Not For Tall People: The glideboard on the Total Gym Supreme is not as long as on the other three models in the range. As a result, it cannot handle people who are taller than the average. If you are over six feet tall, you will struggle to use the Supreme.
Warranty Too Short: The warranty of two years on the frame doesn’t compare very well to the other models in the range, with most of the offering lifetime frame warranty. We know that this is the budget model, but their confidence in the frame should have prompted the Total Gym people to at least provide a 10-year warranty on it.
We think that the parts warranty, at one year, is also too short. This should have been at least doubled to two years.
The Total Gym Supreme is the basic, pared down model in the Total Gym stable. It provides you with a whole lot of exercises, despite being quite a lot lower than you would get with the other models in the range. It is not as long as the other models and so is problematic for taller people. This is a popular model and we recommend it for those who are under six foot tall. If you’re wanting a model that is suitable for all family members, despite their height, we suggest considering the mid range model - the Total Gym XLS.
The first big and obvious difference between the Total Gym Supreme and the XLS is the price, with the latter model being several hundred dollars more expensive than than the former. In terms of market positioning, the Supreme is a budget model and the XLS is an upper mid-range model.
The Bowflex system is a hugely popular and well-established training framework that competes directly with the Total Gym system. One of their most popular models is the Bowflex Xceed. So, let’s see how it stacks up with the Total Gym Supreme.
The Bowflex Xceed makes use of the patented Bowflex power rod resistance system, which makes use of powerful flexible rods that bend like the limb of a bow as you do your repetition. It provides you with 210 pounds of Power Rod resistance. However, the Bowflex system has its own unique feel and does not provide you with eccentric or negative resistance. Also, when you do a repetition the resistance level changes through the move, with the full weight coming into play only through the last third of the rep.
You would be advised to try it out before you buy to see if it feels right for you.
In terms of exercise range, the Bowflex Xceed and the Total Gym Supreme match up quite evenly at around 65 moves. Both machines are well made from high grade steel. The padding on the Xceed, though, is of a slightly better grade than the Supreme and is thicker.
The Bowflex Xceed is also quite a bit more expensive than the Total Gym Supreme. We believe that the Supreme represents better overall value for money and will give you a better workout.