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Total Gym FIT review

The Total Gym FIT is a body weight-based home gym system that uses a glideboard to help you build muscle. Here we review the machine to see if it justifies its price.

Total Gym FIT review
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Our Verdict

The Total Gym FIT uses your own body weight to create resistance, which means it’s safer than other weights-based systems as there’s less chance of you over-exerting yourself. The machine supports over 85 different exercises to give you a full body workout, which is impressive. It’s pricey though, and we’ve come across some affordable alternatives that aren’t a million miles behind the Total Gym FIT 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 a popular glideboard system that uses body weight to create resistance, and at first glance it may look different to other glideboard machines in our best home gyms guide. That’s because instead of a weight stack, chair, bench and pulleys, the Total Gym FIT takes a more minimal (and compact) approach by using a glideboard and your own bodyweight. 

In our Total Gym FIT review, we look at the machine's design, features and performance to help you decide if it's the right choice to help you train at home the way you want to. The Total Gym Fit is an excellent machine, but it is priced higher than the average glideboard system, so if you're on a tighter budget, we have highlighted some more affordable alternatives where relevant.

Looking for other exercise equipment? We recommend our guides to the best treadmills and the best exercise bikes, plus the best bike trainers for off-season training. 

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 review: Specs

Design: Glideboard

Weight: 66 lbs

Exercises: 85+

Supported weight: Up to 450 lbs

Total Gym FIT review: An image showing a woman using the glideboard system to exercise her arms

(Image credit: Total Gym)

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".

As mentioned earlier in our Total Gym FIT review, this system 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.

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: An image showing the machine with its various accessories

(Image credit: Total Gym)

Total Gym FIT review: Performance

As mentioned early on in our Total Gym FIT review, at first this system can be a little tricky to get used to, but once you've performed each new exercise, they soon become second nature. 

We'd recommend starting with the included workout DVDs, as these make it easy to see how the pulley system works for each muscle group you're working. Beyond that, the Total Gym Fit allows you to follow a lead, which means you can stay motivated, land to earn body weight training combinations that work for you.

The fact this glideboard system comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and two year guarantee on parts should boost your confidence further.

Should you buy the Total Gym FIT?

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

The Total Gym FIT isn't cheap, but you get a lot for your money. For those who want heavier weights, or if you have space for a larger system, we'd recommend looking at our Marcy MWM-988 Multifunction Home Gym review, or checking out our Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym review.