Total Gym 1600 Review

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The Total Gym 1600 is a very neat option to consider. While it is not like your classic home gym, as in a big old heavy set of weights and handles, it is a great way to get a workout in. The Total Gym 1600 is lightweight, compact, and very easy to use. It provides you with a pretty decent workout, a fair amount of resistance, and can be used for flexibility training too.


We could not get a hold of a video for this specific Total Gym model, but here is a video to get you familiar with what Total Gyms are.

Main Features

The Total Gym 1600, even though it is small and compact, it does have a large number of cool features that you will probably appreciate.

  • Over 60 possible exercises
  • Strength, cardio, and flexibility training
  • 250-pound user weight limit
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Folds down for easy storage
  • Can give you a total body workout
  • 8 levels of incline for adjustable bodyweight resistance
  • Comes with a dip bar, press up bar, and squat stand
  • Well-padded moving seat
  • Non-slip rubber feet
  • Strong pulleys and cords
  • Comfortable handles and ankle cuffs for increased versatility

Dimensions & Weight

Something that you will definitely like about the Totally Gym 1600 is that it is very small and compact, plus lightweight too. In terms of taking up space in your home, you don’t really have to worry too much about that. Also, this item easily folds down for quick storage under a bed or in a small closet.

  • Length: 92.5 inches
  • Width: 16 inches
  • Height: 43.25 inches
  • Weight: 75 pounds


The Total Gym 1600 does come with an OK warranty. Considering the price it comes in at, the warranty is actually pretty good. It comes with a limited one-year warranty on the frame and parts. This is not the best warranty ever, but it also is not the worst. When it comes to a home gym of this price, the warranty is pretty standard.


What you are really going to like about the Total Gym 1600 is that it is very simple to assemble. Everything needed is included in the packaging, you only need to put together a few parts, and the instructions are very clear. The light weight and small size make it easy for one person to assemble solo. Here is a link to the user manual which also contains some assembly info.

What We Like About The Total Gym 1600

There are a few specific things that we really like about the Totally Gym 1600, so let’s talk about those aspects in some detail.

Perhaps the most convenient aspect of the Total Gym 1600 is that it is very space friendly. It is a very neat home gym because it can fold down into a compact package, not much bigger than an ironing board. This means that it can be easily stored under your bed or in a closet when not in use. Moreover, the whole item has a very small footprint, so you can set it up virtually anywhere, plus the light weight of it makes it easy to move around from one room to another.

Something else that we just cannot ignore about the Total Gym 1600 is that it is very easy to assemble. The instructions are clear, the tools and all parts are included, and the light weight of it makes it possible for one person to put together with ease. It should take no longer than 30 minutes to fully assemble.

We absolutely love the fact that the Total Gym 1600 can provide you with a full body workout through over 60 different exercises. You can work out literally every muscle and major muscle group in your body with this particular home gym. It comes with a dip bar for targeting your shoulders, chest, and arms. It also comes with a press up bar for military presses and other shoulder, arm, chest, and upper back strengthening exercises.

The Total Gym 1600 also comes with another multi-function attachment which accommodates both upper and lower body exercises like pull ups, leg curls, straight arm lifts, and more. It also comes with comfortable ankle cuffs meant to let you do hamstring and thigh exercises. There are also a few different features for your core and abs, plus a squat stand for a variety of leg related exercises. All in all, you definitely get a full body workout from the Total Gym 1600. There is also the fact that all attachments can be easily put on and taken off in a matter of seconds.

Something else that we really like about the Total Body 1600 is that it can be used for circuit training and other cardio routines. Many home gyms are just for strength training, but not this one. Moreover, you can also do a ton of flexibility, mobility, and balance training on the Total Gym 1600. It is ideal for anyone who wants to do a good mix of cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises too. Anyone who does Pilates or Yoga would certainly do quite well with this particular piece of equipment. This item is great for flexibility training thanks to the cords and handles it comes with.

We do also like the fact that the Total Gym 1600 comes with a workout chart with all of the possible exercises, plus a workout DVD as well.

What We Don’t Like About The Total Gym 1600

There are indeed a couple of things which we do not particularly like about the Total Gym 1600, so let’s talk about those quickly.

Something that we don’t really like about the Total Gym 1600 is that it is not so ideal for serious strength training exercises. It does come with incline adjustments which use your own body weight to adjust the resistance you face. However, the Total Gym 1600 does not come with any other adjustable resistance or weight. This means that it will be inadequate for anyone who wants to engage in hardcore strength training. This machine is more oriented towards a mix of light strength training, cardio, and flexibility training.

Some people have noted that the foam on the seat and attachments is a little thin, but nothing too serious.

Alternatives To The Total Gym 1600

So you can compare this home gym to some of the other models out there, let’s talk about a couple of the possible alternatives.

Marcy MWM-990 Home Gym

This home gym option is quite different from the Total Gym 1600 in the sense that it is much more oriented towards classic weight training. The Marcy MWM-990 is much bigger, heavier, and less mobile than the Total Gym 1600. Also, the Marcy model does not allow for quite as many exercises to be done on it. However, the Marcy MWM-990 is built with much more solid materials, plus it offers a lot more weight resistance, making it better for weight training than the Total Gym 1600. On the other hand, the Total Gym 1600 allows for over 60 different exercises, it is small and portable, easy to store, comes pretty much totally assembled, and it also allows for cardio and flexibility training.

Weider Ultimate Body Works

The Weider Ultimate Body Works home gym is actually fairly similar to the Total Gym 1600. The Weider is a little smaller and more compact than the Total Gym 1600, making it easier to store and more portable. However, the Total Gym 1600 is a fair bit more expensive, but that is because it allows for quite a few more workout options. The Total Gym 1600 also comes with a workout chart and exercise DVD to get you started. Other than that, both models are ideal for a good mix of strength, cardio, and flexibility training, but not necessarily for pure strength training.

Final Thoughts On The Total Gym 1600

The Total Gym 1600 is definitely a great option to go with if you want a great mix of cardio, strength, and flexibility training. While it does not come with very much resistance, it does still provide you with a well-rounded total body workout. It is small and compact, easy to store, is easily assembled and more. For a machine that allows you to do over 60 different exercises, it sure does come in at a very reasonable price.