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Tony Williams

A neighbor is selling a Bowflex Power Pro XTL because he needs the room for other purposes.

He says he bought the machine for $1800. He is asking $200.

Any thoughts on Bowflex or this particular model.

Thanks for your help.

Tony
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Ellington Darden

Tony Williams wrote:
A neighbor is selling a Bowflex Power Pro XTL because he needs the room for other purposes.

He says he bought the machine for $1800. He is asking $200.

Any thoughts on Bowflex or this particular model.

Thanks for your help.

Tony


It sounds like a good deal. Try it first and if everything works, buy it.

Ellington

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Tony Williams

Thanks for your input and advice Dr. Darden.

At $200, I don't see how I can go wrong.

Tony
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

==Scott==
Hey Tony,I was just thinking about you the other day,good to see you're back!
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

Tony Williams wrote:
Thanks for your input and advice Dr. Darden.

At $200, I don't see how I can go wrong.

Tony


==Scott==
It's really sad how little nice BowFlex machines can be had for.I think they can be a very useful machine. My friend had a brand new one still in the box that he got and then was to lazy to use and he offered it up for free and had a hard time unloading it.I see them all the time at yard sales for next to nothing
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HeavyHitter32

I had the Bowflex Ultimate (XTLU?) for about 7 years. I ended up mixing in free weights with it before selling it off. I think the upper body movements are better than the lower body movements, but ended up preferring to use plate loaded leverage machines and free weights exclusively.

I would suggest looking at making modifications with it such as shorter handles and clips to give more resistance in the "stretched" positions. Zone training can help too.

But there was something about the negative resistance that just seemed "off" to me on the unit.
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coalman426

Hh is right about the negative resistance being off.there is no negative resistance.if your short on space though it's a good thing.I got rid of mine to.
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HeavyHitter32

Yeah, the negative just didn't feel heavy enough compared to free weights and other machines I have used.

I would hardly ever get sore of on it either which was odd, but if the negative is not heavy enough, that may explain it.
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lildrummerboy80

I also had a power pro and noticed lack of DOMS when using it -vs- doing the same workout with freeweights However, buy Dr. Darden's book "the bowflex body plan" and it will change your mind on the capabilities of your bowflex.
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Tony Williams

Hi Scott,

Battle with the Big C as you did.

Lost my left kidney. I planned to have a farewell party for the departed filter, but I was not sure kidney beans would be appropriate. :)

Tony
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Tony Williams

Well, the Bowflex now has a new home in my exercise room.

If the asked price had been $500, I may have passed, but as I wrote to Dr. Darden, $200 seemed like a good price for a machine in fine shape.

Yes, I plan to get Dr. Darden's Bowflex book. For some reason, I think I may already have it in my library although I have never owned or used a Bowflex before.

Thanks for the advice and tips on the Bowflex. Any other thoughts would be most appreciated. Because of surgery, I must wait until late May or June to resume training.

Cancer is like ants at a picnic. If you are lucky, you can kill both.

Tony
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HeavyHitter32

Tony Williams wrote:
Hi Scott,

Battle with the Big C as you did.

Lost my left kidney. I planned to have a farewell party for the departed filter, but I was not sure kidney beans would be appropriate. :)

Tony


Wow, sorry to hear that. How are you recovering?

You're not going to believe this..but...

They found a mass recently on my left kidney with ultrasound and Ct Scan. I had a biopsy on Wed and the result came back benign (cyst I believe) yesterday. I need to follow up with Dr. but they are probably going to monitor it. I have few other organs with benign cysts - I guess my body just produces them. I'll be 43 next month.

Mind you I had zero symptoms and kidneys were functioning great. I was having acid reflux issues and went to a GI doctor who did an endoscopy and abdominal ultrasound. Stomach looked fine, but the kidney thing showed up on ultrasound which led to the CT Scan. I also have a 4mm polyp on my gallbladder that will need monitoring too although I guess those are very common - sister has it too.

Still sore from the biopsy and cannot train for two weeks.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

==Scott==
Isn't it just great getting old! It's funny how for the longest time I felt invulnerable and actually bragged about how nice it was being older than many around me. I figured I had so much more cool experiences than the younger folks around me that they would never have the opportunity to have as some of those crazy times ( like the 50's and 60's) of the past have gone. Now though it's always what's this pain or this problem going to end up being? Will the cancer come back tomorrow or will some other body part start having trouble. I've been working out pretty regularly for some time now and still can't come close to where I was before this cancer crap started. I'm still comparatively fit and healthy compared to those around me but having been pretty much sickness free all my life it's tough to deal with coming down a few notches. The best advise I can give is, don't get old, ha ha.
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HeavyHitter32

Hey Scott, when you say you can't get close to your prior condition since the cancer started, is that because of lack of energy levels, or just something else? Not able to re-gain to the same strength levels, etc.?
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coalman426

Scott don't knock trt till you try it.I can't claim any big size or strength increases but I will tell you my energy level,confidence and Spence of well being are improved.I believe it cuts body fat to.of course if it was your prostate that's a different story.I'm certain it's safer than eating raw chicken.you've got one of the best collections on here,a lot of knowledge and good legs.set a goal and go for it.you got nothing to lose.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

coalman426 wrote:
Scott don't knock trt till you try it.I can't claim any big size or strength increases but I will tell you my energy level,confidence and Spence of well being are improved.I believe it cuts body fat to.of course if it was your prostate that's a different story.I'm certain it's safer than eating raw chicken.you've got one of the best collections on here,a lot of knowledge and good legs.set a goal and go for it.you got nothing to lose.


==Scott==
Ok, I'm getting forgetful in my old age, what the heck is trt? Frankly I don't know why it seems so hard to get back in shape.Maybe the chemo really mangles something in the body? I've been rowing on my erg and cycling for cardio and working out quite often these days but it just seems to be taking forever to get back to square one. Typically in my workouts I don't do chins but pullovers,rows and sometime BNTA instead. Around 3 weeks ago I tried to do a chin and dips and couldn't even do one. It was pathetic. Then I said I was going to try something I'd never done before, I started doing sets of chins and dips every day with lots of rest in between sets for the last 3 weeks. Yesterday I was up to 3 chins and 5 dips. It sounds crazy but I figured what have I got to lose. Anyway I figured gymnasts work out almost every day and they get stronger so why not give that a try.
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coalman426

Get your testosterone checked Scott.if it's below three hundred they will give you a shot,patch or pill.it's not like doing a cycle it just gets you back to normal.I'm just as strong without it.my energy and attitude are improved.I feel good.I've been on both ends and I find being in normal ranges is the way to go.Test is a great thing in my opinion.just don't go over two fifty a week and there are no side effects.Coleman will fight ageing with anything available except raw chicken.lol
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