To set the stage, I used a Total Gym 1700 Club for two years, and made the mistake of replacing it with a recumbent bike, at my wifes prodding. My house is small and I have limited space that I can dedicate to a large piece of exercise equipment, and for me it is essential that the equipment is always setup and ready to use. With hindsight, selling the Total Gym was a big mistake. It took me a year to correct it, by buying the Weider TBW5000.
I've only been using the Weider for a little over week, using my old Total Gym routine, but my body loves it. I'm able to duplicate every exercise I did on the Total Gym 1700, but in comparison the Weider 5000 is smoother and quieter. Comparing the Weider 5000 to the current Total Gym models, it is vastly superior to the 2000 ( msrp $599, Amazon price $382) because the Total Gym 2000 does not include the wing attachment or squat stand. I consider the wing attachment fundamental to a good workout because it allows three exercises that I consider essential, leg curls, pullups, and the front press. The squat stand provides the mechanism to do squats, calf raises, cardio pulls, and incline crunches. If I had to leave those exercises out of my routine, I wouldn't feel like I was getting a decent workout.
I'm really pleased with the Weider TBW5000. The quality and design are every bit as good as my Total Gym 1700. The only place where the Weider TBW 5000 is lacking is in the documenting of exercise routines, and that void can easily be filled with youtube videos, and numerous exercise blogs.
Sorry Chuck and Cindy, but the Weider TBW5000 is better than Total Gym 2000, probably as good as a Total Gym 3000, and a much better value than both.
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