Total Gym Review
Here are a few facts you should know before making this decision:
- The Total Gym is an effective machine for general muscle toning and conditioning.
It provides a decent total body workout, and, if used on a regular basis, is quite likely
to keep you in good shape. So, if it’s a lean, toned look you’re after, this machine
should be helpful.
- As far as advanced body building and muscle sculpting, the Total Gym is definitely
not the equipment of choice. It simply doesn’t have the necessary resistance to
build huge muscles.
- The total Gym is light weight as compared to other strength training machines, does not
require major assembly and folds away for storage.
- As far as workout mechanics, the Total Gym uses a gliding board mounted on a steel
frame at an incline. During the workout, you sit on the gliding board and pull against
cables attached to the steel frame. This causes the board to glide up and down, using
your body weight as resistance. Varying the incline of the gliding board allows you
to increase or decrease the level of resistance.
- In order to work out different muscle groups, you will need to change position on the
gliding board and also change various cables/attachments during the workout.
- The Total Gym offers a flexible workout with plenty degrees of freedom. This can be
fun, but also requires caution to avoid accidents (especially falling off the board).
Total Gym Review
The Total Gym has been around for quite some time, and quite a few models are out on the
market. The list below indicates the name and approximate cost (in USD) of the most common
- Total Gym 1000: $100-150 (the most basic model)
- Total Gym 1100: $180
- Total Gym 1500: $270
- Total Gym 1700: $420
- Total Gym 2000: $400
- Total Gym 3000: $900
- Total Gym 1100: $1,200
- Total Gym 2400: $1,500
- Total Gym XLS: $1,550 (top of the line model)
Keep in mind that prices may differ substantially depending on the vendor, and on whether the machine is new or used. During sale events or closeout deals, prices on higher end models may
be cheaper by $100-200. This being said, it is always worth shopping around and comparing prices.
At present, the official Total Gym website (endorsed by Chuck Norris and Christy Brinkley) only offers the Total Gym 2000, Total Gym 3000, and Total Gym XLS. Most of the other models have been discontinued, but some can still be purchased in retail stores or online (including eBay).
Total Gym Review
Despite the many models out there, the differences in workout quality are surprisingly small. Higher end models are somewhat sturdier built, offer more resistance levels, support higher user
weight and include a few little add-ons. This, however, seems hardly enough to justify the steep
price differential between these models and the more basic ones.
For the average user, a middle-of-the-road model (such as the Total Gym 2000), should be
enough to meet all workout needs. In fact, this models is quite likely the best value for the money, since it combines a reasonably low price (around $400), with fairly good workout features.
As you can observe from the list above, the price difference between the Total Gym 2000 and the next higher model (Total Gym 3000) is about $550, which is a pretty steep increase. On the other
hand, the price difference between the Total Gym 2000 and the more basic Total Gym 1500 is
only $130, which is worth paying considering the additional features you get with the 2000.
The Total Gym 2000 offers 6 levels of resistance, and supports a user weight of 250-300 lbs and user height of 6’2”. It has a sturdier build, thicker frame and larger gliding board than its
predecessor models, offers a lifetime warranty for the frame, and accommodates over 40
exercises. For the average user, this is quite sufficient to deliver the desired results.
Interestingly enough, the Total Gym 2000 is currently offered on the official Total Gym website at a lower cost and with a better warranty than the Total Gym 1700 through other vendors. True,
the price difference is insignificant ($20), but it goes to prove how you can get a later model for a
Comparing the 3 models available on the official Total Gym website, it’s clear right away that you don’t get your money’s worth purchasing the Total Gym 3000 or XLS. The price of the
Total Gym 3000 is $900, which is more than double that of the Total Gym 2000. As for the Total
Gym XLS, offered at a hefty $1500, it is most definitely overpriced for what you’re getting.
The Total Gym 3000 offers the following add-ons as compared to the Total Gym 2000:
- Squat Stand
- Wing Attachment
- Instructional DVD
- 90 day warranty on parts (except the frame, which has a lifetime warranty similar to the
Total Gym 2000)
The Total Gym XLS offers all the above-mentioned features, plus:
- Several workout DVDs
- Training Deck
- Nutritional Program and Meal Plan
- Leg Pull Accessory
- Pilates Kit
- 6 month warranty on parts (except the frame, which has a lifetime warranty)
This being said, judge for yourself if this is worth the increase in price.
Please note: Although the information in our Total Gym Review is correct to the best of our knowledge, no guarantee is made as to its accuracy or completeness. Please verify all data with an official vendor prior to making a purchase.
Note: It is prudent to consult with your doctor prior to starting an exercise program, especially if you are new to exercise, suffer from any medical conditions, or are a woman over the age of 50 or a man over the age of 40.