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Known for their Multi-Purpose Series of incline bodyweight training machines, including the Total Gym PowerTower, Total Gym GTS and Total Gym Sport, the company is branching out with a Single Purpose Series and introducing a novel concept for a single station leg machine.
The Leg Trainer follows the successful launch of the Total Gym Core Trainer™ as the second station in this new Single Purpose Series.
Similar to how the Core Trainer works the complete core musculature – not just the abdominals, the Leg Trainer engages all the muscles of the leg rather than isolating a specific muscle for strengthening like traditional single station leg machines.
Designed to facilitate a lunge, one of the most functional and effective lower body exercises prescribed by personal trainers and exercise physiologists, the Leg Trainer allows users to perform a forward, backward or side lunge on a moving surface for additional instability in a select plane of motion. Creating an unstable environment appropriately challenges users of any fitness level by requiring maximum muscle fiber recruitment to internally stabilize the body for effective and simultaneous strengthening of the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, calves, and adductors.
“We design Total Gym equipment to facilitate functional training, and the Leg Trainer expands our new product concept of single purpose machines,” said Jesse Campanaro, President of Total Gym Commercial. “Rather than working on a few different machines that isolate specific muscles, the Leg Trainer creates a more integrated experience working the lower body system in natural movements.”
Built on the same premise of incline bodyweight training that all Total Gym equipment is based, the Leg Trainer features a rolling glideboard on an incline which allows users to add dynamic motion to a lunge – or rather, smaller explosive movements within the lunge movement itself. Users can maintain a static, active lunge position with the front or standing leg and increase the difficulty of the exercise by moving the glideboard quickly up and down the rails. The unique ability to perform a lunge while incorporating these additional micro-movements through all three planes of motion further challenges advanced users proprioception and muscle recruitment.
“Similar to how the Core Trainer took planking off the floor and provided instruction and a dedicated space for a fantastic exercise, the Leg Trainer does the exact same thing for lunges,” said Campanaro.
The Leg Trainer also incorporates a large 15” high platform for step ups and box jumps to safely facilitate a second set of exercises to challenge the lower body. While most step-up boxes are 12” or 18”, the Leg Trainer’s height provides a mid-level option suitable for a wide range of users. This platform features a sturdy steel plate, fully wrapped by a rubber mat to protect exercisers while using this area of the machine.
“The lunge is a terrific exercise. Step ups are a terrific exercise. By incorporating these two functional lower body exercises into one machine, the Leg Trainer offers a unique differentiator for your facility,” says Campanaro.
About Total Gym
Total Gym® is the world’s leading privately-held manufacturer of functional and bodyweight training equipment. Founded in 1974, the San Diego-based company’s Total Gym products are used in physical therapy clinics, athletic training facilities, hospitals, universities, professional sports teams and health clubs, inspiring over 24 million workouts per year worldwide. Total Gym has a 18-year relationship with American Telecast Products, which launched the Total Gym bodyweight trainer into the consumer market with the longest running television infomercial in history, selling over four million units. Now with commercial partners in 23 countries, Total Gym continues to lead the industry with innovative functional training equipment and the award-winning GRAVITYSystem® commercial fitness program. For more information, visit www.totalgym.com or call (800) 541-4900.