I have bought numerous exercise machines over the years and used free weights as well. About 12 years ago, I bought a Total Gym at a garage sale. I was hooked. The Total Gym is the first piece of exercise equipment that I've owned that didn't eventually become something to hang clothes on. I now own two XLS's. Even when you don't feel like exercising, you can talk yourself into doing a little work on the Total Gym (very different than free weights; they are so heavy). Once you get on the Total Gym, the next thing you know, you've had a great workout. It is great for cardio as well. Just switch from one exercise to another without taking breaks.
The Total Gym is by far the best piece of exercise equipment I've ever owned.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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