(without raisins), General Mills® Honey Nut
Clusters, General Mills® Basic 4
120 ml skim milk (45)
177 ml orange juice (82)
Noncaloric beverage
Shake (choice of one shake)
Place ingredients in blender. Blend until
smooth.
Banana-Orange Shake
1 large banana (22 cm long) (100)
120 ml orange juice (55)
120 ml skim milk (45)
15 ml wheat germ (66)
5 ml safflower oil (42)
2 ice cubes (optional)
or Chocolate or Vanilla Shake
1 packet Carnation® Instant Breakfast,
Champion UltraMet®, or another diet
shake powder that contains the appropriate
calories (100)
240 ml skim milk (90)
1/2 large banana (22 cm long) (50)
5 ml safflower oil (42)
5 ml Carnation® Malted Milk powder (20)
2 ice cubes (optional)
Lunch = 300 calories.
Choice of sandwich, soup or salad.
Sandwich
2 slices whole wheat bread (140)
10 ml Promise Ultra® Vegetable Oil
Spread (24)
57 g white meat (about 8 thin slices), chicken
or turkey (80)
28 g fat-free cheese (1 1/2 slices) (50)
(Opt.: Add to bread 5 ml Dijon mustard (0)
Noncaloric beverage
Soup (choice of one soup)
• Healthy Choice® Hearty Chicken, 420 g
can (260), or
• Campbell’s® Healthy Request Hearty
Vegetable Beef, 450 g can (260)
1/2 slice whole-wheat bread (35)
Noncaloric beverage
Chef Salad
480 ml lettuce, chopped (20)
57 g white meat, chicken or turkey (80)
57 g fat-free cheese (100)
4 slices tomato, chopped (28)
15 ml Italian, fat-free dressing (6)
1 slice whole wheat bread (70)
Noncaloric beverage
Mid-Afternoon Snack
Men–200 calories for Weeks 1&2;
150 calories for Weeks 3&4;
100 calories for Weeks 5&6.
Women–150 calories for Weeks 1&2;
100 calories for Weeks 3&4;
50 calories for Weeks 5&6.
Choose calories from:
1 large banana (22 cm long) (100)
1 apple (7.6 cm diameter) (100)
1/2 cantaloupe (12.7 cm diameter) (94)
5 dried prunes (100)
28 g (2 small 14 g. boxes) raisins (82)
240 ml light, nonfat, flavored yogurt (100)
Dinner
Men–500 calories, Women–300 calories
Choice of tuna salad dinner, steak
dinner or frozen microwave dinner.
Tuna Salad Dinner
In a large bowl, mix the following:
1 can (170 g) chunk light tuna in water (180)
15 ml Hellmann’s® Light, Reduced-Calorie
Mayonnaise (50)
30 ml sweet pickle relish (40)
60 ml whole kernel corn, canned, no salt
added (30)
Noncaloric beverage
Men add:
120 ml sliced white potatoes, canned (45)
2 slices whole wheat bread (140)
Steak Dinner
85 g lean sirloin, broiled (176)
120 ml sweet peas, canned, no salt
added (60)
120 ml beets, canned (35)
120 ml skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
Men add:
2 slices whole wheat bread (140)
5 ml Promise Ultra® Vegetable Oil Spread
(12)
120 ml skim milk (45)
Frozen Microwave Dinner
Choose one meal:
• Glazed Chicken Dinner, Lean Cuisine®
(230)
160 ml skim milk (60)
Noncaloric beverage
• Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Lean Cuisine®
(240)
120 ml skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
• Macaroni and Cheese, Weight Watchers®
(260)
120 ml skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
• Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Sauce over
Baked Potato, Lean Cuisine® Lunch Express
(250)
120 ml skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
• Grilled Turkey Breast, Healthy Choice®
(260)
120 ml skim milk (45)
Noncaloric beverage
Men add:
2 slices whole-wheat bread (140)
10 ml Promise Ultra® Vegetable Oil
Spread (24)
120 ml skim milk (45)
Late-Night Snack
Men–200 calories for 1&2; 150 calories for
Weeks 3&4; 100 calories for Weeks 5&6.
Women–150 calories for Weeks 1&2; 100
calories for Weeks 3&4; 50 calories for
Weeks 5&6.
Choose calories from afternoon snack
selections plus the following:
120 ml low-fat frozen yogurt (100)
240 ml light, microwave popcorn (100)
* Nutritionally equivalent products with similar calorie counts may be substituted if recommended products cannot be found.
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Shopping List
Meat, Poultry, Fish and Entrees
Quantities needed for listed items will depend
on your specific selections. Review your choices
and adjust the shopping list accordingly. It may be
helpful for you to photocopy this list each week
before doing your shopping.
Chicken (thin sliced), turkey (thin sliced), tuna
(canned in water), sirloin steak (lean).
Staples
Healthy Choice® Hearty Chicken, Campbell’s®
Healthy Request Hearty Vegetable Beef.
Orange juice, skim milk, whole-wheat bread,
Promise Ultra® Vegetable Oil Spread, Italian
fat-free dressing, Dijon mustard, safflower oil,
noncaloric beverages
(tea, decaffeinated coffee, diet soft drinks, water).
Grains
Bagels, Sarah Lee (frozen)
Cereals — 1.5 oz. (42 g) serving equals
approximately 165 calories; Kellogg’s® Low-Fat
Granola (without raisins), General Mills® Honey
Nut Clusters, General Mills® Basic 4.
Wheat germ, malted milk powder, popcorn
(microwave light).
Fruits
Bananas, large (8 3/4 inches [22 cm] long), apples
(3-inch [7.6 cm] diameter), cantaloupes (5-inch
[12.7 cm] diameter), dried prunes, raisins.
Vegetables
Lettuce, tomatoes, whole kernel corn (canned no
salt added), sweet peas, (canned no salt added),
sliced white potatoes (canned), cut beets (canned).
Dairy
Yogurt (light nonfat), cream cheese (light), cheese
(fat-free), low-fat frozen yogurt, Carnation® Instant
Breakfast packets, Champion UltraMet® Packets.
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Canned soup:
Frozen microwave dinners or entrees:
Lean Cuisine® Glazed Chicken Dinner, Lean
Cuisine® Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Lean Cuisine®
Lunch Express Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese over
Potato, Weight Watchers® Macaroni and Cheese,
Healthy Choice® Grilled Turkey Breast.
Q&A
Q. I often get headaches when I eat only 1000
calories a day. What should I do?
A. Your headaches may be caused by going longer
than three hours between meals or snacks. Try
spacing your meals and snacks where there are
fewer hours between them.
Some people who are used to drinking regular
coffee with caffeine notice headaches when they
stop consuming coffee for several days. If this is
the case with you, you might want to ease off the
coffee more gradually.
Q. I don’t like red meat. I notice that the Lean
Cuisine® Lasagna with Meat Sauce contains
beef. What can I substitute for it?
A. Lean Cuisine® has many other frozen dinners
that you may substitute for Lasagna with Meat
Sauce. Try to find one that contains the same
calories, with approximately 15 to 20 percent of
the calories coming from fat. Some of the Lean
Cuisine® dinners actually have too little fat for
my nutritional requirements.
Q. May I have dinner for lunch and lunch for
dinner?
A. Yes.
Q. I tend to get a headache when I drink cold
water. Can I drink water without it being
chilled?
A. Yes, but you won’t get the 123 calories or more
thermogenic effect from warming the cold water
to core body temperature. Try a more gradual
drinking of the cold water. You may have been
consuming it too quickly.
Q. Is it possible to drink too much water?
A. Certainly. To do so, however, you’d probably have
to drink four or five times as much per day as
I’m recommending. There are a few ailments
that can be negatively affected by large amounts
of fluid. If you feel you have a problem, check
with your doctor before starting the program.
Q. Is bottled water better than tap water?
A. Research shows that bottled water is not always
higher quality water than tap water. The decision
to drink bottled water or not is usually one of
taste. If you dislike the taste of your tap water,
then drink your favorite bottled water. But first
you might want to try a twist of lemon or lime
added to the water from your tap. Some people
say it makes a significant difference in the taste.
Q. I’m a middle-aged woman who gets black and
blue marks on my legs when I diet. Am I doing
anything wrong?
A. I doubt you are doing anything wrong. Such
black and blue marks are usually the result of an
increased level of estrogen circulating in your
body, which weakens the walls of the capillaries
and causes them to break under the slightest
pressure. When this happens, blood escapes and
a bruise occurs. Estrogen is broken down in the
liver, and so is fat. When you are dieting, your
liver breaks down the fat, leaving a lot more
estrogen in the bloodstream.
It may be helpful to supplement your diet with a
little extra vitamin C each day to help toughen
the walls of the capillaries.
Q. I’m a 40-year-old woman with a teenage son and
daughter. My husband and I both want to lose
10 pounds (4.5 kg) and the children would also
like to lose some weight. Can I put the whole
family on the program?
A. It would be great if you could, but you cannot.
The number of calories per day is the problem.
Teenagers require significantly more calories
each day than 1500, which is the highest level.
Check with a registered dietician (RD) for
appropriate recommendations.
Your teenage son and daughter, however, could
follow the Bowflex® exercise routines.
Q. I’m afraid that I might get large, unfeminine
muscles from some of the Bowflex® exercises
you recommend in this course. What can I do to
prevent this from happening?
A. You are worrying about large muscles
unnecessarily. Building large muscles requires
two conditions. First, the individual must have
long muscles and short tendons. Second, an
abundance of testosterone must be present in
the blood stream. Women almost never have
either of these conditions.
Under no circumstances could 99.99 percent
of American women develop excessively large
muscles. Progressive resistance exercise such
as with the Bowflex® machine will make your
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Q&A
muscles larger – but not excessively large – and
larger muscles will make your body firmer and
more shapely.
Q. Why is it so important I perform the Bowflex®
exercises with a 4-second count on the lifting
and lowering?
A. Because a slow, smooth 4-second lifting followed
by a 4-second lowering involves more muscle
fibers more thoroughly than faster speeds of
movement. The more completely each involved
muscle fiber works simply means you’ll get better
muscle-building results.
Q. I’m confused about how to breathe during each
Bowflex® exercise?
A. Let’s say your goal is to do 10 repetitions on a
specific Bowflex® exercise that is performed in
the recommended 4-second lifting and 4-second
lowering style. Here are the proper breathing
guidelines to follow:
One suggestion is to team up with a partner.
Most people are more motivated and make
better progress if they go through the program
with a friend. In selecting a training partner,
here are several things to keep in mind:
• Your partner should be similar to you in age and
condition.
• Your partner should be serious about getting
into shape and making a commitment. That
commitment means you’ll be exercising together
one hour, three times per week. Each of your
joint training sessions should take approximately
50 minutes: 25 minutes for your workout and 25
minutes supervising your partner’s workout.
• Your partner should be someone with whom you’ll
share a spirit of cooperation, not competition.
• Your partner should not be your spouse, brother,
sister, or other family member. You do not want
normal interpersonal problems to interfere with
the training.
proper strength training they can actually retard
the reduction of fat.
Fat loss is retarded in two ways. Too much
repetitive activity prevents maximum muscle
building by
using up your recover ability. A well-rested
recover ability is necessary for muscle growth.
Too much activity — especially if you are on a
reduced-calorie diet — causes you to get the
blahs and quickly lose your enthusiasm. If this
happens, you’re sure to break
your diet.
The primary purpose of this program is to
lose fat in the most effective and most efficient
manner. Fat loss is prioritized and maximized by
building muscle at the same time. The musclebuilding process is optimized by a well-rested
recovery ability, which necessitates keeping your
strenuous and moderately strenuous activities to
a bare minimum.
Once you get your body fat to a low level, you
can add other activities — and I encourage you
to do
so — to your weekly fitness schedule. For now,
follow the plan exactly as directed.
Q. What happens after six weeks? How do I
continue the program if I need to lose more
weight?
A. You should repeat the program for as long as
it takes you to reach your goal. For example,
it took Barry Ozer three six-week sessions – 18
weeks – to lose all of his excessive fat, which
amounted to 75 pounds (34 kg). There are,
however, a few guidelines and modifications to
apply.
Repeat the eating plan exactly as before: Men,
go back to 1500 calories a day for two weeks.
Women, go back to 1200 calories a day for two
weeks. Then, descend your calories in the same
manner.
Q. Why won’t you allow me to do aerobic dancing
on my off-days to speed up the loss of body fat?
Keep your superhydration schedule at the
highest level. In other words, sip 1 5/8 gallons
(6.2 l) of ice-cold water each day.
A. Because doing so doesn’t speed up fat loss.
Aerobic dancing – and other activities such as
running, swimming, cycling, stair-stepping, and
racquetball – do not contribute significantly
to the fat-loss process. In fact, when added to
Continue your Bowflex® exercise routine at the
highest level. Perform the same 10 exercises
three times per week. Try to get as strong as you
can in each exercise, while always focusing on
the 4-second count in both lifting and lowering.
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Q. I’m pleased that I lost the fat I wanted to lose.
What do I do to maintain my new body weight?
A. Once you’ve lost your excessive fat, your next
task is to maintain that status. Here are the
adjustments you need to make to your current
practices.
Adhere to a carbohydrate-rich, moderate-calorie
eating plan.
Instead of eating from 1000 to 1500 calories a day,
you’ll be consuming from 1600 to 2400 calories
per day. Maybe you can eat even more after your
new body weight has stabilized. Trial-and-error
experimentation is a must. Women should start
with 1600 calories, and men with 2000 calories
per day. Note what happens after a week. If your
body weight keeps going down, raise the calories
by 100 or 200, depending on how much weight you
lost during the last week. Soon, you should reach a
level where your body weight stabilizes. That level
is your daily calorie requirement. Naturally, you’ll
be able to consume other foods than those listed
in the Bowflex® eating plan. By then, however, you
should know the value of being a smart shopper
and a wise eater. Read labels. Compare nutritional
information. Be conscious of the ideal 60:20:20
ratio for carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
pounds for 12 repetitions on the leg extension,
then keep it on 100 pounds and do not go up to
105 pounds. You can maintain the 100-pound level
much easier that you can increase it. Second, you
do not need to train three times a week. You can
maintain your strength at twice a week.
Add variety to your Bowflex® routines.
Now is the time to introduce more variety to your
routines by adding some new exercises while
removing some old ones. Below are two sample
routines.
Maintenance Routine 1
1. Seated Hip Abduction
2. Seated Hip Adduction
3. Seated Straight Leg Calf Raise
4. Chest Fly
5. Incline Bench Press
6. Shoulder Pullover
7. Shoulder Shrug
8. Standing Biceps Curl
9. Seated Wrist Curl
10. Seated Wrist Extension
Eat smaller meals more frequently.
Maintenance Routine 2
You’ve been limiting your five meals per day to 300
calories if you’re a woman, or 500 calories if you’re
a man. You may now up the calories by 100. What
happens if during a single meal you eat more than
400 calories if you’re a woman, or 600 calories if
you’re a man? Don’t panic. Simply understand that
you will sometimes backslide. Learn to anticipate
these urges and take corrective action.
1. Leg Curl
2. Leg Extension
3. Standing Lateral Shoulder Raise
4. Seated Shoulder Press
5. Rear Deltoid Row
6. Decline Press
7. Reverse Curl
8. Seated Triceps Extension
9. Low Back Extension
10. Abdominal Crunch
Drink at least 1 gallon (3.8 l) of cold water each
day.
You should realize by now the benefits of
consuming plenty of water each day. Make your
water bottle a permanent part of your lifestyle.
Train on Bowflex® equipment at least twice a
week.
There are two primary differences between
maintenance and strength-building routines. First,
for maintenance, you do not have to increase
the resistance each week or so. If you can do 100
Look in your Bowflex® Owner’s Manual for
descriptions
of the new exercises.
Be consistent with your Bowflex® exercising,
healthy eating, and superhydrating — and your
accomplishments may well exceed your goals.
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Exercise Log
Please feel free to make copies of this chart to continue your exercise log.
DATE
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Reps
Resistance
DATE
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DATE
DATE
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2
10, 9
120, 130
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Reps
Resistance
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Reps
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IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS
If you need assistance, please have both the serial number of your machine and the date of purchase available when you
contact the appropriate Nautilus, Inc. office listed below.
WORLDWIDE CUSTOMER SERVICE
• NORTH AMERICA OFFICE
Nautilus, Inc.
World Headquarters
16400 S.E. Nautilus Drive
Vancouver, Washington, USA 98683
Phone: 800-NAUTILUS
e-mail: [email protected]
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Tel: +41-26-460-77-77
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Tel: 02204-61027
Fax: 02204-62890
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Fax: 031-34-24-97
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Tel: 01-908-267-345
Fax: 01-908-267-346
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