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Bowflex 3.1S Exercise Bench $199 and 4.1S Bench $299

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Aug 30, 2020
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[Best Buy] Bowflex 3.1S Exercise Bench $199 and 4.1S Bench $299

Bowflex SelectTech Exercise Workout Benches in stock online at Best Buy:

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/bo ... h/14881377

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/bo ... h/14881378

Canadian Tire has the 3.1 for $199 but these are foldable/stowable.
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Newbie
Apr 16, 2019
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Would the 4.1S be good for using it for benching heavy (~215 lb) with a power rack? Anyone know if the back support is wide enough for that kind of bench weight?
Newbie
Aug 2, 2020
88 posts
71 upvotes
I have the 3.1 and it’s fine for me. I’d imagine the 4.1s would be fine given that it is rated @550 lbs.
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Jul 27, 2015
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Vegas Golden Knights
Bumping this for peeps that need a bench
Member
Jul 25, 2008
217 posts
50 upvotes
Ordered the 4.1s, thank you.
Taking precautions in case gym closes again.
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Jan 17, 2009
3545 posts
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Toronto, Ontario
tldr 3.1 vs 4.1 for home gym? Not sure if its worth the extra $100

edit:
4.1 has an extra angle: -20°, 0°, 30°, 45°, 90°
3.1 is: -20°, 0°, 45°, 90°

4.1: 550 lb (User weight not to exceed 300 lbs. and lift load not exceed 250 lbs.)
3.1: 480 lb (User weight not to exceed 300 lbs. and lift load not exceed 180 lbs.)

Went for the 4.1 for that 30° that I like, and extra 70lb weight can't hurt, lift load of 180 is too low, but 250lb should have me covered haha. Thanks OP GF has been driving me nuts for a bench for at home workouts.
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Jul 27, 2015
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Ecsta wrote: tldr 3.1 vs 4.1 for home gym? Not sure if its worth the extra $100

edit:
4.1 has an extra angle: -20°, 0°, 30°, 45°, 90°
3.1 is: -20°, 0°, 45°, 90°

4.1: 550 lb (User weight not to exceed 300 lbs. and lift load not exceed 250 lbs.)
3.1: 480 lb (User weight not to exceed 300 lbs. and lift load not exceed 180 lbs.)

Went for the 4.1 for that 30° that I like, and extra 70lb weight can't hurt, lift load of 180 is too low, but 250lb should have me covered haha. Thanks OP GF has been driving me nuts for a bench for at home workouts.
Good call tht 30 degree helps with shoulder work outs. The 3.1 is way to far forward. Is it worth an extra $100?
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Jan 17, 2009
3545 posts
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Toronto, Ontario
chilli604 wrote: Good call tht 30 degree helps with shoulder work outs. The 3.1 is way to far forward. Is it worth an extra $100?
I think its bullshit that its an extra $100 for what I'm sure is just an extra $5 in metal and welding, but I agree the 30 degree one will come in handy. The extra 70lbs supported load is the main reason I went 4.1 as that puts it above what I would lift on my best days. The max lift load of 180lb on the 3.1 is a touch low in case I get accidentally swole Face With Tears Of Joy
Sr. Member
Oct 17, 2006
658 posts
402 upvotes
Toronto
I went to home depot and got some scrap 2x4's for free and they also cut them to 7 and 8" at no charge which fit perfectly in my Bowflex 3.1 giving alot more angles.
Also had some various metal plates which i screwed in for extra strength, works like a charm! Also some guy on Youtube is 3D printing adjustable pieces for the bench which looks really good, but he's asking like $60 for them




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Newbie
Aug 2, 2020
88 posts
71 upvotes
Ecsta wrote: tldr 3.1 vs 4.1 for home gym? Not sure if its worth the extra $100

edit:
4.1 has an extra angle: -20°, 0°, 30°, 45°, 90°
3.1 is: -20°, 0°, 45°, 90°

4.1: 550 lb (User weight not to exceed 300 lbs. and lift load not exceed 250 lbs.)
3.1: 480 lb (User weight not to exceed 300 lbs. and lift load not exceed 180 lbs.)

Went for the 4.1 for that 30° that I like, and extra 70lb weight can't hurt, lift load of 180 is too low, but 250lb should have me covered haha. Thanks OP GF has been driving me nuts for a bench for at home workouts.
Curious as to why lift load matters in the capacity equation?
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Jul 27, 2015
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malcolm027 wrote: Ordered the 4.1s, thank you.
Taking precautions in case gym closes again.
I think Ontario just announced its closing gyms for 28 days. Bowflex just went up in value
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Jan 17, 2009
3545 posts
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Toronto, Ontario
ImpulseBuyy wrote: Curious as to why lift load matters in the capacity equation?
I'm guessing they assume user weight to be spread out whereas lift load from bench press would be all at the same top part? Not 100% sure. Maybe stronger welds, who knows. For $100 extra I figured it's worth it since my last bench lasted me 10 years.
Member
Jul 25, 2008
217 posts
50 upvotes
ImpulseBuyy wrote: Curious as to why lift load matters in the capacity equation?
I’m thinking it is calculated how weight is distributed.
When you are using weights on the bench they are typically going to be at the top portion whereas your body is stationary distributing weight more evenly across the bench. I would also assume it could handle more weight flat but gets weaker as you adjust the incline angle.
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Sep 4, 2008
856 posts
299 upvotes
New Westminster
seems like bestbuys return policy for these equipment is it must be unopened? so if you open it u are stuck?
Member
Sep 12, 2011
258 posts
252 upvotes
Ottawa
statick wrote: I went to home depot and got some scrap 2x4's for free and they also cut them to 7 and 8" at no charge which fit perfectly in my Bowflex 3.1 giving alot more angles.
Also had some various metal plates which i screwed in for extra strength, works like a charm! Also some guy on Youtube is 3D printing adjustable pieces for the bench which looks really good, but he's asking like $60 for them



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I got the 3D printed parts from that guy and they are awesome!! highly recommended. 53$ shipped to my house.
Newbie
Aug 2, 2020
88 posts
71 upvotes
malcolm027 wrote: I’m thinking it is calculated how weight is distributed.
When you are using weights on the bench they are typically going to be at the top portion whereas your body is stationary distributing weight more evenly across the bench. I would also assume it could handle more weight flat but gets weaker as you adjust the incline angle.
That makes sense, prior to the 3.1 I was benching over 220lbs (flat) on a cap bench rated @250lbs total and haven’t died yet (luckily). The bow flex feels wider and more solid IMO.
Newbie
Aug 2, 2020
88 posts
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DoBoY1 wrote: I got the 3D printed parts from that guy and they are awesome!! highly recommended. 53$ shipped to my house.
Does the 3D printed part feel durable? The guy in the video is demo’ing them using 5 lb weights....
Sr. Member
Aug 19, 2004
935 posts
735 upvotes
Toronto
I have a 3d printer and although it's a cool device ("a solution looking for a problem"); I would be very nervous using it for a critical structural part.

I mean, they use metal for a reason in those components. I think this solution is fine for lighter weights but I don't suggest risking injury with heavy weights with this.

I'd be more comforable with wood blocks.

As the youtuber states;
"Use your best judgement for whether this solution will be strong enough for your application"

statick wrote: I went to home depot and got some scrap 2x4's for free and they also cut them to 7 and 8" at no charge which fit perfectly in my Bowflex 3.1 giving alot more angles.
Also had some various metal plates which i screwed in for extra strength, works like a charm! Also some guy on Youtube is 3D printing adjustable pieces for the bench which looks really good, but he's asking like $60 for them





bowflex.jpg

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