I bought my practically brand new, Total Gym (TG) 1400 on Facebook Market Place for $100. You can still buy the 1400 at Costco for $259.99 with shipping included. All of the TG’s have the same basic functionality. That is, they start off with the basic 60 exercises that use the glider board and the arm pulley cable. Accessories like the squat board, leg pulley, dip bars, wing attachment, ab crunch may or may not be included on a given model. Paying more money gives you a machine that has more intensity level increments, support more weight (up to 400 lbs) or more attachment or videos. The 1400 has 8 intensity levels. Most other TGs will not give you more weight resistance than the 1400’s eighth level unless it has a taller height adjustment tube. If you weigh less than 250 you don’t need a machine that can support more than 250 lbs. The 1000 and perhaps others don’t come with a squat stand, so you have to use the wing attachment for your feet. You can still perform most exercises without the optional accessories, for example, if you don’t have the dip bars you can use the arm cables to do the dips. Dip bars or a larger squat board helps facilitate those exercises.
The internet has a ton of videos on how to use the TG, so paying extra for the videos is a waste. Plus, you can play the internet videos on your smartphone next to your TG, which you can’t do with a DVD unless your TG is near your DVD player. Plus, you can get a free membership to TG TV. I love my TG for its ability to work most of my muscles. I’ll probably never get around to doing all of the, at least 72 exercises possible with my $100 TG 1400. If you don’t want to buy used, order the TG 1400 from Costco. Take your spouse out for dinner or take a nice vacation with the money you save.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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