Whether you have recently acquired a new strength machine or purchased used exercise equipment on sale, it’s essential to have a plan to make the most out of them. Navigating through the wide selection of heavy machines with different labels can be intimidating. What adjustments can be made on the equipment? How far can I push my body? There are some general guidelines you can use to make the best out of your heavy machine workout regimen.
Some of the collective strength machines include:
- Seated leg press machine to help with the glutes and quads.
- Leg press machine with free weight
- Leg extension machine
- Dip and assisted pull-up machine
- Lat pulldown machine
- Chest press machines
- Seated cable row and shoulder press
Basic Guide and Setting of the Equipment
Machines are solely designed to control your movement within a specific range. Instead of confining your movements, they make each rotation, lift, pull or push relatively more comfortable. Therefore manufacturers make sure they accommodate each exerciser by providing different settings.
Machine manual and instructions
It’s important to go through the instruction panel on each machine before starting. The panel explains the muscle groups that will be worked on depending on the adjustment setting. When in doubt, you can read these instructions from time to time.
The adjustment points on most heavy machines are brightly colored. Due to the variance in the size of individuals, manufacturers include the adjustment points in their equipment. These adjustment points can be found behind the seat and chair backs. Depending on the workout; upper or lower body, you can adjust these points appropriately.
Testing the range of motion
The range of movement depends on the type of workout and the size of the exerciser. For selectorized equipment, you can come up with a viable weight you can lift. If unsure of the process, start with the lightest weights and gradually increase.
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Maximizing Each Workout
It’s essential to use a weight that feels challenging. Perform a set of reps and push yourself on the last two reps. If you are having trouble getting past five to nine reps, lighten the weights.
Keep the movements steady
Avoid starting at full range momentum or swinging your body. Aim at regulating the lifting and lowering phases. Each movement should take at least two seconds with the stopping points fairly within the same point.
Controlling your Breathing
Exhale when lifting and inhale while lowering the weights. You want to maintain your breathing at a steady pace, and you can do this by merely inhaling while lowering and exhaling while lifting.
Start with basic compound exercises
Compound exercises target different types of muscle groups. For instance, the leg press, chest press, and assisted pull up. When you are comfortable with compound exercises, you can advance to isolated exercises like leg curls, bicep, and triceps machines.