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The Total Gym XLS, 3000 and 2000

A review of the latest offerings from this popular exercise equipment manufacturer

The Total Gym XLS is the top of the line model from the company endorsed by Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley in the ubiquitous infomercials. Along with the 3000 and the 2000, it makes up the current line-up of these home exercisers.

As we've discussed previously, these gyms work a bit differently than the typical machines, as the "bending rod resistance" found on Bowflex and others is replaced by a cable and pulley system on the Total Gym 3000, 2000 and XLS. To utilize these machines, you simply change the incline of the sliding bench, increasing or decreasing the resistance (10-50% of bodyweight) and holding on to the attached grips while you work out.

The Total Gym 2000 is the base model, currently offered at $599 on the manufacturer's site, about $300-400 less than the top of the line XLS. It boasts a weight capacity of 250 lbs, over 40 different exercises, a Start It Up DVD, and a lifetime warranty on the frame.

Moving up you have the Total Gym 3000, with a 300 lb. weight capacity, a partial comfort system, an upgraded pulley/cable system, other added features and over 60 different exercises to choose from.

At the top of the ladder is the Total Gym XLS, whcich offers 400 lb. weight capacity, upgraded comfort/pulley/cable, additional special features not found on other models, and over 80 different exercises. It also offers a squat stand, wing attachment, leg pull and pilates kit. The price on that model is currently $974.

You can try out the Total Gym 3000 or any other model for 30 days for a special low price, as well as get free shipping.

Total Gym XLS Reviews - Are they worth the money?

If you're going to get a Total Gym, we believe it makes sense to get the XLS if it's within your budget. For all of the added features, and given the fact that you are hopefully going to use the machine often and for years, the $400 or so difference between the XLS and the Total Gym 2000 shouldn't be a deal breaker.

That said, all of the models will give you a good workout, and you won't be suffering with any of them, so let your budget be the guide. We find when it comes to exercise equipment, we're always glad we spent a little get a better model with more features that you're more excited to use.

Now keep in mind that any of the Total Gym models will take some getting used to. Just like with the Bowflex, Weider and other machines, it takes a bit of time to get used to the motion and feel of the pulley system. Especially if you're used to working out in a gym. It's a different workout than you might find on the machines, and certainly nothing like lifting free weights. But, once you get the hang of it, it will offer you a solid workout and many different exercises targeting all of the body parts.

Fitness Events Opinion & Recommendation:

After a thorough Total Gym XLS review, and experimentation with the other models, we believe this is a good choice as far as home exercise equipment is concerned. You definitely notice a difference between the XLS and the 2000, as the former offers many more features and is more comfortable. Again, if you can swing the additional few hundred, go for the top model.

Compared to its competitors, there are pros and cons. It's certainly smoother than Weider Club and Bowflex, yet doesn't offer the uniform resistance that they offer with their weight stacks. Prices are comparable if you compare apples to apples, and you can do just as many exercises on the Total Gym 3000 and XLS as you can on similar models from competitors.

We like the fact that they are currently offering a special 30-day trial on all of their models so you can try it out and see if you like it. One month is plenty of time to try out all of the different exercises and see if the motion feels comfortable and if you're getting a good workout. It's a solid company with a good warranty, and there are a lot of satisfied customers out there.

If you are interested in our top recommended home gyms, take a look at the official manufacturer site and compare the Total Gym XLS to the other models. Decide which one is right for you.

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