King Machine Exercises You Need to Try

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Let’s stop the long-running debate between free weights and machines. They both have their pros and cons. Let’s just focus on how to get the most out of your machine exercises, shall we?

Machines are not made for nothing. They are there to aid us in our workout routines to maximize the gains and fasten the results we want to achieve. They also spice up our routines. I mean, imagine having to do push ups, lunges, and other traditional exercises for the rest of your life. Pretty boring, right?!

Here are some of the best king machine exercises suggested by strength and conditioning coach Eric Broser on Muscle and Fitness:

THE BEST MACHINE EXERCISES

A popular debate is the machines vs. free weights topic – fighting over which is better for adding slabs of new muscle mass. Well, lets end that discussion right now, because the truth is that both free weights and machines have their advantage and disadvantages. In fact, the strengths of one can be said to be the weaknesses of the other – and vice versa. However, without getting too far into science, biomechanics and physiology I can assure you that a proper balance of free weights (defined as BB’s and DB’s) and machines (plate loaded, selectorized, cable) will pave the quickest path to building the physique you are after – not just one or the other alone. Read more…

On the other hand, here are the machines you have to avoid, as listed in an article on Huffington Post:

5 Exercise Machines You Should Never Use at the Gym

Exercise machines are simple — too simple, in fact. According to metabolic training expert BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S. owner of StreamFIT.com, “They’ve been dumbed down to the point that they just don’t do your body much good.” Besides parking you on your butt, most machines isolate a single muscle, meaning you’ll burn fewer calories and gain less muscle mass rep for rep. Read more…

Don’t risk it! I know you want to pump up your gains as fast as possible, but you wouldn’t want to get injured at the end, right? There are safer alternatives discussed there, so choose them instead.

Additionally, here are some tips on Live Strong to maximize your gains using exercise machines:

9 Ways to Get the Most out of Cardio Exercise Machines

Whether the elliptical or the treadmill, we love our cardio exercise machines. But strength training is vitally important, and everyone should incorporate it into their exercise routine, regardless of age or fitness level. Yes, ladies, that means you too. We all need regular strength training sessions — including everything from resistance bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, weight plates and medicine balls to your own body weight. In fact, we’ve put together a fun workout of strength training exercises that uses everyone’s favorite cardio machines to enable you to really get the most out of your at-home treadmill, rowing machine or elliptical. Read more…

Any machine can pump up your king machine exercises when used correctly. You don’t have to rely on them entirely. You can mix your traditional exercises with machines so your body will be challenged every now and then.

It’s also necessary to do warm ups before you use any machine in the gym. This is to stretch your muscles for better gains, and prevent injuries.

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