Total Gym Supreme
The Total Gym Supreme is the budget model in the Total Gym line. 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, including several attachments that work different parts of your body and come standard with your order.
The promise of the Supreme, and the other Total Gym models is that you can get a quick full-body workout, without a lot of extra equipment, in just twenty minutes once a day. The exercise is low impact, too, ideal for the elderly, those new to fitness, or anyone with joint pain. The low impact nature makes the Total Gym Supreme ideal for injury recovery. In an improvement over previous models, the Total Gym Supreme includes a squat stand attachment. Previously, there was no way to emulate squats on the Total Gym.
Significant cost savings versus other Total Gym products
Comes with training DVDs
Quick, effective, low impact full-body exercise
Standard attachments include a squat step
Unit is portable and folds for storage
Not useful for anyone more than six feet tall
Although anyone, of any fitness level, can use and enjoy the Total Gym, it is especially inviting for those who need low impact exercise. The Total Gym Supreme offers an effective heart rate and strength building experience, without the joint and bone strain associated with many weight-bearing exercises. The resistance bands, ankle and hand straps, and padded Glideboard all add up to a comfortable ride for someone with arthritis or anyone coming back from a sidelining injury. The Total Gym is a great way to introduce or reintroduce physical activity and fitness.
With its built-in features, effectiveness, comfortable ride, and capacity to do squats as well as crunches, the Total Gym Supreme is a highly effective and useful piece of equipment that we think will get a lot of use in your home gym.
Total Gym Basic Workout with Rosalie
Rosalie'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 . . .
Leg Pull Accessory
Press Up Bars
Large Stability Mat
These attachments extend the exercise range to allow you to do some foundational moves like squats and dips.
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.
Ease of Use/Durability
Total Gym has 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 glide board. You will notice that the glide board 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 installment plan, they will provide you with a 60-day money-back guarantee.
Types of Exercises
Chest: The Total Gym Supreme lets you do incline push-ups, which make the exercise a little easier for beginners or those with injuries while also targeting your arms and chest. You can also do a chest press, lateral fly, or seated fly with any Total Gym.
Abdominals: The traditional crunch gets a makeover, letting you lie on a padded board rather than the gym floor, and with no pins to tighten or roller pads to adjust. This exercise is a perfect example of why the squat pad is important--it connects to the bottom of the Total Gym and keeps your feet still while the glide board moves back and forth. You can also do a regular sit-up or a cable sit up using the lower pulleys and the upper handles.
Low Back: Using the wing attachment and lying prone on the Total Gym, you can pull your body up with the glide board. The wing attachment lets you use your own body weight for resistance, like with a conventional pull-up. You can also do a front pullover and a spine strengthener called the Iron Cross. Doing the Iron Cross looks like making a snow angel by lying down in the snow and spreading your arms like wings. With the Total Gym version, you make the angel wings by holding tight to the handles and pulling your arms against the cable resistance.
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
Leg Pull Accessory
Flexible nylon strap handles
Not So Fast
The glide board 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.
The warranty of two years on the frame doesn’t compare very well to the other models in the range, with most of them 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 Final Word
Rounding out its features, the Total Gym Supreme has flexible handles with a comfortable nylon strap, a 275 user weight limit, and height adjustment via a knob. The unit has a small footprint, at just over four feet long when folded. On the negative side, the Supreme is not suited for users taller than six feet.
You also only get a little over 60 exercises. We say “only” because the Total Gym XLS, the mid-model between the Supreme and the FIT, offers over 80 exercises. It’s a bit of a trade-off, fewer moves for less money, but the Supreme also offers squats with no additional equipment, and it comes at a cost savings over any other Total Gym product. We are confident recommending this product as a quick, effective, pain-free way to get in strength and heart rate training on a daily or almost daily basis.