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I’m a big fan of isometric exercises for building lean and strong muscles and the Bullworker line of exercise equipment is specifically designed to give you an extremely effective isometric workout.
Overview of My Bullworker Review
In this review I’m going to go over several pieces of equipment from Bullworker and show you the differences between them – so you can know if this piece of equipment is right for you… and if so which one is best.
I’m also going to show you some alternatives to the Bullworker in case you want to check those out.
In this Bullworker review you’ll discover:
- Does a Bullworker Really Work?
- Cons of the Bullworker
- How to Use a Bullworker
- Who Should Use a Bullworker
- The difference between a Bullworker Bow Classic and a Bullworker Steel Bow
- When the Bullworker was Invented (an interesting story)
- Bullworker ratings for:
- Ease of Use
- Customer Service
- Value for the money
- Alternatives to the Bullworker
Does the Bullworker Really Work?
If you are looking to develop sculpted muscles and gain strength through isometric exercises, then yes the Bullworker works great.
You can see the results of using a Bullworker in this video. They are pretty impressive – especially if you enjoy isometric exercises.
There is also some good science behind the Bullworker. Isometric exercises, like the Bullworker uses, have been proven to be more effective than sports training for increases in strength, endurance, coordination, and agility.
Cons of the Bullworker
The Bullworker is better for building strength than mass and while you can build mass with a Bullworker to a certain extent, you are better off with a program like Visual Impact Fitness if you want to build mass quickly. You can see my full Visual Impact Fitness review here.
How Do You Use a Bullworker?
You use a Bullworker by pushing in on the ends or by holding it like a bow and stretching the cables. This sounds simple and it is, but it doesn’t limit the types of exercises you can do.
There are MANY exercises you can do with a Bullworker that mimic traditional weight exercises but that are done in an isometric manner with this device.
These include exercises for:
- Back and Shoulders
Bullworker publishes several videos of dozens of different exercises you can do with it. You can see those here.
This video shows you a full-body workout that you can do with the Bullworker. There are many other exercises available beyond these, but this is a great place to start.
The Bullworker also comes with springs that you can change for different levels of resistance.
- White spring – level 1 – 0 to 40 lbs.
- Gold spring – level 2 – 0 to 70 lbs.
- Grey spring – level 3 – 0 to 100 lbs.
- Black spring – level 4 – 0 to 130 lbs.
- Red spring – level 5 – 0 to 160 lbs.
How Often Should You Use the Bullworker?
You can use the Bullworker every day as long as you are alternating muscle groups for your workouts. You want to use it at least 3 to 4 times a week for maximum benefits.
Who Should Use a Bullworker?
If you are interested in increasing your strength, but not bulking up a lot then the Bullworker is a good choice for you. It’s great for creating well-defined muscles with good definition.
It can help you stay fit with minimal equipment and cost in the comfort of your own home. (You know I love working out from home!)
When Was the Bullworker Invented?
The Bullworker was invented in 1962 as a way to help people develop more “functional strength and stronger bodies.”
Bullworker Bow Classic vs. Bullworker Steel Bow
Bullworker makes several types of equipment, the ones that most people have questions about are the Bullworker Classic and the Bullworker Steel Bow.
Here’s a video of the difference between the Bullworker classic and the Bullworker steel bow.
Overall, the Bullworker is a great device for effective isometric exercises. Here are my overall ratings.
- Ease of Use 5/5 – this is an extremely easy piece of equipment to learn and use.
- Features 4/5 – The Bullworker does one thing VERY well – isometric exercises. It doesn’t go beyond that and that’s OK. You can do a lot with this one device.
- Customer Service 4/5 – with consistently high ratings on Amazon.com and an easy contact form on their website, their customer service is good. But they don’t have an easy to find phone number.
- Value for the money 4/5 – This isn’t the cheapest piece of equipment on the block, but it is VERY well made. It’s worth the money.
There are several good alternatives to the Bullworker for isometric exercises. Some of my favorite picks are:
- Core Prodigy Python Power Twister – this is a little more limited than the Bullworker, but it’s also currently under $50 so it’s a good value for the money.
- OYO Personal Gym – This is a more traditional approach to strength training, but has a similar profile to the Bullworker.
- Activbody Active5 Handheld Isometric Strength Training Device – this tiny blue tooth enabled device will walk you through isometric exercises.
My advice, if it’s in your budget go with the Bullworker. It’s well worth every penny and will help mix up your workout routine.