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Total Gym 1900 Review

If you are starting to get sick of going to the gym, you might be considering the establishment of your very own home gym. Now with that, you might be looking at a very high cost, all in.

You have to buy dumbbells, lots and lots of dumbbells. You need a weight bench, you need mats, maybe you want a pullup bar and a Smith Machine.

Maybe you need a treadmill too, or some form of an elliptical – basically, if you want a full home gym, the expense is going to be high.

And, on top of the high expense, you will also run into the problem of space. Very few people have enough space to build a gym that is in any way comparable to an industrial gym.

If this sounds like you fear not, there is a different avenue you can follow that will grant the same end result, at a fraction of the price.

Total Gym 1900

Man and woman on Total Gym 1900

This nifty little piece of machinery might be a little difficult to picture (the inclusion of the manufacturer video on their Amazon page was definitely a good idea). This machine is essentially a body-weight trainer that uses gravity as its greatest tool.

It consists of a base and a stand, then a sliding board that ends in a footboard. Every exercise you do makes the board slide up and down.

To increase resistance, simply adjust the height of the board – the higher it is, the more deeply impacted you are by gravity – the more difficult the exercise will be.

The highest you can go is an incline of 45%. This is a relatively high incline, which allows for a pretty maximum amount of resistance. For comparison, this is about halfway to a completely vertical incline – it is significant enough to be impactful. 

Specs and Stuff

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Let’s start with a dimensional analysis. This machine is 92.5 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 43.2 inches tall. It is not exceptionally large, although if you are operating in a very tight space, you might run into issues with length.

However, this can be easily remedied, as the machine folds up (easily) when not in use. So, if it comes down to pushing the couch back a few feet every time you go to work out, that’s a semi-worthy, low-maintenance sacrifice.

It weighs only 79 pounds, which is not particularly light, but in comparison to other home-gym machinery, it is at least movable on your own. 

The fact that it is comfortably under 100 pounds makes it much more accessible to a greater spread of people – most people should be able to move this device without help, which is a little considered fact that can become extremely relevant. 

It has 12 different levels of incline (again, these start at 0% and end at 45%). It comes fully assembled in-box, which is honestly one of the best things to read about before purchasing.

Having to mess around with odd-looking wrenches and knuts and bolts and hammers and screwdrivers is always a consistent and extreme headache. The fact that you get to avoid that headache if you purchase the Total Gym makes it that much more desirable.

It includes a hand bar, footpads, armrests, and leg harnesses, all to help you perform different exercises.

On top of this, the Total Gym 1900 has a weight capacity of 350 pounds. This is a pretty strong number – for comparison, Gold’s Gym 420 and 720 Treadmills only have a weight capacity of 300 pounds. This just makes the Total Gym even more accessible to a wider audience. 

Additionally, you can get it on Amazon for $330 (it also has a 4.5-star rating and almost 200 customer reviews). 

Should I Get It?

man on total gym 1900

Depending on the kind of athlete you would like to be, yes, this is a good purchase. Think about it in the same category as calisthenics or body-weight training.

You won’t add a huge amount of muscle weight. If your goal is to gain a significant amount of weight in muscle – if you’re a bodybuilder in other words – this won’t help you. To gain that kind of muscle weight, you need to lift heavy weight and you need to lift at consistent and high intensities.

But if all you want to do (I say ‘all’ despite the fact that this is by no means insignificant) is lose weight, tone core, upper and lower body, or increase overall body strength or flexibility, this is a great option.

Especially if you are a beginner, this is a great way to build and strengthen those stabilizer muscles that make pullups and chin-ups and planks so much easier. Again, don’t expect to wake up looking like the Rocky, but you can expect positive results after consistent and intense use.

Plus, if you perform your routines at a high enough intensity, they could even serve the dual function of cardio in addition to strength training, which just adds to the overall healthiness of what you’re doing. 

With the option of more than 60 different exercises that condition, tone, and strengthen every single muscle group, the Total Gym 1900 is a great addition to your home gym.

Just make sure to measure your living room corner (or wherever you want to put it) before buying, as it is a bit long. But the length is really the only con to this product.

Just keep in mind your own athletic goals – if you are trying to gain weight, this is not for you. But if you want to get stronger, this will definitely prove useful. And at this price point, it is almost hard to say no. 

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Article by:

Daniel DeMoss

I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.  

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