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Review of the three Total Gym products sold directly to the consumers by the company:


Sun. Feb 8, 8:58pm

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Saturday, December 23, 2006, 6:45 AM

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I use a Total Gym at home

I have a Total Gym 1000 that my husband and I bought more than 5 years ago. When I decided I HAD to do something about my weight, I started using it again and I follow a plan that is designed by the Total Gym website, itself. For about $20 a month, the system will design a workout routine for you based on how often through the week you want to exercise and what your goals are i.e.; build strength, flexibility, cardio, etc. Every 6 weeks, the program will redesign your plan and it automatically increases the recommended inclline level as you reach the set goal. I follow a 4 day per week routine and it varies each day with some overlap.

I agree with the editorial review in that this will not make you look like a body builder but the resistance of your own weight is good enough to shape and tone and burn off some of the fat we're all trying to lose.

I increase the resistance of the leg workout by holding onto dumbbells when I do my squats and I do at least 3 different squat exercises each workout to get more mileage out of the effect. You can also do a lot of reps, too and do one leg at a time if the highes level eventually gets too easy. I suppose, eventually, someone with a lot of leg strength would find more benefit from standing squats and lunges than the Total Gym but it's a good starting point from my perspective.

I think the upper body workout rivals anything I can do with free weights and I'm not constantly looking for the right dumbbell set or changing plates. I like something quick and easy and the Total Gym fits that bill.

The Total Gym 1000 is the very BASIC model but for the price (I think we paid about a hundred dollars), it more than keeps up to pretty consistent use. This model does not come with a squat stand so I use the removable pullup bar which can attach at the "foot" of the machine. It works just as well.

So far, I've been using it 4 times a week for 3 weeks and I've been following Weight Watchers for the last 2 and the weight is starting to come off. I am exercising to get more muscle mass and to avoid looking like a smaller version of my fat self which is what has happened in the past with diet alone.

I would recommend the Total Gym for anyone who wants to workout at home with a piece of equipment that is easy to use (and learn to use) and who enjoys resistance training. The website program design tool is really helpful in organizing a workout since the variety of exercises can be a bit overwhelming, at least for me.

Hope this helps!

Sunday, February 08, 2009, 9:51 PM

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This is excellent feedback. We also put together a page that has the latest coupons and offerings from Total Gym. If there are any other companies that you want us to find coupons and deals for let us know.



Monday, February 09, 2009, 10:41 AM

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