Total Gym Reviews – Range of Home Gyms
Total Gym are one of the most recognized and trusted names in the home fitness industry. Thanks to the Infomercial efforts of their spokespeople, Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley, most people are familiar with the Total Gym brand. In this article, we get down to the details on the Total Gym stable of products so that you can decide whether this unique training options deserves to be in your home gym.
The Total Gym Story
Total Gyms have been around since 1974, when they were invented by competitive bodybuilder Tony Campanaro. By duplicating everyday movement with the use of bodyweight and gravity on a slant board, he was able to simulate more than one hundred typical exercises. The Total Gym infomercials, featuring Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley are the longest running infomercials for any product.
Total Gym is a brand name of EFI Sports Medicine. As well as their home gym line, they also manufacture a range of medical facility and fitness facility equipment.
The Total Gym Range Reviews
There are four products in the Total Gym range as follows:
Let’s take a look at each of these . . .
In Depth Review of Total Gym Machines
The Total Gym Supreme is the lowest cost model in the
Total Gym line up. As a result, it is the simplest of the four models. However, it still provides you with the ability to do more than 60 exercises. Considering that you can pick this model up for roughly half the price of the Total Gym Fit, that’s pretty impressive.
The Total Gym people have not skimped on accessories with this budget model. Your purchase comes with . . .
- Ab Crunch Accessory
- Tri-Grip Shape Bars
- Leg Pull Attachment
The Total Gym Supreme can be folded to preserve your precious floor space. In addition, your purchase comes with four training DVDs and a very comprehensive nutritional plan. Your purchase also comes with a two year warranty on the frame and one year on the parts.
A drawback with the Total Gym Supreme is that its glide board is not as long as the more expensive models so will not be suitable for people who are over 6 feet tall.
Check out our full review on the Total Gym Supreme here.
- 60 + exercises
- Low cost
- Squat Stand
The Total Gym XLS is the biggest selling model in the Total Gym range. With the XLS you can do in excess of eighty exercises to work your entire body. Unlike the more budget Total Gym Supreme, the XLS will support all body types and heights. It has a maximum user weight of 400 pounds, which is pretty impressive.
The Total Gym XLS comes with plenty of support. You get six DVD workout and instruction guides plus a get started CD and a full exercise wall chart. The angled glide board on the XLS features a head rest for enhanced comfort. You also get a nutritional program from celebrity trainer Dan Isaacson that provides you with a nutritional program and meal plan.
The warranty on the XLS provides you with lifetime cover on the frame yet just 6 months on the parts, which is alarmingly short.
Check out our full review on the Total Gym XLS here.
- 80+ exercises
- Suitable for all heights
- Max user weight 400 pounds
- 6 DVDs
The Total Gym GTS is the Rolls Royce of the Total Gym line up, with a price to match ( about five times more than the budget model). For that money you get a professional, commercial gym quality home gym. In fact, this is the very same model that is used in health clubs throughout the world.
The Total Gym GTS allows you to do more than 200 different exercises, which is more than double what you can do on the best of the other three models in the Total Gym range. You can also work against 22 different percentages of your bodyweight.
The GTS is great for doing strength training, as well as flexibility, cardio and pilates exercises. One of the great benefits of this gym compared to the others in the range is the extensive provision for pulleys. With the GTS you get six different pulley attachment points. This greatly increases your exercise selection, angle options and range of motion when working your arms and legs.
With the total Gym GTS you get the following accessories . . .
The glideboard on the GTS is the highest quality of all of the models on offer. It provides you with detachable head board and foot board and features enhanced padding for extra comfort. You can set the glideboard to seven different angles (this compares negatively to the new Total Gym Fit which provides you with 12 settings). You do, however, get 22 levels of calibrated resistance that allows you to set the resistance at between one and sixty-two percent of your bodyweight.
There are a number of unique features to the GTS. These include the following . . .
- 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 ad free weights (not included)
The Total Gym GTS is foldable to give a storage footprint of 38 inches wide, 56 inches high and 20 inches long. The warranty on the Total Gym GTS gives you the following protection:
- Lifetime frame warranty
- One year parts warranty
- 90 days wear on parts
Check out our full review on the Total Gym GTS here.
- 200+ exercises
- Commercial grade gym
- 22 settings regulated to bodyweight percentage
- Great for pilates and flexibility
- Six pulley attachment points
- High quality glideboard
The Total Gym system has carved out a premium section of the home gym fitness market based upon its unique gravity resistance format. It offers four models that cover all budgets and user requirements.
With the cheapest model providing you with more than 60 exercises, it can provide you with everything that you can do in a commercial gym in a very compact space.
The Total Gym experience is different than what you get with free weights. You should, therefore, try before you buy if at all possible. If you like the feeling that it gives your muscles, then you will not be disappointed with the results you get from any of the machines in the Total Gym range.
My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.