The Total Trainer DLX-III from Bayou Fitness is a polished chrome-plated resistance trainer, made for people who want to build functional strength and burn fat using one piece of equipment. This piece of equipment is also a great idea for those of you who’d like to add some additional variety to your current home gym setup, without taking up a great deal of additional space.
Bayou’s Total Trainer machines are a great cost-saving alternative to the Total Gym, which can cost upwards of $1000 to purchase. The DLX-III model is still far less expensive than the Total Gym XLS and it does come with a few updated features over its precursor: the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer 4000-XL.
I recently reviewed the Total Trainer 4000-XL in another post. Bayou calls the DLX-III their premium home edition model, and it does have a few stand-out features over its precursor.
DLX-III vs 4000-XL
The slightly more expensive Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III boasts 4 new features over its predecessor:
- Increased weight capacity (only 15 pounds more than the 4000-XL though.)
- Chrome-plated glide board rails.
- Smoother glide board ball bearings.
- Larger glide board and squat platform.
Total Trainer DLX-III Specs Out of the Box:
- In use: 20” x 48” x 94” (W x H x D)
- Folded for storage: 20” x 50” x 14” (W x H x D)
- 14” x 46” Glide Board (W x D)
- New Larger squat platform (5.5” taller and 4” wider than all previous Total Trainers)
- Arrives fully assembled and double-boxed.
- Folds up easily for storage.
- Large castors make it easy to push/pull from one location to another.
- 3 & 4-point pulleys.
- Power weight bars for adding additional free weights.
- 11 levels of resistance (ranging from 4 to 69 percent of your total bodyweight.)
- Dual side glide board pulleys.
- Ball-bearing design on glide board bearings.
- Dual rail glide board system for added performance.
- Chrome plated for easy cleaning and gleaming appearance.
- 400-pound weight capacity.
- 6’7 user-height-limit.
- Unit only weighs 102 pounds.
- 14 free workout guides.
Attachments & Accessories:
- Curl Press bar, Pro AB Crunch Strap, Power Weight Bar, Pull/Push-Up Bar, Sit-Up Cuff, Upgraded Squat Board, Bicep “Power Flex” Attachment, 2 Leg Cuffs, Pilates Toe Bar, Instructional DVD, 4 Program Cards.
Pros of the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III
- Small footprint, easy storage.
- Able to work the entire body (comes with several attachments.)
- Chrome plating looks sharp compared to paint.
- Less expensive than Total Gym.
- Ability to perform 70+ exercises.
- Power weight bars allow extra weight to be added.
- 1 year warranty.
Cons of the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III:
- Limited resistance for bodybuilding workouts.
- At over $100 more than the 4000-XL, the limited added features may not justify the higher price tag for many people.
- Several reviews indicate the bearings may become noisy after several months of use.
The Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III is definitely a good value. If the shiny chrome plating and larger squat and glide board are features that are worth shelling out an extra $100 for (over the 4000-XL) then I say go for it.
Bayou is also one of the few glide board resistance machine manufacturers to offer a 1 year warranty (Total Gym only offers a 6 month guarantee, Weider only offers 30 days on their version.)
Note: If you need even more resistance, Bayou also offers the Total Trainer Power Pro, which has a 500-pound capacity.