Last updated: August 9th, 2016
The Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III Home Gym is a home gym that allows you to use your own body weight rather than weight plates for building muscle with resistance exercises. Rather than adjusting the number of plates your muscles lift or push, you adjust the amount of body weight you’re resisting against by moving the incline of the gym up or down. It’s one of our top picks of the best home gym of this year.
The unit comes fully assembled, and you can choose from 11 different resistance levels, measuring from four to 69 percent resistance, making it easy to select the resistance level that suits you. The unit itself weighs 102 pounds, accommodates users weighing up to 400 pounds, and is 20 inches wide, 48 inches high and 94 inches long. The manufacturer offers a one year warranty against defective parts.
The unit is solid and well-built, and it holds up as well for big and tall users as well as for those of smaller proportions. The unit’s parts won’t break easily and will hold up to the stress of regular use. When delivered, the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III Home Gym comes almost totally assembled, a plus for anyone who doesn’t want to spend additional time putting together a home gym before using it. Users who have had to contact Bayou’s customer service have stated that the responses and service they received was excellent.
- Solid unit
- Parts won’t break easily
- Holds users of a variety of heights and weights
- No assembly required
- Great customer service
Regarding regular use, we liked that the unit folded up for easy storage and that the concept of using body weight resistance works well. Many users found that they didn’t even have to use the maximum amount of resistance in order to get a good workout and break a sweat. Some people recommended the Bayou Fitness DLX-III over other home gyms in the same price point, citing that the Bayou unit’s high degree of reliability, the quality of the parts and craftsmanship and the overall value for the money.
- Folds for quick storage
- Resistance training offers a great workout
- Better value than other units in the same price range
- High degree of quality
Setting up the machine the first time takes very little effort, and for the novice to home gym exercises or resistance machines, the DLX-III Home Gym also includes and instructional video complete with exercise routine to get started. You can lock the bench to whatever incline position you choose using two pins, making the machine safe to use and reducing the risk of injury. Users have also commented that the bars and padding on the machine are comparable to those on machines with much higher price tags.
- Easy to set up
- An instructional video aids beginners in getting started
- Locking bench adds safety
- Padding and components compare to those on higher-priced units
The biggest complaint that users had about the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III was that although they loved that the unit folded for easy storage and transport, because of the folding mechanism, the rails used for gliding exercises had a break in them that made a noticeable and annoying bump during glide exercises. The strap for abdominal exercises was cited as being fairly useless, and some of the tallest users stated that they were unable to do some of the glide exercises.
- The folding mechanism interferes with smooth gliding
- The abdominal strap isn’t useful
- Some glide exercises won’t accommodate tall users
Most of the complaints about the craftsmanship of the unit revolved around individual parts. Some users disliked that the unit used ropes rather than cables, the pulleys sometimes got bent with extended use, and some users felt that the footrest was not sturdy enough. Even still, the Bayou Fitness DLX-III offers lifetime replacement on the rollers, ropes and pulleys, thereby mitigating at least in part the fact that they might break down with extended use.
- Unit uses ropes, not cables
- The pulleys might not stand up to heavy use
- The footrest tends to lack sturdiness
- Bayou will, however, replace rollers, pulleys or ropes when they break down
The deficiencies in the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III Home Gym are minor in comparison to the unit’s overall value. Typical complaints centered around minor flaws in individual parts, while common praises focused on the fact that the unit was a much better value for the money than other home gyms like the Total Gym, Nautilus and Hammerstrength.
Users frequently stated that they expected to pay a lot more for a unit of such high quality, or that they expected the unit to be of low quality because of the price and were pleasantly surprised when the unit arrived. Many users also remarked that the year warranty and lifetime replacement of ropes, pulleys and rollers was a major added benefit.
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