Total Gym Fit Review

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The Total Gym Fit is the newest model in the Total Gym collection of workout benches. It was released toward the end of 2017 and offers the most levels of resistance of any of the previous models. There are twelve ladder rungs on this machine so you can adapt it to the perfect angle for your fitness level. There are over 85 exercises to choose from so you can keep your workout program effective and varied. It also has a limited lifetime warranty. In this article, we will give you an up-close look at the Total Gym Fit to give you the research you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Has 12 levels of resistance and positions of incline

Includes six different DVDs with instruction and exercise videos

Comes complete with no assembly required


The parts warranty is not very long considering the price of the machine


The Total Gym Fit has marked out its unique selling point in the fact that it provides you with double the resistance level of the other products in the range. You get 12 levels with the Fit, compared to a maximum of seven on the other models. The glide board will incline at 12 different levels so you can vary your workout as your fitness level improves. You can do 85 different exercises on this machine with the help of the six included DVDs. They have instructions about how to use the machine and the wide variety of exercises you can do to get the most out of your workout.

It also comes with a wide variety of accessories so you can get a more complete workout. There is a squat stand included to help you with barbell workouts. There is a wing attachment that will help with working your back and shoulders. The leg pulley will help you develop your leg and hip muscles, and you can even do pilates with this machine. All of these exercises help to provide a wide range of exercises you can do. That makes it a complete, effective machine.

Bodybuilders and advanced trainers have been limited in the past by the resistance levels on machines, but now that problem is solved. The increased resistance is thanks to the extra number of rungs on the glide board ladder.

Looking to add more resistance training-based exercise to your routine, take a look at resistance bands we reviewed in 2019.

Range of Exercises

The Total Gym Fit allows you to perform around 85 exercises. These include all of the big lifts that you would expect to do in the gym such as squats, pull-ups, and the bench press, as well as variations on moves that allow you target muscles through a full range of motion with the pulley resistance system.

With the Total Gym system, you are also able to work both sides of your body unilaterally, which has been shown to bring greater benefits. As an example when you are doing the bench press, you are pushing a separate pulley handle away from your body with each hand. This isolates each side of the pectoral muscles and also brings into play the small, synergistic muscles that assist the movement.


This bench comes with everything you need to get a complete body workout. It offers twelve levels of resistance and an included squat stand. You will be able to do at least 85 different exercises so you can mix up your workout and keep a good variety.

To help you be even more effective, this set includes six DVDs to help you get the most out of your system. There is one to get you started called Start It Up. If you have a limited amount of time to work out there is the 6-8 Minute Workout DVD. There are also DVDs for beginners and one for intermediate, as well as a 5-Day Advanced Program and AbCrunch Workout.

Solid Construction

The Total Gym Fit is a very solidly built unit with a solid frame and top quality pulleys. The glide board is the best in the Total Gym range. Even the complete unit weighs just 66 pounds, it sits solidly and does not move around when you are using it.

The Total Gym Fit can be folded for easy storage. Even when unfolded it has a compact footprint with measurements of 18.5 inches by 93 inches by 44.5 inches. When folded this shrinks to 18.5 by 50.5 by 8.5, making it easy to slide the unit under a bed or store away in a cupboard.

Easy To Use

This bench offers the usual quality of Total Gym with plenty of accessories and instructional DVDs so you can get the most out of your set up. It offers comfort and adjustability as well as being durable quality.

This bench is easy on your body while you are getting a good workout. It gives you possibilities for cross-training by combining cardio with strength training but will not put too much strain on your joints. The resistance works with your body weight and is low-impact. This machine can satisfy any exercise need from gentle physical rehab to intense workouts for weight loss and stamina.

When you are done with your workout, it is easy to fold up this bench and move it out of the way. This bench is compact and easy to maneuver so it can be where you need it to be.

Want to see other models from this manufacturer? Check out the Total Gym Supreme review.


The Total Gym is designed to give you a quality total body fitness while keeping you comfortable at the same time. It is great for low impact workouts so you will not have to worry about pain or stress on your joints. The incline is adjustable so you can get the perfect angle for your comfort and then you can move it up and add more of a challenge as your fitness progresses. The glide board is designed for comfort as well. It is well padded so you can focus on your workout without hurting.

This equipment has a 450-pound weight capacity and is very sturdy, so you can feel the stability while you exercise and know it is going to hold up. It is also nice and quiet so even your ears will be comfortable.


The Total Gym Fit has all the accessories you need for a complete, quality workout. It has an upgraded squat stand which is durable to support your barbells during your workout. There is a two-piece wing attachment which will help you target the muscles in your shoulders, back, legs and abdomen. You can also put it at the bottom of your rails and use it for pushing exercises to build your shoulders, arms, and chest.

The leg pulley system is also a versatile addition to the gym. It lets you work on your leg muscles, especially your thighs, and the muscles around your hips. It can help you stabilize your hip and knee while helping avoid injuries by strengthening your muscles there. There are also pilates ropes and cuffs to add plenty of variety to your workout.

Quality Materials

The glide board on the Total Gym XLS is of high quality, with plenty of padding. It provides you with a head support to provide added comfort and ergonomic positioning when you are lying down to do exercises like the bench press. The bench slides smoothly when you need it to as well. This is a very well built machine. The frame is very solidly constructed from high-quality tubular steel. As a result, it can support a user weight of up to 400 pounds. The glide board is also well made, providing you double stitching on the covering and thick, comfortable padding.

The system has been upgraded include a new pulley and cable system with nylon strap handles that are flexible and an improved squat stand. It comes with the handy accessories as well that help add a new dimension to your workout. The leg-pull accessory, strap handles, and wing attachment are designed to accent your workout and to last through any intense workout.

The Final Word

The Total Gym is a fitness brand with a strong, trusted reputation and the Total Gym FIT is one of their most popular models. If you want to see more products from this manufacturer, make sure to read our Total Gym GTS review.

The best feature of this model is its versatility. With this set you can do over 80 different exercises, so with this one piece of equipment, you will be able to work on all of your major muscle groups. It is designed to help you get in the best shape of your life. Not only does it have all these options for workouts, but it comes with a collection of DVDs which show you the exercises you can do. It will keep you inspired and motivated.

This bench is especially perfect for small spaces because it only weighs 66 pounds and is very easy to move and store, so you can put it out of the way when you are not using it. That and the fact that it comes with all the accessories you need as well as DVDs with exercises makes this a great choice for a home exercise gym.