Dispelling Myths: Equipment Edition
*plus video examples
Is it true or not?
Working Out on a Machine Guarantees You Do It Right
There's a belief out there that if you use a machine to work out you will avoid lifting mistakes, because it does all the work for you. This isn't entirely true. The primary reason for this is not everyone knows how to set up the machines they use properly. When using a lifting machine you need to learn how to set it up, taking your height and weight among other things into consideration. If a machine isn't set up properly to an individual's needs, it will most definitely force improper form and mistakes. So, make sure no matter if you're using free weights or a machine to lift you learn how to properly use it.
Running on a Treadmill is Safer on the Knees Than Running Outdoors
Some believe that running on a treadmill will save their knees, so they prefer to do their running on a treadmill instead of going outside for a run. This isn't entirely true. Running on a treadmill can put the same stress on your knees as running around your block. Where it may make a difference is in obstacles. A treadmill can keep you safe from rocks, uneven terrain, distractions, and hazards like cars. All these things could cause injury, including injury to your knees. If you have problematic knees consult a medical professional for suggestions, but one thing to consider could be lighter impact exercises instead of running, like riding a bike.
Machine Aided Exercises are Only For Beginners
There's a feeling going around that REAL weightlifting is only done with free weights. So, it's widely believed that weightlifting machines are for beginners who haven't learned to lift weights yet. Like we said before, just because you're using a machine doesn't mean you don't need to learn to use it properly. Machines take know-how, skill, and learning also. However, thanks to the increased control that a machine permits it makes it more ideal for a beginner than free weights. This doesn't mean an advanced lifter has nothing to gain from using a machine. Many experienced weight lifters utilize machines. With proper knowledge, both machine and free weight workouts can benefit both the newbie and seasoned weight lifter.
Examples of Machine Assisted Exercises
These are all exercises Steve recommends and uses regularly that involve machines.
Lat Pull Downs
Calf Raises 3 Ways
V Bar Pulldown
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