Last year we noticed a new trend began to sweep the exercise world, one that took inspiration from Rocky IV. It wasn’t quite entering a meat store and going toe-toe- with some cold flesh, but it did include almost medieval exercise ideas, like lifting tires and shaking heavy ropes and just using everyday items to build up your strength. Sure, we like them and they work, but most exercise machines are designed and developed to get the most out of each rep.
So, whilst waving boat rope up and down may look good on Instagram, using the right machine will let you look great on the beach. Don’t worry, there is no need to walk into the gym tomorrow and start panicking about which machines you should be using, because we’ve made a list of the best machines out there to ensure you get the most out of your session, no matter which area you are working on.
Growing muscle mass and losing fat is the dream, but it can be hard to achieve. Most people run for miles and miles and barely see any impact, and that is because running isn’t versatile enough to be the effective exercise you want it to be. That’s where cross training comes in. It works your upper body, lower body and midriff, which means it is an all-body workout. Of course, you may be thinking that running doesn’t require a gym membership, in which case we will challenge you and say neither does this machine, and that’s because they are inexpensive to buy and easy to put away. If you don’t believe me, just research ellipticals for sale.
I love working out the legs, it’s all too often the butt of any exercise gag. So, which machine? Well, we recommend you head straight for the seated leg press – the horizontal one – before anyone else gets there. This should be your go to machine for all of your lower-body needs, and that is because it will work everything; your calves, hamstrings, quads and glutes. It’s the ultimate all-rounder.
When we talk arms, we’re talking biceps and triceps. When you flex, you want it to look gooooood. Luckily for you, there is one machine that does both; it is the cable bar. All you have to do is switch it from a pull up motion to a pull down motion. If you are not sure, then ask one of the trainers to show you how. You may be thinking, why don’t I just head to the dumb bells, which is fair. Except a cable bar allows you to avoid any unhealthy movements, such as swinging or craning. What’s more, you can easily add to your weight with a cable bar while ensuring you get the most out of each rep, slowly going through the motions in a safe and simple manner. That is it. That’s why machines were invented; to be better and safer.