What is a Total Gym?


You have most likely heard of a home gym. This could be one built from a collection of different pieces of equipment bought over a period of years or a big shiny multi-station unit. However there is another type of home gym that incorporates the ‘inclined plane body weight training’ principle and the most well known brand in this field training is Total Gym. So What is a Total Gym?

A Total Gym provides an entire gym-full of equipment in 1 machine and it’s designed for anyone to use, from children as young as 8 to people in their old age and that includes individuals of any fitness level. They’re produced primarily for home use and can be easily accommodated in a spare room, living room or garage.

Using the inclined plane body weight training principle, Total Gym uses gravity with a cable system and the users body weight to improve strength and muscle mass, mobility, cardiovascular capacity and overall fitness. Total gyms origins were founded in physical rehabilitation and the training difficulty level can be finely adjusted to the users needs.

A Total Gym can be used for;

  • Resistance Training
  • Cardio Training
  • Stretching
  • Physical Therapy
  • Reformer Style Pilates (with Pilates attachment)

More Benefits of a Total Gym

Total Gym concept; An entire gym of equipment in one machine

Total Gym works by using gravity and varying percentages of the users body weight as the source of resistance

Target the major muscle groups with specific workouts or full body workouts in as little as 10-20 minutes

The unique designs allow easy transition from one exercise to another without having to add or remove weights

Total Gym provides low impact training which is less harsh on joints and tendons compared with traditional weights

Every Total Gym is supplied with accessories, exercise chart, nutrition program and workout DVD’s with 60-200 exercises

Total Gym is easy and safe for all ages of fitness enthusiasts to use, whether beginner or advanced

No assembly required. Total Gym can be set up easily straight from the box and simply folds upright for storage

Total Gym has a smooth and quiet operation and can be used for gentle or high intensity exercise

Price and User Weight ranges

When selecting the right Total Gym for you, it’s important to make sure you are choosing one that meets your needs but that could be governed by two main factors; price and user weight capacity.

Total Gyms range in price from $529.75 for The Supreme, the lowest priced of the 4 Total Gym models available weighing 56lbs and having a maximum user weight of 275lbs to $3795 for the top of the range Total Gym GTS weighing 180lbs that can accommodate a user weight of up to 650lbs.

The two mid-range models are the Total Gym XLS that weighs 68lbs with a user weight capacity of 400lbs and priced at $1999.00 currently at a 60% reduction at $799.60, and the Total Gym FIT weighing 66lbs, having a user weight capacity of 450lbs that’s priced at $2344.90 and currently at a 50% reduction at $1172.45!

Of all 4 Total Gyms only the largest GTS model requires assembly, the others come fully assembled.

View The Total Gym Supreme – $529.75 – Weight 56lbs – User capacity 275lbs

View The Total Gym XLS – $799.60 – Weight 68lbs – User capacity 400lbs

View The Total Gym Fit – $1172.45 – Weight 66lbs – User capacity 450lbs

View The Total Gym GTS – $3795.00 – Weight 180lbs – User capacity 650lbs

Total Gym Supreme

This is the lowest priced of all 4 Total Gyms models so perfect if you are on a budget.

The Total Gym Supreme home gym brings the comfort of the gym in to your home delivering a full body workout in only 10 to 20 minutes.

With over 60 exercises at 12 calibrated levels, the Total Gym Supreme targets every major muscle group for complete strength and stability training at any fitness level.

The Total Gym SUPREME comes complete with tri-grip shaper bars, leg pull accessory, pilates toe bar and flexible nylon straps, all designed to enhance your home workout routine.

Take your workout to the next level with the best-selling Total Gym AbCrunch accessory, complete DVD workout library, and nutritional program and meal plan, all at no additional cost and included with the Supreme.

The Total Gym is easy to fold, stores upright, and comes with a 1-year warranty plus free shipping.

Read the Total Gym Supreme Fullfitnez Review Here

  • 12 Levels of Resistance
  • Over 60 Exercises in One Gym
  • 275lb User Weight Capacity
  • Arrives Fully Assembled
  • 1-year Warranty on Frame, 6-Month Warranty on Parts
Total Gym SUPREME Home Gym

Total Gym XLS

The XLS is the first of the two mid-range Total Gyms and features more exercises and a greater user weight capacity than the supreme.

With over 80 exercises, the Total Gym XLS targets every major muscle group for total strength and stability training in the comfort of your own home.

The Total Gym XLS comes with a ribbed squat stand, wing attachment and leg pull accessory; all designed to enhance your Total Gym XLS trainer at-home workout routines.

The XLS package also includes a complete line of Total Gym XLS workouts and Total Gym workout tools that are easy to follow, fun and motivational.

Each model is delivered to your home fully assembled and is easy to fold and store.

  • 6 Levels of Resistance
  • Over 80 Exericses in One Gym
  • 400lbs User Weight Capacity
  • Arrives Fully Assembled
  • Lifetime Warranty on Frame, 6-Month Warranty on Parts
Total Gym XLS Home Gym

Total Gym FIT

The Total Gym FIT is the newest model and designed to deliver the best results putting together years of Total Gyms knowledge and experience to create the best home gym yet.

The NEW Total Gym FIT is a fun, fast and effective way to get fit and stay in shape at home! With over 85 exercises, you can get a total body workout in as little as 10 to 20 minutes a day.

Each Total Gym FIT comes with an upgraded squat stand, twice the resistance levels of the Supreme and XLS, wing attachment, ergonomic glide board and leg pull accessory.

Take your workouts to the next level with the best-selling Total Gym AbCrunch accessory and complete 6 DVD workout library and workout tools, all at no additional cost and included in the the Total Gym FIT package.

Each model is delivered to your home fully assembled and is easy to fold and store.

  • 12 Levels of Resistance
  • Over 85 Exercises in One Gym
  • 450lbs User Weight Capacity
  • Arrives Fully Assembled
  • Lifetime Warranty on Frame, EXTENDED 2-Year Warranty on Parts & Priority Posting
Total Gym FIT Home Gym

Total Gym GTS

The Total Gym GTS is the flagship Total Gym and the is the most expensive but with this comes a far superior specification. It is just as compatible for home use as the other gyms and is also the equipment of choice for the GRAVITY Fitness program. Below are its main features.

The award-winning Total Gym GTS home gym brings commercial-grade performance to the comfort of your own home. With over 200 different exercises and variations, the Total Gym GTS truly is a complete workout machine able to deliver results time after time.

The Total Gym GTS has 22 calibrated resistance levels, adjustable from 1% to 62% resistance of bodyweight, ergonomic glideboard, automatic rail locks, LAT bars and hydraulic rail lifts for easy difficulty level changing and two-step storage.

Whether you are a beginning to exercise or an elite athlete, the Total Gym GTS provides all the stations of a strength circuit in one machine, creating the optimum functional training experience.

  • 22 Levels of Resistance
  • Over 200 Exercises in One Gym
  • 650lbs User Weight Capacity
  • Hydraulic Rail Lift Assists with Level Changes and Easy Two-Step Folding
  • 5-Year Warranty on Frame, 1-Year Warranty on Parts and Upholstery, 90-Day Warranty on Foam and Rubber.
Total Gym GTS Home Gym


So hopefully you are now much more familiar with what a Total Gym is. It’s not the type of equipment you would traditionally find in every gym but they have been around for a long time and have evolved and improved continually. Their popularity is set to increase with the GTS being integral to the GRAVITY Fitness Program.

Perfect for a home gym or a replacement for a treadmill or exercise bike and capable of providing cardio, strength, and resistance training any time you need. Total Gym also gives you impact free, endurance and plyometric training and resistance through the full range of motion on all exercises to maximise workout results.

Total Gyms are evolved from rehabilitation equipment so are ideal for anyone with any level of fitness to use and improve their physical well being.

If you’ve used or owned a Total Gym, why not post a comment about it in the thoughts section below. I’d be interested in what you have to say. Look out for more Total Gym reviews here are Fullfitnez.com.

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