Since I started posting these monthly updates back in April, I received a number of e-mails from readers who had questions about the Total Gym. And I figured that for every person that actually e-mailed me, there were probably 10 people wondering the same thing who were too shy to reach out. So I decided to post some of the most popular questions (and answers) in an attempt to educate everyone about the Total Gym.
Q: Is the Total Gym really worth it? Wouldn’t it just be cheaper to join a gym and use all of their equipment?
A: Gyms are a double-edged sword. My old gym had top-of-the-line equipment, a pool, a steam room, etc. But it was insanely overcrowded no matter what time I went there, and it wasn’t exactly cheap at $45/month. And then there was the issue of getting motivated to drive there in the first place.
With the Total Gym, I can jump on it at a moments notice, and get an efficient workout in 10 minutes or less. Even though you can fold away the Total Gym after use, I keep mine unfolded at all times so I don’t just shove it under the bed and forget about it entirely. Plus it saves time.
Q: Would you recommend the Total Gym for someone who’s never worked out before?
A: Absolutely! Gyms can be a bit intimidating when you’re first starting out. The beauty of working out at home is that there’s no one watching you, and you set the pace. If the trainer on the DVD is going too fast for you, simply pause it and workout at your own pace. I won’t lie, I had to do that at first myself, as the machine was unfamiliar to me and I couldn’t transition from exercise to exercise as quickly as he was.
Q: How much space does the Total Gym take up?
A: The Total Gym is BIG, so you definitely want to measure out the space you’re planning for it to make sure it’ll fit before ordering it. The Total Gym dimensions are 19″ W x 90″ L x 43″ H when fully set up, and it weighs almost 100lbs. Let me tell you, it wasn’t fun hauling this sucker up to the 3rd floor, that was quite a workout in itself.
Q: What if I don’t like the Total Gym?
A: If you’re on the fence, go with Total Gym’s 30-Day Trial, where you can try the Total Gym in your home for 30 days, risk free! If the Total Gym just isn’t for you, simply return it within 30 days for a full refund. Just make sure you save the box and packing materials so you can send it back if you decide otherwise!
Another good thing about the 30 Day Trial offer is that it only costs you $1.00 to start. After 30 days, you’ll make a set number of monthly payments until you’re gym is paid off. Whether you pay for the gym in full or opt for the payment plan, the final cost is the same.
Q: The Total Gym doesn’t have any weights? How can you get a good workout then?
A: Have you watched any of their videos? The Total Gym uses your own body weight as your resistance, and the gym is height adjustable to control the amount of weight you’re “lifting”. This system ensures that you get a uniform (and safe) workout every time you use it. It absolutely works, and I’m living proof of that.
Q: Do you have any other advice for workout novices like me?
A: Sure.. Make sure you’re getting enough protein and water, as both are essential in working out. I’ll go over this in more detail in a future post, but protein is essential for muscle growth and recovery, which is why you see people at the gym chugging protein shakes. The same goes for water. Cut out junk food, eat more food that’s rich in protein (chicken is good), and swap out the soda for water. You’ll see a big difference.
If you have any other questions for me, leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to answer them. Thanks!
Disclosure: Guys Gab was provided with a Total Gym XLS free of charge, however the opinions expressed are my own.