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07-30-2003, 03:20 PM
Does anyone here own a Total Gym? If so, are you happy with itís performance?

Iím getting a bonus at work next week and Iím thinking about purchasing the Total Gym Platinum (

07-30-2003, 04:59 PM
I have owned the Total Gym for 2 years now. I absolutely love it! There are many excersises you can do that take the place of having different equipment. You also have the option of adding a weight bar and it includes pilates. It's a great work out, but I will tell you if you haven't worked out before, you will feel it. I had to gradually work my way up to adding more time to my work outs. The videos are very helpful too. It seems expensive, but if it takes the place of other machines, it is well worth it!

07-30-2003, 05:12 PM
Thanks Chevy Angel! :)

I was going to sign up for Curves but my husband also wanted a way to work out too. I saw the platinum addition on QVC the other day and thought it would be something we both could use. I also love the fact that you can do pilates on it.

07-30-2003, 07:37 PM
I had one, i bought it at sears. I gave it away just a few months ago after DH bought "real" weights.
It was ok. mine was an older one and I would have liked it to have been more stable, but it certainly did the job and I felt I got my monies worth out of it. Not a huge endorcment i know.

I have to say I like curves. i think it is fun and I like that there are other people there...

07-30-2003, 07:47 PM
Three words...

Try eBay First

Especially when looking at stuff like the Total Gym.

Just IMO (not implying anything about the quality - more like finding the best deal, KWIM?) ;)

07-31-2003, 08:35 AM
I've had my Total Gym for almost 3 years. I love it. It has really toned up my body. Of course, I've also lost weight through Weight Watchers, but the Total Gym was a great companion during my weight loss journey.

What I really like about it is that it only takes about 10 minutes a day. Being a busy person, that is great for me.

Some day I would like to get the more expensive model. I have the basic model now.


07-31-2003, 06:20 PM
For those of you that own a TG, is it easy to store? I've been looking at this thing forever and living in a small house there isn't room to leave it out.


07-31-2003, 06:34 PM
I did not find it easy to store, I had space to leave it out.

07-31-2003, 06:42 PM
The Total Gym does collapse for storage under a bed or something like that, but I find it a pain especially if you use it everyday.

07-31-2003, 08:05 PM
I live in a small apartment, my mom and I have had a TG for over 2 years....I can't use it because of my back problems...WE have used it only a max of 5 times between the 2 of us...I would like to get rid of it...BUT my mom insists on keeping ...she uses the words "I AM going to use it..." it's a real eye sore...she leaves it out...

We went and joined Curves about 10 weeks ago...I LOVE IT!...I would recommend Curves to compare Curves with the TG is not comparable...I have lost over 15 inches and 3 lbs since I started...I love the support and motivation I get's something that I can't get with using the TG at home...

Hope this helps you make your decision!

07-31-2003, 08:25 PM
That is so great that you are doing well wth Curves! More power to you! The Total Gym does work and tones as well as anything else, but you have to use it. I guess it is whatever is comfortable for you. I prefer to work out in the privacy of my own home and on my own time. Don't lose sight of your goals and good luck with whatever you choose! (Geez, I sound like a spokesperson for the Total Gym) lol!

Suzanne 3FC
07-31-2003, 09:04 PM
I have a Total Gym, and I love it :) I have the Total Gym 2000 model. I do have to leave it out, but I keep it in the folded position in a corner. I can't imagine storing it under a bed. However, mine might be a little bit bulkier than the Platinum version. Jennifer has one, and I think hers might be the Platinum version. She got it from QVC. You can find more models or examples at

08-01-2003, 12:38 PM
So when you fold it up, does it stand or remain on the floor?


08-01-2003, 07:14 PM
mine remains standing when I fold it up...but i don't recommend doing that daily...not on a daily basis....

Suzanne 3FC
08-02-2003, 03:39 AM
Mine stays standing, too. I often leave it open, though, so it encourages me to use it more :)

08-20-2003, 02:10 PM
Yes, I use mine. I think that since I began working out every day, and not counting calories so closely, I have lost weight than ever before. I never feel as tired as I did when I was starving myself, I know I am getting fit and staying healthy b/c I am not taking any weird supplement or cutting vital nutrients from my diet, and I reward myself w/ a snack food here and there to keep my cravings down. Granted, this approach may be slower than a pill or a diet, but it will stay off and what I am losing is FAT... not water weight.

10-09-2003, 02:01 PM
Does anyone remember the Dyna Gym from the 70's? I think the same person invented it only modified it a little for the TG. Instead of the pole it had a 3 rung ladder and leg strap to hold your feet in place to do the leg pulls. You were supposed to do 125 of them twice a day. That was hard. Then the arm pulls, but I can't remember how many of them twice a day. I don't think it would be done that way today.

I still have mine or rather my daughter has it. If you remember this, please comment. I would be interested in how similiar you think it is.


Suzanne 3FC
10-11-2003, 01:11 AM
Wow, very similar! I don't recall seeing them before, but I did a search and they are still available. It does look like a TG.

Does your daughter like it?

10-12-2003, 10:49 PM
I too have a total gym, mine is probably a much older model, have had it for years. Although I don't tend to use it much anymore (have free weights), my daughter just loves it, and I don't have to worry about her using the free weights when I'm not around (I have teens just starting to get interested in fitness). I'd forgotten I had it, I think I'll steal it from my daughter and start using again tomorrow, I'm getting bored and ready for something different for a while.

10-13-2003, 10:26 AM
Suzanne 3FC,

What type of search did you do to find it? I tried the Web but never found it. I think the TG looks easier to slide or maybe mine just needs a good cleaning.

My daughter liked it when she used it, but got tired of having to put it away each time since she is limited on space. She is now using my treadmill.


Suzanne 3FC
10-14-2003, 12:04 AM
I just put it in google. Is this the same one you have?

My total gym is getting a little hard to slide, but it was really easy at first. I recently took it apart and cleaned the wheels, but I'm wondering if I should wax the frame, perhaps. Wax made my windows slide easier, lol.

10-22-2003, 04:00 AM
One piece of advice on the purchase of a Total Gym - - As someone suggested, check eBay. I actually bought a Total Gym knockoff called the Total Trainer 3000; it's a fantastic gym. Comes with a few of the items optional on the Total Gym as standard equipment (pull-up bar, foot rest, leg wraps, etc). The Total Trainer was $300, MUCH cheaper than Total Gym. The people that I bought it from off eBay ( were very professional as well, cleaned up a screwup with my payment in no time and shipped fairly quickly. Their ads also make a pretty good case as to why their gym is built better than the Total Gym, and I've had no problems after 6 months of use.

Also, AVOID the Total Gym knockoffs you can buy at CostCo, Sam's Club or WalMart; they're VERY cheaply made. Had a friend buy one and the frame welds cracked after 2 months :( Not a very heavy person either, maybe 150lbs.

It's a good gym for weight training, but forget the cardio stuff they try to say it can do; it's not very feasible. Forget folding it up every day - a hassle. Does fold up fairly small though, maybe 4ft high, 1.5ft across and 8-10 inches deep.

11-03-2003, 07:58 AM
Are you talking about the Total Body workout gym? If so I bought one of those when I got my Student Loan along with the Make over America program. The total body gym is in my living room. Only the bar that you use to do many of the excersizes "folds" other than that it stands, however it is quite compact. I have had it for six months, it has been used by me twice, and by my husband Whom I bought it for who PROMISED he would use it daily three to four times. Now it sits in our living room used as an extra seat, clothes hanger and other assorted uses. Hopefully we'll use it soon, if not on to ebay it goes, or else I might just give it away. I hate shipping things. As for the 6WBMO (makeover america) I am sure there is a spot for that as well on these boards, it probably works, however I couldn't take it after a week. More about that in the appropriate space.

Suzanne 3FC
11-10-2003, 11:13 AM
Heather, I think what you are describing is a body by jake machine. The Total Gym would be the one at

I also have a few pieces around the house that are used as extra seats, lol. It's amazing how easily we can accumulate these things!

11-11-2003, 06:20 PM
I had a total gym 2000 but sold it on Ebay :lol: It was's really kinda big, supposed to be able to slip right under your bed but it didn't fit under mine.

11-11-2003, 07:50 PM
The first time I saw the ad for TTG
I thought it was The Dyna Gym with
a new name.

They were sold door to door back in
the 70s. Least the one we bought
came that way. Tres expensive for
back then too.

It worked quite well for what it was.
Helped if one was in excellent shape
to start with. Some of the exercises
were absolute killers when using your
own body weight as the resistance
factor. *g*