I gave the total gym a rating of 5 because it has helped me lose over 100 lbs. 3 years ago I was over 400 lbs. With diet and excercise and lots of help from the total gym I'm down to 258 lbs now. So anyone who says that the total gym doesnt work, they obviously have not tried it. Give it a try and you will love it as much as me. Performance Ive tried alot of excercise equipment in gyms and neither have ever made me feel like ive done anything. Also you dont have to worry about who else is watching you work out. Thats how I feel anyway. With this you get to do in the privacy of your own home and no worries and no embarrasment. Ease of Use It is so functional, all you need to do is unfold it and your good. and for someone like me that does'nt have alot of space you can get a great workout and put it right away of you need to. Durability I've had my total gym for 3 years and I have not had any problems with it, it still glides like brand new. Design The only thing about the design that I can say is it keeps getting better. Each time I see a new total gym I want it.