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Total Gym 1700 Exercises

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author image Sarka-Jonae Miller
Sarka-Jonae Miller has been a freelance writer and editor since 2003. She was a personal trainer for four years with certifications from AFAA and NASM. Miller also worked at 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness and as a mobile trainer. Her career in the fitness industry begin in 2000 as a martial arts, yoga and group exercise instructor. She graduated cum laude from Syracuse University.
Total Gym 1700 Exercises
Tone up your body with the Total Gym 1700 machine Photo Credit muscle fitness image by Leticia Wilson from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

The Total Gym 1700 is one of the home gyms made by Total Gym. More than 100 exercises are possible on the Total Gym 1700, so you can get a complete, full-body workout. The 1700 Club version also includes a Pilates bar, dip bars and press up bars to give you even more exercise options than previous models. A weight bar that you can add up to 75 pounds from weight plates is also included.

Leg Thrust

The leg thrust is a lower body exercise that targets the muscles of the thighs and glutes. This exercise is done lying on your back on the Total Gym 1700 glide board. Position your head at the top of the board and put your feet on the board below your buttocks with your knees bent. Your arms are relaxed at your sides on the board. Put an ankle cuff on your right ankle with the cable attached to the high pulley and bring your knee toward your chest. Then, press your leg straight and lower it until your leg forms a straight line with your torso. Bend the knee back into your chest before placing your foot back on the glide board. Repeat on the left leg.

Reverse Grip Lat Pulldown

The reverse grip lat pulldown is so named because it targets the muscles of the lats, which are the muscles of your middle back. The exercise engages the muscles of the back and biceps, however. To perform the reverse grip lat pulldown, lie on the glide board with your head near the upright and your feet on the board with your knees bent. Reach your arms straight above your head with your palms up and grab the handles, one in each hand. Press your lower back and shoulders into the board. Then, bend your elbows and pull your arms down until your palms are over your shoulders and your elbows are at your sides. Straighten your arms again to complete a pulldown.

Wide Chest Press

The wide chest press is a chest exercise that also uses the muscles of your arms and shoulders. The arm position during the forward motion of the wide chest press is different than during a regular chest press, but the starting position is the same. Begin seated on the Total Gym glide board facing away from the upright with your legs straight on the board. Sit up straight and grasp the handles with your palms facing inwards and your arms at your sides. Your elbows are bent at right angles. Next, press your arms forward and outwards at 45-degree angles from your body. Lift your arms to shoulder level and rotate your arms so your palms face downwards.

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