Total Gym equipment uses your own body weight to help you build muscle and get fit. You can work every part of your body this way. It’s safer than working out with weights, and you get a cardio workout, too. To increase the level of difficulty, simply change the incline of the platform. Let’s take a closer look at three of Total Gym’s top-selling products to see which one will be the best for you.
Total Gym 1600
While Total Gym has stopped selling the Total Gym 1600 through their official website, you can still purchase it, and you may get it at quite a discount. It’s a deceptively simple-looking piece of equipment that will give you a full-body workout in ten to twenty minutes. The instructions will teach you how to perform 60 different exercises: cardio, strength training, and stretches for beginners and athletes alike.
Just this one piece of home gym equipment can serve the whole family. Children, teens, adults, and older folks can enjoy exercising with the Total Gym 1600. The secret lies in its use of body weight as resistance. The 1600 can support users weighing up to 250 pounds. By raising or lowering the platform, you can change the level of difficulty. There are 8 levels to choose from, beginning with an amount as small as 3% of a user’s weight.
The 1600 comes with accessories like Dip Bars for building strength in pectorals, chest, shoulders, and triceps. There are Press-Up Bars for your upper back and chest. The Press-Up Bars allow you to work with both wide and narrow grips according to your preference.
The Multi-Function Attachment lets you perform leg curls, pull ups, and shoulder presses. The Leg Pulley helps you work and stretch your leg muscles including hamstrings and inner thighs. There’s also a Squat Stand. All the parts of the Total Gym 1600 are easy to assemble.
Use the included Exercise Flip Chart to help you follow the recommended workouts. It clips to the top of the Total Gym 1600 for handy reference. You can also watch the included DVD to see how to use your new equipment.
The 1600 weighs 75 pounds and folds up for storage. When open, it takes up 92.5 by 43.25 inches of space.
More features of the Total Gym 1600:
- Covered by a limited one-year warranty
Total Gym Force Everything Your Body Needs, with Over 60 Exercises, on Just One Machine
Why would you choose the Total Gym FORCE over the 1600? There are three reasons. First, it comes with all the accessories of the 1600 plus a Stability Mat and the AbCrunch. Second, it offers 12 levels of resistance instead of only 8. Third, the FORCE supports users weighing up to 350 pounds. Just imagine, for less than the average cost of a gym membership, you can work your whole body with one piece of equipment.
The FORCE comes assembled so you can get to work as soon as you unpack it. The only parts you get to put together are the accessories like the Dip Bars and Press-Up Bars when you’re swapping them during your workout.
Like the 1600, the FORCE offers 60 different exercises. You can perform a full-body program in 20 minutes. It will strengthen and stretch your muscles, plus it gets your heart rate up so you get cardio benefits, too. Use the Flip Chart to follow the exercises. Learn from the included DVDs how to use the equipment and target every part of your body for maximum effect.
More features of the Total Gym Force:
- Covered by a limited one-year warranty
- Measures 16” wide by 92.5” long; folds down to 16” by 50.5” by 8” for compact storage
Having home gym equipment can make it easier for you to commit to getting and staying fit. That’s why it’s important to pick something that will keep your enthusiasm going, with increasing levels of difficulty so you won’t outgrow it too soon. Both the Total Gym 1600 and the FORCE meet those requirements.
If you are just beginning to try exercising at home, and your body weight isn’t more than 250 pounds, you may enjoy the Total Gym 1600 with its 8 levels of resistance.
If you want more levels of resistance, have a body weight over 250 but under 350, and like having a few more accessories for targeting specific body parts, consider getting the Total Gym FORCE. This model would be great if you planned to share it with other family members because it’s more versatile.