This might sound counterintuitive to many of us who have been misinformed that machine exercises are safer to perform because of a smaller learning curve and the relative ease in which you can adjust resistance for your current fitness level. Jeremy rants on further saying “The claim that machine exercises are safer than using free weight or body weight exercises is absolutely absurd. Machine exercises do not force you to engage the key stabilizer muscles surrounding your joints that are heavily responsible for keeping them strong and stable. In reality, machine exercises are setting you up for muscle imbalances and short and long-term injuries that will slow your results to a grinding hault. Plus, by not engaging as many muscles, machine exercises limit fat burning and lean muscle growth potential.”
Jeremy Glasgow shares four common exercises he/she wouldn’t be caught dead doing, and they all involve overpriced, bulky machines that fill the floors of the typical health club:
1.) Abs Machine
Crunches in this machine will be a sure-fire way hurt your neck and back and they don’t provide the stabilization work your core muscles really needs to function optimally, improve posture, and to prevent injury.
2.) Back Machine
Most people already use their backs way too much during most exercises and this machine just reinforces that. People are better suited doing exercises that strengthen their gluteal muscles like hip extensions and deadlifts in addition to stretching the hip muscles which are commonly tight and restricted.
3.) Leg Extension Machine
This exercise will put you on the fast track to patellar tendonitis in the short run and knee surgeries and arthritis in the long run. Your best bet is to focus on lunging exercises to build firm, toned legs and stable knees.
4.) Elliptical Machine
This machine truly only has use for people that are significantly overweight and/or de-conditioned. If you are within 10-20 pounds of your ideal body weight you are better suited performing intervals on a stationary bike or via outdoor running. For those folks who prefer to workout at home, use body weight cardio exercises like stationary running and jumping jacks.
Jeremy Glasgow (BA in Exercise Science and ACE CPT) is a local Warrenville fitness boot camp instructor and personal trainer. To book him to speak at your local(Warrenville, Wheaton, or Naperville) club, business, or organization, please contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 630.885.3309. For a free one-week trial to his Warrenville boot camp to experience the best personal training in Warrenville, Wheaton or Naperville please visit http://www.undergroundcorefitness.com.
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