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Total Gym XLS Review

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The Total Gym XLS is the best selling home gym from Total Gym, a brand long endorsed by celebrities Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley. This complete home gym is easy on the joints, supports more than 80 exercises and includes training support (DVDs, a wall chart and more). It can accommodate any ability level by using a customized percentage of your bodyweight as resistance. Read on for our Total Gym XLS review.


Model Total Gym XLS

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There are a few different types of Home Gyms. There are weight stack, power rod and body weight.

Max. Weight

Home Gym Max Weight is the maximum amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that can be lifted on the machine.

6-54% of weight

Home Gym exercises is the number of exercises you can do on the machine.


The seat on a Home Gym can be adjustable, padded, or detached.

User Weight

Home Gym User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

400 lbs
Height Limit: 6' 2"

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this Home Gym will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

Length: 90"
Width: 19"
Height: 43"
Workout Area

Home Gym Workout Area is the amount of space needed to use the Home Gym (Length x Width)

90" x 20"' (L x W)

This field lets you know if this Home Gym has the option to do leg workouts or not.


This field lets you know if this Home Gym has abdominal workouts or not.


This field lets you know if this Home Gym has the option to do arm curls or not.


This field lets you know if this Home Gym has the option to do pulldown workouts or not.


This field lets you know if this Home Gym has the option to do rows or not.


Many Home Gyms have optional accessories you can purchase separately.

- Total Gym DVD
- Pilates DVD

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 6 Months

Rating: 86.0%

Our Rating

Rating: 86.0/100. The Total Gym XLS is a “no assembly required” home gym for any fitness level. This versatile workout system is easier on your joints compared with traditional weight stack home gyms, and it’s quieter too. Its centerpiece is a padded glideboard. By adjusting the angle of the glideboard, you can work against more or less of your bodyweight. With pulleys and other included accessories you can perform more than 80 exercises. Training support is provided, showing how the Total Gym XLS is suitable for gentle rehabilitative workouts, slow pilates-style exercise, high-energy workouts and more.


  • Uses your own bodyweight for a customized challenge
  • 80+ exercise possibilities keep gym workouts varied
  • Patented Glideboard is padded for comfort
  • Smooth resistance is gentle on your joints
  • Supports users of any height and up to 400 pounds
  • Includes workout DVDs and a nutritional program
  • Costs less than $1000 on sale
  • Free 30-day trial
  • Excellent customer reviews


  • Parts warranty is only for six months
  • When full price ($1,999), it isn’t the best home gym value


The Total Gym XLS home gym is from the Total Gym family of equipment for strength and cardio exercise. These trainers are unique for using your body weight or gravity as resistance. The Glideboard has a leg pull, squat stand and other accessories to let you complete more than 80 exercises. Six DVDs and a wall chart can help you work your upper body, lower body, core muscles and cardiovascular system.

The Total Gym XLS is one of four Total Gyms for 2017. Each home gym supports a different number of exercises. For example, the Total Gym Supreme supports about 60 exercises, and the top-of-the-line Total Gym GTS supports about 200.

Home Gym Workouts

The Total Gym XLS home gym is equipped for more than 80 exercises. It arrives with a colorful wall chart that shows 35 of the exercises you can perform with the machine.

A great way to get started is with the included CD called Start-It-Up, which has 12 six-to-eight minute workouts that help familiarize you with the features of your new home gym. These workout routine are also good options to jumpstart your morning, or for whenever you want to train but are pressed for time.

Other included DVDs help you use the Total Gym XLS with slow pilates-like workouts for range of motion and balance; high-energy workouts; and customized workouts for competitive training. The customized workouts are built with help from a Training Deck, or cards that show different Total Gym exercises.

Total Gym XLS Features

The Total Gym XLS home gym has an angled board with head support and accessories. A wing attachment helps you work on back and arm muscles. A leg pull accessory helps tones your quads and hamstrings. Also included are ankle straps, a squat station and pulleys.

A bonus is Dan Isaacson’s Nutritional Program and Meal Plan for weight loss and healthy eating. Isaacson helped developed Total Gym, and he’s been a health and fitness leader in Hollywood’s celebrity circles for more than 25 years.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Total Gym XLS home gym warranty package includes the following protection:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 6 Months

Customers can try the Total Gym XLS risk-free for 30 days, getting reimbursed for the product price if it doesn’t satisfy. Customers are responsible for shipping expenses.


The Total Gym XLS home gym makes it easy to personalize your daily fitness routine, stay motivated and reach your goals. It’s versatile and efficient. Most important, it’s gentle on your body and gets the seal of approval from about 95% of owners. At the $899 sale price it looks like a best buy for many households.

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