Total Gym vs. VigorFit
At a Glance
The VigorFit has a lower starting price than the Total Gym. It may last longer as well, since the parts most susceptible to damage from use are reinforced. However, deck the Total Gym out with all available accessories and you’ll have a greater variety of exercises at your disposal.
If you’ve seen a late night infomercial in the past decade, you know that there are tons of different options in home workout equipment. Two of the most popular of these products are the Total Gym and VigorFit. They’re very similar all-in-one training benches that offer the ability to get a complete, total body workout without going to the gym, and on first glance, look nearly identical. So which piece of workout equipment is best, the Total Gym or the VigorFit? Let’s take a look.
Pictured at top: Total Gym XLS Home Gym
The biggest thing that sets these two products apart is the price. The most basic Total Gym model comes in at just under $600 and includes only the most basic of accessories required to get started working out. Top models with workout accessories such as an upgraded squat stand, pull-up bar and leg pull accessory are going for $3,750 if paid in full. In contrast, the VigorFit only costs $397 and comes with all the accessories needed to get a total body workout, including a comprehensive guide to exercises that can be completed on the machine. Both products do offer free shipping and a money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.
You’d think that with such an enormous price difference there would be a huge difference in quality as well, but that’s not the case. Both gyms are quite comparable in terms of materials used and quality of construction, although the VigorFit does offer reinforced polyester racing braid cables instead of vinyl cables and boasts a sturdier squat stand that comes standard with the basic model. These two upgraded materials are important as they are ones that get the most use, meaning they are most vulnerable to failure. The VigorFit can accommodate users up to 6’5” tall and 350 pounds as compared to only 6’2” and 275 pounds for the basic model of the Total Gym, which is something to consider if you’re a taller, bigger person. The Total Gym offers a lifetime warranty on the metal frame but only a one to two year warranty on moving parts, depending on the model while the VigorFit offers a lifetime warranty on the entire product.
Both home gyms are designed to allow users to perform functional exercises that increase strength, cardiovascular health, range of motion, stamina and flexibility. The exercises that can be completed on the basic model of both gyms are quite comparable; however the VigorFit does offer over 75 levels of resistance as compared to the Total Gym’s six levels of resistance. This means that you can switch up the amount of weight you’re lifting with the VigorFit more easily and can increase resistance in smaller intervals. The Total Gym, on the other hand, offers a greater range of exercises with its multitude of accessories. These accessories do cost additional money, but they allow for greater variety in your home workouts.
Size and Storage
The basic Total Gym model is 15.5 inches wide, 93 inches long and 43.25 inches tall when unfolded for use. When folded, it measures 15.5 inches wide, 50.5 inches long and is only 8 inches high. The VigorFit measures in at 27 inches wide, 84 inches long and 44 inches tall when unfolded for use and 21 inches wide, 51 inches long and only 8 inches high when folded. Both models do fold up for easy storage and can be easily set up and taken down.