Should You Use Resistance Machines? Are They The Way Forward??

So the big question is should you use resistance machines or should you avoid them at all costs during your training sessions. Just to be clear, a cable machine or the lat pulldown doesn't qualify as a resistance machine, however the rest do and I'm sure you know what ones I am referring too. Machines like the shoulder press, leg press, leg abductors and so on are the ones I am referring too, but should you be using them or should you be using/performing other exercises which work the same muscles? Here is the low down on whether you should be using machines and what role they have within your workouts...

Your Workouts

I firmly believe that your workouts should test you physically and mentally throughout every session so that you grow and get the results you want to see. When you begin your session in my opinion your primary lift should involve you lifting heavy and working large muscle groups to get the best outcome. Whether you are looking to burn fat or build muscle, performing compound movements is going to work your body the hardest. Does using a machine work your body hard enough to see results?

Bench Press Vs Chest Press Machine...

Picture this scene, you want to build up your chest muscles but what do you think is the best way to do this? Is using the bench press or a chest press machine going to be the most effective choice? As stated above, if you are looking to burn fat or build muscle it is more effective to stick with the bench press, however, is there a time and place for using a chest press machine...?

Yes...

Yes there is a time and place for using a machine instead of a compound exercise. Some people like to pre exhaust their muscles before hitting a compound exercise like the bench press. So using a machine to pre exhaust your muscles before your main exercise can generate more blood flow and a bigger pump to the muscles which can give you better results. Of course, your chest muscles are just one example of how this works, similar training methods can be used for other muscle groups such as legs, back etc.

Machines At The End...

Another training method you might want to consider is using resistance machines at the end of your workout when you are feeling fatigued. The beauty of using a machine at the end of your workout is the safety aspect as you don't need to worry about your stabilising muscles. The machine is generally one plane of movement and therefore you can still load the weight up without risk of injury. This can be useful when you want to perform a drop set marathon set at the end of a pretty hard session you have just put yourself through.

Summary

So, in summary then, I believe that resistance machines do have a place but it is better to use them when you absolutely have to. Compound movements, using cables, kettlebells, vipers, TRX bands etc are a far better choice and you will notice more of a change in your body sticking to them instead of using 10 different machines. If you are a beginner then you might want to initially use a machine but then it is time to step up and move onto bigger and better exercises which will give you the results.

Any questions, do not hesitate to place a comment below....

About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.
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