Do Not Buy a Bully Xtreme! There ya go, that’s my answer. I’m writing this article not so much about fitness, strength or health but as some friendly advice, as a result of a not so friendly action. Several months ago, I received an email from a reader here on Isometric-Training.com, asking my opinion, a review, of the Bully Xtreme.
If you’ve searched for isometrics and found this site, chances are you’ve seen the sales page for this product, and this reader asked me why I was recommending it. That was a shock for me, as I hadn’t, or at least that’s what I thought.
I only recommend or endorse a very limited amount of products and services that have to meet extremely high standards. For the record I ONLY endorse the following products:
Pavel Tsatsouline and Dragon Door (cause Pavel, makes me laugh and he’s got some GREAT training advice.
Precision Nutrition by Dr. John M Berardi. (the BEST recipes bar none, I live on the Teryaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Pecan Salmon and the Greek Cheeseburgers), and I occasionally will recommend
I don’t recommend or have ever mentioned the Bully Xtreme, because I consider it a cheap knock off and imitation of a good product. So I was very curious as to why someone would get the impression that I had. I checked out the website and it all became clear.
Parts of my articles, my instructions – and yes, even photos of me, were on his website, selling his product! I couldn’t believe it! This website was using my copyrighted material and images to boost sales and to endorse and justify his product. I was horrified. Soon after I received more emails, from dissatisfied customers and people asking me why I was on this website – was it my product, should they buy it?
These are just some of the emails I have received from readers of this website regarding the Bully Xtreme and the quality of the service they have received. I have changed the names for privacy reasons. All emails are authentic, genuine and unchanged.
I emailed the owner of the website asking to have the offending material removed and received NO RESPONSE. It became clear I had to take the unfortunate position of bringing a legal action against the website and its owner. I consulted with my legal representatives and sent a series of legal action emails. Eventually I had to contact his domain hosting service and his service provider in an attempt to get a response from his website.
After 4 weeks, during which time I received more emails in the form of questions and complaints I received a response from the Bully Xtreme Website. I won’t discuss the poor responses from the owner of the Bully Xtreme Website, but I did manage to get them to remove ALL articles, text and images from their site.
I do want to apologize to anyone who purchased that product under the false assumption that I recommended it, and received disappointing and inferior service. I would also like to thank my readers for contacting me and letting me know. And in answer to all your questions - Do Not Buy a Bully Xtreme.
So what about the Bullworker itself? Well I happen to collect vintage old school Bullworkers – I love them. Invented by German inventor Gert F. Kolbel the Bullworker allows you to measure the resistance you generate in an isometric contraction. This allows you to more precisely track your progress and strength increases.
On the other hand the continued pressure generated by the internal springs can stress and damage the tendons and joints of the arms and legs. They are a great tool, but you don’t really need one. Truth be told you can get all the benefits from a Bullworker without spending the money using the free exercises and isometrics contractions listed on my website.
You can also read more about the science and history of isometrics in my ebook - 7 Seconds to A Perfect Body. It’s jammed packed with incredible info on the science behind isometric strength training success and covers the most important principals of this method in an easy to understand and efficient manner. With full colour photos and in depth explanations focusing on the core muscle group from which all strength comes, the abs and back, you can’t go wrong. Even better you can start in just a few minutes. Check it out here. If you do want to get a Bullworker and think it would be of use to you – make sure you get it from a reputable source – the official Bullworker site is http://www.bullworker.com/ and you can get the new compact version of the Bullworker called the Steel Bow there too - but what ever you do, do NOT buy a Bully Xtreme.