Total Gym Trainer’s Favorite Workouts

Total Gym Trainers Share Their Favorite Exercises

Hey Total Gym Team. As a Total Gym Master Trainer for over the last 10 years, I have had the pleasure of certifying other personal trainers to train their clients on the Total Gym equipment. I always encourage these workout experts to be creative and play with the vast versatility of the Total Gym FIT or the Total Gym XLS. It has been so rewarding because at every single training session, I’ve seen a new exercise. Every one! I’ll look over and one of the trainers is doing something I had never thought of before. So cool.

I want to share some of the favorites exercises of our Total Gym Trainers. You’ll notice one common thing about each one of these exercises; they are working multiple muscle groups. We call these “compound exercises” but think of them as multi-tasking. We all have busy lives so why not combine some moves to help you lose weight, tone or build muscles and get stronger during your at home workout in less time?

  1. Unilateral Plyometric Squats with Ab Crunch – We all tend to have a dominant side and if you do squats with both legs, that imbalance tends to perpetuate because the stronger leg will always do more of the work. This is also a great way to get the heart rate up and warm up the abs to prepare for the rest of your workout.
  2. Chest Press with a Pilates Rollback – This is a great combo to strengthen your chest, shoulders and triceps as well as all the core muscles that support your spine.
  3. Seated Low Row with Lower Back Extension – Another wonderful exercise because it combines stretching the hamstrings and lower back as well as strengthening the lower and mid back muscles. This exercise is a superb combatant against all the ill effects of what most of us do way too much in life: sitting.
  4. Surfer Lat Pull with Upper Back Row and Biceps Curls – It starts with a “child’s pose” yoga stretch and just gets better from there. It also works the upper back to help your posture as well as pumping up your guns to get ready for sleeveless shirts this summer!
  5. Yoga Downward Facing Dog into a Dynamic Plank – One of my favorites as it combines a stretch in the low back and hamstrings with strengthening moves for the entire upper body. Bonus, it truly challenges the core in a functional way. You will feel this one for sure.

The beauty of the Total Gym is in its versatility and ability to target multiple muscle groups at one time. Watch the video and enjoy some of the best Total Gym workouts created by certified fitness professionals.

JayDee Cutting III, MBA

JayDee Cutting III, MBA is an Educator for the American Council On Exercise and holds 12 fitness certifications including Pilates, yoga, personal training, lifestyle and weight management. JayDee is a Total Gym master trainer and spokesmodel since 2004. He lectured and taught wellness at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Spa and is featured in over 10 fitness DVDs and over 40 fitness television programs. He developed his own Coregolf Fitness Program and founded the NiceDogYoga Company. His mission statement is: “My passion is inspiring people to enhance their lives through wellness, creating healthier, happier, higher qualities of life.”

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