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The 3 Gym Machines You Need to Be Using (And Why)

I don't always use gym machines for my clients' workouts, as a lot of my clients spend the day sitting at a desk and being sedentary. I would hate to put them back in a seated position once they get to the gym. As a Personal Trainer, my main goal is to get my clients moving! 

That being said, depending on what your fitness goal is, a machine-based workout can be a great place to start for someone new to fitness!

Here Are My Top 3 Favourite Gym Machines to Target Major Muscle Groups:


1. Rowing Machine

Full body, targets the posterior chain. Cardio-based.

3 pieces of gym equipment you need to be using

Why use it?

This is a great workout to increase cardio endurance, build strength in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, while also improving posture.

How to use it:

While seated on the rowing machine, place feet on pedals and tighten straps. Grab the handle with an overhand grip. Pull the handle with you as you slide to the end of the machine. Your knees should be straight as you do this, with a slight bend (do not lock knees).

2. Chest press 

Targets chest, triceps, and anterior delt.

3 pieces of gym equipment you need to be using

Why use it?

Since it provides a similar motion to a push-up, it's a great exercise to start with to build strength in your upper body, and it will help with more compound movements in the future.

How to use it:

Exhale as you push handles outward. Making sure your arms are extended but your elbows do not lock. inhale as your return arms back to starting position (chest level). 

3. Seated Leg press (horizontal)

Targets quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves.

3 pieces of gym equipment you need to be using

Why use it?

This is a great exercise to start with before moving to squats off the machine. This is a complete lower body workout for building strength.

How to use it:

Your torso and legs should be at a perfect 90 degree angle. Exhale while you press the platform away from your body, pushing mainly with the heels of your feet. Slowly return back to starting position as you inhale.

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