The Total Gym 1700 Club by Fitness Quest is the most versatile exercise machine I have ever owned. It's convenient and fun. The range of exercises you can do on it is amazing. Strengthen, increase flexibility, and tone and tighten with one machine--exercising made easy. There are six levels of workouts for varying difficulty. Each level uses your own body weight for resistance and strength training.
I have suffered from lower back pain for years. Since I have been using this machine I have found that the area has become less tense. The muscles have relaxed and gained a greater range of motion. Almost immediately after I began to use the machine, about a month, I began to see definition in my arms, midriff, and legs--yes even the troublesome thigh area that jiggles when you walk. My stomach has flattened and toned--I thought surely after having a baby that would never happen. I can tell you that you really only need a 20-30 minute workout 3-4 times a week for maintenance. Any longer and you will feel it in the morning. But that's part of the beauty of the machine, the pain you feel is not from over exertion it's from increasing muscle flexibility.
The best feature of this machine: it can be stored easily when not in use. I keep my machine upright in a closet under the stairs. When I want to use it, I just pull it out and set it up. Set-up only takes a minute, transferring from exercise to exercise is a little longer.
I have set a routine up where I work certian areas at each set-up. For instance with the arm pulley system I can do my butterflies, abdominals, and curls. I get the machine ready for that and do however many sets I want to do for each exercise. I rotate the sets so I'm not doing the same thing over and over for three sets in a row. It works and I never get bored. Then I move the machine to the next exercise set-up for the next round.
Everybody is different. I believe this machine has the added benefit of adaptability for the particular user. My teen aged daughter loves to use it as does my husband. Since it uses your own body weight for resistance, you can control the amount of yourself you want to lift by raising or lowering the platform. Women on lower settings, to keep from lifting too much and getting too bulky, and men on higher levels to gain muscle mass.
Overall the Total Gym 1700 Club was a wise investment for me. I recommend it to everybody when they ask me about it or when we start talking exercising or healthy living.