Exercise Machines for Workout Newbies At The Gym
This entry was posted on February 24, 2018.
A common misconception for workout beginners at the gym is that they can only use kettlebells or other handy gym equipment. Truth be told, exercise machines are totally fine to use even if you’re just a newbie. In fact, it might be especially helpful if you’re new to working out.
If you have been on gym hiatus or you’re slowly gaining back strength post-injury, weight machines are very handy to use. Plus, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to work a gym machine these days. The gym machines today come with easy to follow instructions.
Here are some of the best machines that you can use:
Horizontal Seated Leg Press
A highly recommended workout machine by professional trainers, this machine has become the go-to lower-body machine. Using this with the right technique can help you move toward squats off the machine. Also, this works your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves.
If you have been thinking of doing a pull-up workout, this is a great machine to use for a start. This helps build back muscles and it begins to activate your posterior chain. This works your lasissimus dorsi, which is the broadest muscle of your back and the shoulder girdle.
Cable Biceps Bar
Instead of swinging your arms using dumbbells, you can use this machine instead. You’ll get the most of it because of the cable, giving you a more satisfying workout. This works your biceps.
This is very similar to a push-up, which is an ideal workout to try by newbies. Using this, it will help you build up your chest, biceps and even your triceps.
Hanging Leg Raise
One of the best things about this exercise machine is that it is very easy to use, which is very important for beginners. This is also a great way to work your abs.
There’s nothing wrong with a treadmill, but the rowing machine is a good way to change things up. Being a low-impact machine, you can use this instead for that full body warm-up or even moderate to high intensity cardio sessions. It requires the use of your upper and lower body in unison.
Considered to be one of the best workout devices if you’re looking for high-intensity cardio activity. Since you’re new to the gym, joining a spin class may not be the best idea. Good thing there is a spin bike available! This is a great way to ramp up your heart and build cardiovascular strength.
Sure, the first instinct would be go directly to a treadmill when you walk inside the gym and you’re about to warm up. However, why don’t you mix it up by using an elliptical instead? It is a low-impact machine that elevates heart rate and it also has fat-burning capacity. Plus, it has a soft impact on joints and ligaments that make it as one of the best exercise machines to to be used for warm up as well as long-lasting cardio sessions. And to make it even better, it is very easy to use!
Now that you know the exercise machines that you can use, there are also some important things that you should remember when you’re at the gym. Consider this a guide or a refresher course.
No Mobile Phones
Save your mirror selfie at the gym at the end of your workout and don’t bring your mobile phone to the floor. In fact, there is no better way to show people you’re new than to have your mobile phone with you whilst you text. Consider your exercise your chance to “disconnect” and give yourself the chance to be free from your mobile phone even for just an hour. If you want to listen to music, bring your iPod with you instead.
Wear the Proper Outfit
Wear a gym attire that you are comfortable in. This is very important because you don’t want the straps of your top sliding down your shoulders while you workout. You have to be able to move freely, which means nothing TOO tight. There are comfortable tight clothes out there for the gym. That is why it is essential to always always fit your gym clothes before you actually buy them. Also, as tempting as it sounds to throw on some old clothes, make sure that it still presentable. It’s worth investing in good gym clothes.
Don’t Get Burned Out
The feeling of stepping at a gym will make you feel like you can do just about anything! As much as the enthusiasm and motivation are important, remember that you’re new to this so there’s no need to overexert yourself. And who are you trying to impress anyway? Take it slow and remember that working out, most especially at the gym, requires commitment, consistency and patience. You are not going to get the results that you want with just a snap of a finger, plus you really have to go several days a week, NO EXCUSES. Also, this will definitely require a lifestyle change so make sure that you’re ready for that because otherwise, it will be all for nothing.
Now, are you ready to work out? Make use of those gym machines and get the most out of your workouts. Luckily, exercise machines nowadays are very easy to use.