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VigorFit Vs. Total Trainer DLX-III

by
author image Marie Mulrooney
Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. A retired personal trainer, former math tutor, avid outdoorswoman and experience traveler, Mulrooney also runs a small side business creating custom crafts. She's published thousands of articles in print and online, helping readers do everything from perfecting their pushups to learning new languages.

The multidecade success of bodyweight glide-board trainers has spurred a number of competing brands built on the same premise: pulling yourself up and down parallel rails on a padded board, with your own body weight as the resistance. Both the VigorFit and Total Trainer DLX-III allow you to add extra weight for more resistance, once you’re strong enough that lifting your own body weight no longer challenges you.

Maximum User Weight and Size

The VigorFit has a maximum user weight limit of 350 pounds and can accommodate a user of up to 6 feet 2 inches tall. The Total Trainer DLX-III has a maximum user weight of 400 pounds and can accommodate anyone up to 6 feet 7 inches tall.

Resistance

The VigorFit provides additional resistance above and beyond your body weight with five resistance bands built into the machine and a weight bar for adding extra weight plates. The Total Trainer DLX-III offers a weight bar, but no resistance bands.

Features

The VigorFit comes with a large squat platform, pull-up and push-up bars that double as a sit-up station and Pilates toe bar, respectively, dual leg ropes and an exercise manual. The Total Trainer DLX-III features similar accessories plus a crunch strap, biceps curl press bar, an instructional DVD and a strength/cardio workout DVD.

Cost

As of June 2010, the VigorFit retails for a limited-time offer of $377, with no mention of what the usual retail price may be. The Total Trainer DLX-III has a sales price of just under $500.

Warranty

The VigorFit comes with a lifetime warranty, but as with the pricing, doesn’t provide specific details. The Total Trainer has a one-year frame and parts warranty, plus a lifetime roller, rope and pulley warranty.

Expert Insight

The Exercise Equipment Expert review journal recommends the Total Trainer over the VigorFit, explaining that the feature-rich VigorFit seems more focused on sensational promotional material than performance and versatility.

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