Is working out at home right for you? The affordable Total Gym home gyms are demonstrated on TV by celebrities Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley — but don’t hold that against them. Just because this is a product “As Seen on TV,” doesn’t mean it’s an inferior workout tool. In fact, Total home gyms have millions of satisfied customers!
Begun by efi Sports Medicine Inc, the Total Gym brand has been used by athletes, pro sports teams, trainers, and rehab professionals. However, the products’ greatest fans are found among home gym users.
The Glide Board Concept
Total Gym home gyms are also known as functional trainers. These are simple machines consisting of a long padded glide board on an aluminum monorail. They come with multi-function attachments such as a sit-up cuff strap, dual leg cuffs, twin handles, a power weight bar for adding free weights to the home gym, and a pull-up push-up bar. To workout on the Total Gym trainer, you lift a percentage of your body weight against gravity while sliding on the glide board. If you want to increase resistance, you can add weight to the bar or simply boost the incline on the board.
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If you are thinking it sounds a bit like a Pilates Reformer, you aren’t too far off the mark. In fact, since Pilates machines can be pricey, people have turned to Total Gym to perform a similar type of glide board exercises. The home gyms range from $599 to $1448, each with different accessories, but all are designed to hit the core stabilizer muscles for a full body workout. The XLS model accommodates users up to 400 lbs, and each Total gym is shipped with instruction materials including a DVD, a manual, and four program cards. All of the trainers are a great value considering you can perform up to 80 exercises on the XLS model and they will last for years with a little maintenance. Owners of Total Gym home gyms have had very few problems with them even after five or more years of continuous use. Moreover, if they do have an issue, they report that Total Gym’s customer service took care of them quickly and to their complete satisfaction. Not many companies can boast of such rave consumer reviews!
Get the Best Deal Online
The TV infomercial shows the XLS model — the TV model, which may or may not be the right home gym for you (there are different board lengths, attachments, etc). But a more important point is this; you are likely to find a better deal online than if you call the 1-800 number. If a cable gym is what you are looking for, check out Total Gym home gyms and see how inexpensive they can be.