Total Gym FIT with Ab Crunch Accessory – Complete Review
Yes, this is an all-in-one home gym, but we ALSO took notice of how it delivers a well rounded and super AWESOME abs workout.
We'll show you 2 short videos that demonstrate how to hit the abs, the entire core with super effective moves using the Total Gym.
Plus a 3rd video showing 5 excellent moves to work your entire core.
Now, let's take a look at the the overall functionality of this Total Gym.
How the Total Gym Works
All of the Total Gym models are non-motorized machines that work by using gravity and your body weight with a sliding incline plane.
They refer to the incline plane as the 'Glideboard' which is a long padded workout bench top.
Most of the exercises use the Glideboard, but you can also stand to use the squat accessory as well as other attachments - such as the AbCrunch attachment.
What Does the Total Gym FIT Offer Above the XLS Model?
With the Total Gym FIT, you get 12 resistance settings (instead of just 6 like with other Total Gym machines).
The Total Gym XLS allows for 80 different exercises.
Now, with this FIT model you can do over 85 different exercises to increase your strength, flexibility and even cardiovascular health.
The steel frame on the FIT is also upgraded with heavier tubing and improved welds to give you a stronger, sturdier and much smoother unit.
Abs Training Video - Lower Abs and Upper Abs
Almost every machine you find at a public gym is made to hit just one muscle group.
Often, this is how most ab machines are designed. They simply fail to hit your core from different angles.
Using a Total Gym means you can really zero in on your abs, hit your entire core, AND work your whole body.
Total Core Body-blast Video
This 6 minute video goes through a number of exercises to show you how to work your entire core.
The Total Gym FIT hits 3 major components of fitness:
- strength training
- cardio training
In fact, you really don't need 85 different exercises to get an effective workout (but having so many options is super).
Having that variety makes your workouts more ineresting & effective.
You can actually hit all the important areas with just 5 exercises on your Total Gym as is shown in the quick video below.
Take a look:
5 Most Important Exercises You Should Do
Ease Of Use – You can change fairly quickly from one workout move to the next because you are just using one piece of exercise equipment.
When you are starting out, use the instructional DVD to demonstrate the differnet moves until you get to know them well enough to remember them all.
Convenience – How nice would it be to take mere seconds to get to your own full-body fitness machine when you have some time and the inclination to squeeze in a challenging 20 minute workout?
With a Total Gym, you can!
No need to pack a gym bag.
No having to drive to a gym.
You save time, fuel and probably a fair bit of money, too!
For a lot of people, travelling to a gym takes as much as an hour out of the day. Having a Total Gym at home would cut that time by 95%!
And because this machine allows you to workout multiple major muscle groups all at the same time, you get a fantastic total body workout while also making far better use of your time.
Many Fitness Levels – The Total Gym FIT allows for low resistance so that a total beginner can start on this machine.
But since it has 12 levles to adjust, it will keep you challenged even after you get to a much more advanced level.
What’s really nice for complete newbies is that it takes the guesswork out of exercising.
The instruction pack that comes with your gym outlines quick workouts for weight loss, body building, pilates, strength training and body sculpting.
Minimal Effect on Joints – Since this Total Gym functions with extra smooth motion, there is almost no bounce or impact to jar your joints.
This makes it a fantastic piece of equipment for anyone concerned about protecting their joints from injury.
Even if you don’t have pain in your joints now, by avoiding the impact that can cause shock means your joints remain safe from damaging workout impact.
Multi-exercise – When you choose the Total Gym FIT, you get over 85 exercise combinations so you can mix up your fitness routines.
It even has a special Ab Crunch accessory to greatly enhance the way you work your core.
The Total Gym then becomes an awesome ab machine.
Arrives Assembled + Easily Folds Up –
If you’re not handy for assembling things, you will really like that Total Gym FIT comes fully assembled right out of the box.
It will also fold up for you to stow it away in a closet or to just take up less floor space when not in use.
This unit is especially fantastic if you have limited space. You are not forced to use a spare room or keep any one area to have it set up.
You can just pull it out and unfold it when you want to use it.
Convenient - For many people it is easier to stick with working out when it’s convenient.
Having this machine at home means you don't need to travel to a gym - no traffic - no driving in bad weather. You can access it in mere seconds and get your workout in, fast!
Some of the Cons
Not Having Focus – for some you, getting into a workout frame of mind it much harder at home. It's not the same as when you go to a gym
Buying a Total Gym FIT can't give you that motivation.
You will need to find the motivation and drive to keep working out at home on your own. Some find that turning on a fitness DVD to be a big help with this.
Muscle Mass Limitation – aside from the motivation and focus to workout, the other drawback to a Total Gym would affect a serious bodybuilder.
Most people are not going to build big muscle mass by using a Total Gym.
If you want to build huge muscle mass and bulk up big – this is not the machine for you.
If your goal is to build muscle to look athletic, to shape your body, carve out a 6-pack, burn away fat and improve your overall health, flexibility and strength – the Total Gym FIT is a great machine for you.
Warranty – every Total Gym is covered by a limited lifetime warranty, which means a lifetime warranty on the frame, and the FIT model comes with a 2 year warranty for parts.
Overall Value – owning one of these helps you to get a more complete & effective workout in less time because it engages all of your major muscle groups with each exercise, on one piece of equipment.
Why not cancel your gym membership so you can save hundreds $$$ – maybe over $1000 in just one year?
A big benefit to buying the Total Gym® online through their official store are the price + all of the extra stuff that simply isn't available any place else.
• Upgraded Ribbed Squat Stand
• Wing Attachment
• Leg Pull Accessory
• 2 Ankle Cuffs
• Total Gym training deckNutrional Program and Meal Plan
• 6 different Workout DVD's
• 6-8 Minute Workout – 12 work-along workouts for men and women
• Exercise Wall Chart – simple at-a-glance poster with 35 exercises
Total Gym FIT - the Ultimate Home Use Model:
- No. of Exercises: Over 85
- Resistance range: 12 Levels
- Max weight of user: 450 lbs.
- Frame warranty: Lifetime
- Warranty on parts: 2 years
- Squat stand: Upgraded model included
- Assembley: comes fully assembled
Summary of Total Gym FIT:
There are three main differences between the basic Total Gym XLS and the FIT model:
- The FIT is slightly larger
Folded: 18.5” x 50.5” x 8.5”
- Has stronger frame construction
- Offers more functionality
For example, the squat platform is the ‘upgraded’ model, and many of the workings are listed on the Total Gym website as ‘upgraded’ as well.
The other difference, and in my mind the better reasons to go for the FIT, are ...
What you get with the Total Gym FIT:
- More solid & sturdy frame than the XLS
- Leg Pulley Accessory with Detachable Bracket
- Custom Fender System delivers a smoother ride
- 2 times the resistance levels for your workout
- Upgraded Squat Stand
- Updated 2-Piece Wing Attachment for wider range of motion
- Upgraded Pulley & Cable System
- Upgraded Flexible Nylon Strap Handles
- More Ergonomic Glideboard with extra comfort
- Over 85 exercises
If you can afford it, the FIT is well worth the upgrade from the Total Gym XLS model.
Either way you decide to go, my experience tells me you won’t be disappointed with any Total Gym.
You’ll be getting an easy to use home workout system for your entire body. Plus it will give you many years of home-use benefits.
I have the older 2000 model and I’m really happy with it.
But I would love to get the FIT in the future.
Hey, if you are even slightly curious about what else the Total Gym has to offer, visit the Total Gym product page.
Use The Special Discount Code at Checkout
And only on the official Total Gym Direct online shopping site will you get the 30-Day Trial for only $1.00 - or - the monthly payment plan - or - a $50 Cash Discount for paying in full.