How to Replace a Bowflex Power Rod


The Bowflex is a fully featured gym that can be used in the comfort of your own home for strength training and conditioning. The power rods are the long, skinny cylinders attached to the pulleys, which offer and control resistance. While the power rods are a great concept for resistance, take up less space and can be safer than heavy weights, which can be dropped, the rods do eventually wear out. Luckily, the power rods have a good warranty and are very easy to replace.

Things You'll Need

  • Power rods
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Rubber mallet
  • Unscrew the four screws at the base of the power rod box with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Tap the power rod box lightly with a rubber mallet to ease it off of the Bowflex structure.

  • Remove the plastic plug at the bottom of the defective power rod. Unscrew the Phillips-head screw and pull the power rod out of the power rod box.

  • Guide the replacement power rod back into the power rod box. Ensure that the slot on the bottom of the power rod matches up with the ridges at the bottom of the hole.

  • Secure the power rod by tightening the Phillips-head screw into the bottom. New power rods come with their own screws, whether they are replacement power rods or the upgrade package that allows for more weight.

  • Replace the power rod box and tighten the four Phillips-head screws. To secure the power rod box, give it a few taps with a rubber mallet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Regularly test the strength and resistance of the power rods to make sure they are safe.
  • Consult your manual for information regarding the specific warranty your Bowflex has.
  • To add resistance to your Bowflex, additional power rods can be ordered to fill the two empty holes in the back of the power rod box.
  • Always check the pulley wires before using the Bowflex. The pulley wires that connect the Bowflex to the power rods can get tangled or come out of the pulley's groove. This could result in frayed wires and eventually injury from the wire snapping.

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