If you are a gym goer, you know how many weight machines exist. A decent amount of people use them, and frequently at that. While they might leave you sore, are they really the best option?
1. They Work Specific Muscles
Yes! This is what you think you want. Just working on your biceps will make you stronger right? Well, using machines that work one or two muscle groups might bulk you up, but to build strength you should avoid weight machines. If you use free weights or even weighted body exercises, you can work more muscles and kill two birds with one stone. Plus, you're working your muscles practically when you avoid these machines. Which leads into the next subject.
2. They Are Not Practical Motions
Have you ever noticed how when you use a weight machine, you are usually doing an absurd motion you have never done in every day life? This leads back into the first argument: it's only working one muscle and that is because you don't use it in real life. If you squat using weights or even body weight, you are using muscles you use every day when you sit in a chair or pick something up. Extending your legs repetitively might make your muscles show more, but have you ever done that on a day to day basis?
3. They Neglect Smaller Muscles
This may not seem like a problem at all if you wanna bulk up, but the fact of the matter is that smaller muscles are also important. This is what makes them impractical. The muscles that are not being worked are mostly in the back. This can lead to pain and bad posture.
4. Easier To Injure
When using a weight machine, some tend to think they can lift more weight than they actually can. This leads to injury with repetitive motions that aren't practical.
5. They're Always Filled Up
If you are a frequent gym goer, you realize how many people flock to the cardio machines. Nothing's worse than motivating yourself to walk out that door and get through the doors of your gym just to see all the machines are taken. A little part of your soul just dies as you turn around and head back to the comfort of your bed.
Machines at the gym are helpful when referring to cardio machines. If what's best for your body is what you care about, than weight machines are not for you. If you care about bulk, then by all means go for it. Either way, if you want to use these machines then go for it, just be aware of the fact that there are better options.