The Total Gym | Indoor Home Gym
You might recognize the man in the video…If you don’t know who it is, that’s Chuck Norris. The Black Belt Martial Arts Expert and famous movie and television actor.
Still no clue of who he is? Oh, you do know who he is…Great. Anyways, he is or was the spokesman for The Total Gym. He has been for years. Well, this video is 5 years old but the basic design of the The Total Home Gym is the same.
The weights that you use is your own bodyweight. You adjust the weight resistance by lowering or raising the body platform. I have used this and it can give you one hell of a workout.
You can workout your arms, back, shoulders, chest and of course legs. This is indeed a very versatile machine and easy to set=up and use. I have seen attachments that will enable you to put on 1″ plate weights on but is not included on this set.
To help you find suitable exercises for you to use your Total Gym there are a plethora of video resources on the net for you to peruse.
There are plenty of video trainers you can watch or you can watch good ole Chuck or Christie Brinkley show you how to use this machine.
Go! Go! I’ll be here waiting.
The Marcy Standard Weight Bench | The memories come rushing back
Now this brings back memories of my first bench press. My dad bought one for me when I asked for a set for my birthday.
To be sure, I used the shit out of it. I was on this everyday for a good amount of my high school days. But like all good things, it must come to an end.
You see I was doing a grueling summer chest workout and I was home alone. I was targeting 10 sets of bench press while doing sets of pushups in between sets of bench press.
My chest was rushing full of blood. It felt really good. I then proceeded to do my eighth set of bench press. I decided to put everything I had on my weight bar.
I loaded it up and put the locking clips on the ends. The weight I think was at 245lbs. including the weight of my weight bar.
I laid down on the bench press, lifted the weight and proceeded to push the bar up. I counted, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. I made 8, barely, then I tried for 9…I said, I tried for 9…It got halfway up. Then I realized that I reached muscle failure…
“Uh Oh”, I thought to myself. I rested the weight on my chest. Then I inhaled a big breath of air, held it in and pushed it up…or rather I tried to push it up…It didn’t budge. “Damn” I said to myself.
I called out for some help, only to realize that I was home alone. My trusty dog Bo was there with me and he rushed over to assist me by licking my face. So he wasn’t much help.
As I laid there with 245lbs. balanced on my chest. And then I felt the weight shifting and tilting to one side…and it kept going. I tried with all my remaining strength to re-balance the bar back on my chest…
So now I was pinned underneath one side of my weight bar with 120lbs. directly over my throat and the other end on the floor. I was starting to worry at this time.
It might have been a half hour or maybe an hour or maybe 10 minutes. Time really drags when you are in a position like this.
Then I heard the door was opening. I yelled out, “Help!” My dad came rushing in and with one hand he lifted the bar off my throat, went back into our kitchen and said to me, “How much is a gym membership?”
And that’s how I joined a gym. The best one in our city.
And that’s why I recommend the Marcy Workout Bench…No, Wait…Oh crap!!!