Diabesity Challenge Day #43 – Dude, I’m Maxing Out my Bowflex

Bowflex-Ultimate-2-Home-Gym-vs-Bowflex-Xtreme-2-Home-Gym_hBFrF9I am reaching the point once again where I am maxing out the bowflex machine I have and once again will have to consider options. I added and extra two bars last year that brought the bowflex to the maximum weight of 310 pounds which is basically 155 lbs on each side. I am doing exercises at this maximum and already have the need to go heavier.

The perfect strength building set should be around 12, 10, 8 but as you can see below with pulldowns I am doing 25, 25, 21. This means that I need to increase the weight to lower the sets numbers. And there are other exercises that have almost reached this point or have already gotten there.

The choices I have are I can either join a gym (YUCK), see if bowflex offers machines with greater resistance, or find a universal weight system. Or I can simply continue working with the bowflex I have and accept that I will be doing higher reps each day with certain exercises. I will be doing my research and make some type of decision over the next 30 days. Oh, wait! Hold the phone! I just found something that may help. It seems that my bowflex has additional slots to upgrade to 410 lbs. Woo Hoo!bowflex_powerrod_box_upgraded_with_310_and_410_2

Yesterday went well with a banana before my workout then a 30g protein shake after with a handful of vitamins and a small bowl of oatmeal. Mid morning I drank another 30g protein shake and lunch I ate a beef, bean and rice burrito. Dinner was meatloaf, mashed potato and peas. No hunger problems all day.

Both my blood sugar numbers are down and body weight. I believe that it is the extreme strength training in the morning that is making a big difference.
Blood Sugar- 99, Body Weight- 183.8

Bowflex- BACK and ABS
Pulldowns- 155/155- 25, 25, 21
Rows- 155/155- 19, 20, 18
Reverse Fly’s- 55/55- 16, 16, 15

Situps- 120/120- 20, 22, 17

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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6 Responses to Diabesity Challenge Day #43 – Dude, I’m Maxing Out my Bowflex

  1. Sounds like the best kind of problem to have. 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  2. It’s always nice to see results. Keep up the good work.

  3. kkeevins says:

    BOWFLEX, ROWS, REVERSE FLYS? It’s all Greek to me! I walk, and eat “properly.” That’s it. DON’T HURT YOURSELF. Have “fun”
    I can’t fathom how that would be fun, but hope you’re enjoying it and, obviously, the results are evident.

    –Kathy from:

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