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5 Workout Machines To Avoid In The Gym

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The appeal of using machines at the gym is there for everyone to see – you don’t have to know anything to use them. All you need to do is jump on and rep away.

But that’s where the problem lies – they’re too easy. Many workout machines fail to replicate natural movements, which means less muscles used and less calories burned. Also – and most importantly – they pose a serious risk to your health. Trying to find the proper position, even with all the adjustable pegs, is almost impossible and can lead to injury.

Over at Huffington Post, they have an article which lists the top five machines to never use in the gym and offers some great alternatives. Here’s a short extract:

1. The Machine: Lying Leg Press

Your legs are strong (after all, they carry your body around all day), so if you lie down with your legs above your head for a leg press, you have to load more than the equivalent of your bodyweight onto the machine to achieve significant resistance.

Try This Instead: Goblet Squats

Apart from working just about your entire lower body in a single move, this squat variation involves holding a dumbbell or kettlebell in front of your chest to keep your form in check and the weight off of your lower back.

2. The Machine: Seated Leg Extension

Since the weight is placed so close to your ankles, the machine puts undue torque on the knee joint, which can wear down cartilage and cause knee pain.

Make sure to check out the article above so you too can get the most out of your workout in the gym. Remember, free weights and bodyweight exercises are way more effective as they promote natural body movements and use a range of muscles. A few alterations to your routine will see you make faster and better fitness gains.


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About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.

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