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Bayou Fitness Total Trainer 4000-XL Home Gym
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- Home gym offers ideal way strengthen and tone while improving flexibility; device utilizes your own body weight for resistance training, eliminating need for free weights.
- Adjust percentage of body weight lifted, from 4% to 69%, by moving incline up or down; 4 program cards from warm-up to cool-down.
- Comes fully assembled, and folds and rolls for easy storage; 11 levels of resistance, Super Tuff rollers, three- and four-point pulley system, double-stitched box cushion, and oversized castors.
- Measures 20 by 48 by 94 inches (W x H x D) open and 20 by 50 by 14 inches (W x H x D) folded; glide board measures 14 by 46 inches (W x D); 385-pound user capacity and 97-pound weight.
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Bayou Fitness Total Trainer 4000-XL Home Gym
Introducing the Bayou Total Trainer 4000-XL with its striking patriotic red, white and blue logo on the cushion. The 4000-XL has a 385 pound user capacity with 11 levels of resistance. Unlike anything before, the new Super Tuff Roller System (TPU-90-AE) delivers an exceptionally smooth ride that is unparalleled to any unit on the market today.
Each Total Trainer comes with exercise cards that allow you to personalize and track your training program. You select the programs that meet your needs ...from the Warm-up/Cool Down Program to the Total Body Circuit Program.
To reach your optimum health and fitness level, strength training is a definite must. Strength training is exercising with resistance. The Total Trainer utilizes your body weight for resistance, eliminating the need for heavy weights. You can adjust the percentage of your body weight lifted by moving the incline up or down. This gives you safe and effective results.
If you want to lose fat and slow down the aging process, you must strength train to add muscle, burn calories, and to look and feel young again. In short, you need Total Trainer.
TOE BAR INCLUDED:
Included with the 4000-XL is our new Pilates Toe Bar. The Pilates Toe Bar can truly revolutionize your workout by giving you a full-range of strength, aerobic and Pilates exercises.
a) Fully Assembled
b) 11 Levels of Resistance
c) 14" x 46" Glide Board
d) Super Tuff (TPU-90-AE) Rollers
e) 3 & 4 Point Pulley System Deluxe Double Stitched Box Cushion
f) Strength Training Attachments and Accessories Include: Toe Bar, Bicep Curl Press Bar, Power Weight Bar for Adding Free Weights, Pull-up / Push-up Bar, Sit-up Cuff Strap, Heavy Duty Squat Board, Independent Twin Handles, and Dual Leg Cuffs
g) Four Program Cards, Instructional Manual and DVD
h) Oversized Castors for Easy Transport
i) Folds and Rolls for Easy Storage
j) Folded Footprint - 20" x 14" x 50" in Height
k) Open Footprint - 20" x 94" x 48" in Height
l) 385 Pound User Capacity
m) Maximum User Height 6' 7"
n) Shipping Weight - 106 Pounds
o) 1 Year NO HASSLE Parts Warranty
A four-point pulley system allows smooth, fluid movement.
- Comes fully assembled
- Folds and rolls for easy storage
- 11 levels of resistance
- Super Tuff rollers
- Three- and four-point pulley system
- Deluxe, double-stitched box cushion
- Oversized castors for easy transport
- Measures 20 by 48 by 94 inches (W x H x D) open
- Measures 20 by 50 by 14 inches (W x H x D) folded
- Glide board measures 14 by 46 inches (W x D)
- Lift from 4% to 69% of your body weight
- Six-foot, seven-inch maximum user height
- 385-pound user capacity
- 97-pound weight
Attachments and Accessories
- Biceps curl press bar: Bar is interchangeable with the conventional twin handle system for improved versatility
- Power weight bar: Allows you to add standard free weights to the Total Trainer, increasing resistance while performing exercises such as leg squats, calf raises, etc.
- Pull-up/push-up bar: Attachment can be used for an assortment of exercises including pull-ups, chin-ups, shoulder press, behind neck press, and push-ups
- Sit-up cuff strap: Cuff strap has been lengthened to accommodate larger shoe sizes
- Heavy-duty squat board: Upgraded attachment for leg squats, calf raises, and many other lower body exercises
- Independent twin handles
- Dual leg cuffs
- Toe bar
- Four program cards
- Instructional manual and DVD
This piece of Bayou Fitness equipment includes limited manufacturer's warranties against defects in materials and workmanship of one year on parts.
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Huge glide board
Large range of resistance settings
Ability to add free weights
Comes with a curl bar (though I found it less than useful for actual curls) and other attachments that you may find useful.
Great price to performance ratio
Some limitations for strength once you get into better shape, but with true, proper form which makes the exercises much harder and humbles guys who think they can really bench 260lbs because they hold the weight and move their arms 10 inches up and down 5 times in a row, this machine will last most average or out of shape people for quite a while.
The video that comes with it is pretty lame in my opinion, you're better off searching youtube for demonstrations of exercises on a Total Gym and doing those.
The machine can support up to 385lbs, so if you're 180lbs and add 100lbs of weights, you're still way under the limit. The maximum resistance levels are 69% without the glide board pulley engaged and 38% with. So technically, at 180lbs, the maximum resistance you're going to get is 106lbs and 193lbs. That sounds like a lot, but keep in mind that most of the common exercises seem to work better with the pulley engaged (and some would be impossible without it since the cable/rope is a fixed length and way too long to use without the pulley to take up the slack). For example, the instructions show you a way to kneel on the board, attach the mini-pulleys to the glide board and do a bicep curl with the curl bar. This is pretty unstable at resistance level 11 (the board wants to slide out from underneath you and you're really pulling yourself high into the air (I hit my head on my basement ceiling trying the exercise this way). While trying to keep the board from moving around underneath you is a decent way to work your core, it detracts from the exercise. I've found that bicep curls work best with the pulley engaged and the user hanging upside down, curling the fly handles up towards the chest (search [Total Gym upside down bicep curls] on youtube for an example). Still, for most people who are not in great shape, curling 106lbs isn't easy with good form (arms straight down at the sides on every rep reset, curl all the way up to the chest keeping the wrists straight and the elbows at the sides near the hip as much as possible). You could also invest in a weight vest to wear and increase the overall weight. Bayou Fitness could solve this issue by providing another, shorter cable that would allow certain exercises like the upside down bicep curl, chest fly, upright row and so on to be done without the middle glide board pulley being used.
Also, I'm not sure I'd bother with the squats on this machine, they don't allow you to have proper form because the glide board restricts movement (search [proper squat form] on youtube or Google to see what I mean). For some people the movement on this machine might not be a bad thing, but in my case, it causes pain in the knees whereas normal, proper form squats do not.
For those than cannot do a pull-up to save their lives, this machine can help with the large muscles involved (shoulders, biceps, triceps, upper back), but only actual pull-ups will work the stabilizer muscles. Still, if you're upper body is pretty weak or out of shape, this will get you more than 4/5 of the way there with the extra 100lbs (again, provided you use proper form and pull your elbows down towards your hips and keep your shoulders up and back and your head up during the exercise). Eventually, you'll need to start doing actual pull-ups to work the stabilizers and your core to get real results.
The instructions show a method of doing a bench press using the side pulley attachment points and thereby NOT using the middle pulley, which gives you a max resistance level of 69% of your body weight + 100lbs of plates on the bar attachment (this should be able to allow anyone up to about 230lbs to at least bench their own weight). However, the method they describe actually promotes improper form (but a slight adjustment will allow good form provided you aren't too wide). on a bench press, you want the bar to come down towards your nipple area, not your neck or collar bone (doesn't work the chest well and can produce injuries). Your elbows should be bent down towards your hips or sides. If you're willing you slide your body up on the board so that the side pulleys line up with your nipple area (which leaves your head hang off the board a bit and makes the cables come up underneath your armpit area but allows the proper motion for a bench press) you can get a decent bench. Two things with this. 1, don't wear loose shirts when doing this, they will get caught up in the pulley and 2, always keep the footboard attached for this exercise in case you cannot finish a rep, simply put your foot straight down to catch your body and there's no way for the bar to trap you or crush your chest. In essence, this allows you to bench as much as the machine will take without a spotter and without the same risk of injury that comes with lifting free weights on a bar (if you have good form otherwise you'll get injured even if you don't fail the lift). I do wish that the bar was wider for those of us with longer arms (closer grip stresses the triceps instead of the chest). There may be some ways around that last limitation, but I haven't found one that ensures that the cables will not slide on the bar that is also completely safe. zin theory, you could get a regular free weight bar and two 2.5lb slotted plates to thread the cable heads through so they don't move, but then you're adding 5lbs of weight plus a 25-45lb bar, which makes the exercise a bit more dangerous.
The few suggestions I'd make to Bayou Fitness would be a shorter cable to allow certain exercises to be done without the pulley, a wider curl bar to help isolate the chest when using that for benching and the ability to add more than 100lbs to the glide board weight bar. I'm not sure if the last one is possible (I'm assuming that the limitation is based on the strength of the bar and not the glide board), but the other two should be no problem. But overall, for most people looking to get into better shape, this machine and adherence to proper will get you there provided you put the time into it.
- Solidly built frame
- Enough accessories for a varied, full-body workout
- Four-point pulley system is a nice addition to the standard 3-point
- Better overall quality than other machines at this price
- Key components do not seem as well built as my old 3000. The locking handle and a pulley attachment handle both broke recently. Also, while the glide board seems much smoother than my old machine ever was, it doesn't align as well side-to-side, often resulting in a slight drag on the rails.
I'll update this review after I see about replacements.
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