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Total Gym Review

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

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Sun. Feb 8, 8:58pm

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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.

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Monday, February 09, 2009, 10:41 AM

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