The problem with so many fitness products these days are that they try to replicate the benefits of what results you can get with free weights and a bench. The Total Gym 1000 is no exception. Based around a board that moves against pulleys, cables and you as resistance and you can immediately see the flaws of such a machine.
I brought mine to compliment my existing weights/bench set up about a month ago. Very easy to construct. Manual all made sense to me - as was the exercises. Due to what i can lift on my bench there was no messing with the angle of resistance (the higher the slope - the greater the resistance). it was straight to the top. At this level you are using 60 percent of your total body weight for resistance. this was far below what i was using so i worked out what the maximum weight the Total Gym 1000 could take and added weight onto the seated area, or my lap - whichever was needed. This improved the weight but was still not adequate.
Some of the exercise like the inverted shoulder press and pullovers felt good to me. Other exercises like the pressing motion for chest just didn't feel enough for me. The plus has to be the portability of the unit which folds up quite neatly. On the negative side was the area in which you need to work once the Total Gym 1000 was operational.
In my opinion the Total Gym 1000 is a fairly basic home exercise machine. If you are not using the top resistance it may offer a challenge to your muscles - if your at the top notch already - i can't see how this would challenge your muscles for a good enough workout. Comparing it to other machines where variable and added resistance is a must for getting bigger and stronger - then it lacks any benefit. As a portable fitness/ toning machine it works well.
I bought this gym after seeing the commercials for it on tv. I thought I would give it a try and they had a 30 day free trial so I was like what the heck and got it. After it arrived here I was amazed to see that if was very easy to put up. There was no assembly required at all. I read the brochure on it just to try and figure out where I needed to start my work out at. So I set it on the second level. I was so amazed at the burning sensation I started to experience just after about 8 reps. It was amazing. I did not think the least bit that it would work this well. This gym is perfect for me because I am not the type of girl who wants to get bulky. I just want to tone up and this is great for that. There are actually a number of different exercises you can do and they all work very well. I definitly am keeping this machine.
I own a Total Gym, but like Two-dog, I think that it doesn't give enough resistance. I like the concept of the Total Gym, because although the machine is considered heavy, it's a whole lot lighter than a multigym with a 50kg weight, which might have a total weight of over 100kg. Whilst searching the web I found the bodyrail (www.bodyrail.co.uk), which is a similar to the Total Gym but it is a much more serious machine. You can use 89% of your bodyweight, do 100 exercises, add weights, etc. Unlike the total gym, you can alter the height and the width of the resistance, so it's just like using free weights but with the safety of a machine. Both my husband and myself love ours and we seriously recommend anyone to consider it.
The total gym is ideal for anyone who his fed of them little flabby bits which are stubborn to get rid off. This cost £100 from Argos and as because of its size I decided to have it delivered, which I am surprised to say didn’t cost me a penny. I really love my new total gym. I am not a fitness person. I would really prefer to sit on my butt and watch TV. But I decided to really try to get in shape this time. I have tried joining the gym, walking, etc. I always give up. After I got the Total Gym, I have been really motivated to get on it and go. I felt the difference in my muscles after the 1st use. It isn't hard to use, and the exercises aren't difficult either. So I have stuck with it! I would recommend this product to any of my friends, as it is fun, fast, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. There is a exercise for every part of your body and i mean every part, wink wink!! However i think the best results are for that flatter belly which after 6-8 weeks i lost almost 3and half inches and can now fit into my favourite jeans. However this is not for the person who wants to look like arnnie or sly as it main aim is muscle tonning and not building for that I would recommend free weights in which i have now moved onto and now dare put on my sexy tigerskin thong on which i bought for my last holiday. If you have the space then I would recommend this to anyone especially mums who have just given birth.
Not as good as you may think - Advantages: Ease of use, Good for aerobic health, Well built - Disadvantages: Too little resistance. A 175 lb. person only has half of half his weight when using the cables(43 lbs. at the highest setting), False sense of strength gained. when you have maxed out on this unit, go to a Gym and see how much strength you have actually gained, you will not be impressed., Nowhere near as good as the weight bench and weights that you can buy for the same price or even less.
Look out Arnold S, Sylvester S, and Jean Claude VD. Because Gill has bought herself a total gym. It cost me £199 quid from TV shopping. (you can pay in instalments) I had better lose half that I pounds or I’m sending the bugger back. I have gone flabby and floppy over the last few months due to lack of proper exercise. I didn’t feel like joining a gym, because of the cost. So I thought to myself buy this and work out in the comfort of your own home. Right… on TV they show a woman folding it up and sliding it under her bed to store, when not in use. The problem is my bed base touches the floor, so for me it is impossible. On the TV she does it with ease like as if it is as light as a feather. Wrong……It is quite heavy. If you are going to buy it I suggest that you have room where you can leave it up permanently. My kitchen door adjoins my garage so I am lucky. This machine claims to do all the exercises you could possibly need, so you will not need other equipment. The machine itself is like a bench which you can higher and lower to your own comfort. The higher it is the harder the work out. The bench itself slides up and down on 2 poles and there are hand pulley things for upper body exercises. There is also a foot thing to help you along. Before you start to exercise you should always do warm up exercises. The good thing about this machine is that you can target different parts of your body. Like your bum, chest, tummy etc. I must say this machine is fun to use, as you can do different things like facing upwards, downwards, backwards etc. The cardiovascular exercises are sort of aerobic using many muscles. The lower exercises target your legs, bum, waist and middle back. The upper exercises do your shoulders, chest and arms. If you are like me and are impatient to get toned, you will say to yourself
, I am not starting on the easy level, I will set it at half way. Wrong……..If you are like me you are not as fit as you thought you were. Start at the lower level and gently increase your resistance, don’t try to be clever. Only do 5-10 minutes at first. How am I feeling after using it for 2 weeks. My tummy feels tighter (that is what I was targeting) It feels like it has been pulled in slightly. In doing my tummy exercises I also realised other parts of my body were being toned, as in some parts you have to use your arms and legs to help you. (I can fasten my jeans) Would I recommend it YES if you have got space and 10miutes a day spare to exercise. It certainly does work as long as you don’t treat it as a 9 day wonder. Otherwise you would be wasting your money.
I have owned the Total Gym 1000, for about a year now. The reason why, is because i was channel shopping, and it looked good. It cought my eye, so i watched the programme, and then decided, that for £150, you couldn't go wrong. You can do all sorts of exercises on it, so why bother paying to go to a gym, and use lots of machines, when this one does it all? Firstly, i would like to state, that i found it a workout in its self, just trying to set it up. I didn't realise it was going to be so heavy. I am female, and only 5 foot 2. When it is stood up, on it's end, it is a little bigger than me. I struggled on, and after about 20 mins of puffing and panting, i was ready to go. The total gym allows you to do: *Leg work, thigh work, calf work *Arm work, triceps biceps *Bottom work, hip work *Shoulder work *Upper and lower back work *Chest work *Abdominal work The manuals that you get with it, are very useful. They use plain, understandable english. The set up instructions are very easy to follow. I managed it first time. You also get an exercise booklet. This provides *Program routines, for beginners, intermediates and advance workouts. *Basic fitness instructions *Circuit training for men and women *Information on movement In the workout booklet, they provide diagrams of all the exercises that you can do, and it explains how to do them, properly. There are a wide variety of exercises for men and women, and i liked this. This machine provides all you need to get fit. I wouldn't say, it is for the serious people out there, but for those wanting to tone up, get fit and stay fit, this is the machine for you. It really does work. The workouts can be as demanding as you make them, and you will ache in places that you didn't know you had. If you stick to a regular routine, then the aches will dissapear, and you will see a dif
ference. Tips Set it up in the room, where you want it. It saves having to pack it away and move it later. I had to and it was quite a hassle. It doesn't look that big, or heavy on the telly, but it is. It was a lot bigger and heavier, than i anticipated. Saying that, when set up, it will fit in an ordinary sized room or bedroom. I haven't seen this for sale, except on the television shopping channels. I bought mine from QVC, but it is available through, ideal world and home shopping. All chanels are asking the same price. £150. There is another, that has been made, and being sold on these chanels aswell, and that is the Total Gym 2000.
Would you like to look like Christie Brinkley? Do you know who Christie Brinkley is? No, neither do I. I think she used to be married to someone famous. She looks quite good though, and she advertises the Total Gym, along with someone else I hadn’t heard of before, Chuck Norris. Now my husband sat up and took notice when he saw Chuck Norris. He had heard of him. I forget where from. Probably some beat-em-up, drive-em-fast guy movie. The thing is though, I really don’t care who advertises products as long as they work. Chuck and Christie didn’t influence my decision to buy this product. A bottle of wine, a late-night channel surf and a dissatisfaction with my weight did though. At least I don’t have to worry about the weight of my purse, after buying tons of health equipment. We had a brief flirtation with the Orbitrek, that big thing that looks like a cross between an exercise bike and a stepper. It was good, very good, but my husband’s dodgy knees made it impractical for him and it wasn’t worth keeping it just for me. After all, if I turned into a supermodel I’d probably trade him in. So out it went and in came the Total Gym. You know, it would be really helpful if they advertised these things in a normal-sized home, rather than an empty warehouse. “It didn’t look that big on the television” is our normal cry whenever we buy something, but this was worse than usual. The Total Gym is the length of our living room. One advantage was that you don’t need an engineering degree to put it together, it is mostly already assembled. If you haven’t seen the adverts it will be hard to imagine. It isn’t like the sort of complete gyms you see in health centres. It has a big seat which slides up and down parallel bars. The seat can be left in a flat position, near the floor, or raised at one end – the higher you raise it the harder the workout is. There are
two hand attachments which you use to exercise the arms. These work by pulling your own body weight along on the seat. That all sounds horribly complicated but it isn’t. ~ ADVANTAGES ~ You get a good, low-impact workout on the Total Gym. I can do a lot of exercises on it that I can’t do normally, because of health problems. For example, I used to do a lot of squats – they’re the best thing for a neat bottom – but haven’t been able to manage to do more than a couple at a time for years. On the Total Gym, I can lie down and do squats. I’ve got to the point where I can do them with the seat at a high incline, so it is quite an intense workout for my thighs and glutes. It is similar with the arm exercises. I broke my clavicle in a car accident and it didn’t mend properly so I have a weakness in my right arm. I can’t use that weights machine where you pull the two paddles around – can’t remember what it is called, the one that exercises your chest. I can do the same exercise on the Total Gym though and it shows – my boobs are gradually working their way back up to their former position again. It gives good results quickly (as most weight-training exercises/machines do). I do a full workout in about 5 or 6 minutes. The advertising informs me that I am increasing my strength while keeping my flexibility. I think that’s pushing it a bit. You still need to do cool-down stretches. It is a sturdy piece of equipment, you don't feel it is going to fall apart when you sit on it. It is also comfortable to use, it almost makes exercising pleasant. ~ DISADVANTAGES ~ The size of the thing! The adverts – American, naturally – show slight women folding the Total Gym up and sliding it under a bed. Hmmm. These slight women must have powerful muscles hidden under their lycra leotards. I can’t manage to fold it u
p and move it myself, but I am physically limited. My husband is very strong, though, he has a weightlifter’s build. He can fold it and move it – but it ISN’T easy. We were stuck for where to put it. We tried keeping it in our understairs cupboard, but found that, after the initial novelty wore off, we didn’t use it at all as it was such a pain dragging it out of the cupboard. We eventually moved it to the garage. It sits folded on one wall and I can manage to unfold it and use it myself without having to swallow my pride and ask for help. I have to move all the bikes, skateboards, lawnmowers, etc., first, but at least I can do it. Actually, once I have moved all the stuff I don’t feel I kneed a workout. And that is the biggest problem. This is a marvellous piece of equipment. It is a pleasure to use it, it gives good (and quick) results, but unless you have a room large enough to leave it set up in, it is inconvenient to get out all the time. It doesn’t give an aerobic workout, so weight doesn’t fall off you using the Total Gym. It does build muscle, though, and muscle uses a lot of calories so we have noticed that clothes are slightly looser. ~ VERDICT ~ At a cost of around £150, the Total Gym is good value for money. It gives a good workout for most people (I don't really think it is suitable for serious weight-lifters) and is fun to use. We go through phases of being on a health kick and use it 3 times a week. We feel better, we look better and we eat better. But then something happens – a heavy meal out, visitors, a weekend away – and we get out of routine and lose the momentum again. We have a dream of buying one of those log cabin things for the garden and setting it up as a gym. If that happened, the Total Gym would have a perfect home. We would be able to pop out there and use it without having to fight our way to it. We would look wond
erful, feel great, have a fantastic sex life (it has to rear its head doesn’t it?), be pleasant to everyone, never get irritable. In our dreams. In the meantime, we use this occasionally and quite like it.
I have broken the habit of a lifetime - well two actually. Firstly, I bought something from a Sky shopping channel, something of an experience in itself and eventually subject to a further opinion (you can buy this online at www.tv-shop.co.uk). Secondly, I decided to exercise my way to better health. I chose the Total Gym 1000, not because Chuck Norris or Christine Brinkley said so (you really have to see the advert to know what I mean!), but because I wanted something which would give as much an all round workout, covering most of the major muscle groups, without having to buy something which would require me to reinforce the floor of the room in which I would use it. The secret of success is that the workout bench is on a set of smooth running rollers. This is connected to two hand grips (a third for leg exercises is also supplied) through three pulleys. The bench is inclined and as you pull on the grips, the bench moves up and down the incline. Thus your own mass is the resistance. The more the incline the more the resistance. It comes fully assembled with a video, gloves, two manuals and a series of programs from beginner to sport specific advanced routines. Does it work -oh yes, it does. I am sore from top to toe. I can cycle thirteen miles to and from work without any problem, but the starter program found whole areas to hurt that I didn't know I had. Laid out the whole unit may need an area of up to 8 foot long, plus some 6 foot wide to swing your arms. So this is not for anyone short on space. On the other hand the whole thing folds with ease to just 4 foot long, 18 inches wide and about 6 Inches deep. The construction is superb, heavy box girder sections, but beware there are some differences to the advert and video to the model supplied, their model is much heavier duty - more suited to a public gymnasium than the home. It is stable in use and almost silent. Oh, and apart from a great work out, it is so cheap
compared to other multi gyms which claim to do the same thing. I may have found the perfect solution to mashing this couch potato into shape! ---------UPDATE--------26/04/2001-------- I just saw an advert for a machine which works on the same principle available at Argos for just £99.00. That looked just as good and will be a bargain if it lives up to the Total Gym standards - PS 1 stone lost so far!