When should I use machines in the gym?

I am not a fan of the use of machines in gym workouts. Some trainers will recommend machines for beginners. However I prefer to start people off on free weights first. In saying this, start with very light weights first and get the technique, positioning and the bio-mechanics right first before increasing the weight. Also machines can be of use when performing certain exercise that places extreme stress on injured or recovering muscular skeletal areas of the body. Two simple exercise maybe to avoid would be squats (although they are an excellent exercise) and one arm bent-over dumbbell row if you have damaged discs or a lower back issue. Unless you have these issues that require good support or are in rehab try sticking with free weights which will allow the core to get a good workout by utilizing the anti-gravity and stabilizers in your body. If you are not sure check with an allied professional to avoid exasperating an injury or existing condition.

By: John Hart

Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab)Newcastle UniversityAustralia

“Grad Cert Education”Newcastle UniversityAustralia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

“Cert 4 Personal Training”

“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

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