“ Brand: Everlast / Type: Strength Training Equipment „
The Everlast Powerbow is a piece of kit designed to help with upper body fitness. In essence it is for getting big arms and defining pectoral (Chest) muscles.
Part of what originally attracted to me was the fact my grandfather used to have one of the old bullworker pieces of fitness equipment many years ago and it seemed like a solid workout, where you pushed both ends of the bullworker towards each other and built chest muscles through the tension.
The powerbow has this facility and if working on this alone, it isn't bad, you push inwards and the tension created really works your arms and more especially your chest muscles as the tension created causes your muscles to really work hard.
However this alone wouldn't make it worth £19.99, which I paid for it at Amazon. The powerbow also does what it says in the tin and works almost like a bow, it has two fibre cables either side of the main handles and by holding each one of these and pulling outwards, you should work your arms and chest and shoulder muscles extensively as the slow tension really works the muscles hard. The two processes combined can lead to a good workout which is roughly equivalent to a good session on the fly machine in the gym. Unfortunately...............
The kit works well in bullworker mode, however when used as a bow, Everlast haven't put as much care into this as they really should have, the cables are not brilliant and I noticed as I got stronger they did the opposite, eventually one of the cables snapped and I had to take the item back for a refund, unfortunately having looked at Amazon (Which I should have in the first instance now), I can appreciate that this is a design fault and one which I think they should really rectify rather than continuing to sell this item.
As the item snapped my little one was in the room and it made me think that this is actually a little dangerous as well as useless. The item has basic instructions of how to use it on the handles and markers which display how far you have pushed the stick in/pulled it out, to show how you are progressing, alongside the design faults, there is only so far you can go with this until you have pushed it as far as you can.
It looks fine, but when you start to appreciate how poorly made it is, you start to look at in that manner, so I have to say it looks cheap, the fibre glass bow extensions are not good quality and the item takes up little space but doesn't look nice at all. I think this wasn't a good use of £20, I should have either used it towards a better piece of kit like the 'Golds Gym' version, or asked my Grandfather where he got his as its still going strong after 45 years.
Overall, the breakage ruined this for me and I would give it 1 out of 5 as I only got 3 months use out of the item (only using it once a week), so that is 12 uses for £20. Not good quality or value, which is unlike Everlast.
I have quite a variety of small gym equipment that I use at home. One of these pieces of equipment is the Everlast Power Bow. My Dad had a really old version that I used to use when I was younger. I would use it all the time so decided to get one of my own. After searching I found this one on Amazon for £16 so decided to buy it as I had a voucher.
The idea of the Power Bow is to build upper body strength focusing on the arms and chest. You can do this with another of exercise such as pushing the rods together or pulling the cables apart. It is made of a strong plastic in the middle frame and two fibre rods either side. It has fibre rods which provide tension and each end of the unit. There is a measurement chart which is handy to judge your progress.
For me the device is cheaply made. On made Dads old one it was made of steel with two strong cables. The rods on my device began to fray and look as if they will eventually wear and snap. Also the I find the rods difficult to get a grip of and once I do get it flexing I am not confident the power bow wont snap.
For me I would rather just do press ups. This is a cheap and poorly built device that I stopped using after a month of use. In the time I did use it I found it difficult to get into a rhythm to create and good rep set although it did work my upper body. I just cannot understand how this device was £16 when it feels like the quality of something you would find at the pound shop.