The most difficult thing that I moved from California to Michigan was my new Bowflex HVT machine. It was challenging because it’s big, bulky, and awkwardly shaped. It’s an awesome machine, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not easy to get around!
That right there is a piece of home exercise equipment that stands nearly 7′ tall, over 5′ long, and nearly 4′ wide. It was assembled in that room, and doesn’t fit out the door. So, in order to move it to Michigan, it had to be partially disassembled. I wasn’t sure the best way to do that, so I hired some professionals, and they separated it into two pieces: the base, and the tower, which I wrapped up in orange bubble wrap until it looked like a giant gummy bear.
There was no way I wasn’t taking my HVT to Michigan. It’s an incredible way to combine strength training with cardio.
HVT stands for “Hybrid Velocity Trainer,” and I was first introduced to it when I went to Portland a year ago and visited the Bowflex headquarters. And now I have one of my very own!
It has three sets of handles, and you can use them to do dozens of different exercises. 16 levels of resistance means that you can adjust it to your fitness level, and use it to tone those muscles!
Plus, it’s designed to be used rapidly, so you can get your heart rate up in the process, and burn even more calories. That’s why it’s a hybrid machine!
Even though it’s a strength machine, there’s no stacks of weights, no adjusting resistance with pins – there’s a just a big dial and a great digital display.
It comes with a handy-dandy manual that shows you how to do all the exercises, and it syncs with a free app on your smartphone or tablet that shows videos, too.
You can do your own workout, or follow one of three pre-programmed workouts – all of which are around 20 minutes – that will have you sweating in no time. Plus, there’s even a USB port so you can charge your phone while you workout!
I used my HVT regularly in California, but it’s been sitting in the basement of my parents house, in two big pieces, ever since I got here. I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m living with my folks for now, but hopefully I’ll be house-hunting soon, and I’m not sure if I should assemble it, knowing I might need to disassemble it for another upcoming move, or just wait until I’m settled in my own place.
So… I miss my HVT. It’s a bummer having such an incredible resource at my disposal, just sitting there, collecting dust in the basement.
Oh well – just because I can’t use my HVT doesn’t mean that you can use one! Check out the HVT website – you can save up to $800 dollars right now!
**UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!** I wrote the above part of this blog post a few days ago, and since then, I got my HVT up and running again! My dad helped me set it up in the library. We had to carry it up the stairs from the basement, and then I spent almost a half-hour just freeing it from all the bubble wrap!
My dad is very handy, and between his craftiness and my knowledge of the machine, we got it up and running in about a hour and a half.
The HVT’s position in the room makes sitting on that couch pretty difficult… but we don’t sit on that couch much anyway.
I completed my first Michigan HVT workout the other morning – and I loved every second of it. I’m looking forward to many more!
Keep it up, David!
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