I read the posts here alot and I decided to give my opinion on this discussion. I originally wanted to get a total gym, but the TV price, I thought was silly considering that the machine should be able to be made for a great deal less money than $1600. I looked at the total gyms at local sports store, but they were really cheap and flimsey and I am a pretty big guy . When I Googled total gym to see if I could find one on sale I came up with 2 other brands, one was the vigorfit and the other was the total trainer. I ordered the vigorfit online cause they told me by an email that it would work for my height of 6 feet 1 inch tall. When I got the machine I could see right away that the machine was too small for me. The platform that you lie on , when I measured it, was the exact same size as the cheapest total gym at sports authority , which they told me is only supposed to be for a person 6 feet tall or less. A day afte i got it , one of the rollers on the board started to make a squeaking noise, so I decided to return it. I had to pay the shipping back to the company. I wound up ordering the total trainer xl 5000 a few weeks ago which is a more expensive machine than the vigorfit but it is built like a tank, has many more features and attachments and will work for someone much taller than I am. I guess the old saying is true, that you get what you pay for, but this machine is probably much better than the expensive total gym for about 1/3 of the price.... There is no comparison between the total trainer and the vigorfit, in my opinion. They are in a different league. For someone that isn't going to use it much, the vigofit is probably OK as long as you are not too tall, but for heavy use, I would recommend the total trainer. I expect to get many years use out of this machine.
Last edited by Rocketman; Sep. 28/06 at 10:26 AM.
My husband and kids would disagree with you completely.
The VigorFit gets used 7 days a week by teenagers and their freinds. You can't wear the VigorFit out.
They have a lifetime warranty that covers anything that goes but in 7 months not a single part has worn out which surprises me considering how much abuse this the VigorFit gets.
Again, based on personal experience, Have no fear in purchasing the VigorFit. It is comfortable, sturdy and durable.
Again, my family is tall and it has their vote.
Just my opinion.
I usually get top of the line exercise equipment like my precor elliptical because I use it many times a week without fail. I decided to go cheap at first and try the vigor fit since I couldn't see the high cost of the total gym xl as far as the value in it's construction. If the vigorfit had been big enough and hadn't developed a noice after only a day, I might have kept it. Looking back, I am glad it didn't fit because the total trainer 5000 is a much better machine as far as features and construction. The finish on the 5000 is like something that you might see on a commercial gym machine compared to the cheap pretty plain looking finish on the vigorfit. Also, all the pieces on the 5000 like the bottom cross pieces of the frame are much larger in diameter and the overall machine is just much heavier. ( You will find that out when you try to lift the box) You also have to remember that a lifetime guarantee is only good if parts are still available and the company is still in business. If you never have to use the guarantee, you are in a much better position in my opinion.
Hi All, I finally made my decision. I'm goin withe the bayou total trainer pilate system pro which is sold for $499 w/out S&H.
But!!! I goin to get a barely used set for $320 with shippin from a guy in NY. The guy said he barely used it, dont know the reason, but it comes with everything. Cant wait for shipment in a week or so. The next problem is to find space in my dorm room, which I think will have enough.
One of the reason why Im getting this is that I dont like using resistence machines in our area
I wont get it for a while, but I will post later when I first try it. Thanks to those who have commented
I think I'm finally convinced that the Total Trainer is the piece of edquipment for me. But I'm not sure which one to purchase. I'm 5'11" and 180 ilb. I'm not sure if I would use the pilates features, but my wife might use them. Any recommendations?
5 VigorFits for Our Wrestling Team
I've been watching this forum for a while, so I'll put my two cents in.
I am a high school wrestling coach.
We have tried all kinds of equipment for our athletes including many being "hyped" on this forum.
A little over a year ago, we decided to try the VigorFit. We know have 5 of them now.
This is the only piece of equipment we now use and BY FAR THE BEST piece of equipment our athletes have used.
The 5 VigorFits are used in a commercial setting by our team. The gyms average 3 hours of use, each, daily when one frees up another athlete hops on.
Dealing with the factory is excellent but I need to tell you we haven't needed a single part. Its amazing when you consider the amount of use these gyms get.
Our athletes are getting stronger and more flexible.
I've been reading some of the posts and a lot of them are just DEAD WRONG.
Like I said, we've tried some of the other gyms mentioned on this forum. They were bumpy and noisy and just would not stand up to the abuse that our athletes put a gym through.
So, in a paragraph let me sum up our feeling on the VigorFit. Durable! Built to Last! Smooth & Effective.
If you are an individual looking to purchase a home gym just consider what our athletes are doing to the gym 5-6 days a week, 2-3 hours a day and decide for yourself.
Best of luck to all.
I'm glad to hear that you liked the VigorFit. But, did you use the Total Trainer? If you did, how would you compare the quality of the two products? Not many people in this discussion have used both machines.
As we said, we have tested that as well as others. I don't feel comfortable talking negatively about other products. Suffice it to say that after much investigation, the VigorFit was and is our choice. We firmly believe we made the right one. I hope this helps but I really don't want to get invloved in the mud slinging I see going on in this forum. I'm not the type of guy to keep posting back and forth about a product. Just posting my thoughts. Some users seem to keep popping up to try to convince people. I am not a salesman. We use and love the VigorFit and I hope that our experiences in a heavy duty commercial setting will help someone. I think the type of use our VigorFits get as well as the fact that I am trying to get the school board to approve the purchase of more VigorFits will speak for itself as far as my opinion goes.
Originally Posted by 816enjoy
Best of luck...
Do you and your athletes like the resistance bands or do you primarily add free weights to the VigorFit to increase resistance?
The resistance bands provide an incredible amount of resistance. Between the 72% resistance at the top level and the resistance from the bands none of our athletes need or use free weights. We have some pretty big guys on our squad and the VigorFit truly humbles them. So the short answer is you can add free weights but with the power bands I don't see many people ever having the need to. Again, hope this helps. I will try to check back with this forum from time to time to answer any questions if I can.
Originally Posted by 816enjoy
Does the band resistance feel comparable to free weight resistance? I have tried equipment with bands or power rods, and I'm often disappointed with the negative resistance.
VigorFit Power Bands
The VigorFit bands in combination with the incline provide a great, natural resistance. We have tested other equipment with bands that just didn't provide any real resistance. Not so with the VigorFit. The negative resistance is as good as the positive resistance and it shows with our athletes. A machine is going to feel a little different than free weights but the results we have seen are great. In my opinion, superior to free weights because there is less risk of injury as well as a full stretch. We wouldn't use or recommend a machine with our athletes unless it was getting the job done.
Originally Posted by 816enjoy
I don't know who you are or what your problem is. To my knowledge this isn't a closed forum. It seems to me that anytime anyone writes anything good about any gym other than the one you are promoting that you accuse the poster of spam or something. You are ridiculous. I didn't log on today to deal with a guy like you. You either work for the firm you keep promoting or have a screw loose or both. Anyone that see how often you pop up will probably make the same judgement but do not .... dear accuse me of anything but posting my opinions on this forum.
Originally Posted by Bobsk8
Of course, you don't use the VigorFit yet seems to want to post every single time someone posts a favorable review about the VigorFit
Give us all a break.
By the way this isn't the beginning of a conversation with you but the end. Get a life!
By the way, in case anyone wants to know, I found this forum and have been reading the posts for a while now. I "thought" that the purpose of the forums was to post your opinions and reviews of products, not bash or attack everyone that signs on.
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