The Bowflex® Elite™
Home Gym
Assembly Instructions
51018 Rev AB (10/2004)
Get to Know Your Machine
CONGRATULATIONS on your commitment to improving
your health and fitness! With the Bowflex® Elite™ home gym,
you have everything you need to exceed all of your physical
fitness, strength and health expectations!
With all of the fitness choices available today, finding the
best workout equipment for your needs can be confusing.
Everyone at Nautilus would like to congratulate you and thank
you for selecting the Bowflex® Elite™ home gym.
The Bowflex® Elite™ 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® Elite™ home gym!
The Bowflex® Elite™ home gym is the best home fitness
product available, and you’re just about to prove it to yourself.
Home Gym
Before You Assemble
Select where you are going to locate your
Bowflex® Elite™ home gym carefully. The
best place for your Bowflex® Elite™ home
gym is on a hard, level surface. Assemble
your Bowflex® Elite™ home gym in the
location where you intend to use it, as the
Bowflex® Elite™ home gym does not go
through doors easily once fully assembled.
Allow a workout area of at least 8’4” x 6’6”
(2.6m x 2.0m) of free space for safe operation
of the Bowflex® Elite™ home gym.
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Get To Know Your Machine
Basic Assembly Principles
Here are a few basic tips that will make your assembly of the Bowflex® Elite™ home gym quick and easy. By using these
principles, you can simplify each process and save yourself extra time and effort.
1. To make the assembly process go faster, gather the pieces you need for each step and thoroughly read the assembly
instructions for that step prior to starting assembly for the step.
2. When tightening a locknut on a bolt, use a combination wrench to grip the locknut and ensure that it is fastened securely.
3. When attaching two pieces, gently lift and look through the bolt holes to help guide the bolt through the holes.
4. As a general rule, and for all bolts and nuts on your Bowflex® Elite™ home gym, turn bolts or nuts toward the right to
tighten and left to loosen. Or you can remember the mnemonic: “Righty tighty, lefty loosey.”
Parts List*
Item No.
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Hardware List*
Description
LOWER LAT TOWER
BASE PLATFORM
BASE RIGHT LEG
BASE LEFT LEG
SQUAT PLATFORM
CHEST BAR
SEAT PAD
SEAT BRACKET
SEAT RAIL
REAR LEG
REAR LEG CROSS TUBE
SEAT RAIL KNOB
LEG EXTENSION PIVOT TUBE
FOAM ROLLERS
FOAM ROLLER END CAPS
SHORT CHROME ROLLER TUBES
LONG CHROME ROLLER TUBE
ROLLER TUBE SPACERS
LEG EXTENSION SEAT PAD
LEG EXTENSION SEAT SUPPORT TUBE
LAT CROSS BAR
UPPER LAT TOWER
ROD BOX FRAME
ROD BOX WITH POWER RODS®
FACEPLATE
FACEPLATE BACK RIGHT
FACEPLATE BACK LEFT
BENCH PAD
LOCK OUT PIN
CHEST PULLEYS
Item No.
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Qty.
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Description
SCREW, #10 PHILLIPS HEAD
SCREW, #10 X 1" PHILLIPS HEAD
SCREW, 5/16" X 3/4" BUTTON HEAD
SCREW, 3/8" X 3/4" BUTTON HEAD
SCREW, 3/8" X 2 1/2" BUTTON HEAD
SCREW, 3/8" X 2 3/4" BUTTON HEAD
SCREW, 3/8" X 3" BUTTON HEAD
SCREW, 3/8" X 3 1/4" BUTTON HEAD
SCREW, 3/8" X 4 1/4" BUTTON HEAD
SCREW, 3/8" X 5" BUTTON HEAD
WASHER, 1/4"
WASHER 5/16"
WASHER, 3/8"
NYLOCK NUT 3/8"
BOLT COVERS, 3/8"
Accessory List*
Item No.
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BB
Qty.
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Description
SQUAT BAR
BENT LAT BAR
HAND GRIPS
ROWING BELT
SNAP HOOKS
SQUAT STRAPS
ROD CABLES W/ 2 SNAP HOOKS (attached)
LAT CABLES W/ 2 SNAP HOOKS (attached)
LEG CABLE
SQUAT CABLES W/ 2 SNAP HOOKS (attached)
NOTE: LEAVE ALL CABLES WRAPPED AND BAGGED UNTIL YOUR BOWFLEX® ELITE™ HOME GYM IS FULLY ASSEMBLED.
*Specifications subject to change without notice.
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Hardware Guide
Tools You Will Need
You will need the following tools to complete the assembly of your Bowflex® Elite™ home gym. If you don’t have these
tools, you can find them at any hardware or department store for a reasonable price.
• 1/2" combination wrench
• Phillips screw driver
• Utility Knife or Scissors
• 9/16" combination wrench
• Rubber mallet (optional)
• (2) Allen Wrenches (included)
Note: Drawings are actual size
Item #: A
Qty.:
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Descr: #10 X .75”
Phillips Head Screw
Item #: E
Qty.:
10
Descr: 3/8" X 3/4"
Button Head Screw
Item #: B
Qty.:
3
Descr: #10 X 1"
Phillips Head Screw
Item #: F
Qty.:
1
Descr: 3/8" X 2 1/2"
Button Head Screw
Item #: C
Qty.:
8
Descr: 5/16" X 3/4"
Button Head Screw
Item #: G
Qty.:
1
Descr: 3/8" X 2 3/4"
Button Head Screw
Item #: H
Qty.:
8
Descr: 3/8" X 3"
Button Head Screw
Item #: I
Qty.:
2
Descr: 3/8" X 3 1/4"
Button Head Screw
Item #: J
Qty.:
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Descr: 3/8" X 4 1/4"
Button Head Screw
Item #: K
Qty.:
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Descr: 3/8" X 5"
Button Head Screw
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Item #:
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1/4" Flat Washer
Item #:
Qty.:
Descr:
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5/16" Flat Washer
Item # N
Qty.: 46
Descr: 3/8" Flat Washer
Item #: O
Qty.:
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Descr: 3/8" Nylock Nut
Assembly Guide
Step 1 - Attach the Lower Lat Tower to the Base
Platform
Figure 1
Locate the following items:
Mounting
Channels
• Item #1 - Lower Lat Tower
• Item #2 - Base Platform
• Item #H - (4) 3/8" X 3" Button Head Screws
• Item #N - (8) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (4) 3/8" Nylock Nuts
Forward
Screws
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Set the Base Platform (Item #2) onto the floor as shown in
Figure 1. Line up the bolt holes in the mounting channels
on the Lower Lat Tower (Item #1) with the holes in the
Base Platform tubes.
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Place (4) 3/8" Washers (Item #N) over the ends of (4) 3/8" X
3" Button Head Screws (Item #H) - one washer per screw.
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Insert the forward screws through the bolt holes in the Lower
Lat Tower and Base Platform first, then tip the Base Platform
back to install rear screws. Place (4) 3/8" Washers over the ends
of the screws, one washer per screw, and secure using (4) 3/8"
Nylock Nuts (Item #O), as shown in Figure 1.
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Base Platform
Tubes
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 1.
Step 2 - Attach the Base Legs to the Base Platform
Figure 2
Locate the following items:
• From Step 1 - Base Platform/Lower Lat Tower Assembly
• Item #3 - Base Right Leg - Do not unwrap cables!
• Item #4 - Base Left Leg - Do not unwrap cables!
• Item #E - (4) 3/8" X 3/4" Button Head Screws
• Item #N - (4) 3/8" Washers
With the Base Platform/Lower Lat Tower Assembly (from
Step 1) on the floor, insert the stems from each Base Leg
into the tube ends on the Base Platform, as shown in Figure 2.
Make sure to orient the 2 pulleys upward.
Carefully line up the two bolt holes on each Leg with the
corresponding holes on the Base Platform/Lower Lat Tower
Assembly.
Place (4) 3/8" Washers (Item #N) over the ends of (4) 3/8" X
3/4" Button Head Screws (Item #E) - one washer per screw.
Loosely secure the Base Legs to the Base Platform Assembly
with the screws and washers as shown in Figure 2.
Stems
Base Platform/
Lower
Lat Tower
Assembly
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Stems
E
Tube
Ends
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Pulleys
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 2.
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Assembly Guide
Step 3 - Attach the Squat Platform to the Main
Assembly
Locate the following items:
Figure 3a
Base Platform/Lower
Lat Tower Assembly
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• From Step 2 - Base Platform/Lat Tower (Main) Assembly
• Item #5 - Squat Platform
• Item #I - (2) 3/8" X 3 1/4" Button Head Screws
• Item #N - (4) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (2) 3/8" Nylock Nuts
• Item #Q - (4) Bolt Covers
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With the Base Frame/Lower Lat Tower (Main)
Assembly (from Step 2) on the floor, carefully lift up the
front of the unit, then slide the Squat Platform (Rubberpad side down) underneath both Legs.
Leg
Line up the bolt holes in the brackets on the Squat
Platform with the bolt holes on each Leg (directly behind
the pulleys), as shown in Figure 3a.
Place (2) 3/8" Washers (Item #N) over the ends of (2)
3/8" X 3 1/4" Button Head Screws (Item #I) - one washer
per screw. Insert the screws through the lined-up holes as
shown, then place (2) 3/8" Washers and (2) 3/8" Nylock
Nuts (Item #O) over the end of each screw, securely
tightening them in place.
Bolt
Holes
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Squat
Platform
Brackets
Figure 3b
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 3.
Place (2) Bolt Covers (Item #Q) over the Nylock Nuts
installed in this step - one cover per nut. Then, place (2)
additional Bolt Covers over the J-bolts, one cover per bolt,
that attach the Pulleys to the Leg, as shown in Figure 3b.
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Assembly Guide
Step 4 - Attach the Chest Bar with Pulleys to the
Main Assembly
Figure 4
Locate the following items:
Chest Bar
Brackets
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• From Step 3 - Main Assembly
• Item #6 - Chest Bar
• Item #31 - Chest Pulleys
• Item #K - (2) 3/8" X 5" Button Head Screws
• Item #N - (4) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (2) 3/8" Nylock Nuts
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Line up the bolt holes in the brackets on the Chest Bar
(Item #6) with the lowest bolt holes on the Lower Lat
Tower, as shown in Figure 4.
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Place (2) 3/8" Washers (Item #N) over the end of (2) 3/8” X
5" Button Head Screws (Item #K) - one washer per screw.
Insert the screws through the lined up holes in the Chest
Bar and the Lower Lat Tower, and secure each screw by
placing (1) 3/8" Washers and (1) 3/8" Nylock Nuts (Item
#O) over the end of each screw.
Remove the (2) 1/4” X 1/2” Socket Head Cap Screws from
the underside of each end of the Chest Bar. Slide the Chest
Pulleys (Item #31) over each end of the Chest Bar. Install
(1) 1/4” X 1/2” Socket Head Cap Screw into the hole on
the underside of each end of the Chest Bar. This prevents
the Chest Pulleys from sliding off
Base Platform/
Lower Lat Tower
Assembly
Figure 5
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Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 4.
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Step 5 - Attach the Seat Bracket to the Seat Pad
Locate the following items:
• Item #7 - Seat Pad
• Item #8 - Seat Bracket
• Item #C - (4) 5/16" X 3/4" Button Head Screws
• Item #M - (4) 5/16" Washers
Place the Seat Pad (Item #7) on the floor, cushion-side down.
Position the Seat Bracket (Item #8) so the cut-out is toward the
angled edge of the Seat Pad. Align the four holes in the Seat
Bracket with the four holes in the Seat Pad.
Cut-out
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Angled
Edge
Place (4) 5/16" Washers (Item #M) over (4) 5/16" X 3/4" Button
Head Screws (Item #C) - one over each screw, and use those
screws to secure the Seat Bracket to the Seat Pad.
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 5.
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Assembly Guide
Step 6 - Attach the Seat Rail to the Seat Assembly
Figure 6
Locate the following items:
• From Step 5 - Seat Pad/Seat Bracket Assembly
• Item #9 - Seat Rail
Seat Pad/Seat
Bracket Assembly
Undo the twist ties from the Rail Pivot Bushings and remove the
Bushings. Set aside until the end of this step.
Line up the Seat Rail (Item #9) with the Seat Assembly (from Step
5). Orient the Seat Rail so that the Pull Pin on the Seat Bracket is
on the same side as the holes in the Seat Rail.
Rail Pivot
Bushings
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Pull Pin
Pull out the Pull Pin on the Seat Bracket, and then insert the
Seat Rail through the Seat Bracket, (see Figure 6).
Holes in the
Seat Rail
To adjust the Seat, slide the Seat until the Pull Pin is aligned
with one hole, then release the Pull Pin into the hole.
Once you have attached the Seat Assembly to the Seat Rail,
reinstall the Rail Pivot Bushings that you removed at the
beginning of this step.
Note: See Step 22 to adjust the Seat Bracket.
Step 7 - Attach the Rear Leg to the Rear Leg Cross
Tube
Figure 7
Locate the following items:
• Item #10 - Rear Leg - Do not unwrap cables!
• Item #11 - Rear Leg Cross Tube
• Item #H - (2) 3/8" X 3" Button Head Screws
• Item #N - (4) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (2) 3/8" Nylock Nuts
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Line up the holes in the bracket on the Rear Leg (Item #10) with
the holes in the Rear Leg Cross Tube (Item #11) as shown in
Figure 7.
Place (2) 3/8" Washers (Item #N) over the end of (2) 3/8"
X 3" Button Head Screws (Item #H) - one per each screw.
Insert the screws through the lined up holes, and secure by
placing (1) 3/8" Washer and (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut (Item #O)
over the end of each screw, as shown in Figure 7.
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Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 7.
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Rear Leg
Bracket
Assembly Guide
Step 8 - Attach the Rear Leg to the Seat Rail
Figure 8
Locate the following items:
• From Step 6 - Seat Rail Assembly
• From Step 7 - Rear Leg Assembly
• Item #J - (1) 3/8" X 4 1/4" Button Head Screw
• Item #N - (2) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut
• Item #Q - (2) Bolt Covers
Undo the twist ties from the Pivot Bushings on the end of the Rear
Leg Assembly (from Step 6), but do not remove the Bushings.
End
Bracket
O
Rail
Assembly
N
Note: When attaching the Rear Leg Assembly (from Step 7)
to the Seat Rail Assembly, rotate the Rear Leg forward (as
shown in Figure 8b), to allow the Leg Latch to engage with
the Seat Rail Pull Pin.
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Align the holes on the End Bracket of the Seat Rail Assembly
with the middle holes on the Rear Leg Assembly, (see Figure 8).
Middle
Hole
Rear Leg
Assembly
Place (1) 3/8" Washer (Item #N) over the end of (1) 3/8" X 4 1/4"
Button Head Screw (Item #J). Insert the screw through the lined
up holes and then loosely secure on the opposite side by placing (1)
3/8" Washer and (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut (Item #O) over the end.
Do not over-tighten hardware from Step 8.
Note: Tighten the nylock nut enough that the threads of the
screw extend through the nylock nut, but loosely enough that the
Leg Assembly can move freely.
At this time, place (1) Bolt Cover (Item #Q) over the
Nylock Nut installed during Step 8, place 1 bolt cover over
the Nylock Nut going through the rear leg pulley.
Figure 8b
Rail
Assembly
Seat Rail
Pull Pin
Leg Latch
Rear Leg
Once you have completed Step 8, rotate the Rear Leg back
until it engages the Seat Rail Pull Pin.
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Assembly Guide
Step 9 - Attach the Seat Rail to the Main Assembly
Figure 9
Locate the following items:
• From Step 4 - Main Assembly
• From Step 8 - Seat Rail Assembly
• Item #12 - Seat Rail Knob
• Item #J - (1) 3/8" X 4 1/4" Button Head Screw
• Item #N - (2) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut
• Item #Q - (1) Bolt Cover
Align the holes on the Seat Rail Assembly (from Step 8)
with the holes in the Rail Bracket on the Main Assembly
(from Step 4), as shown in Figure 9.
Insert the Seat Rail Assembly into the Seat Rail Bracket,
and then place (1) 3/8" Washer (Item #N) over the end of
(1) 3/8" X 4 1/4" Button Head Screw (Item #J). Insert the
screw through the aligned holes, as shown, and place (1)
3/8" Washer and (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut (Item #O) over the
end of the screw to secure.
Do not over-tighten the hardware from Step 9.
Note: Tighten the nylock nut enough that the threads of the
screw extend through the nylock nut, but loosely enough that
the Seat Rail Assembly can move freely.
At this time, place (1) Bolt Cover (Item #Q) over the
Nylock Nut installed during Step 9. Then, thread the Seat
Rail Knob (Item #12) into the top hole on the Seat Rail
Bracket, as shown in Figure 9, but do not over-tighten.
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Main
Assembly
Seat Rail
Bracket
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Rail
Assembly
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Assembly Guide
Step 10 - Attach the Leg Extension Pivot Tube
Figure 10a
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Locate the following items:
Bracket
N
• Item #13 - Leg Extension Pivot Tube
• From Step 9 - Main Assembly
• Item #30 - Lock Out Pin
• Item #G - (1) 3/8" X 2 3/4" Button Head Screw
• Item #N - (2) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut
• Item #Q - (1) Bolt Cover
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“Curve”
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Undo the twist ties from the Pivot Bushings. Align the holes
located on the“curve”of the Leg Extension Pivot Tube (Item #13)
with the holes on the bracket of the Rear Leg, as shown in Figure
10a.
Rear Leg
Place (1) 3/8" Washer (Item #N) over the end of (1) 3/8"
X 2 3/4" Button Head Screw (Item #G). Thread the
screw through the aligned holes and bushings and secure
by placing (1) 3/8" Washer and (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut (Item
#O) over the end of the screw, as shown in Figure 10a.
Do not over-tighten hardware from Step 10.
Figure 10b
Place (1) Bolt Cover (Item #Q) over the Nylock Nut
installed during Step 10.
Note: When storing the Rail Assembly, insert the Lock
Out Pin (Item #30) through the holes in the Pivot Tube to
temporarily hold the Leg Extension in place while folding the
Rail up (see Figure 10b).
Holes
30
Leg
Extension
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Assembly Guide
Step 11 - Attach the Rollers to the Leg Extension
Figure 11
Locate the following items:
• From Step 10 - Main Assembly
• Item #14 - Foam Rollers
• Item #15 - Foam Roller End Caps
• Item #16 - Short Chrome Roller Tubes
• Item #17 - Long Chrome Roller Tube
• Item #18 - Roller Tube Spacers
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There are (3) Chrome Roller Tubes on the Leg Extension.
Place the Long Chrome Roller Tube (Item #17) through the
hole closest to the Seat.
There are two holes possible in the Leg Extension Pivot
Tube for the lower of the Short Chrome Roller Tubes (Item
#16). Select the correct lower hole for your height - the
Roller should rest on your lower shin above the ankle. Insert
the (3) Chrome Roller Tubes through the holes on the Leg
Extension Pivot Tube and Rear Leg, as shown in Figure 11.
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Slide (2) Roller Tube Spacers (Item #18) over each end of
the Long Chrome Roller Tube. Then, slide (2) Foam Rollers
(Item #14) over the ends of all three tubes. Cap the Roller
Tubes with the (6) Foam Roller End Caps (Item #15).
Note: Use a Rubber Mallet to secure the End Caps.
Step 12 - Attach Leg Cable to the Leg Extension
Figure 12
Locate the following items:
• From Step 11 - Main Assembly
• Item #AA - (1) Leg Cable
• Item #F - (1) 3/8" X 2 1/2" Button Head Screw
• Item #N - (2) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut
• Item #Q - (1) Bolt Cover
Slide the hooked end of the Leg Cable beneath the Leg
Extension Pulley and into the hole on the Leg Extension Pivot
Tube, as shown in Figure 12.
Place (1) 3/8" Washer (Item #N) over the end of (1) 3/8"
X 2 1/2" Button Head Screw (Item #F). Thread the screw
through holes in the Leg Extension and cable end. Place (1)
3/8" Washer and (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut (Item #O) over the
end of the screw, as shown in Figure 12, and tighten.
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 12.
Place (1) Bolt Cover (Item #Q) over the Nylock Nut
installed during Step 12.
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N
AA
O
Assembly Guide
Figure 13
Step 13 - Assemble the Leg Extension Seat
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Locate the following items:
• Item #19 - Leg Extension Seat Pad
• Item #21 - Leg Extension Seat Support Tube
• Item #C - (4) 5/16" X 3/4" Button Head Screws
• Item #M - (4) 5/16" Washers
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Rail
Bracket
Place the Leg Extension Seat Pad (Item #19) cushion-side
down. Align the holes in the Leg Extension Seat Support
Tube (Item #21) with the holes on the underside of the Seat
Pad.
Place (4) 5/16" Washers (Item #M) over (4) 5/16" X 3/4"
Button Head Screws (Item #C) - one over each screw. Insert
the screws through the aligned holes, and tighten.
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 13.
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Seat
Curved
Edge
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Assembly Guide
Figure 14
Step 14 - Attach the Leg Extension Seat to the Main
Assembly
Leg Extension
Seat
Back Edge
Locate the following items:
• From Step 13 - Leg Extension Seat Assembly
• From Step 12 - Main Assembly
Support Tube
Bracket Hooks
The Leg Extension Seat Assembly is removable, and can be
attached to the Rear Leg Assembly easily by placing the Rail
Bracket Hooks over the Rear Rollers.
Place the Rail Bracket Hooks onto the Roller Tube Spacers
(sandwiched between the Rear Leg and the Foam Rollers).
Roller Tube
Spacers
Once the Support Tube Bracket Hooks connect with the
Roller Tube Spacers, slightly “roll” the back edge of the Seat
down to lock into place.
Warning: For your safety, always ensure that the Support
Tube Bracket Hooks fully engage with the Roller Tube
Spacers.
To remove the Leg Extension Seat Assembly, reverse
this procedure.
Step 15 - Attach the Lat Cross Bar to the Upper
Lat Tower
Figure 15
22
O
Locate the following items:
• Item #22 - Lat Cross Bar - Do not unwrap cables!
• Item #23 - Upper Lat Tower
• Item #H - (2) 3/8" X 3" Button Head Screws
• Item #N - (4) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (2) 3/8" Nylock Nuts
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H
Lat
Tower
Bracket
Align the holes in the Lat Cross Bar (Item #22) with the
holes in the bracket on the Upper Lat Tower (Item #23).
Place (2) 3/8" Washers (Item #N) over the ends of
(2) 3/8" X 3" Button Head Screws (Item #H) - one washer
per screw. Thread the screws through the aligned holes,
then secure by placing (1) 3/8" Washer and (1) 3/8" Nylock
Nut (Item #O) over each screw and tighten.
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 15.
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Assembly Guide
Step 16 - Attach the Upper Lat Tower to the Lower
Figure 16
Locate the following items:
Upper Lat
Tower
• From Step 15 - Upper Lat Tower Assembly
• From Step 14 - Main Assembly
• Item #E - (6) 3/8" X 3/4" Button Head Screw
• Item #N - (6) 3/8" Washers
N
Carefully insert the end of the Upper Lat Tower into the
open end of the Lower Lat Tower. Align the holes on the
Upper Lat Tower with the holes on the Lower Lat Tower.
E
Place (6) 3/8" Washers (Item #N) over the ends of (6) 3/8"
X 3/4" Button Head Screws (Item #E) - one washer per
screw. Thread the screws into the aligned holes, as shown in
Figure 16.
Lower Lat
Tower
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 16.
Step 17 - Attach the Rod Box with Power Rods® to
the Rod Box Frame
Figure 17
Locate the following items:
• Item #24 - Rod Box Frame
• Item #25 - Rod Box with Power Rods®
• Item #B - (3) #10 X 1" Phillips Head Screws
• Item #L - (3) 1/4" Washers
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Slot
25
Place the Rod Box Frame (Item #24) and Rod Box with
Power Rods® (Item #25) onto one side as shown in
Figure 17. Slide the Rod Box with Power Rods® into the
Rod Box Frame until the Rod Box is completely seated in
the Rod Box Frame.
Place (3) 1/4" Washers (Item #L) over the ends of (3) #10 X
1" Phillips Head Screws (Item #B) - one washer per screw.
Insert the screws through the slot on the Rod Box Frame
and thread into the holes in the Rod Box with Power
Rods®.
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 17.
B
L
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Assembly Guide
Step 18 - Attach the Rod Box Frame to the Lat Tower
Figure 18
Locate the following items:
• From Step 16 - Main Assembly
• From Step 17 - Rod Box/Frame Assembly
• Item #K - (2) 3/8" X 5" Button Head Screws
• Item #N - (4) 3/8" Washers
• Item #O - (2) 3/8" Nylock Nuts
K
N
Rod Box
Brackets
Align the bolt holes on the Rod Box brackets with the bolt
holes on the Lat Tower above the Chest Bar , as shown in
Figure 18.
Place (2) 3/8" Washers (Item #N) over the ends of
(2) 3/8" X 5" Button Head Screws (Item #K) - one washer
per screw. Insert the screws through the aligned holes. Place
(1) 3/8" Washer and (1) 3/8" Nylock Nut (Item #O) over the
end of each screw and tighten.
Chest Bar
O
Completely tighten hardware installed during Step 18.
Step 19 - Attach the Faceplate to the Main Assembly
Locate the following items:
• Item #26 - Faceplate
• From Step 18 - Main Assembly
• Item #A - (2) #10 Phillips Head Screws
Position the textured side of the Faceplate (Item #26) against
the Lower Lat Tower. Insert the plastic “stems” through the
corresponding holes on the Lower Lat Tower, as shown in Figure
19. You may need to push the Power Rods® out of the way to
insert the screws into the holes.
Attach the Faceplate to the Lower Lat Tower by threading
(2) #10 Phillips Head Screws (Item #A) into the “stems”.
Do not completely tighten hardware installed during Step 19 tighten screws approximately 1/2 of completion. Hardware will
be tightened during Step 20.
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Figure 19
Faceplate
“Stems”
26
A
Assembly Guide
Step 20 - Attach the Faceplate Back Panels
Figure 20
Locate the following items:
• Item #27 - Faceplate Right Back Panels
• Item #28 - Faceplate Left Back Panels
• From Step 19 - Main Assembly
• Item #A - (2) #10 Phillips Head Screws
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27
A
Slide each Faceplate Back Panel (Items #27 & 28), textured
side out, against the textured (back) side of the Faceplate.
The screw heads of the (2) Phillips Head Screws installed
during Step 19 should allow the Back Panels to slide beneath
them until the panels meet in the center..
Secure the Panels using (2) #10 Phillips Head Screws (Item
#A), as shown in Figure 20, attaching one side at a time.
Completely tighten hardware installed during Steps 19 & 20.
Main
Assembly
Step 21 - Tighten Lower Bolt on the Seat Bracket
Figure 21
Locate the following items:
• From Step 5 - Seat Assembly (underneath)
Using an Allen Wrench (included) and a combination wrench,
tighten the top nut & bolt on the Seat Assembly (see Figure
21). Take care that the Seat Assembly can still freely slide
without resistance along the Seat Rail when you are seated.
Note: The Seat Assembly will have some resistance when
rolling if no one is seated.
Take care not to overtighten hardware from Step 21.
Nut
A-15
Assembly Guide
Step 22 - Attach the Bench to the Seat Assembly
Figure 22
Locate the following items:
• Item #29 - Bench Pad
• From Step 6 - Seat Assembly
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.
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Note: At this time, carefully go over your entire
Bowflex® Elite™ home gym, tightening all
screws, nuts and other hardware securely
before exercising on your Bowflex® Elite™
home gym.
Seat
Assembly
Steps 23 through 26 illustrate how to route and connect the
Cables to your new Bowflex® Elite home gym.
™
Step 23 - Route the Rod Cables
Locate the following items:
Figure 23 - Rod Cables
Rod
Cap
• Item #S - (2) Hand Grips
• Item #V - (2) Snap Hooks
• Item #Y - (2) Rod Cables with (2) Snap Hooks (attached)
Rod
Hook
Un-wrap the Cables from both Pulleys on the Chest bar.
Pull one end of the Cable from the Chest Pulley upwards.
Attach the Cable to one Rod Cap by hooking the Rod
Hook through the hole in the Rod Cap.
Then, fasten one Hand Grip to the Snap Hook on the
opposite end of the Cable, as shown in Figure 23.
Repeat for remaining Chest Pulley Rod Cable.
Hand
Grip
Snap
Hook
A-16
Assembly Guide
Step 24 - Route the Lat Cables
Locate the following items:
• Item #S - (2) Hand Grips
• Item #R - (1) Bent Lat Bar (optional)
• Item #Z - (2) Lat Cables with (2) Snap Hooks (attached)
Un-wrap the Lat Cables with Snap Hooks from both Pulleys on
the Lat Cross Bar. Pull one end of the Cables down from the Lat
Cross Bar, and fasten to the Chest Cable Snap Hook.
Figure 24 - Lat Cables
Snap
Hook
Hand Grips
or Bent
Lat Bar
Snap
Hook
Fasten the attached Snap Hook from the Lat Cable to a Hand
Grip or the Bent Lat Bar. Repeat for remaining Lat Cable.
Step 25 - Route the Leg Cables
Locate the following items:
Figure 25 - Leg Cables
• Item #AA - Leg Cable
• From Step 14 - Leg Extension Seat Assembly
Un-wrap the Cables from the Rear Leg Pulley.
Pull one end of the “Y” Cable away from the Rear Leg to fasten to
a Snap Hook on the Rod Cable.
Note: For this step, make sure your Leg Extension Seat is
installed.
Step 26 - Route the Squat Cables
Locate the following items:
Snap
Hook
Leg
Extension
Seat
Figure 26 - Squat Cables
• Item #R - Squat Bar
Un-wrap the Cables on each Base Leg Pulley. Pull one end of
the Cable up from the Leg Pulley, and fasten the Cable to a Snap
Hook on the Chest Bar.
Squat Bar
Fasten the Snap Hook attached to the Squat Cables to the
corresponding Squat Bar “D” Ring.
Repeat for remaining Squat Cable.
CONGRATULATIONS! You have successfully completed assembly
of your Bowflex® Elite™ home gym! Please inspect your machine
to ensure that all fasteners are tight and everything is properly
assembled. Review all warnings that are affixed to the machine.
Snap
Hook
Snap
Hook
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This manual is written and designed
by industry professionals. If you have
any questions regarding your Bowflex®
Elite™ home gym or any instructions
found in this manual, please call
1-800-605-3369 for assistance.
©2004 Nautilus Inc. All rights reserved. 1400 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684.
Bowflex, Bowflex Elite, Power Rod and the Bowflex and Nautilus logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Nautilus, Inc.
Special Edition Includes:
Dr. Ellington Darden’s
Six Week Fast Fat Loss –
Body Leanness Program
The Bowflex® Elite™
Home Gym
Owner’s Manual
and Fitness Guide
Written By: Tom Purvis RPT, RTS
Registered Physical Therapist
and founder of the
Resistance Training
Specialist Program
Table of Contents
Safety Precautions
1
Get To Know Your Machine
How to Use Your Machine
2
3
The Bowflex® Body Leanness Program
By Ellington Darden, Ph.D.
7
Define Your Goals
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Warm Up / Cool Down
Aerobic Rowing
30
Chest Exercises:
Bench Press
Chest Fly
Decline Bench Press
Incline Bench Press
Decline Chest Fly
Incline Chest Fly
Resisted Punch
Lying Cable Crossover
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33
34
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Shoulder Exercises:
Rear Deltoid Rows
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—Internal
Shoulder Rotator Cuff—External
Seated Lateral Shoulder Raise
Scapular Retraction
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36
37
37
38
38
39
39
40
40
41
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Back Exercises:
Lying Lat Pulldowns
Low Back Extension
Pulldowns
Narrow Pulldowns with Hand Grips
Lying Lat Fly
Lying Narrow Lat Pulldowns
Seated Lat Rows
Stiff-Arm Pulldown
Bent Over Row
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45
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Arm Exercises:
Triceps Pushdown
Single-Arm Pushdown
French Press
Lying Triceps Extension
Cross Triceps Extension
Lying 45° 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” Pushdowns
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Abdominal Exercises:
Reverse Crunch
Resisted Reverse Crunch
Seated (Resisted) Abdominal Crunch
Seated (Resisted) Oblique Abdominal Crunch
Trunk Rotation
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55
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56
57
Leg Exercises:
Squat
Leg Extension
Lying Leg Extension
Ankle Eversion
Ankle Inversion
Standing Hip Extension (Knee Flexed)
Standing Hip Extension (Knee Stabilized)
Standing Hip Abduction
Seated Hip Adduction
Seated Hip Abduction
Standing Leg Kickback
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Muscle Chart
63
Bowflex® Elite™ Home Gym Warranty
64
Bowflex® Elite™ Home Gym Warranty Card
65
Safety Precautions
•
Always read and follow the Warning and
Safety labels attached to your Bowflex® Elite™
home gym. Do not remove these labels. If you
need replacement labels, please call a Nautilus
Representative at (800) 605-3369.
•
Read the owner’s manual and follow it carefully
before using the machine.
•
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® Elite™
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.
This equipment is under no circumstances suitable
as a children’s toy.
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.
Never use dumbbells or other weight equipment
to incrementally increase the weight resistance.
Use only the Power Rods® that came with your
Bowflex® Elite™ home gym.
•
This machine is meant for individual consumer
use only, and is not meant for use by institutions.
•
Maximum user weight for the Bowflex® Elite™
home gym is 300 pounds (136 kg). For your
safety, do not use or allow others to use the
Bowflex® Elite™ home gym if they weigh in
excess of 300 pounds (136 kg).
•
Allow a workout area of at least 8’4” x 6’6” (2.6m
x 2m) of free space for safe operation of the
Bowflex® Elite™ home gym.
•
Keep your body weight centered on the machine,
seat, or base frame platform while exercising.
•
When using the Bowflex® Elite™ home gym for
standing leg exercises, always grasp the Lat Bar on
your machine for stability.
•
Keep out of the path of the Power Rods® when
exercising and make certain that observers also
stand clear of the Bowflex® Elite™ home gym
when the Power Rods® are in use.
•
Never move or adjust the seat while sitting on it.
Never stand on the seat.
•
When hooking up Power Rods® do not stand
directly looking over the top of the rods. Stand off
to the side while attaching rods.
•
Never attempt to exercise with more resistance
than you are physically able to handle.
•
Keep cables and Power Rods® bound with the rod
binding strap when not in use.
•
Set up and use your Bowflex® Elite™ home gym
on a hard, level surface.
•
•
Do not wear any loose or dangling clothing or
jewelry while using the Bowflex® Elite™ home
gym. Stand clear of all moving components.
Before exercising, make sure the cable pulley
system is properly secured, properly attached,
and in perfect working condition.
•
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.
All exercises in this manual are based on the
calibrated resistance and capacity levels of
the Bowflex® Elite™ home gym. Exercises
not in this manual are not recommended by
the manufacturer.
•
Never attempt to exercise while the seat rail is
in the folded position.
•
1
Get to Know Your Machine
CONGRATULATIONS on your commitment to improving
your health and fitness! With the Bowflex® Elite™ home
gym, you have everything you need to exceed all of your
physical fitness, strength and health expectations!
Elite™ 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.
The Bowflex® Elite™ 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® Elite™ home gym!
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® Elite™ home gym.
Please take your time to read through the entire manual and
follow it carefully before attempting to use your Bowflex®
Bowflex® Elite™ home gym is the finest home fitness
product available, and you’re just about to prove it to yourself.
Home Gym
Upper
Lat Tower
Bent Lat Bar
Power Rods®
Lat Bar Pulley
Rod Hook
Rod Caps
Leg Attachment
Cable
Bench
Rod Box
Chest Bar Pulley
Squat Bar Pulley
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How to Use Your Machine
Power Rod® Resistance
Safety
Power 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
Rods® 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
Rods® from
the cables.
Adjusting and
Understanding the
Resistance
The standard Bowflex®
Elite™ home gym comes
with 310 pounds (140 kg)
of resistance [one pair of 5
lb. (2.25 kg) rods, two
pair of 10 lb. (4.5 kg) rods,
one pair of 30 lb. (13.5 kg)
rods, and two pair of 50 lb.
(22.5 kg) rods].
Hooking The Power
Rods® To The Cables
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.
When You Are Not Using Your Bowflex®
Elite™ home gym
Disconnect the cables from the Power Rods® when
your are not using your Bowflex® Elite™ 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.
To order an additional set
of 50 lb. (22.5 kg)
Power Rods® please call
1-800-663-6315
Hooking up the closest rod first prevents rods from
crossing over the top of one another.
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How to Use Your Machine
The Workout Bench
1) Lock the Seat and Bench into the flat position.
Your Bowflex® Elite™ home gym has a number of seat
and bench positions: flat bench forward, flat bench back,
45° incline and free-sliding seat extension.
2) Remove all Power Rod® resistance and then
bind the Power Rods® with the rod binding strap.
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 Rods®) or
Forward (furthest from Power Rods®)
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 Rods®
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® Elite™ Home Gym
Folding your Bowflex® Elite™ home gym for storage is
easy.
4
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 Rods®.
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® Elite™ 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®
Elite™ home gym, please call our Customer Service
Department at 1-800-605-3369 or by mail at:
1400 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684.
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.
Rowing Belt:
The Rowing Belt is used exclusively for Aerobic Rowing.
With the seat in the “free sliding” position, and the desired amount of resistance hooked
up, sit on the seat, attach the belt to the Chest Bar cables and cinch the adjustment strap
on the belt by pulling the strap until the belt is taut. You may grasp the belt near the cables
to give yourself additional stability when rowing.
Lat Cross Bar:
The Lat Cross Bar enhances exercises that work back, shoulders and triceps muscles.
Safety
• 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 effectiveness 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.
Grips manufactured under license agreement with Hands-On Sports & Gym Accessories, Inc. Patent #4756527
5
How to Use Your Machine
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 exercises.
Safety:
• Always check fasteners, hooks, cables and each workout to functioning.
• Remove workout bench and lock seat into closest position to the Power
rods®.
• 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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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 to preserve the
integrity of Dr.
Darden’s Study.
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®. 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 lightheadedness, 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® 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
2
3
4
5
6
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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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 body-fat 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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
31
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
30
25
20
15
10
14
Sum of Three Skinfolds (mm)
60
100
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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 leanbody 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
Total Fat Lost
Before Lean-Mass Weight
–
Total Lean-Mass Gained
=
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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 to Bowflex, please send to: Bowflex Results, 1400 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver,
WA. 98684. 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 materials.
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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.
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 water-depleted kidneys,
the liver metabolizes less fat.
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
physicianbeforegoingontherecommendedwater-drinking
schedule.Ifyouhaveanydoubtsabouttherecommendations,
play it safe and check with your doctor.
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 mid-afternoon and late-night snack to keep
your energy high and your hunger low.
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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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.
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
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)
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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)
* Nutritionaly 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)
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.
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 (3inch [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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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
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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.
Q&A
Progressive resistance exercise such as Bowflex will
make your 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.
Q. Why won’t you allow me to do aerobic dancing on
my off-days to speed up the loss of body fat?
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 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 muscle-building 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.
Keep your superhydration schedule at the highest
level. In other words, sip 1 5/8 gallons (6.2 l) of icecold water each day.
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&A
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.
Eat smaller meals more frequently.
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.
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.
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
Maintenance Routine 2
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
Train on Bowflex at least twice a week.
Look in your Bowflex Owner’s Manual for descriptions
of the new exercises.
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 pounds for 12 repetitions on the
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.
EXERCISE
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120, 130
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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 cross-country 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 3-5
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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® Elite™ 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:
Pectoralis Major; Anterior Deltoids
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Removed, Free Sliding Seat
Accessory:
Leg Press Belt
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain good spinal alignment. Keep
chest lifted.
• Bend from the hip during movement,
not from the waist.
• You may hold onto the Leg Press Belt to
improve stability.
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START
ACTION
• Remove the Bench and place the
Seat in Free Sliding position.
• Attach resistance and sit facing
the Power Rods®.
• 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.
Chest Exercises
Bench Press — Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (and elbow extension)
Muscles worked:
Pectoralis Major; Deltoids; Triceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain a 90° angle between upper
arms and torso throughout motion.
• Keep chest muscles tightened. Limit and
control your range of motion.
• Keep knees bent, feet on floor, head back
against bench.
• Keep elbows in front of shoulders.
• Keep shoulder blades pinched together
and maintain good spinal alignment.
START
ACTION
• Grasp Hand Grips in both
hands.
• Slowly bend your elbows until
hands are at chest level. Rotate
upper arms away from torso,
elbows out, palms forward.
• Line up arms with cables
keeping your wrists straight.
• Raise chest, pinch shoulder
blades together, and maintain a
slight, comfortable arch in your
lower back.
• Press your hands forward,
straightening your arms while
moving your hands together. Do
not lock elbows.
• Return to Start position, keeping
your wrists at shoulder width and
in line with the cables.
Chest Fly — Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (elbow stabilized)
Muscles worked:
Pectoralis Major; Anterior Deltoid
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain a 60-90° angle between upper
arms and torso during exercise.
• Keep chest muscles tightened. Limit and
control your range of motion.
• Keep knees bent, feet on floor, head back
against bench.
• To improve your pectoralis involvement,
keep your shoulder blades pinched
together throughout upward and
downward movements.
START
ACTION
• Grasp Hand Grips in both
hands.
• Open your arms into a wide,
elbow bent position. Keeping
elbows and forearms below chest
level, palms forward.
• Raise chest, pinch shoulder
blades together, and maintain a
slight, comfortable arch in your
lower back.
• Slowly press your arms forward
and upward, straightening arms
and moving your hands together.
• Rotate your wrists and forearms
upward.
• Slowly return to Start position.
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Chest Exercises
Decline Bench Press — Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (and elbow extension)
Muscles worked:
Pectoralis Major; Deltoids; Triceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain a 90° angle between your upper
arms and torso at the start of the motion,
and slightly less than 90° at the finish.
• Keep knees bent, feet on floor, head back
against bench.
• Do not let your elbows travel behind your
shoulders.
• Keep shoulder blades pinched together
and maintain good spinal alignment.
START
ACTION
• Grasp Hand Grips in both hands.
• Cables travel beneath arms,
forearms aligned with cables.
• Bend your elbows back, keeping
upper arms at a 90° angle from
your torso. Elbows should be 10°
(5-6" or 13-15 cm) lower than the
standard Bench Press position.
• Raise chest, pinch shoulder
blades together, and maintain a
comfortable arch in lower back.
• Slowly press your hands forward,
straightening your arms while
moving your hands to the center
and downward, at least 10° below
your shoulders. Do not lock your
elbows.
• Slowly return to the starting
position, keeping your wrists
steady and your movements slow
and controlled.
Incline Bench Press — Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (and elbow extension)
Muscles worked:
Pectoralis Major; Deltoids; Triceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain a 90° angle between your upper
arms and torso at the start of the motion,
and slightly less than 90° at the finish.
• Keep knees bent, feet on floor, head back
against bench.
• Do not let your elbows travel behind your
shoulders.
• Keep shoulder blades pinched together
and maintain good spinal alignment.
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START
ACTION
• Grasp Hand Grips in both
hands.
• Cables travel above forearms.
Keep your forearms in line with
the cables at all times.
• Bend your elbows back, keeping
upper arms at a 90° angle from
torso. Forearms 10-15° (6-8" or
13-20 cm) higher than Bench
Press position.
• Raise chest, pinch shoulder
blades together, and maintain a
slight arch in your lower back.
• Slowly press your hands forward,
straightening your arms and
moving hands to the center and
downward, at least 10° above
your shoulders.
• Slowly return to the starting
position, keeping your wrists
steady and your movements slow
and controlled.
Chest Exercises
Decline Chest Fly — Shoulder Horizontal Adduction (elbow stabilized)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Pectoralis Major; Anterior Deltoid
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain a 60-90° angle between upper
arms and torso during exercise.
• Keep chest muscles tightened. Limit and
control your range of motion.
• Keep knees bent, feet on floor, head back
against bench.
• To improve your pectoralis involvement,
keep your shoulder blades pinched
together throughout upward and
downward movements.
START
ACTION
• Grasp Hand Grips in both
hands.
• Open your arms into a wide,
elbow bent position, press your
forearms downward. At full
extension, hands should be level
with your hips.
• Raise chest, pinch shoulder
blades together, and maintain a
slight, comfortable arch in your
lower back.
• Press your arms forward and
upward, straightening arms and
moving your hands together.
• Rotate your wrists and forearms
upward.
• Return to 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; Anterior Deltoid
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain a 60-90° angle between upper
arms and torso during exercise.
• Keep chest muscles tightened. Limit and
control your range of motion.
• Keep knees bent, feet on floor, head back
against bench.
• To improve your pectoralis involvement,
keep your shoulder blades pinched
together throughout upward and
downward movements.
START
ACTION
• Grasp Hand Grips in both
hands.
• Open your arms into a wide,
elbow bent position. Press
your forearms upward. At full
extension, your elbows should be
level with your ears.
• Raise chest, pinch shoulder
blades together, and maintain a
slight, comfortable arch in your
lower back.
• Press your arms forward and
upward, straightening arms and
moving your hands together.
• Rotate your wrists and forearms
upward.
• Return to Start position, slowly
returning your arms in front of
you, just below chest level.
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Chest Exercises
Resisted Punch — Shoulder Flexion, Elbow Extension, Scapular Protraction
Muscles worked:
Anterior Deltoid; Triceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
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.
START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench facing away
from the Power Rods®.
• Reach behind your body and
grasp one Hand Grip with an
overhand grip, as shown above.
• Bend your elbows until your
hands are level with your waist.
• Using moderate speed, rotate
your trunk and press your arm
(s) forward to full extension,
allowing shoulder blade to move
forward at the end of the punch.
• Slowly return to the Start
position. Do not relax the
tension in your arm.
• 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:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep chest lifted throughout exercise.
• Keep knees bent, feet on floor, head
back against bench.
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START
ACTION
• Lie flat on your back, head
toward the Power Rods®.
Position yourself far enough
down the Bench to grasp the
Hand Grips over your head with
arms straight.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, palms
facing up.
• Tighten your abdominals to
stabilize your spine. Maintain a
slight, comfortable arch in your
lower back.
• 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
arms straight.
Shoulder Exercises
Rear Deltoid Rows — Shoulder Horizontal Abduction (and elbow flexion)
Muscles worked:
Rear and Middle Deltoids; Posterior
Rotator Cuff; Upper Latissimus; Teres
Major; Trapezius; Rhomboids
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Maintain a 90° angle between your
upper arms and torso during motion.
• Keep knees bent and feet on floor.
• To work one arm at a time, place nonworking hand on bench to stabilize.
• Keep shoulder blades pinched
together and maintain good spinal
alignment.
START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench facing Power
Rods®.
• Grasp the Hand Grips. Keep
palms down and arms straight.
• Sit up straight. Bend slightly
from hips until arms are in front
of body at a 90° angle from
torso.
• Lift your chest and keep your
shoulder blades together.
• Keep forearms in line with
cables.
• Allowing your arms to bend
slowly, move your elbows
outwards and backwards, keeping
a 70-90° angle between your
upper arms 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 motion.
Standing Lateral Shoulder Raise — Shoulder Extension (elbow stabilized)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Middle Deltoids; Upper Trapezius
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Leg Extension:
Removed
Success Tips
• Do not swing your arms upward or
move your trunk during the motion.
• Keep your feet on floor.
START
ACTION
• Remove the bench and stand on
the platform, straddling the seat
rail and facing the Power Rods®.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, palms
facing each other.
• Align your spine and bend
forward slightly at the hips (1520°).
• Let arms hang in line with cables.
• Elevate shoulders slightly toward
back of head, keeping spine
aligned.
• Slowly raise your arms out to
your sides, at a 90° angle from
your body.
• Keep your forearms facing
outward throughout the
movement.
• Slowly return to the Start
position without relaxing muscle
tension.
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Shoulder Exercises
Seated Shoulder Press — Shoulder Adduction (and elbow extension)
Muscles worked:
Front Deltoids; Upper Trapezius; Triceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep 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.
• Keep abdominals tight and maintain
good spinal alignment.
START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench facing away
from the Power Rods®.
• Keep your chest up, abs tight
and maintain a slight arch in
lower back.
• Grasp Hand Grips, palms facing
out.
• Raise the Hand Grips to
shoulder level, keeping your
palms facing forward.
• 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:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep abdominals tight and maintain
good spinal alignment.
• Keep 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.
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START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench, facing away
from the Power Rods®.
• Keep your chest up, abs tight
and maintain a slight arch in
lower back.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, palms
facing back, arms straight at your
sides.
• Keeping your arms straight,
move them forward, leading
with your forearms, until arms
are extended in front of you at
shoulder height.
• Arms may be moved alternately
or together.
• Slowly return to the Start
position next to the torso.
Shoulder Exercises
Shoulder Extension — (elbows stabilized)
Muscles worked:
Latissimus Dorsi; Teres Major; Rear
Deltoid; Middle Trapezius; Rhomboids;
Triceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
START
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• Keep your lats tightened throughout the
motion.
• Keep 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 Power
Rods®.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, palms
facing down, arms straight and
at approximately a 45° angle
from torso.
• Tighten your trunk muscles
to stabilize your spine while
maintaining a slight arch in the
lower back.
ACTION
• Initiate movement by pinching
shoulder blades together.
• Continue movement by moving
your hands in an arc downward,
along your sides, until hands are
level with hips.
• With controlled movement,
slowly return to the Start
position.
Shoulder Shrug — Scapular Elevation
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Upper Trapezius
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep abdominals tight and maintain
good spinal alignment.
• Do not bend your neck or slouch
during this exercise.
• Raise shoulders evenly.
• For variation, try this exercise bent
forward slightly from the hips.
START
ACTION
• Stand on the platform, facing
the Power Rods®.
• Reach down and grasp the Hand
Grips, palms facing each other.
• Let your arms hang at your
sides.
• Slowly raise your shoulders
towards 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.
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Shoulder Exercises
Scapular Protraction — (elbows stabilized)
Muscles worked:
Serratus Anteriors
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
Lean head back against the bench.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight arch
in your lower back.
• Maintain a 90° angle between upper
arms and torso throughout exercise.
• Do not slouch forward or use your arm
muscles to assist this motion. Keep this
motion only in the shoulder blades
START
ACTION
• Reach behind your body, grasp
the Hand Grips and straighten
your arms in front of you at a
90° angle from 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, bringing
your hands together using only
your shoulder muscles.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, keeping tension in your
shoulder blades.
Scapular Depression
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Lower Trapezius
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Do not lose spinal alignment—keep your
chest lifted and head on bench.
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
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START
ACTION
• Lie on the bench, head toward
the Power Rods®.
• Grasp the Hand Grips 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.
• 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.
Shoulder Exercises
Lying Front Shoulder Raise — Shoulder Flexion (elbows stabilized)
Muscles worked:
Front and Middle Deltoids
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• Keep abdominals tight and maintain
good spinal alignment.
• Do not increase the arch in your lower
back while you are lifting your arms.
START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench facing Power
Rods®.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, 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.
• Keeping your arms straight,
move them in an arc upwards
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:
Rear Deltoids; Middle Deltoids;
Trapezius; Rhomboids
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Do not lose spinal alignment—keep your
chest lifted.
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight arch
in your lower back.
• Maintain a 90° angle between upper
arms and torso throughout exercise.
START
• Sit on the Bench facing the
Power Rods®.
• Grasp the Hand Grips , palms
facing floor, arms nearly straight.
• Sit up straight and bend slightly
forward from the hips until
arms/cables are in front of body
at a 90˚ angle from torso.
ACTION
• 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.
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Shoulder Exercises
Shoulder Rotator Cuff — Internal Rotation
Muscles worked:
START
Subscapularis
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
Lean head back against the bench.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight arch
in your lower back.
• Maintain a 90° angle between forearms
and torso throughout exercise.
• Do not rotate the spine to get additional
range of motion.
START
ACTION
• Sit on the Bench, one side
toward the Power Rods®.
• Grasp the Hand Grip nearest
you and draw your upper arm
into your torso, keeping your
forearm at a 90° 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.
Shoulder Rotator Cuff — External Rotation
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Infraspinatus; Teres Minor
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
Lean head back against the bench.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight arch
in your lower back.
• Maintain a 90° angle between forearms
and torso throughout exercise.
• Do not rotate the spine to get additional
range of motion.
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START
ACTION
• Sit on the Bench, one side
toward the Power Rods®.
• Using the arm farthest from the
Power Rods®, grasp the Hand
Grip nearest you and draw
that upper arm into your torso,
keeping your forearm at a 90°
angle from torso.
• Allow forearm to rest against
your abdomen, elbow at your
side to remove cable tension
• Use a light resistance.
• Rotate your forearm away from
your abdomen, keeping your
elbow at your side throughout
motion.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, maintaining controlled
motion.
Shoulder Exercises
Seated Lateral Shoulder Raise — Shoulder Flexion (elbows stabilized)
Muscles worked:
Supraspinatus; Middle Deltoids; Trapezius
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• Keep abdominals tight and maintain
good spinal alignment.
• Do not increase swing arms upward or
move trunk during movement.
START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench facing Power
Rods®.
• Spread the cuff from the Hand
Grips and slide them over your
forearms, near the elbow.
• 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:
Middle Trapezius; Rhomboids
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Do not lose spinal alignment—keep your
chest lifted.
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• Keep your spine aligned and a slight arch
in your lower back.
• Do not use your arm muscles for this
movement.
START
• Sit on the Bench facing the
Power Rods®.
• Grasp the Hand Grips , palms
facing each other.
ACTION
• Keeping your arms straight,
slowly pinch your shoulder
blades together.
• When shoulder blades are fully
retracted, slowly return to the
Start position.
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Back Exercises
Lying Lat Pulldowns
Muscles worked:
Latissimus Dorsi; Teres Major;
Rear Deltoids
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
Lean 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,
head near the Power Rods®.
• Slip your arms through the
Hand Grips, 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—your posterior
may hang off the end of the
bench.
• 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:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
Lean 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.
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START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench, facing Power
Rods®.
• Grasp the Hand Grips and
slide them over your forearms,
tightening near your elbows.
• Brace your heels on the platform,
knees bent comfortably, arms
crossed in front of chest. Pull the
Hand Grips 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.
Back Exercises
Pulldowns — Shoulder Adduction (with elbow flexion)
Muscles worked:
Latissimus Dorsi; Teres Major;
Rear Deltoids; Biceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Bent Lat Bar
Pulleys:
Lat Tower
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• To determine the appropriate grip width
for you, hold your arms straight out to
your sides at shoulder height. Bend your
elbows approximately 90°. 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, facing the Power Rods®.
• 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,
shoulder blades fully depressed.
• Keep forearms facing upward.
• Slowly return to Start position.
Narrow Pulldowns with Hand Grips — Shoulder Extension (with elbow flexion)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi; Teres Major;
Rear Deltoids; Biceps
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Lat Tower
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, abs tight, and a
very slight arch in your lower back.
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• Keep the lats tightened throughout the
entire motion.
START
ACTION
• Attach a Hand Grip to each
cable on the Lat Tower Pulleys.
• Straddle the bench facing the
Power Rods®, grasp a Hand
Grip 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 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 towards your sides.
• At the end of the motion, arms
should be near your sides.,
shoulder blades depressed,
forearms facing upward.
• Slowly return to Start position.
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Back Exercises
Lying Lat Fly — Shoulder Adduction
Muscles worked:
START
Latissimus Dorsi; Teres Major;
Rear Deltoids; Biceps
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Shoulder Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• Keep your lats tightened throughout
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.
START
ACTION
• Lie on your back, head toward
Power Rods®, knees at the edge
of bench.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, then
straighten your arms out to your
sides, hands slightly above your
head, palms facing away from
pulleys.
• Tighten your abs to stabilize
your spine while maintaining a
slight arch in your lower back.
• Initiate the movement by pulling
your shoulder blades downwards.
Pull your arms in an arc into
your sides, keeping them as
straight as possible and using
slow, controlled movement.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, allowing your arms and
shoulder blades to move back
upward and outward toward the
Power Rods®.
Lying Narrow Lat Pulldowns
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Latissimus Dorsi; Teres Major;
Rear Deltoids; Biceps
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Bent Lat Bar
Pulleys:
Lat Tower
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
Lean 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
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START
ACTION
• Lie on your back on the bench,
head near the Power Rods®.
• Slip your arms through the
Hand Grips, 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—your posterior
may hang off the end of the
bench.
• 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 torso.
• Slowly return to the Start
position, allowing your arms and
shoulder blades to move back
without relaxing the tension in
your shoulders.
Back Exercises
Seated Lat Rows — Shoulder Extension (and elbow flexion)
Muscles worked:
Latissimus Dorsi; Teres Major;
Rear Deltoids; Biceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on 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 Power
Rods®, with your posterior near
the back (leg extension) end of
the bench.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, 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, brushing past the
sides of the 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:
Latissimus Dorsi; Teres Major; Rear
Deltoids; Lower Trapezius; Biceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Bent Lat Bar
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 exercise.
START
ACTION
• Straddle the Seat Rail facing the
Power Rods®.
• Grasp the Bent Lat Bar with
your palms facing down.
• Step back slightly, making sure
that there is enough movement
in the cable to complete your
full range of motion with this
exercise.
• Bend slightly from hips, lift
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.
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Back Exercises
Bent Over Row
Muscles worked:
Latissimus Dorsi; Teres Major;
Rear Deltoids; Biceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Squat Bar Attachment
Pulleys:
Squat Pulley Frame
Success Tips
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on 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
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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 back flat and knees bent
• Begin your motion by moving
elbows back as you bring the
hand grips to a point below your
chest line.
• Slowly reverse the motion,
keeping knees bent and back flat
Arm Exercises
Triceps Pushdown — Elbow Extension
Muscles worked:
START
Triceps
FINISH
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Bent Lat Bar
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.
START
ACTION
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing the
Power Rods®.
• Grasp the Bent Lat Bar, palms
facing down.
• Stand approximately 2-3 feet or
.6-.9 m from Lat Tower (adjust
for comfort).
• Bring hands in front of
you, keeping the Lat Bar
approximately at rib level.
• Bend over slightly from hips,
shoulders directly over hands.
• Keeping your upper arms
stationary, elbows next to trunk,
slowly push your arms downward
in a gentle arc until hands are
near tops of your thighs.
• Keeping your triceps tightened,
slowly reverse the arcing motion
and bring the Bent Lat Bar back
to the Start position.
Single Arm Pushdown — Elbow Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Hand Grips
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.
START
ACTION
• Straddle the Seat Rail facing the
Power Rods®, and grasp one
Hand Grip, palm facing up.
• Stand approximately 1-2 feet or
.3-.6 m from Lat Tower (adjust
for comfort).
• Bring your arm in front of you,
keeping the Hand Grip at chest
level.
• Bend over slightly from hips, so
that your shoulder is directly
over your hand.
• Keeping your upper arm
stationary, elbow next to trunk,
slowly push your arm downward
in a gentle arc until your hand is
near top of the thigh.
• Keeping your triceps tightened,
slowly reverse the arcing motion,
bringing the Hand Grip back to
the Start position.
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Arm Exercises
French Press — Elbow Extension overhead
Muscles worked:
START
Triceps
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
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.
START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench facing away
from the Power Rods®, keeping
knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• Reach behind and grasp one or
both of the Hand Grips, palms
facing inward.
• Draw 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.
Lying Triceps Extension — Elbow Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted and maintain a
very slight arch in your lower back.
• Keep knees bent and feet flat on floor.
• Keep your upper arms motionless and
your wrists straight.
• Tighten the triceps throughout the
exercise, using controlled motion
throughout the exercise.
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START
ACTION
• Lie on the bench, head toward
the Power Rods®, knees bent
and feet flat on the floor.
• Reach overhead and grasp
the Hand Grips, 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 or .3 m
above your thighs.
• Slowly reverse the arcing motion
bringing your hands back to the
Start position.
Arm Exercises
Cross Triceps Extension
Muscles worked:
START
Triceps
FINISH
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
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.
START
ACTION
• Sit facing away from the Power
Rods®.
• Reach one hand over the
opposite shoulder (right hand
over left and vice versa) and
grasp a Hand Grip. Bend your
elbow until your hand is above
your chest, palm facing the floor.
• With your free hand, stabilize
the active hand at the elbow.
• Keeping your upper arm
stationary, straighten your elbow,
slowly extending your arm
outward, using an arcing motion
and stopping approximately 90°
from your chest.
• Keeping your triceps tightened,
slowly reverse the arcing motion
and bring your arm back to the
Start position.
Lying 45° Triceps Extension — Elbow Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
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.
START
ACTION
• Lie flat on the Bench, head
toward the Power Rods®. Keep
your knees bent and your feet
flat on the floor.
• Reach overhead and grasp the
Hand Grips, palms facing up.
• Keep your elbows bent, bringing
your upper arms to the front, at
approximately a 45° angle from
the front of your torso.
• Keeping your upper arms
stationary and next to your torso,
straighten your arms in an arcing
motion inward and down toward
your legs.
• Fully straighten your arms and
then, with a controlled motion,
slowly bring your arms back
to the Start position without
moving your upper arms.
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Arm Exercises
Seated Triceps Extension — Elbow Extension
Muscles worked:
Triceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep 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
START
ACTION
• Sit facing away from the Power
Rods®.
• Using an overhand grip, reach
behind you and grasp the Hand
Grips, bending your elbows until
your hands are near the top of
your head, palms facing up.
• Keep your arms in line with the
cables.
• Keeping your upper arms
stationary, slowly straighten your
elbows moving your arms in an
arcing motion upward, over your
head until they are approximately
90° 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:
Hand Grips
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.
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START
ACTION
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing the
Power Rods®.
• Reach down and grasp the Hand
Grips, palms facing forward.
• Straighten, keeping your arms by
your sides, elbows loose.
• Keeping your upper arms
stationary and your elbows at
your sides, slowly curl the Hand
Grips forward, then upward and
in towards your shoulders.
• Slowly reverse the arcing motion
bringing your hands back to the
Start position.
Arm Exercises
Seated Biceps Curl — Flexion (in supination)
Muscles worked:
START
Biceps
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
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
START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench, facing the
Power Rods®. Keep one foot flat
on the floor, and bend the other
leg, bringing your foot up onto
the bench, knee slightly turned
outward.
• With the arm on the same side
as your lifted leg, reach forward
and grasp a Hand Grip, keeping
your elbow bent. Allow your
upper arm (not elbow) to rest on
the elevated knee.
• Slowly curl your forearm up
toward your shoulder, keeping
the upper arm completely still.
• Keeping your biceps tightened,
slowly reverse the curling motion
and bring your arm back to the
Start position.
Lying Biceps Curl — Elbow Flexion (in supination)
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Biceps; Brachialis; Brachioradialis
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Hand Grips
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.
START
ACTION
• Sit on the bench, facing the
Power Rods®. Keep your knees
bent and feet flat on the floor.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, keeping
your arms straight and palms up.
• Lie back completely with your
head supported by the bench.
• Curl the Hand Grip forward and
up, toward your shoulder, making
sure to keep your upper arm
completely motionless and your
elbows at your sides.
• Slowly bring your arm back to
the Start position, maintaining
the same arc of motion.
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Arm Exercises
Seated Wrist Extension
Muscles worked:
Forearms
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
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
with both arms simultaneously to save
time
START
ACTION
• Sit facing the Power Rods® with
your knees bent, feet together
and flat on the bench. Sit far
back enough on the bench to
maintain physical and cable
tension throughout exercise.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, palm
facing down, and rest your midforearms on your lower thighs,
keeping your elbows flared
slightly to the side.
• Slowly curl the back of your fists
backward towards your forearms.
• Stop when wrists are 90° from
forearms or when you experience
discomfort.
• Slowly return to the Start
position.
Standing Wrist Curl
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Biceps; Forearms
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Hand Grips
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.
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START
ACTION
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing the
Power Rods®.
• Reach down and grasp the Hand
Grips, palms facing forward.
• Straighten, keeping your upper
arms and elbows by your sides,
elbows loose.
• Bend your elbows 90°, palms
up, and maintain that position
throughout the entire exercise.
• 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.
Arm Exercises
Reverse Curl — Elbow Flexion (in pronation)
Muscles worked:
START
Brachialis; Brachioradialis; Biceps
FINISH
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
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.
START
ACTION
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing the
Power Rods®.
• Reach down and grasp the Hand
Grips, 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 Hand
Grips forward, then upward and
in towards 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.
Seated Wrist Curl — Wrist Flexion
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Forearms
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Move slowly, keeping tension in the
front of the 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.
START
ACTION
• Sit facing the Power Rods® with
your knees bent, feet together
and flat on the bench. Sit far
back enough on the bench to
maintain physical and cable
tension throughout exercise.
• Grasp the Hand Grips, palm
facing up, and rest your midforearms on your lower thighs,
allowing the wrists to bend
downward.
• Slowly curl your fists towards the
front of your forearms.
• Return to the Start position
slowly, without relaxing the
muscle tension in your wrists.
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Arm Exercises
Standing Wrist Extension
Muscles worked:
START
Forearms; Brachialis
FINISH
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Hand Grips
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
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.
START
ACTION
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing the
Power Rods®.
• Reach down and grasp the Hand
Grips, palms facing backward.
• Straighten, keeping your upper
arms and elbows by your sides.
• Bend your elbows 90°, and hold
that position for the duration of
this exercise.
• Slowly curl the back of your fists
backward towards your forearms.
• Stop when wrists are 90° from
forearms or when you experience
discomfort.
• Keeping your forearms still,
slowly return to the Start
position.
“Rope” Pushdown — Elbow Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Triceps
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Hand Grips
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.
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START
ACTION
• Straddle the Seat Rail, facing the
Power Rods®.
• With each hand, grasp the
opposite Hand Grip (right to
left, etc.), palms facing down.
• Stand approximately 2-3 feet or
.6-.9 m from Lat Tower (adjust
for comfort).
• Cross the cables, palms facing
each other, as if grabbing a rope.
• Keep your elbows bent, upper
arms at your sides.
• Keeping your upper arms
stationary, elbows next to trunk,
slowly straighten your arms
downward, in a gentle arc,
until hands are near 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 Hand Grips back
to the Start position.
Abdominal Exercises
Reverse Crunch — Spinal Flexion
Muscles worked:
START
Rectus Abdominus
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
None
Pulleys:
None
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 abs
tight during entire motion.
START
ACTION
• Lie on the bench, head toward
the Power Rods®, grasp bench
for support.
• Bend your hips and knees
until your legs are in a “seated”
position as shown above—knees
and hips at 90° 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.
Resisted Reverse Crunch — Spinal Flexion
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Rectus Abdominus; 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 hips and knees motionless.
• Move slowly to eliminate momentum.
START
ACTION
• Face the Power Rods®, and
attach an Ankle Cuff to each
ankle.
• Lie back on the bench, head
away from the Power Rods®.
• Bend your hips and knees at 90°
angles, as shown.
• Reach behind your head and
grasp the Seat.
• Relax your neck.
• 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.
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Abdominal Exercises
Seated (Resisted) Abdominal Crunch — Spinal Flexion
Muscles worked:
Rectus Abdominus; Obliques
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
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
• Grasp the Hand Grips 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, knees and hips
are bent and feet should be flat
on the floor.
ACTION
• 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.
Seated (Resisted) Oblique Abdominal Crunch — Spinal Flexion/Rotation
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Rectus Abdominus; Obliques
Bench Position:
45˚ incline
Accessory:
Hand Grips
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.
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START
ACTION
• Cross one arm over the opposite
shoulder, grasp a Hand Grip,
and rest the hand on your
shoulder or chest, palm facing
down.
• Lower back can start out flat or
in a normal arch, knees and hips
are bent and feet should be 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 Hand Grip, ribs turned
toward the front of your pelvis.
• Crunch as deeply as you can,
keeping lower back on bench.
• Slowly reverse to the Start
position without resting.
Abdominal Exercises
Trunk Rotation
Muscles worked:
Rectus Abdominus; Obliques;
Serratus Anterior
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
None
Pulleys:
Success Tips
• Keep chest lifted, shoulders pinched,
abs tight and slight arch in 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
START
ACTION
• Sit sideways on the bench, one
side toward the Power Rods®.
Grasp Hand Grip closest to you
with both hands.
• Raise both arms up near
shoulder level, hands extended
over the leg closest to the
Power Rods®.
• Keep your elbows slightly bent.
• Tighten your entire abdominal
area and slowly rotate your rib
cage and arms away from the
Power Rods® 30-40°, 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
Squat — Knee Extension, Hip Extension, Ankle Plantarflexion
Muscles worked:
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.
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Removed.
Accessory:
Squat Bar – w/squat straps
Pulley Position:
Low Pulley
Success Tips
• Keep knees pointed the same direction
as the toes.
• Keep the head/neck in line with the
trunk.
• Never attempt to exercise with more
resistance than you are physically able
to handle
START
ACTION
• Remove back support and place
seat in free sliding position.
• While keeping your back
straight, tighten your abs and
move to a standing position.
• Keep the pressure through the
middle of the arches/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 90
degrees at the knees
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• Sit on seat facing Power Rods®
and position bar across the
shoulders (not on the neck).
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 your feet wider than hip
width and point your toes outward
slightly. Direct the thighs to the
same outward angle as the feet.
Leg Exercises
Leg Extension
Muscles worked:
Quadriceps
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Leg Extension Seat
Accessory:
None
Pulleys:
Leg Extension
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.
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 (see Start
image above).
• 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 and slowly
straighten your legs, moving your
feet forward then upward until
your legs are completely straight
and your kneecaps point upward
to the ceiling.
• Slowly reverse the motion,
returning to the Start position
without relaxing your quads.
Lying Leg Extension
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Quadriceps
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
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.
• Keep your upper thigh motionless
throughout this exercise.
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START
ACTION
• Sit on bench, facing the Power
Rods®. Secure Ankle Cuff
around one ankle (don’t cross
cables).
• Lie back on the bench, head
supported. Bend the active leg
approximately 90° (tall users will
need to modify this position).
• 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.
Leg Exercises
Ankle Eversion
Muscles worked:
Peroneals
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar Pulleys
Success Tips
• Movement should occur only at the
ankle—keep the rest of your body
motionless.
• Keep 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
START
ACTION
• Sit on the Bench, with one side
to the Power Rods®.
• Attach an Ankle Cuff around
the ball of the outside foot
(furthest from pulley).
• Straighten the attached leg and
sit up straight.
• Allow the foot to rotate toward
the Power Rods®, keeping
tension in the cables.
• Slowly rotate your foot outward,
away from Power Rods®.
• Then, maintaining tension,
slowly return to the Start
position.
Ankle Inversion
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Tibialis Anterior and Posterior
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Forward
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar Pulleys
Success Tips
• Movement should occur only at the
ankle—keep the rest of your body
motionless.
• Keep 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
START
ACTION
• Sit on the Bench, with one side
to the Power Rods®.
• Attach an Ankle Cuff around
the ball of the inside foot
(closest to pulley).
• Straighten the attached leg and
sit up straight.
• Allow the foot to rotate toward
the Power Rods®, keeping
tension in the cables.
• Slowly rotate your foot outward,
away from Power Rods®.
• Then, maintaining tension,
slowly return to the Start
position.
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Leg Exercises
Standing Hip Extension — (knee flexed)
Muscles worked:
START
Gluteus Maximus
FINISH
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 waist or lower back.
START
ACTION
• Stand to one side of the Seat
Rail, facing the Power Rods®.
• Secure the Ankle Cuff around
the ankle furthest from the rail.
Bend this leg approximately 90°.
• Bend forward 30-40° 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
pivoting 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 Start position.
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 waist or lower back.
• Keep your knee stabilized in the 90°
angle position.
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START
• Stand to one side of the Seat
Rail, facing the Power Rods®.
• Secure the Ankle Cuff around
the ankle furthest from the rail.
• Bend forward 30-40° from your
hips (not your waist) and very
slightly bend the knee of your
supporting leg.
ACTION
• Initiate the movement by
tightening your glutes and
slowly pivoting 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 Start position.
Leg Exercises
Standing Hip Abduction
Muscles worked:
Gluteus Maximus
START
FINISH
Bench Position:
Removed
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Keep your chest lifted, spine aligned,
abs tight and a slight arch in your lower
back.
• Do not bend from waist or lower back.
• Keep your abs tight throughout
movement.
• Keep working leg straight or only very
slightly bent.
• Use only a small range of motion.
START
• Stand to one side of the Seat Rail,
one side next to Power Rods®.
• Secure Ankle Cuff around the
ankle furthest from the Power
Rods®. Keep leg straightened, but
knee loose.
• Adjust your position so that there
is some tension in the cables at the
start of this exercise.
• You may use your hand on the
Lower Lat Tower or Chest Bar to
stabilize movement.
ACTION
• Slowly move the attached leg
outward, away from the Power
Rods®, at a 30-45° 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.
Seated Hip Adduction
Muscles worked:
START
FINISH
Adductor Longus; Gluteus Medius
Bench Position:
Flat Bench Back
Accessory:
Ankle Cuff
Pulleys:
Chest Bar
Success Tips
• Do not cross the attached leg in front
of the stabilized leg.
• Keep 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.
START
ACTION
• Sit sideways on the bench and
attach an Ankle Cuff to the ankle
closest to the Power Rods®.
• Sit far enough from the Power
Rods® that there is tension in the
cable at the start of the exercise.
• Lift leg with cuff in front of you,
at a 45° angle from your trunk
(toward Power Rods®)—do not
lock your knee.
• You may hold onto the bench for
added stability.
• Slowly allow the attached leg to
move inward, toward the center
as you face forward, keeping your
hips and spine perfectly still.
• Keeping the leg still, slowly move
it back into the Start position.
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Leg Exercises
Seated Hip Abduction
Muscles worked:
Piriformis; Gluteus Maximus
START
FINISH
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
motion.
• Use only a small range of motion.
• Keep your hips motionless throughout
this exercise.
START
ACTION
• Sit sideways on the bench and
attach an Ankle Cuff to the ankle
farthest from the Power Rods®.
• Sit far enough from the Power
Rods® that there is tension in the
cable at the start of the exercise.
• Lift leg with cuff in front of you,
at a 45° angle from your trunk
(toward Power Rods®)—do not
lock your knee.
• You may hold onto the bench for
added stability.
• Slowly allow the attached leg to
move outward, away from the
Power Rods®, keeping your hips
and spine perfectly still.
• Keeping the leg still, slowly move
it back into the Start position.
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 waist or lower back.
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START
ACTION
• Stand to one side of the Seat
Rail, facing the Power Rods®.
• Secure the Ankle Cuff around
the ankle furthest from the rail.
Bend this leg approximately 90°.
• Bend forward 30-40° from your
hips (not your waist) and very
slightly bend the knee of your
supporting leg.
• Extend the active leg backwards,
straightening the knee.
• 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.
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
Superficialis
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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Warranty Information
What Does This Warranty Cover?
What Nautilus Will Do
Nautilus warrants to the original purchaser of the Bowflex®
Elite™ home gym that the Bowflex® Elite™ 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.
During your Warranty Coverage Period, Nautilus will repair
any Bowflex® Elite™ home gym that proves to be defective
in materials or workmanship. In the event repair is not
possible, Nautilus will either replace your Bowflex® Elite™
home gym or refund your purchase price, less shipping and
handling. Nautilus 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.
How Long Does Warranty
Coverage Last?
Residential: 5 Years on machine, No-Time-Limit Warranty
on Power Rods®
Commercial : This warranty is void if Bowflex® Elite™ is
used in a Commercial Environment
This warranty covers all defects in material or workmanship
of the Bowflex® Elite™ 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® Elite™ 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® Elite™ 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.
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Service Support
Call to speak to a Nautilus Representative at
1-800-605-3369 or write to Bowflex® at 1400 NE 136th
Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684. 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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What Is Covered
commercial or institutional use.
Nautilus warrants to the original purchaser
of the Bowflex® Elite™ home gym that the
Bowflex® Elite™ 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
warranty.
Bowflex® Elite™ Home Gym
• 5 years on machine
• No-Time-Limit Warranty on Power Rods®
Warranties Do Not Cover
• A Bowflex® Elite™ home gym purchased for
• 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 will repair any Bowflex® Elite™ home
gym that proves to be defective in materials or
workmanship. In the event repair is not possible,
Nautilus will either replace your Bowflex® Elite™
home gym or refund your purchase price, less
shipping and handling.
Service Support
Call to speak to a Nautilus Representative at
1-800-605-3369 or write to Bowflex® at 1400
NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684. 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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