Total Gym Addicts, Kate’s Story


Hi! My name is Kate Maher. I will be 49 years old next month, and have never felt better in my life. I have raised 3 beautiful, successful grown daughters, and will be faced with an empty nest this Fall up in stunning Northern Vermont!

I have been a Total Gym user for over 20 years. Fitness and good nutrition have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up in a family of 8 about 20 miles south of Boston, and my parents always encouraged us to exercise and eat nutritious food. I firmly believe that these are the two most important things to maintain health and happiness in one’s life.

In my 20’s, I was an avid runner and fitness nut at the local YMCA – all the while working a full time, demanding job and raising small children. When I was 28 years old, I was hit with the shock of my life – a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. I continued running and working out, but it became increasingly difficult due to extreme fatigue and a host of other issues. The day that I fell while running because I could not feel my legs under me was a huge turning point for me. I had also fallen off a step during a step class. Both of those events scared me quite a bit, to say the least. However, the thought of not being able to work out was devastating to me, but I knew in my heart that running and high impact fitness classes would probably need to take a back seat – at least for a while.

I had heard about the Total Gym, and starting doing some research on this machine that it appeared I could either sit down or lay down on – and still get a great workout! No more risk of falling! I bought my first Total Gym when I was 28 years old, and am now on my 3rd one – the Total Gym Fit, which in my opinion is the best one yet. I purchased the split squat stand separately, which was a great investment because it’s so much easier on the knees. This machine has been an absolute life saver for me. I am now one of their biggest advocates. I get asked a lot how I have stayed in shape all these years, and the answer is always a resounding – Total Gym! It is the most amazing piece of equipment, as you can get an awesome, total body workout in very little time. Not to mention that it is a lot of fun!

Over the years, I have certainly had my share of ups and downs with MS – but have been able to consistently work out – thanks to the Total Gym! My goal was never to have huge, bulging muscles – but to stay in good shape in order to feel and look my best! I hardly ever get a cold or the flu, and always get great reports from my doctor. The Total Gym, along with hiking and walking, and following a healthy diet – I believe are the things that will keep me resilient and healthy for years to come. Another huge thing I forgot to mention is the fact that I have always used exercise for the mental health benefits it offers. I would strongly encourage anyone who struggles in this area to work out regularly on the Total Gym. It really has been a life saver for me over and over again. Very happy customer here, I cannot thank Total Gym enough.

The following is the routine I follow 5-6 times/week. It takes about 45-50 minutes, and I have found it to be challenging and a lot of fun!

ExerciseTG Level# of Sets# of Reps per Set
Seated Chest Fly8312
Oblique Twister8312
Upright Row8312
Front Pullover9412
Kneeling Triceps Kickback8312
Outer Hip & Thigh8312
Leg Curl8312
Ab Crunch10515
Jump Squat12415
Regular Squat w/Feet Turned Out12415
Calf Raises12415
Leg Pulley – Outer Thigh, Right6315
Leg Pulley – Outer Thigh, Left6315
Leg Pulley – Inner Thigh, Right6315
Leg Pulley – Inner Thigh, Left6315
Leg Pulley – Front Leg Raise, Right6315
Leg Pulley – Front Leg Raise, Left6315

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