Hey there T-Nation,
Ok, so most of you know, the majority of my strength training derived from Bowflex. Please no criticism, I heard it all - I know! I know it sucks!
Anyway, I have done pretty well and actually have built muscle with Bowflex. That?s not what I am pissed about. What I am pissed about is… recently I been phasing out Bowflex exercises for machines or free weights at a local gym.
Bowflex resistance does NOT transfer directly over to Free-weights!!! NOT IN THE LEAST! I heard yeah, it isn?t exact, so I figure maybe like 25-30% less weight to put on the free weights than I normally would…
Hahahah NOO. Not at all. Most exercises I had to cut my bowflex weight by half. I feel like a complete friggin wimp now and completely unstable in the gym.
My bicep curls are atrocious that?s the main thing. My legs hold up pretty well.
Needless to say Bowflex gives you a false sense of real strength. I think its good for beginners, but as soon as you hit them free weights - you’ll realize you’ve completely missed out on learning a lot of things. Like stabilizing the weight. 100% weight on negative/positive, vs. bowflex where its like 60% at the beginning and 100% supposedly at the end of your range.
Uggg… Anyway, had to vent. Now I got to figure out what to do in the gym - machines are easy to figure out. It?s adding in the free weight that?s completely new to me.