Total Gym GTS Review December 2018 - Features and Comparison Guide

Total Gym GTS Review

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Total Gym are a popular home gym provider who have established an enviable reputation for quality and after sales service. Their infomercials have been running on late night TV since the late 1990’s, firmly establishing the brand in the public consciousness.

There are four models in the Total Gym range. In this article, we shall focus on the Total Gym GTS, which is their top of the line model. This model provides you with more than 200 exercises, including many pilates and flexibility as well as strength exercises. It also allows you to work your body parts from a large number of angles and through a greater range of motion thanks to the pulleys and the six different a pulley attachment points that come with this unit.

Total Gym GTS Specifications

  • Max Weight: % of bodyweight
  • More than 200 exercises
  • Glideboard Seat
  • Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Length: 107"
  • Width: 38"
  • Height: 69"
  • Foldable: Yes
  • 22 resistance levels
  • Curls: Yes
  • Workout Muscles: Legs, Abs, Arms, Back
  • Exercise guide: Yes
  • DVD: Yes
  • Frame Warranty: Lifetime
  • Parts Warranty: 1 year
  • Payment Options: Flexible
  • Leg Pull Accessory
  • Detachable Bracket and 2 Ankle Cuffs
  • Reinforced Slide Pivot Assembly
  • Money back guaantee

Total Gym GTS Features

Non Impact Exercise​​​​

The biggest and most immediate benefit of the Total Gym gravity based resistance system is that it dramatically reduces the jarring on your body that comes with more conventional forms of exercise. The high specs on the Total Gym GTS mean that it’s low impact effect on your joints is superior to the other machines in the Total Gym range. 

This low impact effect makes the Total Gym GTS a great choice for people who are suffering from joint related problems. These include people with arthritis and osteoporosis. It also makes this a smart choice for the elderly or those who are coming back from injury.

Exercise Range

The Total Gym GTS allows you to do more than 200 exercise. This is a whole lot more than the other three models provide, being more than double the 85 or so exercises that you can do on their latest model, the Total Gym Fit. Quite a few of that additional number are thanks to the pulley system, with its six different attachment points. This greatly increases your exercise selection, angle options and range of motion when working your arms and legs.

Included Accessories

The exercise range on the Total Gym GTS is enhanced by the additional accessories that are included with your purchase. These are . . .

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  • An abdominal crunch tool
  • An arm pulley system
  • Fold away lateral bars with soft grip for pull ups
  • Squat stand with three height settings
  • Pilates toe bar
  • Press bar
  • Weight plate bar that allows you to add free weights (not included)

That last addition is significant. With it you can add extra weight to any exercise that you are doing. This overcomes the problem of being limited by your bodyweight. Even at the top glideboard angle, some advanced trainers will still not have enough resistance with their bodyweight. But now they can add on extra poundages at their will. This opens up the Total Gym to a whole new segment of the bodybuilding community who may have felt that it was not heavy enough for them.


Although the exercise range on the Total Gym GTS is impressive, it should be noted that there are actually about 50 core exercises,with the rest of them being slight variations on these core moves. For instance, there is the bench press, and then there is the incline and decline variations of the bench press. In reality, you will probably only use 30-40 of the exercises in the range over the course of your lifetime’s experience with the Total Gym. For that reason, unless you are specifically looking for an exercise that you can do on one machine and not the other, we would advise not being overly swayed by the different number of exercises that one Total Gym has over another.


With the above being said, there are extra moves that you can do thanks to the pulley attachment points of the GTS that are very worthwhile and that you cannot do on any of the other Total Gym machines. 

Warranty Information

Considering the high price tag on the Total Gym GTS, you would expect to get a pretty impressive warranty to protect your investment. So, how does the reality match up? Here’s what they offer . . .

  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • One year parts warranty
  • 90 days wear on parts
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We love the lifetime warranty on the frame. However, the one year warranty on the parts is a bit of a worry. With the GTS, you get a lot more moving parts than on the other three models in the Total Gym range. However, the coverage is only for 12 months. We would have expected this to be at least twice that length of time, as it is with their latest model, the Total Gym Fit.


In addition, you only get a 90 day wear and tear warranty on the parts. We would have like to have seen this aspect of the warranty extended to 12 months.

GlideBoard

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The Glideboard is at the center of the Total Gym system. That glideboard on the GTS is the most advanced of any in the range. It is longer than most, allowing taller users to use the machine with no problems. In addition it has detachable head and footer boards. This provides extra comfort when you are doing exercises where you are lying prone on your back such a the bench press, and to remove it when you are doing exercise where you are kneeling on the board such as biceps curls. 


The glideboard on the Total Gym GTS also provides added padding and comfort compared to the other models in the range.

DVDs

Total Gym have built a reputation for excellent support and after sales service. When you purchase the Total Gym GTS you get six DVDs. On these you will find everything you need to know to understand the system, set it up and get ready to go. You also get full workout programs. demonstrations and routines for physical rehabilitation, sculpted muscles, enhanced range of motion, cardiovascular health and endurance training.


You will also receive a full workout chart that you can hang on the wall next to your Total Gym GTS to provide with an instant guide to the exercises.


The GTS Compared to the XLS

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The GTS clearly offers more grunt than any of the other models in the Total Gym range. However, its price puts it out of the range of many people. Let’s see how it compare with the most popular model in the range, the Total Gym XLS.


The Total Gym XLS can be purchased for about half the price of the GTS. It will provide you with around 80 exercises, compared with 200 or more for the Total Gym GTS. As mentioned above, however, many of thee are slight variation moves based on a core of about 30-40 exercises, which you can do on both machines.

A benefit of the GTS over the XLS is that it has six different pulley attachments that allow you to do a large number of exercises that extend your range of motion and the angle of muscle activation, especially when working your arms and legs. However, you could also simulate these exercises with an inexpensive set of resistance bands.

The XLS has a maximum user weight of 400 pounds, which is similar to the GTS. It also has a long glide board, making the machine suitable for people of all heights. The glideboard on the XLS does not have detachable head and footer boards, but this is not a major advantage. The board is also not as comfortable to lie on as the GTS.


The XLS comes with six DVDs, which is the same number you get with the GTS. The warranty on the XLS provides you with lifetime cover on the frame yet just 6 months on the parts, which is alarmingly short.

Weighing up all the factors, we believe that the Total Gym XLS is a better investment than the GTS.

PROS

  • 200+ exercises
  • Commercial grade gym
  • 22 settings regulated to bodyweight percentage
  • Great for pilates and flexibility
  • Six pulley attachment points
  • High quality glideboard

CONS

  • High price
  • Limited parts warranty
  • Take 2-4 weeks for delivery

Conclusion

The Total Gym GTS is the premium model in the Total Gym range. It is the same model that can be found in health facilities around the world. It offers more than 200 exercises, a host of included accessories and a plush, extended glideboard. However, it has a price tag which will be out of the range for many. We recommend the more affordable Total Gym XLS, which provides all the exercise range you’ll need, is suitable for all users and comes with a lot of back up support. 

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