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Total Gym Fit review

The Total Gym Fit is a body weight resistance home gym system that uses a glideboard to get you fit. But does it justify the price?

Total Gym Fit review
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Our Verdict

The Total Gym Fit is a glideboard system which uses your own body weight to create resistance, making it safer than other weights based systems. With over 85 exercises supported, you're sure to get a full body workout. It is expensive though, and there are more affordable options that aren't too far behind this one in terms of features and performance.

For

  • More than 85 exercises
  • Max user weight 450lbs
  • Compact design

Against

  • Expensive
  • Takes a little learning

The Total Gym Fit is glideboard system that uses your own bodyweight to create resistance. At first glance, it might not look quite the same as other glideboard machines in our best home gyms guide. Instead of a stack of weights with a chair, bench and pulleys, the Total Gym Fit keeps it minimal and compact by using a glideboard and your own bodyweight.

In our Total Gym Fit review, we look at the machine's design and top features, and how it performs, to help you figure out if it's right for you. If you're looking for other home exercise equipment too, take a look at our guide to the best treadmills for running and power walking, as well as the best exercise bikes for spin class workouts, or the best bike trainers for indoor cycling training through the off-season.

Total Gym Fit review: Overview

The Total Gym Fit offers a consistent resistance using your weight with lots of variations on how that is applied. As such this offers over 85 different bodyweight exercises to promote a full body workout, all from using a single board as your base.

That makes this home fitness system a great option for anyone who feels as though they're short on space. If the idea of a more compact gym appeals to you, also take a look at our Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym review.

Despite the Total Gym Fit being a little bit smaller, the price tag is still high, making this one of the more expensive home gym system options out there. But it's got lots going for it, including cross-fit training options as well as body strength training, meaning it's a very comprehensive home fitness machine.

Total Gym Fit: Specs

Design: Glideboard

Weight: 66 lbs

Exercises: 85+

Supported weight: Up to 450 lbs

Total Gym Fit

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Total Gym Fit review: Design

The Total Gym Fit uses a pulley and cable system all built around the glideboard. As you move your arms legs and slide about, resistance is created for you to work against and build strength. The board can be moved through 12 levels, enabling you to make exercises more difficult or easier to help you progress. And this will support you all the way up to 450lbs.

The whole unit weighs in at a minimal 66lbs and stretches to 93 x 18.5 x 44.5" when open, but it will fold down to a storage friendly 50.5 x 18.5 x 8.6".

The Total Gym Fit is all about the accessories, as these enable you to use the machine in different ways to work various parts of your body. As standard you'll get an ab crunch attachment, a two-piece wing add-on, a leg pulley and an upgraded squat stand. To see how hard you're working out, you could wear one of the best fitness trackers to monitor your session. For discounted trackers, see our round-up of the best Amazon Prime Day Fitbit deals.

Other extras include two ankle cuffs, for comfort, a nutrition guide, a wall chat for tracking progress and a library of workout DVDs to help you follow simple guidance and keep motivated. 

Total Gym Fit review: a woman uses the machine to work out her legs

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Total Gym Fit review: Features

The Total Gym Fit might looks like a simple system but it offers plenty of areas on your body that you can work. One part allows you to do an arm curl, working on your biceps, while another mid-pulley station allows for chest and more. There are also sections for pulls and presses, leg development and, of course, squats.

There are more attachments to work different areas even including cardio work. These optional attachments include a press-up bar, dip bar, roller, CycloTrainer and Pilates kit. The folding nature of the system is also worth a mention, as it's a big draw for those that want to save space - no moving around heavy weights to put this away.

Total Gym Fit review: the machine shown with its various accessories

(Image credit: Total Gym)

Total Gym Fit review: Performance

That Total Gym Fit can be complicated to get the hang of on your first use. But once you've done each new exercise once it's easy to repeat in future. 

One really great way this helps ease you in is by throwing in a whole bunch of workout DVDs. These make it easy to see how the pulley system works for each muscle group you're working. Beyond that it also allows you to follow a lead which means you can stay motivated, learn combinations that work for you and be taught so you build confidence.

The fact this comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and two year guarantee on parts gives you more confidence which lets you really test the limits of the machine and yourself.

Should you buy the Total Gym Fit?

The Total Gym Fit is a great option for anyone short on space at home, yet wants a system that can offer a total body workout. Thanks to how it uses your bodyweight, the machine can be folded up for storage at the end of each workout. And there are lots of workout options for you here, plus guided DVDs to inspire and coach you, and plenty of online training support to make this a great, long-term fitness buddy.

The Total Gym Fit isn't a cheap home fitness center, but you get a lot for your money. For those that want heavier weights or, if you have space for a larger system, the full home gym systems are also good options. We'd recommend looking at our Marcy MWM-988 Multifunction Home Gym review, or checking out the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym.