Choosing the correct equipment and exercise routine plays a crucial role in reaching your dream physique. It’s important to keep in mind that various machines produce different results. Choosing the right machine can enhance your workout results.
Not all gym equipment is the same, so it’s essential to determine what your goals are as well as your level of experience in weight training before deciding which type of equipment might be best. So let’s review the different types of gym equipment:
These machines are usually the ones you notice in the circuit training area. In most cases, they are specifically designed to target only one major muscle group at a time like shoulders, upper thighs or abs.
The main benefit of this is that it removes unnecessary stress from other parts of the body – allowing you to isolate the movement and only focus on one muscle group at a time.
This type of equipment is also perfect for beginners who are still unsure about their exercise form. Fixed machines can help lower the risk of injury while strengthening the specific muscle group you are trying to target.
These are the barbells and dumbbells that are often stacked on a weight rack in front of the large mirrors you see on the one side of the gym. Free weights are very different from machines in the sense that they are not fixed to a specific axis.
In most cases (depending on the movement) these weights target more than one muscle group at a time. These compound movements are an excellent way to strengthen your core and overall body strength.
A cable machine is the perfect balance between free weights and fixed machines. They provide a bit of structure while allowing more free reign than a weight would.
These machines are great for intermediate trainees who are not yet comfortable in moving over to free weights.
The Smith Machine is what we call a “wanna be” fixed machine. It uses a free weight called the barbell in a fixed plane. The primary benefit is to help trainees improve muscle stability and balance while providing increased muscle isolation in a similar way to a fixed machine.
It’s a good replacement for exercises like the bench press, shoulder press, and squats. It’s also a bit safer for new members who are still fresh to weight training.
A great health club incorporates of a wide range of gym equipment and a good mix of all four types of machines and weights mentioned above.
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