Total Gym XLS-Totally Honest Review

Hello! Welcome to the world of Total Gym XLS! Am I excited about this review? YES! I am

xls_2-min[1]definitely excited, because, I have got some amazing things to tell you about this machine, and I hope you will love it as much as I do. Total Gym XLS, is one gym machine that Chuck Norris himself endorsed. Oh, you were not aware maybe…. but that is the truth.

Yet another truth is that, it (Total Gym XLS) is designed for the entire family to use. It could be used by an 8 yr old as well as an 80 yr old person. Is it not amazing? Sure it is, I must admit.

This machine has been improved and upgraded over the previous models, making it to suit and easily achieve your workout goals. It also has a high impact on weight loss, therefore, those of you that want to burn out fat, here is your gig.

However, we are going to look at the Pros and Cons of Total Gym XLS. It has great features, although there are negative aspect to it which I will be discussing in due course. By the time you are done reading this post, you will be in best position to know if you would opt for this equipment or not.

What Can I Get Using This Machine?

A lot has been said to be gained using this machine. You can virtually do all kinds of exercises with it, ability to build the upper and lower body, by making some adjustments to the equipment, thus it is called the Total Gym XLS! There are about 80 different kinds of exercises that could be done with it, including exercising muscle and cardios.

The DVDs that are included upon purchase of this equipment makes it easier for everyone xls_3-min[1]to optimally make use of this machine without having issues as to how to use it. Both beginners and pros can successfully utilize it without any problem. It supports 400 pounds capacity with pulley cables. A 1.5′ thick foam that provides the comfort and support, along with about 6 different resistance levels for users to adjust to their desired level.

It is such machine that can be stored easily around a limited space because of its compact-able nature. It comes with complete instructional manual on different kinds of workouts one can do in order to get most out of it. It has a glide board with head support, a nylon strap handles with leg pull accessories.

Did you know that a nutritional program and meal plan suggestions are also included in this equipment upon purchase to help users stay fit and healthy! Recommended also for people that are undergoing physical therapy because of its resistance level variation that will allow them to workout according to their ability and pace.

I need not to remind you that; what Chuck Norris has endorsed will definitely be worth trying out.

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  • No set up required upon purchasexls 5
  • Good and easy to store, because it can be folded up.
  • Designed and suitable for both young and old (8 to 80 yrs)
  • A nutritional/meal planning guide that will help users stay fit and healthy.
  • 5 Instructional DVDs and exercise chart.
  • 400 Pounds capacity
  • Has about 80 workout groups that target the upper and lower body, cardiovascular and strength training.
  • Has 6 months warranty on all the parts and lifetime on the frame.
  • Leg pull accessories, Ribbed Squat Stand and Training Deck.


  • Dimension Unfolded; Width 19′ x Length 90′ x Height 43′
  • Dimension Folded; Width 19′ X Length 51 X 9′ Height 9′
  • Weight; 83 Pounds


  • It is pricey, it could be lesser than what it is sold now.
  • According to reviews, the parts fall apart after couple of months; in other words, the wheels and bearing are not of good quality; and there was also a complaint about the frame too.
  • Not really good for strength training, like building muscle, only good for toning.


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To be honest, there were lots of users that concurred they were satisfied as to the performance of this equipment. However, many also complained of the frail nature of the parts that do not last and as well as the price; that it is too pricey for it functionality.

I think it could have been OK even with the price if the quality wasn’t a problem. There is no amount of money that is too much for your health. Now, the issue is not the price but the QUALITY!

I would rather suggest to anyone interested, to weigh their ability (cash wise) to know if they can afford to purchase and maintain it, just in case it requires buying the parts in the future. This decision will definitely be up to you, because you are aware of the capabilities of this equipment and its downside.

So, in summary, it is a great machine, good for the entire family, mostly effective for cardio, but has quality problem. I have expressed my opinion, now it is your call to make.

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Do not hesitate to comment at the comment box below, if you have any question or experience with this equipment. We will be glad to hear from you.

8 thoughts on “Total Gym XLS-Totally Honest Review

  1. I always wonder about those infomercials and how good the product actually is. Just because their is a “notorious” name affiliated with it doesn’t mean its going to hold up to good standards. Unfortunately the reputation of the poor past will also reflect on him and his choice to back this machine.

    Thanks for the info.

    1. Hello Debra,

      Well I think in every thing there are downsides that is associated with it. For Total Gym XLS, I think it is a smart move by having Chuck Norris endorse it. However, what they claim that the machine could do; most are true, but not all.

  2. Thanks for the review. I have seen the commercials with Chuck Norris for years, but haven’t really looked online for it until now. Does it give the results they promise?

    1. Hello Raph,

      Yes it does give the results except it is not your typical muscle building equipment. It can only tone the muscle build a ‘hard core’ one. It is perfect for cardio.

  3. Thanks for sharing what you know of the total gym XIS. Overall the expense isn’t the worst. my previous workout gym creeeeks so badly it’s cringing. Although, if I were to decide on a machine. What would you recommend more for building muscle mass over tone?

    1. Well if you say so Jim. But when did they invent the Total Gym XLS; is it up to 30 years? The thing is that, Chuck Norris has always been affiliated with Total Gym and maybe has also been using their products.

      That said, Total Gym XLS is a great equipment, no doubt about it, only that they should improve on the quality.

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