A Guide for Buying a Used Bowflex

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When it comes to buying a Bowflex, you may be asking yourself “Should I buy a new one, or will a find a better deal on a used Bowflex Machine?” These are good questions to ask, and as someone who has done both, I can tell you there are advantages to both buying new and used.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Used Bowflex

If you do decide to buy a used Bowflex, there are a few things you should consider before committing yourself to buying a Bowflex home gym, Max Trainer, HVTTreadClimber, treadmill, elliptical, or anything else they may sell.


When you’re searching for used Bowflex gear on Craigslist or other places you’re going to come across a lot of different options, depending on where you live.

I’m located in a town of about 100,000 people, and there may be a dozen or more Bowflex machines for sale at any given time on Craig’s. The large majority of adds, though, are for machines that are really outdated. The list is typically filled with older home gyms and the early model TreadClimbers. If you get lucky, sometimes you can find a Max Trainer or newer TreadClimber, but you have to act fast when you do.

For me, I will only buy a used piece of gym equipment if it is in very good to excellent condition. The last thing you want is someone else’s junk, so make sure whatever you’re looking at has been well-maintained, is in good working order, and includes everything you need to operate the machine safely, including the owner’s manuals from Bowflex.


Bowflex has been in the fitness equipment business for decades now, and the last thing I would want to do is buy a home gym or something else that is 10, 15, or even 20 years old. You’d be much better off finding one of their newer used machines, or just getting the equipment brand new – just my two cents.

How Much Should a Used Bowflex Cost?

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This is my own personal take on this, but I wouldn’t buy a used Bowflex unless I’m getting at least a 50% discount. I see plenty of Max Trainers and other Bowflex equipment pop up on Craigslist and the people will be asking $100 or $200 less than what you would pay for a new one – that seems crazy to me, and I think you’d be much better off buying a new one at that point, for a number of different reasons that I’ll detail below.

With this 50% discount in mind, here are some prices I would consider paying for a used Bowflex:

Used Max Trainer

M3 – $500 or Less

 M5 – $800 or Less

M7 – $1000 or Less – They’re $2199 new, but I don’t think I’d go over a grand..

Used Bowflex Home Gyms

Revolution – $1500 or Less – I’ve seen them for under $1000 on Craigslist.

Xtreme 2 SE – $800 or Less

Used TreadClimber

TC200 – $1500 or Less

TC100 – $1000 or Less

Used SelecTech Dumbbells

There are several different models of SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells these days. I don’t think I’d do more than $150 or $200 for a used set of these, and check the model before buying too, because you can often get the entry-level SelectTech’s for less than $300 brand new.

Prices of Other Used Bowflex Equipment

The HVT, and the Bowflex treadmills and ellipticals are so new that I have had a hard time finding any used models online. That said, I have seen them pop up in places like Seattle and Las Vegas, so if you live in a larger metro area, you may have some luck finding them. If so, you may have to pay more than half off, but that’ll depend on your negotiating abilities.

Is it Better to Buy New Bowflex Equipment?

Unless you’re able to find a really awesome deal, I always opt for brand-new products when it comes it comes to fitness equipment, especially things that are motorized or could wear down with too much use.

It’s impossible to know how often the seller used the equipment, so while it may look good on the outside, who knows what you’re really getting in a lot of cases.

Plus, you never know if they assembled correctly, so you don’t want to risk using equipment that wasn’t put together the right way.

Bowflex Has a Return Policy and Financing on New Equipment

These are two more factors to consider if you’re shopping for new or used Bowflex equipment. If you buy it directly from Bowflex, you can see if you qualify for financing, plus you can return the equipment if it doesn’t work for you – those two things are big in my book and brings more piece of mind when purchasing.

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