Stepping into the gym for the first time in a long time can be an intimidating prospect to anyone who isn’t familiar with the ins and outs of fitness machines. In case you need some guidance the next time you work out, here are 10 machines you’ll have to give a try:
A staple at most gyms, treadmills are one of the most popular fitness machines for good reason. If weight loss is your top priority, this is the machine for you. Treadmills are an excellent way to burn calories and encourage weight loss because they simulate real-life walking or running movements. However, you have to bear the entire load of your bodyweight while your run. This means holding onto your treadmill’s side handles will essentially turn your workout useless.
This fast-moving escalator for the gym, this machine simulates climbing stairs—except the stairs actually move! It’s actually considered one of the hardest pieces of cardio equipment because it’s a treadmill with stairs. One reason it works so well for weight loss is its potential for calorie burn. One stepmill workout can be the equivalent of running up 10 or 20 flights of stairs.
3. Rowing Cardio Exercise Machines
When it comes to calorie-burning, it’s hard to top a rowing machine. However, be warned. These machines require a significant level of coordination because you have to pull your arms at the same time you’re pushing with your legs, while using your abdominal muscles for back support. For this reason, it’s important that a person already have a moderate level of fitness or else you’ll find yourself doing more harm than good.
4. Jacobs Ladder
This is the home version of the Jacobs Ladder machine as seen on the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” This heavy-duty cardio machine places you at a 40-degree angle, reducing lower back stress and allows for a full-range of motion while climbing. Since the rungs move faster when your speed increases and slower when you slow down, you can control the intensity of your own full-body workout. This effective piece of fitness equipment will be sure to increase your heart rate and burn calories like never before!
5. Elliptical Machines
These machines cause a little less strain on the joints than most other types of fitness machines. Because you use them in a standing position, you’re still utilizing a lot of muscle mass and the calorie burn rate is still fairly high.
6. Spin Bike
This is an incredibly good choice for a great cardio workout. There are many different ways to use your spin bike. Do a long-distance session, try out some high-intensity intervals, or even go to a high-intensity spin class. Just be careful: sitting on a less-than-comfortable saddle for an extended period of time can cause some serious bruising the next day!
7. Cybex Arc Trainer
8. Leg Press Machines
While many believe squats are the best overall leg exercise, the leg press is the best machine to do leg exercise. Most leg press machines are set on a 45 degree angle and you can safely lift, heavy weights without worrying about slipping or falling.
9. Leg Curl Machines
10. Lat Pull Down Machine
The movement made when using this machine is similar to a chin-up. Unlike with chin ups, the user does not have to be able to life their bodyweight, so this is an effective alternative for most of us.