We all know what you’re thinking…you’ve stepped into the gym, saw all those strange machines, and are considering leaving. Don’t worry! We’re here to guide you through the best machines to try out as a newcomer. The gym is a scary place to enter as a newbie because you feel like everyone is watching you. Don’t be self-conscious while you’re reading the instructions on the machine before trying it because if you take a gander around the room… you’ll find that most people are doing the same thing. View the experience as a learning process. A process that will keep you healthy and energetic every day. With that said, let’s talk about the best machines to try first.
Leg Press Machine
If you struggle to do traditional pull-ups (most of us do) then you’ll like this machine. You can sit and pull the bar down to you. Again, you can control the weight that you want to pull at least ten times in a row. From there, you’ll get stronger every day. Pretty soon you’ll be able to do at least one traditional pull-up. Sound like a goal you want to achieve?
Chest Press Machine
The rowing machine may look intimidating, but once you’re going, it’s very easy to use. The trick is to push with your legs first, then lean backward. You’ll want to pull your arms to your chest, right below your lower ribs. This machine targets your entire body; glutes, core, shoulders, back, arms, and legs. Feel the burn! To avoid soreness, remember to stretch and drink lots of water before and after your workout.
This is a classic choice, and for good reason. It’s the perfect cardio workout for beginners. You can choose your speed and incline, so that you can build up your endurance at your own pace. Remember, the higher the incline, the more you’re working out those glutes. Of course, we can’t forget to mention that you’re strengthening your quads, hamstrings, and calves, too. If you don’t like the impact it causes in your knees, then use the machine as a warm up by walking instead of running.