Total Gym Supreme Review
The Total Gym Supreme is the budget model in the Total Gym range. This puts it in the low to mid range of the home gym market. It provides you with more than 60 exercises using the unique gravity based bodyweight Total Gym system. In this article we’ll take a close look at what this model offers, comparing it to the rest of the range and a couple of popular competing home gym options.
Total Gym Supreme Specifications
- Max Weight: % of bodyweight
- More than 60 exercises
- Glideboard Seat
- Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
- Length: 93"
- Width: 15.5"
- Height: 43.25"
- Foldable: Yes
- 12 resistance levels
- Arrives Fully Assembled
- Padded Pillow for extra comfort
- Frame Warranty: 2 years
- Includes Total Gym Workout Tools and DVDs
- Parts Warranty: 1 year
- Auto Lock Height Adjustment Knob
- Tri-Grip Shaper Bars
- Ab Crunch Accessory
- Leg Pull Attachments
- Squat Stand
- Leg Pull Accessory
- Flexible nylon strap handles
Total Gym Supreme Features
With the Total Gym Supreme, you get the capacity to perform more than 60 exercises. This allows you to train your entire body in less than twenty minutes. The number of exercises that you can do on this machine is considerably fewer than you get with the other three models in the Total Gym range. However, thanks to the included accessories, you can do all of the major moves on the Total Gym Supreme.
Working out on the Total Gym is a lot easier on your joints, especially when you compare it to conventional weight training. Your joints and tendons have a much easier time of it when you train on the gravity glideboard based system inherent to Total Gym. That makes Total Gym a smart choice for the elderly as well as those who have joint issues, brittle bones and those who are coming back from injury.
Your purchase of the Total Gym Supreme comes complete with the following DVDs
- Total Gym Basic Workout with Rosalie
- Roasalie’s Core Cable Flow
- John Carleo’s Six to Eight Minute Workouts
- Todd Dirkin’s Beginner DVD
These four DVDs will provide you with plenty of training options to take you well into the first few months of your training.
You get seven accessory attachments with the Total Gym Supreme as follows . . .
- Ab Crunch
- Wing Attachments
- Leg Pull Accessory
- Dip Bars
- Press Up Bars
- Large Stability Mat
- Squat Stand
These attachments extend the exercise range to allow you to do some foundational moves like squats and dips.
The Total Gym Supreme comes to you fully assembled. It can be easily folded to reduce its footprint when not being used. The unfolded dimensions of the Total Gym Supreme are 15.5 inches wide by 93 inches long by 43.25 inches high. When folded for storage, these become 15.5 by 50.5 by 8 inches.
For many years, a glaring problem with the Total Gym was the inability to perform squats, which are generally acknowledged as the most effective single exercise that you can ever do. That problem has been remedied with the inclusion of the squat stand attachment. This attachment now allows you to perform squats effectively and safely for better overall development.
Total Gym have a reputation for providing high quality products. The budget model in their range is no exception, being made from high grade tubular steel and quality double stitched padded glideboard. You will notice that the glideboard on the Supreme is not as thick as the other three models in the range but it is still good enough for you to sit and lie on in comfort.
The warranty on the Total Gym Supreme gives you two years on the frame and one year on parts. They also offer a 30 day money back guarantee. However, if you pay in full for your purchase, rather than paying it off on their instalment plan, they will provide you with a 60-day money-back guarantee.
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 Total Gym Supreme is the budget model in the Total Gym range. However, it still provides you with plenty of exercises, a very effective training system and plenty of training accessories. It’s big downfall is that it will not work for people over six feet tall. For a more general use Total Gym, we recommend the XLS.