Total Gym XLS Reviewed and Compared
The Total Gym XLS is one of the most popular models in the Total Gym Range. In terms of that range, it is priced somewhere in the middle. In terms of the overall market, it sits in the upper mid-price range. The XLS provides you with more than 85 exercises, a user capacity of 400 pounds and great back up support. In this article, we provide you with an in-depth review of the Total Gym XLS and helpful information you can use in your purchase decision.
Offers 6 levels of resistance training so you can slowly develop your fitness level
It has a 400-pound weight capacity to develop stability and strength
Has a padded glide board with a head support to keep you comfortable during exercise
This product has the capability to do over 80 different exercises
There is only a six-month warranty on the parts
Bodyweight Based Exercise
The Total Gym system allows you to increase the resistance beyond that of your physical body-weight by having you exercise on an ever-increasing angle in order to make the exercise harder. This is achieved by way of a ladder with runs to which you attach the glide board.
This system makes working out a lot more joint-friendly. You do not get the problems that are associated with working out with weights. That makes using this system a good idea for the elderly as well as those who have joint problems.
The XLS also comes with all the tools you need to learn the options you have at your disposal. You will start things off with the "Start It Up" guide. There is also a DVD called "6-8 Minute Workout" that has twelve different work-along workouts for both women and men who may not have a lot of time to workout. The Smart Training Workout included is an efficient and effective workout that employs slow, precise, and exact movements that target certain muscles. There is also Body Makeover that comes with the Total Gym which is a high-powered, high-energy workout that gets your cardio going strong. It also includes an easy to follow wall chart that contains 35 different exercises you can do with this machine. So you have all the tools you need to get the most out of this bench.
The system has been upgraded include a new pulley and cable system with nylon strap handles that are flexible and an improved squat stand. It comes with the handy accessories as well that help add a new dimension to your workout. The leg-pull accessory, strap handles, and wing attachment are designed to accent your workout and to last through any intense workout.
Easy To Use
When you are done with your workout, the XLS is easy to fold up and scoot out of the way. We do recommend that you put the safety pins once you have it folded so it does not fall open and pinch a finger. Going the other direction, it is also easy to pull out and set up for a quick workout.
It has 1,000-pound vinyl-coated cables and soft rubber padded handles with an ABS swivel and a nylon webbing for good hammer grip action. This bench is a perfect rehabilitation tool for several reasons. It has a smooth, gliding motion which is easy on your joints. The various levels of height make it comfortable for every fitness level. The padded glide board gives you excellent support for your back. It has 1.5-inch high-density foam padding on the glide board for extra comfort.
You put the safety pins in to make sure it stays closed. Then you can easily roll it out of the way with the wheels on the base. It will fit into a closet or unused corner and is easy to bring out and set back up.
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The Final Word
You will also enjoy the accessories which allow you to do a wider variety of exercises. This bench is versatile, durable, and can be easily folded up and put away when you are finished for the day.