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The Pro’s of Machine Exercises

Fitastic November 5, 2013

Safety first

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You don’t need to worry about balancing a bar or dropping a dumbbell on your foot.  Just get into the machine and push or pull;  the machine moves in only the direction it’s built to go.  Also, machines allow you to train without a spotter. Ever get stuck under a barbell on the decline press or have trouble getting the bar from behind your head on the shoulder press? Machines effectively eliminate the need for a spotter in most cases, so there’s less risk of getting stuck under a heavyweight.

Quicker pace

Exercise set up typically requires you to pull and replace a pin, and change a plate or two at most. By comparison, loading and unloading Barbells and swapping dumbbells poundage can be a cumbersome affair. Machine training facilitates faster workouts and can help you increase your training intensity.

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Perfect for beginners

Biomechanics of the movement are predetermined machine pretty much dictates your body position and you move the weight in only one plane. That’s helpful if you’re a bit uncoordinated, which beginners typically are. You also don’t need to worry about balancing a weightt. But starting out on machines, you condition the muscular and nervous system before moving onto free weights.


Injury avoidance

By restricting motion, machines generally take the stress off a joint, which helps in the rehabilitation of many injuries. Also removes the need to get the barbell or dumbbells in position, which can sometimes aggravate injury more than the exercise.

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With machines, their’s never a point where the tension is removed from a muscle as you experience with free weights, for example, the top position of the machine preacher curl or a pec dec flye loads just as much resistance as any other part of the move.

Here are a few links of machine moves you can perform as a part of your routine.


  1. https://feelfitastic.com/video/overhand-grip-machine-chest-press
  2. https://feelfitastic.com/video/standard-smith-machine-squat
  3. https://feelfitastic.com/video/horizontal-machine-leg-press
  4. https://feelfitastic.com/video/triangle-bar-seated-cable-low-row
  5. https://feelfitastic.com/video/parallel-grip-machine-shoulder-press





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