Cyber Monday Bowflex deals (and my favorite affordable alternatives as a fitness writer)

You can save a bundle on Bowflex gear during Cyber Monday, but if you shop around there are some cheaper alternatives

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If there's one brand that's embraced the Cyber Monday sales it's Bowflex, with reduced prices across a wide range of fitness equipment and savings of up to $500 on all sorts of gear. However, when you’re looking for fitness deals in big sales like this, it can be confusing and deceptive with lots of pieces of equipment that aren’t all that great. 

As a fitness writer, I've been lucky enough to test some of the best adjustable dumbbells, rowing machines, treadmills, exercise bikes and more. While I do think there are plenty of great Bowflex deals available to cash in on this Cyber Monday, there are a few instances where you could find more affordable alternatives that will still be a quality addition to your home workout set-up. 

Bowflex have hacked prices for Cyber Monday on their state of the art treadmill, exercise bike, kettlebell, and the Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells with $70 off right now at Bowflex., giving you a great opportunity to save some pennies on big buys.

I've also suggested some tried and tested budget substitutes to help you lead a healthy, active lifestyle at home without breaking the bank. These are good alternatives to Bowflex that carry the quality of more expensive brands without the cost.

Best dumbbell deals

Now: $349 at Bowflex

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells Was: $429 Now: $349 at Bowflex 

These adjustable dumbbells are solid all-rounders, with a sturdy build and reliable dial-based weight-changing mechanism which allows you to flick between 15 weight settings (from 5lb to 52.5lb per dumbbell) in next to no time. Similarly, this $80 Cyber Monday discount is a solid deal, but it falls shy of other adjustable dumbbell deals available this weekend (like the JAXJOX offer below). 

Now: $299.99 at Best Buy 

JAXJOX DumbbellConnect Adjustable Dumbbells Was: $499.99 Now: $299.99 at Best Buy 

The JAXJOX DumbbellConnects are my favorite adjustable dumbbells on the market, but their eyebrow-raising price is enough to put many people off. So, with Best Buy slashing the price this Cyber Monday, I would definitely recommend taking advantage of this deal. 

Editor's note: The price of these dumbbells had previously plummeted all the way to $199 – it's back up to $299.99, now, which is still a significant saving, but sadly not the lowest price we've ever seen.

The Bowflex SelectTech 552s are some of the best adjustable dumbbells on the market, with a sturdy, reliable design and 15 weight options from 5lb to 52.5lb. Bowflex has dropped the price for a pair from $429 down to $349 over Cyber Monday, while their heavier cousins (the 10lb-90lb SelectTech 1090 Dumbbells) have also had their cost cut by $100. However, these aren't my favorite adjustable dumbbells, nor are they the best deal I’ve found this Cyber Monday. That honor falls to the JAXJOX DumbbellConnects, which are now down $200 in a Best Buy Cyber Monday offer.

These high-tech weights come with digital docking stations which can be used to change their weight from 8lb to 50lb (or several options in between) in a matter of moments using easy-to-understand up and down buttons. They have a  sleek, matte gray finish and slimmer plates, which didn't catch on my torso when performing bicep curls. The plates also have grooves that slide into one another, allowing them to sit securely in place without any unwanted movement (unlike the SelectTechs). 

Best kettlebell deals

Now: $119 at Bowflex

Bowflex 840 Kettlebell Was: $149 Now: $119 at Bowflex

Offering the equivalent of six different kettlebells (weighing from 8lb to 40lb) in one neat package, I do think this is a good deal for anyone seeking a versatile home workout tool - especially now it's $30 over Cyber Monday. But, if you're on a budget, know that you don't need to spend $100 to buy an effective piece of exercise equipment.  

Now: $14.86 on Amazon (save 15%)

Yes4All 10lb Vinyl Coated Kettlebell Was: 17.49 Now: $14.86 on Amazon (save 15%)

The discount isn't worth shouting about, but these sturdy kettlebells are great value anyway, with a 10lb option costing under $20. Or, if you're a more experienced lifter, you can pick up a 25lb option for less than $35.  

With an MSRP of $149, the adjustable Bowflex 840 is inarguably expensive for a kettlebell, taking it out of the budget of some customers. It has six weight settings, from 8lb to 40lb, so I do think you get a fair amount of bang for your buck - hence why we awarded it the title of best kettlebell. This is especially true now Bowflex has knocked $30 off as part of a Cyber Monday discount. 

If you don’t want to throw 100s of dollars at a piece of equipment, I think the Yes4All Vinyl Coated Kettlebell is a top option for savvy shoppers. It's available in ten different weight options from 5lb to 50lb, so there's something to suit all fitness levels, and the cast iron body is sure to stand the test of time. The wide handle makes it ideal for exercises like kettlebell swings, while the rounded shape is better than its Bowflex rival for movements like cleans and front squats, where the weight needs to nestle in the front rack position.

Best barbell deals

Now: $449 at Bowflex

Bowflex SelectTech 2080 Barbell with Curl Bar Was: $599 Now: $449 at Bowflex

At $449 (down from $599 in the Cyber Monday sale) this isn't a bad deal, with the package including a straight bar, curl bar, stand and enough interchangeable plates to offer weights of 20lb to 80lb. You can quickly flick between them using dials on either end of the bar, and it's much neater than your average free weight set. However, as with a lot of Bowflex products, it's more expensive too. 

100-pound CAP Barbell Weight Set $176.23 on Amazon

100-pound CAP Barbell Weight Set $176.23 on Amazon

With a maximum load of 100lb and a collection of weight plates meaning you can select a wide range of loads, this sturdy steel barbell set is a snip at less than half the price of the Bowflex offering, even at its MSRP. 

As with the kettlebell above, Bowflex's SelectTech 2080 Barbell is adjustable, meaning you can quickly switch between seven weight options (from 20lb to 80lb) in seconds using two dials at either end of the handle. It’s time-efficient and space-efficient home training option and the price is reduced from $599 to $449.  While this is still a hefty investment, you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Best exercise bike deals

Now $799 at Bowflex

Bowflex C7 Bike Was: $1,299 Now $799 at Bowflex

For me, this is the best Bowflex deal going this Cyber Monday, offering a $500 (almost 40%) discount. I found the C7 bike smooth and silent to use, with 100 resistance settings ensuring I always faced a challenging workout. It also benefits from a small touchscreen and compatibility with the brand's JRNY platform, as well as others popular apps like Peloton and Zwift. 

Now: $239.99 on Amazon

Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike Was: $439.99 Now: $239.99 on Amazon

At under $300 in the Cyber Monday sale, the Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike is great value for money. It's smooth, stable and comfortable for capacity-boosting steady-state work, sprint sessions and circuit workouts alike. The workout data is basic, but there's a phone or tablet if you want to follow video workouts from YouTube or apps like iFit. 

In my opinion, the best exercise bike deal on the Bowflex site this Cyber Monday is the C7 Bike, with a $500 saving taking the price from $1,299 to $799. I'm a big fan of this machine, to the point that, since putting it to the test, the bike has taken up permanent residence in my living room.  It boasts 100 magnetic resistance levels, the flywheel moves smoothly and silently at all speeds, and it has a 7in HD touchscreen through which you can stream the expansive JRNY app for a seemingly infinite resource of follow-along workout classes. Or, if you prefer, you can use the bike with the Peloton and Zwift apps - the world's your oyster. 

But, if you don't need smart tech in your fitness gear, there are cheaper alternatives that can offer a fantastic bike-based exercise session. My pick of the bunch would be the sub-$300 Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike, which I tested earlier this month. 

It doesn't have the touchscreen of the Bowflex C7, but it does the basics brilliantly, providing a plush, adjustable seat and a wide range of resistance settings. The metrics are basic, not going far beyond showing your speed, estimated calorie burn and distance covered on a simple LCD monitor. But this does mean you can get straight into your workout without faffing about with settings, making it a great choice for circuit training where cycling might be just one component of a wider EMOM workout

Best treadmill deals

Now: $2,499 at Bowflex

Bowflex Treadmill 22 Was: $2,699 Now: $2,499 at Bowflex

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 is an incredible machine, with an immersive 22in touchscreen, JRNY app compatibility and a cushioned running belt with incline options of -5% to 20%. It's not small and it's certainly not cheap (even with a $200 Cyber Monday discount) but this remains one of the best treadmills I've tried. 

Now: $974.99 at Echelon (save 25%)

Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill Was $1,299 Now: $974.99 at Echelon (save 25%)

The Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill might be a mouthful to say, but it offers a rare combination for a running machine: smart capabilities, a compact design and a reasonable price tag. It's more reasonable than usual over Cyber Monday too, with a 25% discount taking the price under $1,000. 

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 barely feels like a treadmill at all. Instead, it seems more like a virtual reality running machine, with its follow-along video workouts, cushioned running platform, incline settings from -5% to 20% and enormous cinematic touchscreen providing a truly immersive experience. 

This doesn't come cheap though, and even with a $200 discount it's still $2,499 in the Bowflex Cyber Monday sale. It's huge too, meaning you would need a dedicated home workout space to store it. 

One treadmill that performs far better when it comes to its size and price is the Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill. I loved its compact, foldable design, which can slip seamlessly into most living rooms before folding flat to store under a bed or sofa when not in use. The belt was also impressively sturdy, given its diminutive dimensions, and as a taller (6ft 2in) runner I didn't feel cramped when racking up the miles. 

There are 12 incline levels, a top speed of 12mph, and while there's no touchscreen you can enjoy engaging video workouts by linking the treadmill to the Echelon Fit app on your phone or tablet. 

What's more, you can now save more than $300 on one of these running machines in the Cyber Monday sale, with Echelon dropping the price from $1,299 to under $1,000

Harry Bullmore
Fitness Writer

Harry Bullmore is a Fitness Writer for Fit&Well and its sister site Coach, covering accessible home workouts, strength training session, and yoga routines. He joined the team from Hearst, where he reviewed products for Men's Health, Women's Health, and Runner's World. He is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of exercise, and splits his time between weightlifting, CrossFit, and gymnastics, which he does to build strength, boost his wellbeing, and have fun.

Harry is a NCTJ-qualified journalist, and has written for Vice, Learning Disability Today, and The Argus, where he was a crime, politics, and sports reporter for several UK regional and national newspapers.