Last Updated on February 12, 2021 by JP
Home Gym Overview:
The Bowflex Hybrid Velocity Training Plus (HVT+) is an innovative and efficient hybrid home gym that combines the benefits of cardiorespiratory and strength training in one sleek machine. You could think of it as a natural evolution of the original cable machine, except this one comes along with a customized Samsung Galaxy 9.6” tablet. The addition of the tablet provides you with an immediate starting place—no need to get familiarized with the equipment—the tablet comes loaded with 50 different trainer-led workouts so you can get started right away.
The HVT+ is a sturdy but tall and sleek piece of equipment. It’s space-conscious, and ideal for maximizing your at-home gym. Aside from the technology, the HVT+ home gym also comes with 16 levels of resistance to control the intensity of your workout, as well as 3 pre-programmed workout programs that come built-in. Bowflex resistance training with the HVT+ is also relatively low-impact on the joints, as opposed to traditional free weight training, which may be important to older, heavier, or previously injured trainees. It’s worth noting that standing at around 6 feet, the HVT+ may feel too tall for shorter trainers, depending on the height. Aside from the steep price and height, however, the Bowflex HVT+ is an appealing machine that represents state-of-the-art at-home fitness equipment.
- Height: 83”
- Width: 46”
- Length: 65.6”
- Item weight: 182 lbs
- Max user weight: 300 lbs
- Provides the dual benefits of cardio and strength training in a single new and innovative hybrid training machine.
- Fast and effective workout in as little as 18 minutes.
- 50 unique exercises with unlimited variation to tailor your workouts to your needs.
- Premium grip handles ensure comfort for every exercise in your workout.
- Space-saving, conscious design allows to a total gym in the size of one piece of equipment.
- Smooth magnetic and progressive fan resistance included.
- Includes a premium tablet LCD/LED display, combining the HVT with a customized Samsung® 9.6” tablet preloaded with the FREE Bowflex HVT App.
- 3 pre-programmed workouts created by top-level fitness professionals and targeted to your specific goals, including:
- Sprint (power, speed, recover), Circuit (strength, form, range of motion) and Builder (strength, endurance).
- 16 levels of resistance to control the intensity of your workout.
- Tracks work rate, intensity and fitness programs with Total Power Score Technology.
- Bluetooth® 4.0 compatible for easy syncing.
- Frame: 2 years
- Mechanical: 2 years
- Electrical: 2 years
- Parts: 2 years
- Labor: 90 days
Shipping and Assembly:
Shipping costs may vary for the Bowflex HVT+ but you can usually get free shipping at Bowflex.com – click here to check the latest offer.
The Bowflex HVT+ comes with a step-by-step assembly manual and is fairly straight forward and easy to assemble, coming out to about two hours total to put together.
What We Love About the Bowflex HVT+:
Samsung Tablet Included
The Bowflex HVT+ comes with a Samsung customized tablet included in the price. Because this is not just the main difference, but the only difference between the HVT+ and the original model, the HVT, it’s worth noting. While it comes at a price, the tablet takes this hybrid trainer to the next level—providing instant access to 50 trainer-led workouts as well as access to your favorite apps, including Netflix, Spotfiy, and more. For trainees who do not have experience with a cable machine or much training, this tablet will make getting started very easy. Whether beginner or advanced, the addition of the tablet allows you to make the most out of this innovative piece of equipment.
Strength And Cardio In One
You no longer have to choose between cardiovascular or strength training; With the Bowflex HVT+ home gym machine, you’ll get the benefits of both training modalities in one sleek machine. This piece of equipment provides a nearly full-gym set-up in the comfort of your home and is known for its short and efficient 18-minute workouts designed to get you results. This kind of model is revolutionary for providing a truly hybrid trainer, allowing you to cross-train safely and effectively, without some of the risk that comes with free weights. You could think of this trainer as a smarter cable machine, with the added benefit of being able to work on cardio and endurance.
With the Bowflex HVT+ currently the higher end home gym model, it’s worth noting that you can purchase the exact same machine (the original Bowflex HVT without the Samsung Tablet included) for a lot less. If you’re willing to have less instruction and a steeper learning curve, the original model will allow you to purchase the same quality machine, at a steep discount.
How the Bowflex HVT+ Compares to the Bowflex HVT
The HVT series has two pieces of home gym equipment—the HVT+ and the original HVT. The only difference between the two is the addition of the Samsung tablet that comes included in the price of the HVT+. There are no other differences between the two machines. For that reason, if you’re looking for more instruction and have the budget for it, the HVT+ will provide more direction to the novice trainee.
Final Word on the Bowflex HVT+:
The Bowflex HVT+ is the higher end hybrid trainer within the HVT series, for which there is also the original HVT. Both have been shown to provide great results using the tested formulas for 18-minute workouts. The only difference is the inclusion of the Samsung® Galaxy tablet. For trainees who have the budget and are looking for the perfect blend between strength and conditioning in one, the HVT home gym may be ideal.