Are Fitness Machines Good?

I was at the gym and I got asked a question, and that question was Are Fitness Machines Good?

When I go to the gym I am pretty quiet and I don’t let people know what I do for a living. I just kind of go in there and work out.

One of the guys there, Frank, knows what I do and asked me fitness-related questions, and this was one of his questions: Are Fitness Machines any good?

My answer was a 5 part reply.

The first part is the best exercise that you can do is the one that you enjoy doing. If you enjoy doing machines then do machines. If you enjoy doing something else like running, then do something else like running. When it comes to machines if it is what you enjoy doing and it will get you to exercise and move then do it and keep doing it.

The second part is machines end up being excellent for someone completely new to fitness. The machines are less intimidating, increase your body awareness and get you to understand the typical movements that end up happening in fitness: pressing, pulling, pushing, and squatting movements. It gives you a good foundation to start doing more advanced fitness and exercise stuff.

The third part is machines end up being excellent for injuries and injury recovery because you can isolate joints when it comes to movements. You can control the load. You can control speed and they are safe to use and you can end up working around injuries a lot easier.

The fourth part is machines end up being excellent for older adults. They tend to be less intimidating. They tend to be in a seated position so they end up having more stability. A lot of times older adults have balance issues; the machines make it easier for them to overcome those balance issues.

Also, the machines allow them to push themselves harder and add more resistance because there are fewer moving parts, and the movements aren’t as compounded. They can isolate the movements and increase the resistance which will end up benefiting them and improving their function or even maintaining their function.

The fifth part is I end up looking at machines when it relates to almost like a fitness continuum. Machines end up being good for some time and you can progress on to more advanced techniques. That could end up being moving into the free weight area. It can end up utilizing other modalities like kettlebell work or bodyweight work or moving on to the Olympic lifts or weight training. I find machines end up being a nice part of that continuum to more advanced and complex movements and more compound movements.

So there you go, that ended up being my answer when it comes to Are Fitness Machines Good? They play a role.

Before I go, I want to hear from you, what are your thoughts on fitness machines – good or bad?

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Looking forward to hearing from you.

Rick Kaselj, MS

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