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Total Gym XLS Review

ModelTotal Gym XLS Rating


List Price$2,199 Best Price$999 TypeBodyweight Max. Weight6-54% of weight Exercises80+ SeatGlideboard User Weight400 lbs
Height Limit: 6' 2" DimensionsLength: 90"
Width: 19"
Height: 43" Workout Area90" x 20"' (L x W) Legs Abs Curls Pulldown Rows Accessories- Total Gym DVD
- Pilates DVD WarrantyFrame: Lifetime
Parts: 6 Months

CPSC, Fitness Quest Inc. Announce Recall of "Total Gym" Exercise Machines


Fitness Quest Recall Hotline: (800) 321-9236 

May 16, 2002


Release # 02-160

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), Fitness Quest Inc., of Canton, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 310,000 Total Gym exercise machines. The handles on these exercise machines can detach during use and the cable attached to the handles can break, resulting in injury to the user.

CPSC and Fitness Quest have received about 400 reports of the handles and cables on these exercise machines breaking, resulting in 30 reports of injuries, including lacerations and abrasions.

The recall involves the Total Gym® 1000 and the Total Gym® Pro model exercisers with serial numbers DK000001 through DK129350, models with the serial number prefixes XO or SM, and models without serial numbers. The serial number is located on the underside of the machine's glide board. The glide board rolls on an inclined track as the user pulls the hand cords or pushes at the base. These exercisers were manufactured in Taiwan, Thailand, and China.

Sporting good stores, web sites, catalogs, and direct sales sold this exercise machine nationwide from June 1997 through October 2001 for between $180 and $200.

Consumers should stop using these exercisers immediately and contact Fitness Quest to order a free repair kit. For more information, contact Fitness Quest at (800) 321-9236 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's web site at

Total Gym models sold on television infomercials are not included in this recall.

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Working out at home? These are the best total gyms for home use for October 2021

Home gym systems are a one-stop shop for adding fitness equipment to your home gym and if you’ve been working out at home for months, you know how important it is to mix up the routine once in a while. Although a home gym is a significant investment, it actually saves you money in the long run over paying for a monthly gym membership. Having a total gym in your home can also save you time because you don’t have to physically go anywhere to work out. Multigym equipment systems also let you do a wide variety of workouts in one sitting or allow you to do legs one day and arms the next. There are many to choose from, and the price range is vast, so we have done the homework for you and selected a few of the best for you to review before making a purchase.

Most Compact: Bowflex Blaze Home Gym

The Bowflex Blaze features over 60 different exercises and 210 pounds of power-rod resistance. The sliding seat rail allows you to perform aerobic rowing and leg presses. You can customize your workouts by building on the wide range of cable and pulley positions. This machine includes a lat bar and a squat bar and triple-function hand grip or ankle cuffs. This is a well-rounded machine and will do the job for many households, especially since you can buy additional weight to upgrade this machine to 310 pounds or 410 pounds of resistance. The Bowflex Blaze has a bench that folds up and wheels for easy storage.

Most Sturdy: Marcy 150 Pound Multifunctional Home Gym

The Marcy Multifunctional Home Gym is made with steel tubing and reinforced with guard rods, so everything stays in place during your workout. The machine comes with 150 pounds of stacked weight that can be customized according to skill level and relieve the stress of loading and unloading weight plates. The dual action press arms allow you to do chest-press and butterfly exercises, and the curl pad lets you complete preacher curls and isolated arm workouts. There is also a leg station, which means this machine provides a whole body workout.

Most Well Rounded: Bowflex Xceed Home Gym

The Bowflex Xceed Home Gym offers over 65 exercises and 210 pounds of power-rod resistance. This machine is designed to strength train your chest, arms, back, legs, shoulders, and abs. The 210 pounds of power-rod resistance are upgradable to 310 pounds and 410 pounds. The machine itself is an adjustable weight bench with multiple cable pully positions that can be changed to adjust resistance. The workout equipment folds for easy storage when not in use.

Splurge Item: Marcy Smith Machine Cage System Home Gym

The Marcy Smith Machine Cage System Home Gym is the splurge item on our list. Coming in at around $3,500, this is definitely a serious investment. However, when you consider that you can do almost any exercise that you’d be able to do at a commercial gym on this machine, it makes more sense. There is a press station for shoulder and bench presses, pulleys for arm and leg workouts, and cables that can be used for workouts you would otherwise do with dumbbells and kettlebells. One of the coolest parts of this machine is that there is a space to store all of the extra weights and bars so the clean-up after your workout is simple.

Budget pick: Multi-Function Power Tower

The Vivohome Multifunction Power Tower features a heavy-duty pull-up and dip station with additional accessories that allow for push-ups, vertical knee lifts, pull-ups, and more to work your arms, core, shoulders, chest, and back. The steel frame is rugged and fully adjustable yet compact enough to fit in any home. The dip station and pull-up bar can hold people up to 330 pounds and is designed for comfort with back and elbow cushions. Also features large anti-slip foot pads to ensure even weight distribution and strengthen stability.

Adding one of these multi-gym machines to your home gym can round out your workout routine. Looking for deals on other exercise equipment? Check out our pages on treadmill deals, ellipticals deals, and Pelaton alternatives.

Editors' Recommendations

  • Christie Brinkley, 66, is doing at-home backyard workouts on her Total Gym.
  • She stays fit by doing a bunch of moves that target her full body.
  • Two of the brand's exercise machines are on sale at QVC right now.

While Christie Brinkley, 66, is quarantined in the Hamptons with her son amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she's getting creative with her at-home workouts. The model brought her Total Gym machine outside to get some fresh air and sunlight while sweating it out.

"I know If I don’t get the exercise I need, I really feel it! My body just instantly rusts! Gotta grease the joints," she captioned an Instagram video of her workout. "So in order to avoid having to have the couch surgically removed from my derrière 😉, I decided to drag my Total Gym out into the sunshine to get both vit D and some much needed exercise."

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"Quarantine is to keep us safe so I’m going to try use my time to hopefully come out of quarantine a little stronger," she continued. "One thing I’m sure of , I am definitely full of gratitude for each and every day blessed with health 🙌🏼."

Brinkley—who is a spokesperson for Total Gym—told Shapeshe uses the machine for 15 minutes each day, going through her "own little routine." Based on her Instagram video, that routine involves body weight squats, twists, and pull-ups. (The machine is similar to a reformer Pilates machine.)

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Aside from the Total Gym, Brinkley stays fit by surfing, rafting, and going for runs along the beach. To make the most of every opportunity for a workout, she does squats while blow-drying her hair and stretches while brushing her teeth, too.

Total Gym Titanium




Wanna work out like Christie? You can—and for a steal.

The Total Gym Titanium is on sale for $359.95 at QVC right now. It has 12 resistance levels and comes with an Ab Crunch accessory, Tricep Ropes, toe bar, two dip bars, wing attachment, pilates pulley system, and a few charts and DVDs to help users get acquainted.

Total Gym Elite Plus




The Total Gym Elite Plus is the basic machine in the collection, and it's also on sale right now for $299.96. It has eight resistance levels, and comes with an AbCrunch accessory, press-up bars, a Pilates toe bar, leg pulley system with two ankle cuffs, a 24" extension rope, and a few charts and DVDs.

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Total Gym FIT

Total Gym FIT is the newest addition to the Total Gym family and is newly redesigned for increased effectiveness and comfort. This revolutionary fitness system targets all of the major muscle groups with just one workout. It provides everything you need for a superior total-body workout in as little as 10 to 20 minutes a day. SpecialSave 33%

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The new Total Gym FIT represents the pinnacle of Total Gym’s innovative fitness technology. With an impressive number of upgrades and new features including double the resistance levels of previous models, an updated two-piece wing attachment that provides a wider range of motion, the ergonomic glideboard redesigned for extra comfort, a new height-adjustment system that makes transitioning between exercises much faster and easier, and a sleek new eye-catching look the Total Gym FIT is poised to take the fitness world by storm!

Total Gym FIT home gym is the result of extensive fitness research by Total Gym’s engineers and with over 85 exercises, as well as newly redesigned accessories to optimize your time spent working out, it delivers maximum effectiveness in a minimal amount of time.

  • Includes best-selling AbCrunch Accessory and AbCrunch Workout DVD

  • Folds for quick and easy storage

  • New design ensures extra comfort

  • Supports users up to 400 pounds

  • Over 85 body-toning exercises with multiple variations

  • Priority processing on FIT orders for quick delivery

  • Extended 2-year Warranty – Lifetime warranty on frame, plus 2 Years on all parts.

  • 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee for Payment Plan Orders and 60 Day Extended Money-Back Guarantee on Orders that are Paid for in Full

FIT Features & Specifications

The FIT is the flagship exercise unit in the Total Gym family and sets the highest standard for fitness solutions. This complete home fitness system features:

  • Twice the levels of resistance for greater control of your workout
  • Updated 2-Piece Wing Attachment for wider range of motion
  • New Ergonomic Glideboard with extra comfort system
  • New Auto-Lock Height Adjustment System for easier transition between exercises
  • Upgraded Steel Frame
  • Reinforced Slide Pivot Assembly for extra strength and durability
  • New Custom Fender System delivers a smoother ride
  • Upgraded Pulley and Cable system
  • Leg Pulley Accessory with Detachable Bracket
  • Flexible nylon strap handles
  • Upgraded squat stand
  • 400lb weight capacity for total strength and stability
  • Essentially limitless number of exercises – over 85 Total Gym exercises, each with variations!
  • Space Saving Design: 18.5″ W x 93″ L x 44.5″ H unfolded and 18.5″ W x 50.5″ L x 8.5″ H when folded for storage

The ultra-efficient design of the FIT allows you to get a great workout in a minimum amount of time. And its numerous upgrades over previous models ensure your comfort while working out. That’s the power of Total Gym engineering!

FIT Accessories

Includes a full compliment of accessories designed to enhance and maximize your workouts:

  • Upgraded Squat Stand
  • 2-Piece Wing Attachment for Wider Range of Motion
  • Leg Pull Accessory with Detachable Bracket

The Total Gym FIT offers everything you need to take your workout to the next level. And with all the newly upgraded accessories, the new bonus instructional DVD videos featuring fitness expert, Todd Durkin, and the other numerous extras that the FIT includes you’re sure to get into shape fast!

FIT Workouts

The FIT’s innovative and ergonomic workout system takes all of the guesswork out of getting into shape with over 85 clearly explained and easy to follow exercises! With the FIT, you’ll receive a complete collection of workouts and workout tools. The system is fun, easy to follow and designed to get you into great shape fast!

  • Start It Up DVD! – Your very first Total Gym workout!
  • 6-8 Minute DVD Workout – 12 work-along workouts for men and women crunched for time
  • NEW DVD! Beginner Program with Todd Durkin to jump-start your fitness and increase your strength, stamina and energy.
  • BONUS 19-Minute “Half-time” Beginner Express Workout for days when you are crunched for time or to gradually work your way into a routine.
  • NEW DVD! Intermediate Program with Todd Durkin to step-up your game by challenging strength, increasing intensity to build muscle & burn fat.
  • NEW DVD! 5-Day Advanced Program with Todd Durkin (Separate Upper Body & Lower Body Workouts) designed to get you ripped.
  • Exercise Wall Chart – simple at-a-glance poster with 35 exercises
  • Total Gym Training Deck – Your Personal Training System
  • Dan Isaacson’s Nutritional Program & Meal Plan

Your journey to optimal fitness begins with the FIT. It’s an all-in-one fitness solution that offers everything you need to meet your fitness goals quickly and efficiently. Just ask celebrities like Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley! Their careers demand top quality exercise equipment and for them Total Gym is the solution. Compare the Total Gym FIT to other models in the Total Gym family and see how it stacks up.

Every aspect of the Total Gym FIT is covered by the comprehensive warranty, so if for any reason something breaks, you get it replaced for free, no questions asked.

Total Gym Guarantee *

Total Gymunderstands the importance of your health and personal fitness. That’s why it is so easy for you to start right away with flexible payment options and a 30-Day risk-free trial!
  • 30-Day Trial – You can test out this machine in your home for 30 days, no risks! You can return the system if for any reason you’re not satisfied and get a full refund or credit.
  • Warranty – You get a Lifetime warranty on your Total Gym system.
  • Easy ways to pay – Flexible payment choices of payments that work for you.
  • Complimentary Shipping – a $100 value!

* The above guarantee is for purchases made through Total Gym Direct only. Be sure to check the current return policy of all retail partners presented on for the most up-to-date information.

Get ready to kick your fitness routine into high gear. Order your Total Gym FIT right now and experience the ultimate in home exercise equipment.


Total Gym

TypeFitness Training Equipment
InventorTom Campanaro

Total Gym is the brand name for a line of fitness training equipment, created by Total Gym Global Corp and marketed and sold by Total Gym Commercial LLC and Total Gym Fitness, LLC. Total Gym equipment, used by physical therapy clinics, hospitals, collegiate and professional sports teams, health clubs, fitness studios and home exercisers, is sold direct, as well as through the internet, TV, retail and international distribution channels. Tom Campanaro developed the first Total Gym unit in 1974 with his then partner Doug Marino, in San Diego, California.


Total Gym CEO Tom Campanaro designed the first Total Gym incline trainer in 1974. Campanaro and partner Doug Marino named the brand “Total Gym” while sitting on the beach in San Diego, CA. They brought on business partners Dale McMurray and Larry Westfall in 1976 and the first Total Gym homegrown TV commercial hit the market.

In 1988, Total Gym moved into physical therapy.


In 1996, Campanaro sealed a deal with American Telecast Products to produce the first Total Gym infomercial, featuring spokespersons Chuck Norris[1] and Christie Brinkley.[2] Total Gym became one of the longest running fitness infomercial in history. Doing business as Total Gym Fitness, LLC, the infomercial has been broadcast to more than 85 countries with over 5 million units sold.[3]



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Is the Total Gym Worth the Price?

You don't need equipment to work out.

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The Total Gym is a serious fitness investment. Depending on the model, it can cost anywhere from $1,295 to $4,895 at the time of publication. The Total Gym products are sold to physical therapy clinics, gyms, hospitals, athletic training facilities and many other large corporations. However, it is not necessarily the best investment for getting fit.

Workout DVDs

If you are looking for a cost-effective way to work out at home, look into buying a workout DVD such as the P90X or Insanity. P90X costs from $120 to $330 depending on level, and the Insanity DVDs cost $120. Other fitness DVDs are variously priced from $10 on up. This is a much cheaper investment for a workout led by a trainer. These DVDs also require little to no gym equipment, thus saving space in your home.

Gym Membership

A gym membership may cost $10 to $200 per month, which works out to $120 to $2,400 per year. At the gym, you can use a wide variety of exercise equipment, and possibly even a pool, group classes and access to personal trainers. For this reason, you are getting more for your dollar, and once again saving space in your home.

Other Home Gyms

While many home gyms are comparable in price to the Total Gym, other exercise equipment costs much less. For example, at the time of publication, Weider Fitness sells home gyms costing from $300 to $600. If you want to work out in your home, this is a much more cost-effective option.

Body-Weight Exercises

The least expensive option is to design your own routine of body-weight exercises, which require little more than a mat. These exercises require little to no equipment and are effective in strength building and muscle gain. You can perform pushups, crunches, squats, heel lifts, calisthenics, yoga and Pilates in your living room. Add simple equipment such as a pullup bar and a few dumbbells for basic weight training. Combined with a healthy cardio routine that incorporates the weekly minimum of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a healthy diet, this method can effectively keep you fit.


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