Total Trainer Dlx Review

Total Trainer Dlx Review

  • Build Quality
  • Features
  • Practicality
  • Value

The Total Trainer DLX (which stands for Deluxe) from Bayou Fitness is the most affordable in its range of Total Trainer gyms. It competes directly with perhaps the more well-known Total Gym range. Minus Chuck Norris’s face on their product of course, the Bayou Total Trainer Dlx is definitely picking up some interest, but is it justified? Find out below in my Total Trainer dlx review.



  • Comes ready assembled
  • Weight plates can be added to slide board for added resistance
  • Offers 60 exercises
  • Works on muscle strength, cardio, flexibility and co-ordination
  • Comfortable padding
  • 385 lb max capacity weight
  • 4 program cards with 14 customized workout programs
  • Strength training DVD
  • Wide glide board for extra comfort and stability


My Review of the Total Trainer DLX

Whilst similar home gyms serve up just 6 levels of resistance, the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer dlx offers upto 10 resistance levels, which allows you to lift from 4% to 69% of your total body-weight, and even heavier if you add weight plates to the glide board.

The glide board has been given an upgrade from the older Total Trainer model, it now has a very comfy sounding 2″ of high density foam, which when compared to other brands (1″ to 1.5″) is pretty impressive. And yes, you can feel the difference! Massively in fact!

The Bayou site boasts over 60 exercises but most are the same with very slight variations. The real number is perhaps 30-40 different exercises, which is still very impressive for one peice of equipment.

The great feature with this gym is that the gym itself comes fully assembled, with just a few attachments needed for the different exercises. So no messing around, you can get started right away.

It’s perfect for almost everyone looking to tone up and get fit. It does have limitations in terms of users but unless your taller than  6ft 2″ and weigh more than 385lb you’ll be okay using the Total Trainer dlx. If you’re taller than 6ft 2 Bayou Fitness sell other models such as the Advanced DLX, DLX-II and DLX-III, which all accommodate for people as tall as 6ft 7″.


Full List of Specs

  • Fully Assembled
  • 10 Levels of Resistance
  • 14″ x 42″ Glide Board
  • Super Tuff TPU-90-AE Roller and Axle System
  • Lift from 4% to 69% of Your Body Weight
  • Embroidered Logo
  • Deluxe 2″ Double Stitched Box Cushion
  • Sit-up Cuff Strap
  • Power Weight Bar for Adding Free Weights
  • Pull-up Push-up Bar
  • Heavy Duty Squat Board
  • Independent Twin Handles
  • Dual Leg Cuffs
  • 3 & 4 Point Pulley System
  • Dual Side Glide Board Pulleys
  • Strength Training DVD
  • Four Program Cards
  • Instructional Manual and Guide
  • Oversized Castors for Easy Transport
  • Folds & Rolls for Easy Storage
  • Future Upgrade Capability
  • 385 lb. Maximum User Capacity
  • Maximum User Height – 6′ 2″
  • Shipping Weight – 93 lbs.
  • Folded Footprint – 20″ x 14″ x 46″ in Height
  • Open Footprint – 20″ x 86″ x 44″ in Height
  • LIFETIME Roller, Rope and Pulley Warranty& 1 Year NO HASSLE Parts Warranty



Compared with other gyms in its niche, it really does stand out. With the option of added resistance, extra comfort, and affordability, the Total Trainer DLX does live up to its hype.

Please Note: The Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III Home Gym is now the latest model of its kind, the DLX is now out of production.


  1. I’m 30 year old female who regularly works out at home. I’m used to using light freeweights, but I didn’t want to go all out and by a complete home gym so I opted for the Total Trainer DLX. I’ve been using it for 6 months now and I love it! Workouts are fun and the DVD is very helpful. I tend to tweak the workouts given on the cards a little every week just to mix it up. If you don’t think you’ll regularly use it though, don’t think of buying one, stick to jogging or light workouts as it becomes a permanent fixture in time. Sure it’s easy enough to setup and put away, but if you’re working out every other day, it seems an unneccessary chore.

  2. There is a mistake (or lie) in the resistance cabapility of the Total Trainer. In the top position, they claim that you get 69% of your body weight. Actually, you get around 45%. Simply physics will show that you’d have to have an incline of about 45 degrees to get 69% bodyweight — but the machine maxes out at just under 30 degrees. A simple luggage scale will also prove their claim is bogus. If you weigh 180 dressed and do a pullup or leg press in the max setting, you’ll be moving about 180+the weight of the glide board or a total of about 200. The force requied will be only about 90 pounds, far short of the 138 they promise.

    • This is in reply to Buzzy, who wrote this review of total trainer in July of 2012. I don’t know if you will see this reply, since you wrote your comment quite a while ago. I just saw it recently and thought,”finally someone else has noticed that the resistance level (in pounds) was not anywhere near what was being claimed. After having worked out with weights and weight machines for most of my adult life, after age 70 I wanted a more gentle type of exercise. I have had this machine for five years and am well satisfied with it in most respects. There are several other similar machines on the market of various price and quality. The one thing they all have in common is the exaggeration of their resistance levels. Of all the many reviews ,pro and con, that I have read of these machines over the years, you seem to be the only person other than myself who has noticed this! Just as you did, I found the true resistance levels by using the equation for finding the advantage of an inclined plane, and came up with the same percentages as you. I guess some (maybe most!) people just want to believe that they are lifting more weight than they actually are!

  3. I got the total trainer dlx in black last month and I’ve got no complaints so far. It’s easy to setup given that it’s ready assembled when it’s delivered, there is however some assembly required for the various attachments. Also takes a while to get to grips with the range of exercises this thing has, some of them I prefer to do with the dumbbells or barbells I’ve always used. Someone who’s not lifted weights consistently may find it helpful for those exercises such as curls and presses. So far it’s been fun to use, I find myself wanting to go on the thing every day, perhaps that will change though when I’ve used it for a few months more. I’d recommend it for any age group and any fitness level, except obviously those who are serious at weight lifting or athletics.

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