How to Set Up Bowflex Squat Straps

By Lisa M. Wolfe

The Bowflex home gym system provides a complete body workout. Many of the Bowflex systems are available with squat straps so you can strengthen your lower body with this multi-joint movement. Bowflex recommends wearing non-slip shoes when you perform a squat so you reduce your risk of injury from your feet slipping out from under you.

Remove the bench from your Bowflex. Lift up on the long portion of the bench and pull it away from the smaller seat.

Slide the seat to the position closest to the tower. Pull out the seat rail knob. Slide the seat toward the tower and then release the knob into the locking hole.

Fasten the lower end of each squat strap to the squat cable on the sides of the bench bar. Push on the straight bar of a snap hook and slide the cable and the squat strap's "D" ring into the hook. Release the bar of the hook so it locks in place.

Fasten the squat straps to the squat bar using snap hooks. Press the straight part of the hook to open it. Slide the "D" ring of the squat bar and the squat strap into the hooks. Release the straight bar of the hook to lock it in place.

Adjust the height of the squat strap. Straddle the bench bar and place the squat bar across your upper back. Bend your knees to the lowest angle of your squat, but do not exceed a 90-degree bend in your knees. Lengthen or shorten the squat straps so the power rods have only a slight bend in them at this point.

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