Total Gym 1800 Club Review

Total Gym 1800 Club Review

  • Build Quality
  • Features
  • Practicality
  • Value

If you’ve read my review of the Total Gym XLS then you’ll already know that I’m not one of its biggest fans, however the Total Gym 1800 Club is a different prospect, or is it? Find out what I think of this effort from Total gym in my Total Gym 1800 Club review below….


My Review of the Total Gym 1800 Club

As per the Total Gym XLS, the 1800 Club is relatively expensive for what it is, however it does come in at a somewhat more affordable price at around $350. Compared to the Total Gym XLS at $1000 the Club 1800 seems like a complete bargain.

Previous versions of this home gym included the 1700 club, which didn’t include several of the new additions to the Total Gym 1800 Club. One of the better inclusions on the newer model is the extended width of the glide board, which for bigger guys/gals is a well received upgrade I’m sure. Other upgrades include an additional ab board attachment, auto lock height adjustment and more.

If you’re looking to build muscle with this machine then you’ll be bitterly disappointed, the way the gym works makes it ideal for those looking to tone up and improve their flexibility, as it offers no resistance (only a % of your bodyweight), so strength gains are very limited.

If you’re short of space then these particular home gyms are a great alternative to the larger heavy duty multi-station home gyms. The Total Gym 1800 Club does take up quite a bit of space whilst you’re doing all the different exercises. However, you do have the option to fold it away which the multi-stations gyms don’t offer.



  • Larger glideboard for workout comfort
  • Auto Lock height adjustment
  • New Ab Crunch Board Attachments
  • Folds easily to slide under a bed or in a closet
  • A premium choice with a dramatic new color
  • Parts warranty: 1 year
  • Frame warranty: Lifetime
  • Extras: Workout DVD, flip chart, exercise mat



Would I recommend this home gym? Well, in short yes I would. Whilst I may not seem that overly enthusiastic about Total Gym’s on a whole, I feel the 1800 Club is a much better alternative to the Total Gym XLS. It serves a purpose for those not interested in gaining muscle and provides a fun workout within a much more realistic price range. If I were to recommend any Total Gym it would definitely be the Total Gym 1800 Club.


  1. I have been looking for a good exercise machine and while searching online, I stumbled upon Total Gym 1800. It is the upgraded version of the Total Gym 1700, at a slightly higher price. It was not only the affordable price that attracted me to the product, but also the great features it had. I have never regretted my decision of purchasing this product. It comes with a few extras which its predecessor did not have. It has larger ab boards and glide board. It is very convenient and a breeze to use. It does not occupy a lot of space in the house because it can be easily folded. You need to exercise care and caution when folding it or your fingers can get smashed. It can be easily adjusted so adults and younger people can use it. I started out with the beginner’s circuit training and in three weeks, I can feel that it has made a great difference. I’m now on my way to a better body. This equipment gave me my money’s worth.

  2. Awesome machine! I started using it and it burns so good. It works great for people who are heavier due to its weight and incline resistance based workouts. Its also great for people who want to tone what they have already. The ABB attatchment is killer. You will instantly notice the difference when you use it consistently and for at least a half hour a day.

    • Thanks for leaving your feedback Jake!

      • Question what are the extra that come with it does it come with the abs attachment dip push up and wing bars ?

        • Tom,

          The extra is the abs attachment however the standard features do include dip bars, press up bars, pilates toe bar, wing attachment, etc.

  3. I don’t understand why you don’t believe this is a good product for strength gains. I just ordered one and don’t have it yet but have used them before and think they can be very effective for strengthening muscles unless you’re planning on being a power lifter. The proper exercises with body weight resistance can increase your strength markedly. I guess it depends on your goals and what you’re looking for but I’m anxious to get mine and think it will help immensely! I just fractured my back, for the 2nd time, right before New Year’s so I’m more interested in flexibility and toning but I feel that as I progress I will see significant strength increases as well.

    • The dude that said no strength gains does not know what he speaks!

  4. The way the gym functions using only a portion of your bodyweight, is why it’s not great for strength gains in my opinion. For those beginners just starting out with no experience in strength training, I believe it can give you some improvement, however, that would very quickly reach a plateau…

  5. Good review. Although it is an additional purchase, users can use the weight bar and add weight up to the weight limit for more intense muscle building.

    I ♥ Total Gym!

  6. I bought this machine 3 years ago and I absolutely love it. I am a medically retired Soldier with hardware in both of my hips and additional injuries in my elbows, shoulders, knees, and head. This machine offers the ultimate workout towards my disabilities without having to go to a gym. After three years of use nothing has broke on the total gym and still works like a charm. This is an excellent product and I recommend it to all of my friends.


  7. What do you think about the QVC Total Gym Supreme at $270?

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