Today, we will look at the Total Gym 1100 Home Gym, the entry-level model in the popular Home Gym range which you have probably seen advertised by Chuck Norris.
If you’re looking to buy one piece of fitness equipment that will work your entire body, a home gym would be an excellent choice. But while versatile and efficient, home gyms have a couple of drawbacks.
Firstly, they can be expensive to buy. They can also take up a lot of room. Fortunately, there are some excellent budget-friendly models available that don’t take up too much space.
The Total Gym 1100 Home Gym is one of these. It is, in fact, among the most affordable fitness aids of its type. And, along with being relatively compact, it folds to store.
In this Total Gym 1100 review, we will look at its specs, an overview, its pros, cons, and more to help you decide if it will be right for you.
Who will the Total Gym 1100 Suit?
The Chuck Norris Total Gym 1100 best suits new to intermediate level exercisers, and anyone weighing under 275 pounds who want to improve their muscle tone and fitness. Workouts are short, so it would be great for people who don’t much time to exercise.
It will also suit anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space for bulky fitness equipment. It will not, however, be the right model for people who want to get really buff.
Total Gym 1100 Home Gym Specs
Assembled dimensions – The Total Gym 1100 measures 99 1/2″ (W) x 43 3/4″ (H) x 16″ (D)
Glide board dimensions – Its glide board measures approximately 44″ (L) x 14″ (W)
Folded dimensions – The gym folds down to approximately 4′ x 2′
Weight – It weighs 54lbs
User weight – The user weight for this model is 275 pounds
User height – Purchasers from 5′ to 6′ 4″ tall have left positive feedback for the gym
Total Gym 1100 Home Gym Overview
With a Total Gym 1100, you will be able to improve your strength, endurance, flexibility, and cardio fitness as you tone your muscles. Workouts are gentle on the joints, making the machine suitable for almost anyone.
The unit is robust and durable with a steel frame that will endure years of use. It provides smooth, quiet, and stable low-impact workouts.
Three ten to twenty-minute sessions a week will be enough for you to start seeing results. Using your body weight and gravity, you will be able to do over sixty different exercises. These are shown on the included easy-to-follow exercise chart.
Using the ergonomic glide board with handles, you can target your entire upper and lower body and your abs. There are six different levels of resistance to choose from ranging from 6% to 48% of your bodyweight. Start with one of the lower levels then, as you become stronger and fitter, adjust the angle of the glide board to increase the challenge. The leg and wing attachments provide access to arm and leg exercises.
Your gym will arrive almost completely assembled, so you can be using it within minutes of unboxing it. And when you’ve finished workout out, if desired, you can quickly fold it to store in a closet or beneath a bed.
It comes with a 1-year warranty, so you can buy with confidence knowing you will be covered in the unlikely event that there’s a problem.
On a less positive note, this machine does have one obvious limitation. With regular use, you may eventually outgrow the resistance it offers. For the average user who does not aspire to build a lot of muscle but just wants to improve their shape and fitness, this will not be an issue. One way to increase the resistance would be to wear wrist and ankle weights during your sessions.
Additionally, this model is not suitable for people who weigh over 275 pounds. An alternative worth checking out is the Total Gym 1900 which has a user weight limit of 350 pounds and comes with extra accessories and attachments. (Click on the previous link to read a review.)
If you need a model with a higher weight limit again, click this link to read about the Total Gym XLS Trainer which has a weight limit of 400 pounds. Along with being able to support a greater weight, it comes with even more accessories than the 1900 model, and it is capable of eighty different exercises.
The next of this Total Gym 1100 review will cover its pros, followed by its cons.
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Total Gym 1100 Pros
- Sturdy & durable
- Smooth, quiet, and stable to use
- Suitable for all ages and fitness levels
- Short workouts
- Gives access to over sixty different exercises
- Targets the entire body
- Tones and strengthens multiple muscle groups simultaneously
- Improves flexibility, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness
- Comes with a nutrition guide and an exercise chart
- Arrives almost totally pre-assembled
- Folds to store
- Has a 1-year warranty
Total Gym 1100 Cons
- The Chuck Norris Total Gym 1100 will not provide enough resistance for anyone who is already very fit
- Some customers have stated that the gym takes up more room than they’d anticipated, so be sure to check the measurements before you order
Total Gym 1100 Home Gym Summary
The Total Gym 1100 would be an excellent option if you’re looking for a versatile and affordable home gym that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Coming with adjustable resistance, it offers access to over 60 different exercises, providing full body workouts.
The gym is durable, smooth and quiet to use, and it folds for storage. It is also stable, making for more comfortable and secure workouts.
If this isn’t the right model for you, click this link to read reviews of other home gyms, including three others from the Total Gym range.