If there was a single exercise where you can really feel the benefit
of using a specific piece of equipment, Total Gym pull-ups would be that
exercise. Many owners of the Total Gym feel completely satisfied just by
being able to do a full set of pull-ups.
Unlike standard pull-ups in which you have to pull your full body mass up
against very unforgiving gravity, the Total Gym pull-ups allow you to use a
percentage of your body weight of your choice. Unlike using a spotter for
pull-ups which feels rough and unnatural, the Total Gym pull-ups are smooth
and feel completely natural.
Pull-ups are one of the most fundamental exercises anyone can do and for
those who don't have the strength to perform full sets, the Total Gym
Pull-up is superior to using a spotter or even a
cable Lat pull down in most circumstances. Those who cannot perform
standard pull-ups can use the Total Gym Pullup in their place as one of the
first back exercises in any workout which involves that muscle group. Those
who already includes sets of regular
pull-ups in their workouts can use the Total Gym pullup later on in
the workout as a 'burnout' or 'finisher' exercise with hopes of fatiguing
the muscle group completely.