Are you falling for exercise and weight loss myths? These days, misinformation spreads like wildfire on social media and the internet. What’s real, and what’s just plain old bad information? Read on to find out.
Machines give you a better workout (myth)
We won’t blame gyms for spreading this myth around. People do receive benefits from exercise machines. At the most basic level, exercise machines guide your movement, forcing you to do an exercise correctly. Free weights on the other hand, can injure people if they don’t use correct form. Machines may also simply make exercising more fun. They also look pretty cool, which is more important for motivation than you might think…
The sad truth however is that gym machines have the same effects as anything mechanically assisted: they make the exercise easier. In contrast, free weights and body weight exercises force the body to use many more muscles for stabilisation. This in turn gives you a more optimal workout.
Let’s help you decide if you should utilise these devices or not.
- If you are keen on targeting specific muscle groups, especially those that are not commonly covered by everyday exercise, then it might be helpful to use exercise machines.
- If you want to make the most out of your exercise time and get a more complete workout, then don’t use them. Grab free weights or do body weight exercises instead.
- If you are looking for variety in your routine, then no, don’t use machines. Their limited range of movement can make working out a tedious chore. Free weights, or a training program like TRX or CrossFit is the way to go.