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Wesley Snipes Uses Total Gym Review

Updated on January 7, 2012
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Keith Schroeder writes The Wealthy Accountant blog with 30 years experience in the tax field. He is the tax adviser of Mr. Money Mustache.

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I am always leery of products hawked by celebrities. The cost of the celebrity drives up the cost for the consumer without increasing the quality of the product. Too often, shoddy products get the household name endorsement.

Total Gym is listed as “Wesley Snipes Uses Total Gym” in television listings, yet Wesley Snipes is never seen in a Total Gym commercial, infomercial, or on the Total Gym website. I assume Snipes gets paid just to have his name listed.

Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley promote Total Gym showing limited exercises in the infomercial and commercials. With all the brand name endorsements, it is no wonder Total Gym is very expensive. Total Gym is a well built product that delivers on the promise, however. If you plan on a regular exercise program, the Total Gym can handle the job.

Pros and Cons

Cost is the largest con of the Total gym. But before we review the cons, let’s looks at the pros.

Pros:

  • The Total Gym is shipped fully assembled. You can start you exercise program immediately.
  • Total Gym works best for beginners. Intermediate users will find value as well, but season body builders or sports training is beyond the scope of this equipment.
  • There are no electronics.

Cons:

  • Cost is the biggest issue.
  • Each exercise requires adjustment to the machine. This issue applies to many all-in-one exercise platforms.
  • Hair can get caught in the machine. Take note ladies.

An honest review would conclude that Total Gym delivers on its promise, but at a cost twice what you should pay. The Total Gym claim is: “A total body workout in 10 to 20 minutes a day.” It is unlikely you will achieve desired results in such a short time. You might tone muscles in this time frame. A real total body workout will take longer regardless the tool you use.

Amazon has a large selection of Total Gym and similar exercise products. Weider Total Body Works 5000 Gym and the Fitness Quest Total Gym Achiever do the same job for a fraction of the price and are equivalent to the Total Gym 1100 or Total Gym 1800 Club.

Total Gym is a good product, but overpriced to pay all the movie stars for endorsements. Wesley Snipes is in jail for not filing his tax return and does not need the money. Chuck and Christie can make another movie if they want. Consider your finances when reviewing fitness equipment. You can buy two Fitness Quest Total Gym Achievers for the price of just one Total Gym.

Finally, I think buying fitness equipment through Amazon makes a lot of sense. If the product is damaged or you change your mind, Amazon’s return guarantee is on your side. You can also comparison shop on Amazon. Amazon requires retailers provide their lowest price on Amazon.

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