Posted on February 14, 2016
Bowflex XTLU Review
One of the major reasons for this is that they can accommodate more than one person at a time if it is a larger style of machine. However; technologically speaking, they are an inferior style of weight machine and far less safe to use as well. If you don’t know by now, a classic weight stack machine uses stacks of iron weights that are added on or taken off a set usually using a heavy metal key to lock them in place.
Bowlfex fitness machines have completely done away with iron weights and replaced them with an engineered resistance system that uses what it refers to as “power rods”. I personally like the fact that they are made entirely in the U.S. and undergo thorough testing before they are cleared for use on a fitness machine.
Beyond the price differences, the Xtreme 2 SE and the XTLU I also learned, have several similarities. For instance, they both come with a standard rod resistance factor of 210 pounds. Also, they both have easy to adapt adjustment kits that can increase their weight resistance to 310 or 410 pounds. This makes both of these machines ideal for use in both amateur and professional settings.
Also, they are both great machines for men and women alike. It was very interesting to see how the rods and their cable pulley mechanisms functioned. One, two, three or four of the power rods can be connected at any given time to produce as little as 5 pounds of resistance up to as much as 210 pounds on a standard unmodified machine.
Its a very uncomplicated system that takes only seconds to change. However; one item that differentiated these two workout product machines in this area is that the Xtreme 2 SE is able to be used without having to change or switch the cables to adjust the tension ratio. Bowflex has accomplished this by in fact doubling the number of cables on the machine.
It really is basically a convenience feature that allows a user to go from say, the lat tower for arms directly to using the leg extension feature without having to stop and make any changes or adjustments in the machine and its cables. Overall, both the Xtreme 2 and the XTLU I found out are the very latest in fitness machine technology.
This extends to the materials that they are constructed from, as well as the overall technology that goes into them. For instance, even the covering material that is used on the benches on both machines is the exact same type of ultra-durable fused polyurethane fabric that is used in the automotive industry.
Also the benches are divided into two sections conneced by a hinge lock system that allows it to be quickly converted into a seat for a more comfortable and diverse workout. While the XTLU boasts 65 exercises, and the Xtreme 2 SE boasts 70, it may seem from the outside that it can be complex to access them all. Surprisingly, the fact is that both machines are quite simple in their operation and self explanatory to understand.