Fitness experts concur that using exercise equipment is completely acceptable and may even be beneficial for beginners.
Although bodyweight and kettlebell exercises may currently be the most popular in the gym, don’t discount the benefits of using the equipment. In some cases, workout equipment is superior.
It’s true that utilizing free weights forces you to engage a lot of stabilizing muscles, but when you’re just getting started, using the weighted plate machines] while learning the movement pattern is OK.
Weight-training machines are a simple way to get back into the game if you’ve been away from the gym for a while or are rebuilding your strength after an injury. Additionally, there’s no chance of dropping anything heavy on your foot.
Machines are safer if you don’t have your full strength, balance, or range of motion.
Here are the best machines that three trainers recommend in light of that. You may increase your strength and train your body to use the appropriate muscles by using each piece of equipment.
1. Horizontal seated leg press
What you’re working: quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves
This is the lower-body equipment that all the trainers we spoke with preferred. You may go to squats off the machine if you use this with the proper technique.
2. Lat pulldown
What you’re working: latissimus dorsi (the broadest muscle of the back), shoulder girdle
This is an excellent place to start if pulling up is something you’ve ever been interested in doing. Your back muscles will develop, and you’ll start engaging the entire posterior chain.
Beginners can begin with an under hold, which is easier and employs more biceps (palms facing you).
To make the action more difficult, you can also close your hands together or widen them apart (so your arms form a V shape).
3. Cable biceps bar
What you’re working: biceps
These are excellent at preventing the swinging that occurs while using dumbbells.
You’ll gain the maximum benefit from this exercise by steadily raising and lowering your weight, just like with all the other exercises on this list. You are made to perform it with the help of this cable.
4. Cable triceps bar (or triceps pushdown)
What you’re working: triceps
You may switch the grip here, using a straight bar, a V-bar, or even a rope, to change the exercise, just like with the lat pulldown or the cable biceps bar.
For push-ups, pull-ups, and keeping balanced strength in your arms, developing strong triceps is crucial.
5. Chest press
What you’re working: chest, biceps, triceps
A push-up and a chest press are related exercises. Building up your chest, biceps, and even triceps will be beneficial for performing compound activities later on if you’re new to working out.
6. Hanging leg raise
What you’re working: core, hip flexors
By supporting yourself on your forearms and pulling your legs up without swinging them, this exercise is simple to do and a terrific technique to train your core.
7. Rowing machine
What you’re working: total body, particularly the posterior chain, and building cardio endurance
While there’s nothing wrong with a treadmill, the rowing machine can be a great way to change things up.
It’s got the upper-body and lower-body aspect of resistance training and will help balance the whole hunch-forward-from-sitting-at-computers.