Total Gym XLS Review- 2021 Tested and Rated

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So you’ve probably heard the rumors about the Total Gym XLS, but we examine how the Total Gym XLS feels and works to give you the best idea on whether or not this exercise machine is really worth the price tag.

Total Gyms have a reputation for being both great for therapeutic exercises and normal at-home training. In-home exercise alternatives are always good to have in case the weather doesn’t agree with your plans, or you don’t have a way to get to the gym. By the end of this article, the myths should be dispelled and you should know if this machine is right for you.

Keep in mind that we evaluated this based on 4 criteria:

1. Structure and design

2. Comfort

3. Durability

4. Value

If you know what you’re looking for already, skip through our handy-dandy table of contents:

1. Structure and design

One of the outstanding features of the Total Gym XLS is that it is incredibly compact. You don’t have to worry about feeling like there is a hippo in the room. When it’s folded, it is just a bit larger than an ironing board.

But don’t let the weight fool you: Most people found it was heavier than expected, but not extremely heavy.

It is small enough for an energetic eight-year-old and large enough for taller adults. One of the most attractive things about this is the fact that multiple family members from age 8 to 80 can use this.

For those who are new to the total gym,  to adjust the difficulty level, you simply increase the angle of the device. The more the angle the more difficult the exercise- whether it’s your legs, arms, or core. Let’s face it, nothing beats customizing your own workout with wing attachments and leg-pull accessories.

If you are already a Total Gym fan and just looking for what new and improved features this one has- you’ll be surprised to know this model comes with a new pulley and cable system, as well as an improved squat stand for maximum stability.

However, there seems to be confusion about the special Pilates attachments. They are not included with the purchase.

2. Comfort

No one wants to sweat and be as stiff as a 2×4 while working out. Most users agree that the platform has comfortable padding and feels like the weight is properly distributed.

Some find it is useful to use a pillow for their necks because certain exercise can put unwanted stress on the neck over time. It’s really a personal choice.

One wonderful this about Total Gym products is that they are great for people who have suffered ankle/knee/back injuries. I personally worked at a physical therapy facility in which the owner had 6-8 different Total Gyms.

They were geared toward meeting patients at their physical level and adjusting the inclination accordingly. It goes without saying that their products are trusted but obviously if you are in recovery you would want to consult a professional to determine your proper routine.

It is also worth noting that if you are older or recovering from an injury, the hardest part of your entire workout will most likely be bending to get on and off of the device.

3. Durability

Unless you weigh over 400 lbs, you can use this device. Almost everyone agreed that the Total Gym XLS was both safe and well-built. At the physical therapy office that I worked at, I personally never had any problem with these devices. They were easy to keep clean and adjust to each patient’s needs. Some people were inherently rough with the Total Gyms but they proved to be durable and tough- if not very difficult- to break.

And if anything does go wrong with a component, you are backed by a 6-month warranty on all parts/accessories as well as a Lifetime Warranty on the frame.

4. The People’s Voice

The Total Gym XLS is endorsed by Christie Brinkley as well as Chuck Norris. But in my opinion, what really matters is the overall consumer take on the product.

It is a highly rated product on various sites. One buyer in particular pointed out that she was hesitant to buy due to being “over age 50” but found it was smooth and easy to use, as well as unusually exciting. She stated because of the easy and fun of the workouts she had already lost 8 pounds.

The most negative review we could find involved case-specific manufactured parts that were all backed by the warranty. But hey, it is worth mentioning.

5. Value (Cost vs Quality)

The Total Gym XLS comes equipped with various features and workout guides. It is built for you to save time and money over time by being so durable. You should consider that these workouts can be adjusted based on your specific skill level and then customized as you progress.  The durability and customize-able design are hard to beat. You get a lot for your money but the up-front cost is a turn-off for some people.

Pros and Cons

What we Like (Pros) What we don’t like (Cons)
Durability/quality Neck Comfort
Adjustable design Initial Cost
Great for smaller Spaces

Value: Check the Price on Amazon Here

6. Verdict

We would recommend this to people who are one of two people:

1. Someone recovering from some sort of injury or long-term pain (seek professional advice for your routine)

2. Age 35+ looking to get back into shape and who possibly have partners or a family that can benefit from the same device.

If you don’t fit either of these categories you’re probably better off with other equipment that is more intense/challenging.

Editor’s note

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