If you’re looking for just one piece of home gym equipment that will help you gain overall fitness, the Total Gym is it. You can exercise all the main muscle groups, perform stretches, and do cardio with only one machine. Plus, the price is typically quite a savings over elliptical trainers, treadmills, or stationary bikes. Let’s review both the 1100 and 1400 to see which Total Gym is best for you.
Total Gym 1100
The Total Gym 1100 may be a basic model, but it still lets you do more than sixty different exercises. And its sturdy steel frame supports up to 250 pounds.
Possibly the best feature of the Total Gym is the fact that anyone at any fitness level can use it. Instead of dealing with unwieldy free weights, it’s just your body mass and gravity that provide the resistance.
For example, lower the bench’s incline to make an exercise easier, but raise it to increase the difficulty. Use the handles on the glide board for an upper body workout. Then attach the leg and wing accessories to expand your focus to your legs and more.
This sort of exercise equipment is a bonus to users with back problems or other limitations. You can strengthen the essential muscles for walking, standing, and lifting while laying down. This means you’ll put less stress on your joints when you perform the workout according to the guidelines.
For years, customers have commented on how easy it is to use the Total Gym 1100. To begin, it arrives fully assembled. Then it also folds up for storage. It only weighs 54 pounds, and it has rollers for transport, so you don’t have to heft it.
The Total Gym 1100 measures 99.5 by 43.75 by 16 inches when extended, but you’ll want a little more clearance than that for your body. The cushioned glide board is about 45 inches long and a foot wide. Should you prefer more padding, a larger glide board, or more accessories, check out the Total Gym 1400 below.
More features of the Total Gym 1100:
- Covered by a 1-year limited warranty
Total Gym 1400 Deluxe Home Fitness Exercise Machine Equipment with Workout DVD
One of the main differences between the Total Gym 1400 and the 1100 is that it comes with more accessories like a footboard, dip bars, and multi-adjustment hand grips. And you’ll discover that the glide board has more padding that makes it more comfortable than the 1100. But the weight limit is the same at 250 pounds.
Of course, with the Total Gym 1400 you can perform over sixty exercises to target every major muscle group in your body. But this doesn’t mean you need to spend hours a week in your home gym. For total fitness, Total Gym recommends 18 core exercises three times a week. That takes less than half an hour each time. In fact, the 1400 comes with an instructional DVD that shows how to do them all.
Each Total Gym also has a user manual and flash cards that illustrate all the possibilities that await you. And it’s simple to raise the level of difficulty by changing the incline of the glide board. In this manner, you don’t need to add any weights as your fitness level increases.
Like the 1100, the Total Gym 1400 arrives fully assembled. It also folds up for storage. Although it’s about the same size, it does weigh more at 75 pounds.
More features of the Total Gym 1400:
- Covered by a 1-year limited warranty
The main differences between these two models from Total Gym are the following: padding on the glide board and accessories.
The Total Gym 1100 that has less cushion and fewer extras is ideal if you’re on a budget. You’ll get a full workout with less fuss over attachments.
Meanwhile, the 1400 has a more comfortable glide board and comes with a footboard, a squat stand, dip bars, and more. It’s better suited for users who are interested in ramping up their fitness to the maximum. It’s also more pleasant if you suffer from back problems.