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I was watching ‘The 700 Club’ television program on November 5, 2008 when I heard Pat Robertson mention how much he likes the Total Gym, which is the exercise equipment that Chuck Norris advertises. I am 49 years old and have been an exercise enthusiast for the majority of my life. I have also owned and heavily used the Total Gym XLS for 7 months. In this article I will provide a review of the Total Gym XLS in 9 areas. Each point will be rated on a 1-10 scale with 1 being low and 10 being high.

1. Delivery of Equipment. It took about 7 days from the time of order for the equipment to arrive. It was packed in a sturdy box and nothing was damaged or missing when I received it. Rating: 9

2. Instructions and Ease of Setup. The advertisements claim that it is very easy to set up and they are correct. I would suggest watching the brief videos first (as hard as that is with something new and exciting) and they explain how to set up the equipment in a very short and easy fashion. The one thing that could have been better was if there was a large notification inside the box mentioning the benefits of watching the videos first. The Total Gym and the adjunct equipment are very easy to set up and begin using. Rating: 9

3. Quality of the Product. The Total Gym is very high quality equipment. As I mentioned earlier I have been using the equipment for 7 months generally between 5 and 7 days per week, sometimes twice a day. I have not seen any serious signs of wear and tear yet. I am very impressed. Rating: 9 (The only reason I have not scored a 10 is because I am hoping for it to last many years.)

4. Assistance with the Exercises and Exercise Programs. The Total Gym comes with over 80 full color instruction cards (5 ¼” x 8 ½”) that explain each exercise. These are very helpful and very well done with full color pictures of the exercise plus additional explanations. There are also several workout programs that are detailed on the same size cards including:

  • 6-8 Minute Workout for Men (7 days)
  • 6-8 Minute Workout for Women (7 days)
  • Starter Workout Program
  • Workout for Young People
  • Long and Lean
  • Core Strength and Stability
  • Total Body Circuit
  • Upper Body Sculpt for Women
  • Lower Body Strength for Women
  • Upper Body Strength for Men
  • Lower Body Power for Men
  • There are several Abs sessions and it is easy to develop your own Abs routine.

The programs generally consist of sets of 6-10 exercises with the goal of doing 3 sets per session. Generally 3 sets will take 30-45 minutes. Of course, you do not need to follow their pre-designed routines if you do not want. Rating: 10

5. Quality Workout. The quality workout received from the Total Gym is excellent. It can be used for muscle tone, cardiovascular, or endurance. The Upper Body Strength and Lower Body Power for Men routines are very good for muscle development. I am 49 years old and I have definitely seen a visible increase in the size of my biceps arms and chest. Another nice thing that I have experienced is that in the 7 months that I have been using the machine, I have never hurt myself. No overly strained muscles that have made me lay off for days or weeks at a time or anything of that nature.

The only drawback is that if you are exercising for absolute extreme power that may be hard to achieve with the Total Gym. Weight can be added to make routines more challenging but I don’t think it is possible to simulate a 400 pound press or bench press. Rating: 9.5

6. Flexibility. With as many exercises as can be done on the Total Gym (over 80) the equipment is very flexible. There are exercises designed for the chest, back, shoulders, legs, arms and abs. There are also several stretches and compound exercises (designed to work more than one area of the body at once). The Total Gym is very …

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Fitness is a choice we make to live better, healthier lives. These days when too many people are leading sedentary lives and getting out of shape, getting fit has become a top priority for more and more people. But with so many choices, which total home fitness equipment should you get?

Here are some tips to help you decide which gym equipment can give you a total work out and help you achieve your fitness goals:

What do you really want?

Sometimes the best home fitness machine that can give you a total workout is as simple as a stationary bicycle or a treadmill. Get the home fitness machine that will work best for your own unique requirement and that will address the specific fitness concerns that you may have. Whether you want to lose weight or build muscles, there are different total fitness gym machines that can perform the right combination of tasks to get you where you want to go.

Measurable results

Aim for something that is tangible. If the machine you’re looking at promises to tone your thighs, then it should provide enough resistance to do so and not just some vague promise that it will give you long, lean muscles if you keep using it.

Try it for size

Check out the fitness machine and see how the bars and handles will fit into your hands and if the extensions can accommodate you’re the length of your legs. Even the simple treadmill comes in lengths that put your body size into consideration.

Consider comfort as one of your top requirements when choosing a home fitness machine. If there are too many demands on parts of your body like your back or knees, your fitness workout will have more negative repercussions than advantages.

No quick and empty promises

You’ve probably seen a lot of advertisements on TV and in the back of newspapers and magazines trumpeting the newest and best total fitness equipment that will surprise and satisfy you. The sad fact is, most of the time, the hype doesn’t equal the actual results.

Stay away from total home fitness gym equipment that promise too much, too many for a too short period of time. There’s a good chance that these promises are empty or at best, temporary. If your home fitness equipment works, then it should do so gradually and permanently.

Price

The cost of a total fitness home gym machine can go as little as $800 and as high as over $3,000. Which one you choose will really depend on your budget and fitness goals. And while it may seem a small matter, the size of your available space at home will also figure in your choice. Some home gym machines are bulky and heavy and will need dedicated space if you want to use them efficiently.

Use

A total fitness home gym machine should accommodate the number of users you have in the house. It should also be easy to assemble and allow you to make quick changes in the resistance or weight if necessary. Some home gym machines even allow simultaneous users for different workout stations. This way, you can enjoy a fitness workout with other members of the family.

For a total body workout, a home gym equipment as simple as a rowing machine will perform well. Choose the right resistance for your fitness level and it will work out your upper and lower arms, back, thighs and legs. It’s low impact and will not be too harsh on your knees.

If you’re already reasonably fit and want to build muscles, you might want to try a universal gym like Tuff Stuff’s CFM-555 or BodyCraft Family Xpress home gym. These are the type of home fitness machines that offer a lot in terms of exercise variety. Plus, you get to build strength and muscles with the weight stack that comes with each set. Depending on the model, you can get a basic set with maximum 200-lb. weight stacks.

A compact home gym like the 500HG from True may also be a good choice. It’s very affordable (price range starts at about $800) and offers a lot in terms of flexibility and …

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The first words that come to my mind when it comes to describe military workouts are smart fitness, smart diet plan and smart people. I must say that I was always a great admirer of the military workouts. Better said, I admire the incredible top fitness shape you get from these total bodyweight workouts. If you are interested in building a fat-free, lean, muscular and buff body, the following lines will help you understand what to do to get your impeccable physique.

Whether we talk about the Army workout, Navy workout, Special Forces workout or Marine workouts, they all have in common a few things. First, the military workouts are overall body-development programs. They will get you an incredible lean, muscular and fat-free physique. These are total bodyweight fitness routines that will develop and strengthen all your muscles. They include all the group muscles that often go ignored, such as neck, forearms, calves and rear delts. The result is a very harmonious body with the right proportions.

Second, all of these military workouts are bodyweight routines. The cool thing about training using your body weight is that you are in tune with nature. A gym machine will only strengthen a certain muscle, in complete isolation. Therefore, the other body muscles remain as weak as they were before. The strong, lean and buff muscles we get from the bodyweight routines are so much more healthier and powerful. The explanation is that these exercises strengthen our entire body from the core. When we do one of the military workouts mentioned before, we work our entire body, the muscles, the organs and the glands.

Third, the military workouts are proven fat loss workouts. There is no better way of building a fat-free, harmonious, athletic, buff and toned body than using our own body weight as the resistance. A quick glance at the bodies of soldiers or gymnasts will show us just how muscular and fat-free our physique can become when using such a training program.

Fourth, military workouts are high-intensity strength training routines. These bodyweight routines are not just for the army, navy or special forces. However, that doesn’t mean they are for everyone. You have to be in a decent physical shape to enjoy such an intense training.

Last summer, I trained for three weeks with a navy SEAL instructor and I have to say that it was hard and very intense. Nevertheless, it was not as extreme as I thought it would be. Why was I able to complete my training sessions? Only because I was in good physical shape due to my previous training. I have to tell you that the fitness training I followed the last 16 months is actually quite similar to the navy workout. It is designed to be ideal for busy people, but due to the fact that it is short and intense, the results are stunning. Since I started the program 16 months ago, I lost more than 50 pounds of body fat and I got the lean and muscular physique that I always wanted.

Anyway, because of the similarities, I dug deeper into the subject and found out that the bodyweight fitness program I successfully follow, it was actually adopted, in its advanced form by the Army. Special congrats to my friends, Steve and Ross. Although they were overweight at the time, I helped them train for four months and they successfully passed all the needed military requirements. They now serve in the Army.

The best part is that you can also start such a program at any time, regardless of your present physical condition. You can do that because the total bodyweight fitness routine that I use pays a special attention to the beginners, as they are the ones who need more guidance as they adjust to fitness training. So, if you want to, you can take it to a point were you are as fit as a marine, a navy seal or an army ranger. I am sure that I have awakened your interest in discovering the benefits of the total body fitness routines provided by military workouts. For more information on Military Workouts and Smart Fitness, make sure and follow …

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