Weighing Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1 vs 5.1
A lot of us think that to be able to do different types of strength-building, muscle-toning, and cardiovascular workouts, you’ll need to use several kinds of exercise equipment that are available only in fitness centers. Well, not Bowflex – one of the long-trusted brands in the fitness industry with 20 years of experience making high-quality, and space-efficient workout equipment that offer a wide range of workout options to build, tone, and strengthen different muscle groups of the body. Two solid proofs of Bowflex’s commitment to make affordable, versatile, and premium fitness equipment that are ideal for home use are the Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1 and Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 5.1. So, with the Bowflex Bench you have a couple options to choose from to see which one is the right fit for you.
The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1
Weighing 55 lbs, measuring 56 in (l) x 26 in (w) x 20 in (h), the Bowflex 3.1 Bench is able to:
- Safely support a max weight of 300 lbs;
- Easily and conveniently adjust to four bench angles; and
- Allow you to do more than 30 types of exercises right at the comfort of your own home.
One of the greatest features of this Bowflex Weight Bench is the four different bench positions that you’ll be able to work with. The bench may be adjusted to a decline angle of -10°, a flat position, and incline angles of 45° and 90°.
Depending on the type and intensity of workout that you want to do and the muscle group that you want to target, you can swiftly and smoothly switch to a different Bowflex Bench angle and do free weight exercises, sit-ups, decline bench press, etc. For additional support, especially when you workout in a decline bench position, you may opt to use the removable leg brace. As a convenience feature, the Bowflex Bench 3.1 also has wheels at the back so you can easily move it from one spot to another or roll it away from your workout area to the machine’s dedicated storage room when you’re done using it.
With the wide variety of exercises that you can do with this affordable, solid, and sturdy Bowflex Bench, you’ll definitely get value for your money, maximize your space at home, reach your fitness goals, and keep your body in a perfectly fit and healthy condition. Moreover, to reduce risks of injuries, especially when lifting weights, the Bowflex 3.1 Bench is designed in a way that lets you recline or sit in a proper posture and stable position when you workout.
Made with high-quality steel, and covered with a 15-year warranty on frame and 1-year warranty on upholstery, the integrity of Bowflex Selecttech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1’s design and composition can guarantee not only the machine’s long-lasting durability, practical functionality and great versatility that you can enjoy and benefit from for several years but also, and more importantly, your safety as you work your way to your fitness goals.
Easy to assemble and with clear instructions to guide you, this Bowflex Adjustable Bench can be quickly put together in more or less 45 minutes. To keep the vinyl upholstery in good condition, just wipe the bench’s surface every after use.
The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 5.1
If the four bench positions offered by Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench 3.1 don’t sound good enough for you, you can always go for a Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 5.1. With four incline positions, one decline position, and a flat position, you’ll have a total of six adjustable bench angles to choose from and workout with.
Weighing 61.7 lbs with dimensions of 56 in (l) x 26 in (w) x 20 in (h), the Bowflex Bench 5.1 has a maximum upper user-weight capacity of 300 pounds and a load limit of up to 480 pounds. The bench may be adjusted to a decline angle of -17°, a flat position, and incline angles of 30°, 45°, 60°and 90°. With such capacity and flexibility, this Bowflex Bench allows you to do a variety of 30 different types of exercises from sit ups to Bowflex Bench Press, and is more than able to give you a total workout experience with optimum efficiency, safety, convenience, and effectiveness.
Conducive for strength-building, muscle-toning and cardio training workouts, the Bowflex 5.1 Bench also has a detachable leg brace that provides additional support for weight lifters who train in a decline position. You’ll also be able to target, build, strengthen and tone different muscle groups, especially on your core and upper body. With 30 workout options to choose from, you’ll definitely be on the right road to fitness and the perfectly chiseled body that you’ve been aiming for.
With a frame made of heavy-duty steel, you can be sure your safety won’t be compromised. The Bowflex Weight Bench frame’s durability factor is backed up with a 30-year warranty while the upholstery is covered by a 1-year warranty. Built and engineered to keep you in proper posture and stable position when you exercise, you’ll have greater confidence even when you’re doing high intensity workouts and weightlifting trainings.
Apart from being versatile, durable, safe, functional and affordable, the Bowflex Selecttech Adjustable Bench Series 5.1 is also very easy to use as you can quickly change your bench angle from an incline to flat to decline position to appropriately accommodate your fitness training needs and preferences as well as the kind of workout that you’d like to perform. Another great thing about this easy-to-assemble machine is it would only take you about half an hour to put the parts together, and, with its transport wheels, it can be conveniently moved from one place to another.
Differences Between the Bowflex 3.1 vs 5.1
Price-wise, the Bowflex 3.1 costs less than the Bowflex 5.1, which is expected as the latter offers more bench angle options than the former. In terms of structure, the Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1 is a single piece top while the Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 5.1 comes in two pieces and weighs heavier than the Bowflex 3.1 Bench. Both have the same dimensions so they would occupy practically the same amount of space in your home.
Other than those, both are effective tools for achieving your fitness goals. Our recommendation goes to the BOWFLEX BENCH 5.1