Comparison: Bowflex Blaze vs PR3000

Blaze vs PR3000

Bowflex is famous for its Power Rod resistance system, which is a unique resistance system different from the traditional weight stack system. They have been in the home gym business for several decades and have beloved for their quality home gym machines.

In this article, we are going to compare two best selling machines of Bowflex and go over the pros and cons of each machine.

Comparison Chart


Bowflex Blaze

Bowflex PR3000


No. of Exercises

60+

50+

Quick Change System

(No Cable Change)

Weight Capacity

210 lbs

210 lbs

Weight Upgrade

310 lbs or 410 lbs

310 lbs

Dimension

(L x W x H)

90" x 38" x 83"

64" x 41" x 83"

Dimension

(folded)

52" x 38" x 83

N/A

Bench Press

Horizontal

Vertical

Leg Extension/Curl

Squat Bar

Foldable

Aerobic Rowing

Warranty

frame - 1year

parts - 60days

Power Rod - 5years

frame - 1year

parts - 60days

Power Rod - 7years

Cell

Key Differences

1. Number of Exercises

Both machines have good versatility. Blaze offers over 60 exercises and PR3000 comes with more than 50 exercises.


Bowflex Blaze

Bowflex PR3000

No. of Exercises

60+

50+

2. Quick Change System (No Cable Change)

The most notable difference between Bowflex Blaze and PR3000 is that PR3000 comes with a 'Quick Change System'. Then what is Quick Change System?
The Quick Change system allows you to switch between exercises without adjusting cable and pulley positions.

This is a huge benefit whether you are a beginner or an advanced. For beginners, it can be daunting to adjust cable and pulley whenever they change their exercises. Also for many advanced users who want to shorten their rest time between exercises, Quick Change System can be very helpful.

But to achieve a Quick Change System, PR3000 had to simplify available exercises. PR3000 comes with over 50 exercises, whereas Blaze comes with over 60 exercises. But considering the time and energy saved by Quick Change System, 10 fewer number of exercises looks like not a big deal.


Bowflex Blaze

Bowflex PR3000

Quick Change System

(No Cable Change)

3. Weight Capacity and Upgrade

Both models have 210 lbs as a default weight capacity. Both of them are upgradable to the heavier weight. PR3000 can be upgraded to 310 lbs whereas Blaze can be upgraded to 310 lbs or 410 lbs. If you are a serious lifter, Blaze can give you more resistance.


Bowflex Blaze

Bowflex PR3000

Weight Capacity

210 lbs

210 lbs

Upgrade

310 lbs or 410 lbs

310 lbs

4. Size of the Machine

Dimension is also an important factor to compare. PR3000 has a smaller footprint than Blaze as it has a vertical bench. But Blaze's horizontal bench is foldable.

When Blaze is folded, the size of the two machines is similar.


Bowflex Blaze

Bowflex PR3000

Dimension (WxDxH)

90" x 38" x 83"

64" x 41" x 83"

Dimension (folded)

52" x 38" x 83

N/A

5. Bench

Regarding the bench, the two machines have a completely different approach. PR3000 has a vertical bench to save space. Blaze has a traditional horizontal bench.

PR3000's vertical bench might not feel like a traditional bench press, but it can save a ton of space. Blaze's bench is a traditional horizontal bench, but you have to fold it after a workout.
So bench position comes down a matter of personal preference and how much space you have in your home.


Bowflex Blaze

Bowflex PR3000

Bench

Hotizontal

Vertical

6. Aerobic Rowing

Bowflex Blaze comes with Aerobic Rowing as it has a horizontal sliding seat. Blaze can be a good option if you are looking for a machine that can cover your cardio together.


Bowflex Blaze

Bowflex PR3000

Aerobic Rowing

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Bowflex has been around for a decade for good reason. Both Blaze and PR3000 passed the test of the time.


So which one is the winner between Bowflex Blaze and PR3000? Well, it comes down to what your situation is and what is your fitness goal as both machines have their pros and cons.

Bowflex Blaze

Product Details

5 / 5

If the variety of exercise is important for you

If you are looking for a weight machine with cardio

If you are a serious weight lifter

Bowflex PR3000

Product Details

5 / 5

If you want no hassle to adjust cable and pulley between exercises

If space-saving is the key factor for your home gym

If efficiency is important for you

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