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Offline GaryR55

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Any Total Gym Users?
« on: April 04, 2008, 09:43:16 PM »
I've been using a Total Gym since 1997 (I'm on my second one, which I bought in January 2008), the machine popularized in the infomercials with Chuck Norris and Christy Brinkley. It uses your own body weight as resistance and can be set to various levels of resistance. What I like about this machine is that you can go from exercise to exercise by simply changing the position of your arms on the fly, without missing a beat. This allows me to do five or six exercises, one right after the other, with no rest in between, which is superior to any circuit training routine you could do in a gym, where you have to wait to get on the next machine, or walk across the room to get to it. In short, I can get in a full-body workout of all my muscle groups in about five minutes. At this pace, you also get an aerobic effect. This, plus walking is all the exercise I need.

The model shown in the video is the old Total Gym 2000, which was the first one I had. I used it for ten years.

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Re: Any Total Gym Users?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2009, 05:35:48 PM »
I own a TG 1000.  I hardly ever use it and I have recently loaned it to my dad.

I think it's a great idea, but I need it to be set up all the time to consistently use it and we don't have the room.

Also I'd much rather swing some steel or take my sandbag for a walk  ;D

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Re: Any Total Gym Users?
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Re: Any Total Gym Users?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2010, 12:16:59 PM »
Someone gave me a total gym for free not too long ago and I tried it out for the 1st time the other day. 

I am almost ashamed to admit that it was pretty damn good.  :D

I did an endurance workout (on level 5 of 7) and it was tough... being able to quickly transition from movement to movement was great.  You could also do some different movements like the rowers, swimmer, and iron crosses.

Once you hit level 7, you could always add a weight vest for more resistnace.

It is a nice addition to a home gym byt I wouldn't spend a ton of money on one... $100 max.

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Re: Any Total Gym Users?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2010, 06:46:30 AM »
We have one at work, ours goes up to level 10 though.  It is the commercial model and is not able to be folded.  You can get a good workout on it, but I rarely use it personally.  We use it mostly for pateints to do squats and heel lifts before they are able to fully weight bear.

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Re: Any Total Gym Users?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2010, 11:26:22 AM »
Free weights and full body movements are the keys.  I'm not dissing TG, I'm just pointing out that any machine is going to allow your body to work in an unnatural way by isolating muscles.  For instance, if you use a curl machine, you're only going to use that single strand of bicep muscle that is in alignment with the motion of the handles and cams.  If you do a pullup (even without rings), you're using your entire biceps (two muscles) throughout the movement as well as your back and stablilizer muscles in your arms, rib cage, back and core.