Believe The Total Gym XLS Reviews – This Machine Works
As seen on TV with the representation of Christie Brinkley and Chuck Norris, the Total Gym XLS is a top of the line model. It comes with all the workout tools and total fitness system of workouts to remove all the guesswork out of whipping yourself back into shape! The fitness system features are as follows:
– Exercise capability – over 80 exercises
– 400 lb weight capacity for total strength and stability
– Padded glide board with head support
– Upgraded pulley and cable system
– Upgraded squat stand
– Flexible nylon strap handles
– Upgraded comfort system
– Chrome package
– Dimensions Folded: 19″ W x 51″ L x 9″ H
– Dimensions Unfolded: 19″ W x 90″ L x 43″ H
2437 people were interviewed
This product received a general 4 ½ stars out of 5. Of those interviewed, complaints of upper body workout only (they felt nothing in their legs), noisy glide board wheels (despite most people claiming that the machine is quiet), some wished that the seat would be wider (hmm), despite the claim of easy setup, some had issues with it and it was particularly heavy for smaller individuals. One user had helpfully specific complaints that consisted of enough pressure not being exerted to the safety pins because of the stiff plastic tether that it was enough to pull it out of place. This person suggested using a more compliant material for the tether. They also had a problem with the glide board catching on the frame, but offered the plausible explanation that their 375 pounds could have something to do with it. Regardless, this person was still sold on the product and recommended it to others.
The basic common pros and cons listed by various users were as follows:
– Cons: Rather bulky; attachments somewhat difficult to switch, kind of heavy, squat stand too low for tall people.
– Pros: Easily used and set up, quiet, comfortable, strengthens, easy storage and sturdy.
What did you appreciate?
The workout CDs were a big factor in customer satisfaction as they encouraged a regular regime, were fun and helped to make their workout go smoothly and quickly. In general, benefits from using the Total Gym XLS were: good low impact exercise; great for strength training; superb cardiac work out; weight loss, nice recreational in casual workouts and even an adequate aerobic workout.
The pros definitely seemed to outweigh the cons. And in some cases, the cons may have been from sources that were less than unbiased. All in all, this seems like a worthwhile product despite the frequent complaints of bulkiness, heaviness and somewhat difficult storage.
But will it work for me?
Of course, as with any exercise or diet regime, you have to want to change. Not just in your head, but in your heart and soul as well. No magic machine exists that will instantly make all the fat disappear and turn into muscle overnight; just like there’s no actual miracle pill that burns off all your unwanted pounds while you continue to eat and vegetate on the couch. The Total Gym XLS is a tool box… You and you alone have to decide what you will build with it. And then build it!
More On Total Gym Exercise Equipment
You have seen it 1,000,000 times on your TV. Studley Chuck Norris and ooo-la-la Christie Brinkley working their pecks, abs, glutes and goodness knows what else on the Total Gym exercise equipment. Or possibly you’ve even seen the somewhat elderly gentleman showing off his new 30 year old physique (something I personally could’ve done without). Regardless of how you saw it being advertized, America seems to have an ongoing love affair with the Total Gym. They’ve come out with a number of models now, evidently improving each one of them.
Their newest and greatest model, the XLS, has received rave reviews albeit with a number of common complaints still surfacing. Tall people seem to have a problem with the low seat and large people (I’m not sure who else would be using this machine other than an anorexic fitness guru) seem to have a little problem with the seat being too small. Go figure. Despite its claims of being easy to setup, some users have had issues with its setup and it’s exchanging of attachments. It has been called cumbersome and difficult to store and occasionally was said to be noisy despite its claim of being a quiet machine. All in all, the reports were glowing and almost all interviewed would recommend it to a friend. It received an overall 4.6 out of five stars. With a list price of $1948, it is available at Amazon for much less. Save your pennies!
At first glance, this exercise machine closely resembles the newer XLS version. Upon a closer inspection however, it is evident that the back of the seat has been altered, the hand grips have been changed as well as hand and foot pads added. Possibly due to its ‘outdated’ design, it can be picked up for approximately 23-25% lower than when it was first exhibited. Of course it can be picked up even cheaper on Amazon. It claims to have a 300 pound capacity which seems a little light when you consider some of the people that are going to be using this machine. It also boasts improved cable and pulley systems in relation to the Total Gym 2000 model with over 60 exercises at its disposal. It receives a 4 ½ stars out of five.
This system has only a 250 pound weight limit. I’m not sure what its creator was thinking. What was this one for… obese children? With only 40 exercises as compared to its successor, it was for its time an impressive invention. Looking back however, it falls far short of the XLS’s expectations. It contained no add on accessories, but bragged about being stripped down to the bare essentials. Upon examination, their claim can best be described as understated. Stripped down to a bare minimum barely covers it. There’s nothing on this machine that even suggests technology or advancement. Clearly they left that up to the next two models. This machine came with no DVD, no squat stands, no leg pulleys and no padded glide board. Ouch!
You’ve come a long way baby!
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