Total Gym Elevate Circuit Frequently Asked Questions
In an effort to streamline our processes, we’ve created an FAQ blog where we answer the questions we receive the most on the Total Gym Elevate Circuit. We hope this will help you get the information you need.
What is the difference between the Total Gym Elevate Circuit and other circuits of its kind?
The Total Gym® Elevate Circuit™ is the ONLY bodyweight circuit on the market. This means that the exerciser is using a percentage of their bodyweight as resistance working against gravity, on an adjustable incline. The Total Gym Elevate Circuit has been specifically designed as a set of machines to complement each other so as to work the entire body in 30 minutes. The circuit is comprised of six pieces: the Total Gym Core Trainer, Leg Trainer, Press Trainer, Pull-up Trainer, Jump Trainer and the Row Trainer.
How does bodyweight training benefit my members?
Functional bodyweight training is a very effective way to build muscle while adopting a more natural range of motion that improves athleticism quickly and effectively. This type of training benefits every “body” as it is designed to mirror the way a body actually moves. The Total Gym Elevate Circuit applies the unique concept of incline bodyweight training as the method of resistance, rather than the traditional weighted resistance, most fitness equipment is built upon.
What are the individual benefits to the exerciser?
Users can perform exercises they may have not been previously able to do. An example of this would be performing an unassisted pull-up. Because the Total Gym Pull-up Trainer is built on an incline, users lift a percentage of their own
bodyweight, starting at approximately 35 percent, and gradually working up to 65 percent – eventually building sufficient strength to perform the pull-up, unassisted. Many of the exercises on different units can be progressed in the same way.
> Functionally strengthens to enhance daily performance.
> Simple, approachable and easy to use.
> Accommodates all fitness levels and ages.
> Variety of machines and exercises offer a fun and stimulating workout.
> Low impact on joints
> Ergonomically designed to perform the exercise correctly.
How is the Total Gym Elevate Circuit best used in my gym?
Simple and intuitive to use, the Total Gym Elevate Circuit is ideal as a self-serve circuit on the gym floor. Each machine has an on-board placard detailing how to perform the circuit and the exercises. There are over 90 exercises and variations that can be performed making the circuit fun and engaging.
The Total Gym Elevate Circuit is also perfect for small group training and personal trainers can benefit from incorporating the circuit into their own sessions or as part of another circuit. The Elevate Circuit is a great tool to introduce clients to a functional style of training and to bridge the training gap between selectorized equipment and functional cages.
Can all my members use the Total Gym Elevate Circuit?
Yes, exercises can be progressed or regressed to accommodate ALL fitness levels and ages. Because almost each unit supports the body on a padded foam rolling board, the Elevate Circuit is very safe for all ages, including children (ages 7 and upwards) with supervision.
Why would my members use the Elevate Circuit over other equipment in my facility?
For the member, apart from getting a great workout in 30-mintues, the Total Gym Elevate Circuit provides a unique experience when compared to selectorized or plate-loaded equipment. Why? Users move up and down the incline rail on a padded glideboard. People report that the “in-mid-air” airborne-type experience feels like they are on a “ride” which makes the workout a lot of fun.
Using a percentage of a person’s bodyweight, where the body is supported makes for a more comfortable workout as well as offering up progressions in a gradual way. This allows for less injury and stress on the joints, but be rest assured, members will really feel the burn when they raise the resistance levels. Some units accommodate additional variable bungee resistance for those who really need it and people report that they can really feel their muscles working.
Another positive experience factor involves bringing people together; allowing them to be more social in the gym setting, or a small training program setting. Selectorized machines are very isolating and though people work out with others in the cage, it tends to get extremely competitive or intimidating. The Total Gym Elevate Circuit is simple and easy to use, so members can feel empowered quickly.
You say the circuit is simple and intuitive. How do I know my members will be able to use it on their own?
Each unit has an on-board illustrated placard, clearly detailing how to perform each exercise in the circuit and how to perform the circuit itself. Once the member has familiarized themselves with a few exercises they will be able to perform the circuit in 30-minutes. If an exercise is too difficult for them, they can easily lower the incline on the unit, or do less reps. Each unit is ergonomically designed to perform the exercise correctly.
The placard also includes a QR code that can be scanned for video clips of additional exercises – here
How do my Personal Trainers benefit from the circuit?
The Total Gym Elevate Circuit makes it easy for the personal trainer and the client to fully benefit from the session. For the personal trainer, the Elevate Circuit facilitates over 90 exercises from basic to challenging which keeps the client fully engaged time after time. The units are easily adjustable to accommodate the most high-spirited athlete and the deconditioned person alike, which for the personal trainer is a huge benefit that takes the guess-work out of complicated scheduling, as all different ages and fitness levels can be booked into the same session.
How much room will I need to allow for the Elevate Circuit
The Total Gym Elevate Circuit has a relatively small footprint taking up only 225 square feet of floor space for all six units.
Each piece can be used as part of a circuit or individually. The equipment can be grouped together or blended with other equipment. Note that if you put the Core Trainer with an ab-crunch machine, clients will quickly see which one is more beneficial and diverse: the same with the Leg Trainer replacing all three machines: glute, quad and hamstring.
Where is the best place to put the Elevate Circuit in my gym?
The Total Gym Elevate Circuit can be installed on the weight training floor or in the functional training area and members can self-serve. Open area placement is also advantageous because members look in on Personal Trainers in small group training or 1:1 sessions and once they see the success of the class, they too sign up, promoting additional revenue.
How much does the Total Gym Elevate Circuit cost?
The Total Gym Elevate Circuit is aligned with what gym owners are looking for to keep their members coming back and for the low investment of around $10,000 for all six pieces, they can refresh their gym with the latest equipment guaranteed to drive sales while satisfying member needs for a workout that is fun and engaging.
For more information contact Ralph Ruggiero at firstname.lastname@example.org / 858-764-0078.