As you may know, one of the pieces of equipment I use in my exercise routine is the Total Gym. Well, over the course of a few months, I have had several people (OK, 3 people) ask whether it really works. So, in response to those "several" comments I will, over the course of the next few days, give you my review of the Total Gym.
When I first started seeing the commercials for the Total Gym, I didn't think it would work. I mean, you lay down on a bench and use pulleys to slide up and down on a frame. Gee, how tough is that? Yes, you can increase the height of the bench, but I didn't think it would give you enough resistance to do any good. Now, during this time I was looking into purchasing a BowFlex; I was looking very seriously, that is until I saw the price...$1,900 to start. Since I do not have that type of money lying around (hence all the little ads on my site), I needed to look elsewhere. What I needed was something that I could use; something that would work; something that was cheap.
I checked-out the official Total Gym site and I noticed that they wanted over $700 for one of their models. Naturally, this caused me to look around elsewhere and I soon discovered that Amazon sold an older model for much less. This is why I purchased my Total Gym 1700 through Amazon. I later learned that Total Gym does not support its older models, but I will talk about that later.
So, I purchased my gym and a week or so later, it arrived and the fun began.
I got the gym inside and opened the box. After reading the instructions (yes, I know I lost several Man Points for reading the instructions), I set it up and just had to try it. From the lowest setting, I tried an arm pullover. I didn't expect it would take much effort to do the exercises...boy was I wrong. I couldn't believe how tired I got after just a few reps (at this time I was a total couch potato). Then and there, I decided that I had made a good purchase. No, it wasn't my coveted BowFlex,
but it would do.
See also:My Total Gym and Me:Part-2
** These observations are written based on my usage of the machine at 4-5 times a week for just over 13 months...
23 September 2008
My Total Gym and Me:Part-1
I am currently a stay at home father/teacher to two wonderful children. I have also authored two books: The Farm House The Farm House and Building Your Retaining Wall, which are both available through Kindle. I like to cook and experiment with new recipes.I also currently have a blog where I write about everything ranging from weight loss to landscaping and just about everything in between.