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More Things You Might Like to Know about the Total Gym XLS
The Wing Attachment which can gets attached to the top or the bottom of the rails on your gym (you can choose where to put it) allows you to do a nice range of exercises including pull-up's, military press and a variety of leg workouts.
The Total Gym XLS also comes with the following 4 videos:
1. 6-8 Minute Total Gym Instructional Program
That is a nice amount of instructional video information. The Total Gym 3000, by contrast, only comes with 1 video.
Also included is an Exercise Wall Chart that provides a quick reference while working out. The Total Gym XLS also offers a nice, premium squat stand for various leg exercises. You can do single leg squats with this attachment, double leg squats and calf raises to name a few.
Here is a basic summary of the muscles groups you can work out very quickly and conveniently using the Total Gym XLS:
Arms (biceps, triceps, forearms)- Over 10 arm exercises.
To see a great demonstration on ALL the exercises you can do with the Total Gym XLS, visit the Total Gym Direct Exercises Page: http://www.totalgymdirect.com/total-gym-exercises.php
Total Gym XLS Cardio Benefits?
While the Total Gym XLS is not designed specifically as a cardio machine like, say, the Bowflex TreadClimber, if you use it the way Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley use it in the television commercials, your heart will be pumping.
Depending on your current level of conditioning and your personal weight loss and/or fitness goals, the cardio stimulation you get from the Total Gym 3000 may be sufficient for you.
If you’re looking to shed more body fat and/or improve your overall cardio endurance, you can easily transition from a 20 minute Total Gym XLS workout to a cardio workout of your choice. You could go for a walk or a job or get on another piece of home gym exercise equipment (we like the Bowflex Treadclimber).
Total Gym 3000 vs. Total Gym XLS Comparison
You may be asking, what are the main differences between the Total Gym XLS and the Total Gym 3000? How should I decide which one to purchase?
Both are great systems, and there are a few distinctions you should consider in making your final buying decision.
Total Gym 3000 vs. Total Gym XLS Comparison: Price Difference
The list price for a brand new Total Gym 3000 at www.totalgymdirect.com is $849.00.
These prices both include the option to try the unit for 30 days for just $1.
With both units they offer a payment plan or you can get a special “upgrade package” when you pay in full.
You can also save an additional 10% when you use the coupon code on our Total Gym Coupon page.
If you’re interested in a used or refurbished model, then you can purchase one from through Amazon.com for as low as $450.00 for the Total Gym 3000, and as low as $650.00 for a Total Gym XLS.
Total Gym 3000 vs. Total Gym XLS Comparison: Accessories
The second major difference between the two models is that the Total Gym XLS comes with some additional accessories.
Here are the extras you get with the Total Gym XLS:
➢ The 6-8 minute workout video
Total Gym 3000 vs. Total Gym XLS Comparison: Components
Another major difference between the 2 models, is that the Total Gym XLS has a number of component upgrades and improvements including:
➢ An upgraded pulley system
Total Gym 3000 vs. Total Gym XLS Comparison: Total Number of Exercises
Total Gym 3000: Over 60
Summary of Total Gym 3000 vs. Total Gym XLS Comparison
Both are solid, stable systems and will help you considerably towards your fitness goals (unless you’re looking to gain serious muscle mass, in which case check out our Bowflex Revolution review).
If cost isn’t that big of a deal in your buying decision, then spend a few extra bucks and get the Total Gym XLS. It “feels” heavier and stronger and all the added accessories and components make it worth the additional expense.
If cost is a major consideration, then the Total Gym 3000 should be ample. It still has great versatility and functionality, and it will certainly take you a long ways towards your fitness and muscle building goals- with or without the added components and accessories.